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  • No veto? Senate Dems might get enough votes to filibuster GOP’s attempt to block Iran deal

    08/27/2015 2:43:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    The consolation prize in the great Senate GOP sellout on the Iran deal was supposed to be the opportunity it created to embarrass Obama. The fear was that if Republicans insisted on two-thirds approval of the deal for ratification, as the Constitution’s Treaty Clause requires, King Barack would simply reassure the public that this wasn’t technically a treaty and proceed to implement the agreement under his own executive authority. Heads he wins, tails you lose. That’s life in post-republic America. (And if you like that model, wait until President Trump is sworn in.) So Bob Corker and McConnell decided...
  • Where is the Nuclear Option? 4 Obama vetoes. Really? (vanity)

    08/18/2015 6:05:49 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 12 replies
    8/18/2015 | freeAtlanta
    I heard on Bill Bennett this morning that we still have the medical device tax thanks to Democrat/Obama/MitchMcConnell Care. I thought that part of the beast had been ripped out, but apparently it was tabled like so many other conservative efforts thanks to McConnell not using Harry Reid's "nuclear option" to get the bill to the floor for a vote. Bills only takes 51 to pass the senate, but Reid's buddy Mitch won't let them come to the floor for a vote. What good is he for us?
  • Trump: Deport children of immigrants living illegally in US

    08/16/2015 12:42:58 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 189 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/16/2015 | Stephen Braun
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants more than a wall to keep out immigrants living in the country illegally. He also wants to end "birthright citizenship" for their children, he said Sunday. And he would rescind Obama administration executive orders on immigration and toughen deportation, allowing in only "the good ones." Trump described his expanded vision of how to secure American borders during a wide-ranging interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press," saying that he would push to end the constitutionally protected right of any family living illegally inside the U.S. ...
  • Rand Trying to Run Two Races at Once

    08/13/2015 2:55:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Aug. 22 will be judgment day for Rand Paul. That's the day the Kentucky GOP will decide whether or not to move their presidential nomination from a May primary to a March caucus. Should such a change occur, the Republican senator would be able to run for both his Senate seat and the presidency. Rand's campaign has lobbied the Kentucky Republican Party to make the switch. Now, his fate is in the hands of 334 committee members. The Kentucky GOP executive committee unanimously advanced the proposal in March, charging a special committee with developing a plan for how the change would actually be implemented....
  • How I Helped Todd Akin Win — So I Could Beat Him Later

    08/12/2015 6:04:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | August 11, 2015 | Sen. Claire McCaskill
    It was August 7, 2012, and I was standing in my hotel room in Kansas City about to shotgun a beer for the first time in my life. I had just made the biggest gamble of my political career—a $1.7 million gamble—and it had paid off. Running for reelection to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat from Missouri, I had successfully manipulated the Republican primary so that in the general election I would face the candidate I was most likely to beat. And this is how I had promised my daughters we would celebrate. But first let me go back...
  • The day after the debate over Planned Parenthood funding: Some thoughts

    08/09/2015 5:02:16 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 2 replies
    National Right to Life News Today ^ | August 4, 2015 | Dave Andrusko
    The most important takeaway from yesterday’s vote on S. 1881 is not–repeat not–that the Democrats were able to block a bill that would end all federal funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider. While unfortunate, the inability of pro-lifers in the Senate to get 60 votes to “invoke cloture” (move the bill forward) is a mere bump in the road. Here’s what really matters. #1. The vote was 53 to 46. But one pro-lifer was absent and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote to opposition only so that he would be eligible to enter a motion to reconsider....
  • Senate support grows for Iran deal

    08/05/2015 7:06:57 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | Aug 5 2015 | BURGESS EVERETT
    President Barack Obama’s Iran deal looks increasingly likely to survive a challenge from congressional Republicans after several swing Democrats said they would back the deal just as the Senate sped toward recess on Wednesday. Minutes after Senate leaders locked in an agreement to begin debating the nuclear deal on Sept. 8, Independent Maine Sen. Angus King came to the floor to announce his support for the agreement. King’s decision will make it hard for GOP opponents to block the lifting of legislative sanctions when the Senate votes no later than Sept. 17. Story Continued Below “This is the most difficult...
  • Here we go: Senate Dems falling into line to support Obama’s disastrous Iran deal

    08/04/2015 5:41:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/04/2015 | AllahPundit
    Honestly, I’d much prefer a pure party-line vote in which the GOP’s bid to block the deal goes down in flames rather than some excruciating Senate kabuki where they almost — but not quite — get enough Democratic votes to reach a two-thirds majority. If Chuck Schumer’s going to let his caucus force America to swallow this sh*t sandwich because it would be too embarrassing for poor Barack if they joined Republicans in stopping it, he should have the balls to vote with them. Instead we’re almost certainly going to be treated to a Democratic version of “failure theater,”...
  • Mitch McConnell Must Never Be Elected Again

