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  • Senate meeting erupts as Graham clashes with Dems over asylum bill: 'You're not going to take my job

    08/01/2019 11:13:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 1, 2019 | Ronn Blitzer
    The Senate Judiciary Committee erupted with infighting Thursday as a top Republican lawmaker pushed legislation aimed at crafting new rules for asylum-seekers from Central American countries. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the committee, faced immediate accusations as he brought up the bill that he was violating Senate rules. In a dispute that quickly got personal, Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the committee was one Democrat shy of having a quorum during a meeting last week and therefore could not advance the bill. “Why even have rules?” Feinstein asked rhetorically. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., backed her up,...
  • Al Franken regrets resigning from Senate over sexual misconduct scandal

    07/22/2019 12:16:08 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 22, 2019 | 1:16pm | Bob Fredericks
    Former Sen. Al Franken says he “absolutely” regrets his December 2017 resignation over a sexual misconduct scandal — and some of the senators who’d pressed him to quit are also questioning their actions. “I can’t go anywhere without people reminding me of this, usually with some version of ‘You shouldn’t have resigned,’” Franken, the former “Saturday Night Live” funnyman-turned-politician, said in a lengthy look back at the incident in The New Yorker. “Yup,” was his usual reply, he told the magazine. Pressed on whether he means it, he adds: “Oh, yeah. Absolutely.” Leeann Tweeden, a conservative talk-radio host, had accused...
  • Meltdown: AOC's Fact-Challenged Explosion Over Pelosi's Cave on Border Crisis Bill

    06/28/2019 10:42:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | June 28, 2019 | Guy Benson
    As you read last evening, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi abandoned her foolish fight over the border crisis relief bill, "reluctantly" agreeing to approve the Senate's bipartisan legislation.  House Democrats had been playing games over President Trump's (New York Times-endorsed) $4.5 billion supplemental budget request for humanitarian aid and logistical support at the Souther border, stripping it out of previous legislation before finally passing a partisan and landmine-filled version of their own earlier this week.  The upper chamber, meanwhile, hammered out a reasonable compromise, which was supported by the president.  Mitch McConnell put the House-passed bill on the floor for an...
  • Senators reach a deal on emergency border funding

    06/18/2019 5:46:30 PM PDT · by Innovative · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | June 18, 2019 | Lauren Fox and Phil Mattingly
    The top two appropriators in the US Senate have reached an agreement on a $4.6 billion funding package to address the influx of migrants at the southern border that has been deemed a "humanitarian crisis," according to three people familiar with the deal. The agreement between Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, and Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the panel, includes $2.88 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services to be directed to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which administration officials warned lawmakers would run out of money by the end of...

    04/24/2019 11:50:08 AM PDT · by gattaca · 22 replies
    Front Page ^ | April 24, 2019 | Daniel Greenfield
    Terrorists need their guns more than their victims need surgeries. In 2002, Shmuel Waldman, an American from New Jersey, was shot while boarding a bus in Israel. The terrorist attack killed 2 people and left 40 injured. Among that 40 was Shmuel whose leg was blown apart, forcing him to undergo multiple surgical procedures, and leaving him suffering from PTSD. The terrorist who shot him was Said Ramadan, a “police officer” working for the terrorists who run the Palestinian Authority. The attack had been planned by senior Palestinian Authority officials and the Palestinian Authority viewed Ramadan as a hero. Waldman...
  • Mr. President, beware the mistakes of Richard Nixon

    03/26/2019 10:14:12 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 60 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 03/22/2019 | Patrick Leahy
    was first elected to the Senate in November 1974, just three months after President Richard M. Nixon resigned. Congress and the nation were both shaped and scarred by the Watergate scandal, by the strain it placed on our democratic institutions, and the mistrust in government that ensued. Those years serve as a reminder that a democracy hidden from the people is no democracy at all. The parallels between then and now are many. In both sagas, a politically motivated theft — one a burglary, the other a hacking — led to an investigation described by the president as a “witch...
  • Senators propose bill to let thousands of Venezuelans remain in U.S.