    08/04/2015 7:02:21 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 43 replies
    http://www.redstate.com ^ | 8/3/2015 | Bill S (Diary)
    The ringleader of GOP Failure Theater is accessory to mass infanticide and must be purged from office Let me prefix my next few sentences by pointing out: I am not the executive editor of Redstate and I cannot unilaterally set or change policy for this site. So what I write here is simply my own personal opinion and not necessarily that of this station or its leadership. After today’s latest episode of McConnell-sponsored GOP Failure Theater, there is only one conclusion to draw: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 58% must never be re-elected to office. I do not care if it’s...
  • Senate Roll Call Vote on S1881 To Defund Planned Parenthood - How Your Senator Voted

    08/04/2015 8:30:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1881 ) Vote Number: 262 Vote Date: August 3, 2015, 05:36 PM Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Rejected Measure Number: S. 1881 Measure Title: A bill to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Vote Counts: YEAs 53 NAYs 46 Not Voting 1 Alphabetical by Senator Name Alexander (R-TN), YeaAyotte (R-NH), YeaBaldwin (D-WI), NayBarrasso (R-WY), YeaBennet (D-CO), NayBlumenthal (D-CT), NayBlunt (R-MO), YeaBooker (D-NJ), NayBoozman (R-AR), YeaBoxer (D-CA), NayBrown (D-OH), NayBurr (R-NC), YeaCantwell (D-WA), NayCapito (R-WV), YeaCardin (D-MD), NayCarper (D-DE), NayCasey (D-PA), NayCassidy (R-LA), YeaCoats (R-IN), YeaCochran (R-MS), YeaCollins (R-ME), YeaCoons (D-DE), NayCorker (R-TN), YeaCornyn (R-TX), YeaCotton (R-AR), YeaCrapo...
  • 5 Reasons Not to Lose Heart Even Though the Planned Parenthood Defund Bill Failed

    08/04/2015 7:52:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/04/2015 | Julie Roys
    Unfortunately, a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood died today on the Senate floor. A procedural vote to advance the bill failed to get the required 60 votes needed, so the anti-life lobby won — today. Despite this setback, Christians should not despair. We may have lost this battle, but the fight is far from over. And truth is, the pro-life cause is actually faring quite well. Here are five reasons to not lose heart even after this defeat. 1. GOP Senators are Vowing to Continue the Fight and So Should We. Even though today's bill to defund Planned Parenthood failed,...
  • ABORTION: Pro-Abortion Minority Blocks Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

    Pro-Abortion Minority Blocks Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Despite Bipartisan Majority’s Vote to Cut Tax Dollars BREAKING: The U.S. Senate has voted to continue the federal funding of Planned Parenthood despite the fact that they harvest and sell the body parts of aborted babies. Did your Senator vote to continue this barbarity? We have the list here. A pro-abortion extremist minority in the U.S. Senate has filibustered a vote to defund Planned Parenthood. A bipartisan majority of the Senate voted to close debate and vote to cut off the abortion giant’s taxpayer funding, falling short of the 60-vote threshold...
  • Planned Parenthood Survives Abortion in Senate

    08/03/2015 6:40:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/03/15 | Joel B. Pollak
    Planned Parenthood survived a procedural vote Monday in the U.S. Senate on a bill to defund the organization, after a series of undercover videos emerged to suggest that the organization may have been willing to sell fetal organs from late-term abortions to tissue companies. The vote for cloture was 53-46, meaning that it fell well shy of the 60 votes needed to end debate and proceed to a vote. The vote was largely along partisan lines, with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) 28% crossing over to vote with Democrats, and Sens. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) 7% and Joe Manchin (D-WV) voting...
  • Growing signs Schumer will oppose Iran deal

    08/03/2015 7:20:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/03/2015 | By MANU RAJU and BURGESS EVERETT
    Chuck Schumer is getting an earful from opponents of the Iran nuclear deal. More than 10,000 phone calls have flooded his office line the past two weeks, organized by a group looking to kill the deal. Another group has dropped seven figures on TV in New York City to pressure Schumer and other lawmakers to vote against the plan. The powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee has put its muscle behind an effort to lobby the New Yorker against it. And Dov Hikind, a state assemblyman from Brooklyn, was arrested for disorderly conduct while protesting the deal outside Schumer’s office....
  • Obama signs short-term highway bill, faults Congress for inaction

    08/01/2015 8:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama signed a three-month highway bill Friday while chastising Congress for failing to approve long-term transportation funding and other legislative business before lawmakers’ summer vacation. “We can’t keep on funding transportation by the seat of our pants,” Mr. Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. “It’s a bad way for the U.S. government to do business. I guarantee you that’s not how China, Germany and other countries around the world handle their infrastructure.”
  • Grassroots Arizonan ‘Crazies’ Are ‘Interested in Issues’ over Politics

    08/01/2015 11:31:19 AM PDT · by T Ruth · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Jul 2015 | Michelle Moons
    Entrenched U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 43% may be in for the fight of his life in his 2016 re-election bid, as he uses the term “crazies” to describe the approximately 15,000 border security-advocating Arizonans who showed up for Donald Trump’s July appearance in Phoenix. Breitbart News spoke exclusively with Maricopa County Republican Party (MCRP) Chair Tyler Bowyer regarding McCain’s comments and the makeup of the crowd for the Phoenix event. McCain’s “crazies” comment came in an interview with a New Yorker reporter in which the Senator said, “This performance with our friend (Trump) out in Phoenix is very hurtful...
  • With Republicans Like These