    03/01/2019 10:10:12 PM PST · by blueplum · 24 replies
    Rueters ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | Patricia Zengerle; and Roberta Rampton
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic U.S. senators proposed legislation on Thursday that would let an estimated 72,000 Venezuelans remain in the United States after fleeing chaos in their country. Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bob Menendez introduced the legislation along with Democrats Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy and Cory Booker. It would immediately grant “Temporary Protected Status” to allow Venezuelans who passed security checks to remain in the United States for 18 months. There was no immediate indication of whether the Senate’s Republican leaders would allow the measure to come up for a vote.
  • The Latest: Leahy backs Sanders in shift from 2016

    02/19/2019 11:50:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 19, 2019 2:30 PM
    On the first day of his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders picked up the support of his fellow home-state senator, Democrat Patrick Leahy. Leahy, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, says he’ll back Sanders this year. In a statement, Leahy said the Democratic field was strong and “Bernie’s entry makes the field even stronger.” He called Sanders “a proven leader with a strong message.” …
  • Garbage Budget "Deal" Struck ($1.37B / 55mi wall)

    02/11/2019 6:24:33 PM PST · by MountainWalker · 205 replies
    Twitter ^ | 2/10/2019 | Erica Werner
    "The agreement reached tonight would include: -$1.375b for border barriers (55 new miles of bollard fencing) -Dems drop call for new cap on ICE beds for detentions in interior -Overall cap on detention beds drops from 49,057 to 40,520 Per congressional official."
  • Key Hill negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert shutdown

    02/11/2019 6:45:47 PM PST · by upchuck · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 11, 2018 | Ted Barrett, Phil Mattingly, Manu Raju, Kristin Wilson and Ashley Killough
    Congressional negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert a government shutdown at the end of this week. The four lead bipartisan negotiators, emerging from talks Monday night, declined to get into details on how the agreement was struck, but when asked whether it included barrier funding and a resolution to the detention bed issue, Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby said: "We got an agreement on all of it." Shelby's comments follow those from a Democratic aide involved in the border security funding talks who said earlier Monday negotiators are "very, very close" to an agreement and...
  • Udall, Heinrich, Introduce Bill to Prevent Emergency Declaration

    02/04/2019 4:17:17 PM PST · by girlangler · 75 replies
    News release U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's office ^ | February 4, 2019 | news release
    NEWS FROM THE UNITED STATES SENATE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2019 Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Prevent President From Using Emergency Declaration to Raid Funds for Border Wall RAIDER Act of 2019 stops President Trump from bypassing Congress and raiding as much as $35 billion from military construction and disaster response funds for land acquisition or construction of his wall WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein...
  • FBI Director's Notes Contradict Gonzales's Version Of Ashcroft Visit

    08/16/2007 9:38:58 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 18 replies · 683+ views
    Washington Post via Drudge ^ | August 17, 2007 | Dan Eggen
    Then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft was "feeble," "barely articulate" and "stressed" moments after a hospital room confrontation in March 2004 with Alberto R. Gonzales, who wanted Ashcroft to approve a warrantless wiretapping program over Justice Department objections, according to notes from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III that were released yesterday. One of Mueller's entries in five pages of a daily log pertaining to the dispute also indicated that Ashcroft's deputy was so concerned about undue pressure by Gonzales and other White House aides for the attorney general to back the wiretapping program that the deputy asked Mueller to bar...
  • Senator Patrick McCarthy

    06/01/2009 4:50:11 PM PDT · by jacjmm · 4 replies · 467+ views
    True North Radio ^ | May 19, 2009 | Deborah T. Bucknam, Esq.
    Not just content to win elections, the Left is trying to destroy its political opponents by calling for criminal prosecution of Bush administration officials for political and legal decisions the Left does not like. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is leading this banana republic style campaign to criminalize policy decisions made by a duly elected previous administration.
  • Donald Trump Hits a Congressional Wall on Border Wall Funding

    11/16/2018 9:26:36 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/15/2018 | NEIL MUNRO
    GOP senators are nudging President Donald Trump to give up hopes for a $5 billion down-payment on a border wall in 2019. “My goal is to get the [budget] bills passed” in December, said Sen. Richard Shelby, the GOP chairman of the Senate’s appropriations committee, said Nov. 15 after meeting Trump for a budget discussion. His committee has penciled in $1.6 billion for the wall in 2019, compared to the $5 billion in the draft House bill. “If it’s ‘Wall or nothing!’ they’re going to get nothing,” the top Democrat on the Senate’s appropriations bill, Sen. Patrick Leahy, said November...
  • Mark Levin to Patrick Leahy (D-VT) - Are You Drunk On The Senate Floor?

    10/04/2018 9:46:55 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 12 replies
    Senator Patrick Leahy's (D-VT) rather bizarre denunciation of the US Supreme Court's decision to ease government control of campaign contributions has syndicated conservative talker Mark Levin wondering: is he slurring his speech? You be the judge.
  • Trump flips script on Democrats, suggests Patrick Leahy has drinking problem

    10/03/2018 2:44:37 AM PDT · by kevcol · 116 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 2, 2018 | Katelyn Caralle
    President Trump hinted Tuesday at a rally in Mississippi that Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., could have a drinking habit. The president told the crowd that they should do an online search for “Patrick Leahy dash drink.” . . . “‘How dare you have a beer when you’re in high school?’” Trump said in a mocking tone toward the Democrats who questioned Kavanaugh.
  • Andrea Mitchell Wants FBI to Investigate Kavanaugh Being ‘Rude’ to Democrats

    10/02/2018 4:50:13 PM PDT · by kevcol · 45 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 2, 2018 | Kyle Drennen
    During an interview with Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy on Tuesday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell fretted that the seventh FBI background check into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was too restricted. Her hyperventilating over the issue got to a point where she suggested that the Bureau should actually investigate Kavanaugh for being “rude” to Democrats.
  • Leahy, most senior senator, to skip Netanyahu speech

    02/10/2015 10:28:14 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 10, 2015 | DONNA CASSATA
    The Senate's most senior lawmaker said Tuesday he will skip the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress next month on Iran, calling the invitation by Republicans without White House consultation a "tawdry and high-handed stunt." Related Stories Seven-term Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont joined a half dozen Democrats who have decided to boycott Benjamin Netanyahu's speech, which comes in middle of delicate negotiations involving the United States, Western powers and Iran over its nuclear program. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, invited Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress on March 3. "The unfortunate way that House leaders have unilaterally...
  • Leahy Predicts GOP Will ‘Lose Control of the Senate’ for Blocking SCOTUS Nomination

    02/16/2016 6:28:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 15, 2016 | 1:07 PM EST | Penny Starr
    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, predicted on Sunday that if Republicans block President Barack Obama's nomination to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, voters will give Democrats a majority in the Senate in the next election. "I think what we ought to do is nominate somebody," Leahy told Dana Bash on CNN's "State of the Union" show, one day after the death of Scalia at age 79. "If the Republican leadership refuses to even hold a hearing, I think that is going to guarantee they lose control of the Senate, because I...
  • Watch Judge Kavanaugh Eviscerate A Nearly Inchoherent Senator Patrick Leahy During SCOTUS[tr]

    09/06/2018 9:36:31 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 42 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | 9/5/2018 | Staff
    Yet another aging Democrat put on a nationally-televised demonstration of the need for Congressional term limits. Watch as 78-year-old Patrick Leahy makes reference to an email that doesn’t actually exist. Senator Leahy attempts to insinuate the email in question was stolen from him SIXTEEN YEARS AGO as nearly everyone in the hearing room, including Leahy’s own staff, look on increasingly confused as to what the senator is talking about. For his part, Judge Kavanaugh shows a remarkable degree of patience while also managing to entrap the senator in his own confused lie. From there a badly beaten Leahy makes a...