    07/31/2015 5:33:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    The Export-Import Bank is the height of crony capitalism. The bank uses taxpayer subsidies to make it possible for some American companies to sell their manufactured wares overseas at a lower price. It leads to absurd results like Boeing being able to sell its planes to foreign airliners at a cheaper rate than American aviation companies can buy them. There have been indictments and charges of corruption galore related to the Export-Import Bank. It disrupts the free market, wastes taxpayer dollars and is overwhelmingly unpopular with Republicans and even some Democrats. But Washington lobbyists love it, and they have been...
  • Mitch McConnell employs Harry Reid’s hardball tactic

    07/30/2015 6:47:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | July 30, 2015 | Manu Raju
    Before he took over as majority leader, Mitch McConnell was a harsh critic of Harry Reid’s use of a parliamentary tactic to block amendments on the Senate floor. The Kentucky Republican said it was an abuse of the chamber’s rules that stifled debate in the famously deliberative body. But in his first seven months as Senate majority leader, McConnell has employed that same tactic to push through a highway bill, trade legislation and a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. McConnell has used the maneuver more often than past Senate majority leaders — Robert Byrd, George Mitchell and...
  • Unhappy McConnell Dresses Down Fractious GOP Senators, Then Fobs Them Off

    07/29/2015 8:26:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/29/2015 | Michael Walsh
    Mighty Mitch, having bamboozled not only Kentuckians but the entire nation into returning him as Senate majority “leader,” is displeased with his caucus: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got his hands on something he believed to be damning: An email from Sen. Mike Lee’s aide to conservative activists plotting to use an Obamacare vote as a political weapon. So McConnell quickly summoned the GOP to a closed-door session in the Senate’s Mansfield Room Monday night. And he made sure his caucus read the email, placing a copy on every Republican senator’s chair before they arrived. A lawmaker in the...
  • Senate Republicans Introduce Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood

    07/29/2015 7:57:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 07/29/2015 | Paul Conner
    A group of Republican senators, led by Iowa’s Joni Ernst, introduced legislation Tuesday to strip Planned Parenthood Federation of America of the more than $500 million of taxpayer money that it receives every year. The bill comes after the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials talking with disturbing frankness about selling the organs of unborn children to research facilities. The group’s affiliates across the country performed 327,653 abortion procedures in 2013, according to its most recent annual report. That report shows that Planned Parenthood took more $528 million in federal money, 41 percent...
  • Obama set veto record!!! well, no, actually he doesn't.

    07/28/2015 9:19:26 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 7 replies
    vanity ^ | 7/28/2015 | freeAtlanta
      Summary of Bills Vetoed, 1789-present Additional information about veto power and procedure can be found on the Vetoes page. President (Years) Coinciding Congresses Vetoes Regular Pocket Total Overridden Barack H. Obama (2009-present) 114-111 4  0  4  0  George W. Bush (2001-2009) 110-107 12  0  12  4  William J. Clinton (1993-2001) 106-103 36  1  37  2  George H. W. Bush (1989-1993) 1 102-101 29  15  44  1  Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) 2 100-97 39  39  78  9  Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) 96-95 13  18  31  2  Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977) 94-93 48  18  66  12  Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974) 93-91 26 ...
  • Sean Hannity: "3 Senators Confirmed Ted Cruz's Account that McConnell Lied"

    07/27/2015 12:24:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 123 replies
    Sean Hannity | July 27, 2015
    Sean Hannity has just said that 3 senators confirmed Ted Cruz's account that McConnell lied. "There is no deal; there is no deal; there is no deal." Only Mike Lee is willing to be on the record. Unlike Rush, Sean Hannity started his program with Ted Cruz's audio and attacking GOP leadership.
  • House GOP to Senate: We’re not taking up your highway bill

    07/27/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 27, 2015 | Scott Wong
    The House will not vote on a multi-year Senate highway bill that revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday. “We’re not taking up the Senate bill,” McCarthy declared to a roomful of reporters in his office. Instead, McCarthy urged the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill which extends federal highway funding for five months, without renewing the Ex-Im Bank charter. He called the House bill the “best option” for Congress before money for highways, bridges and mass transit runs out on Friday. McCarthy’s declaration is a blow not only to the Senate,...
  • McConnell’s constant wheeling and dealing shows what leadership and compromise aren’t

    07/27/2015 7:57:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/26/2015 | Taylor Millard
    It really shouldn’t be a surprise to see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allow the Ex-Im Bank to be revived after it expired in June. Nor is it really surprising to hear McConnell apparently made a deal with three senators (two of them Democrats) to get Ex-Im back on the calendar as long as they voted for Trade Promotion Authority. McConnell is just doing what some people believe leadership and compromise are all about: the ability to wheel and deal. He’s essentially following the same tactics House Speaker John Boehner did to get the “Doc fix” bill passed earlier...
  • Senate GOP Leaders Want To Put Ted Cruz In A Time Out

    07/26/2015 6:23:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | July 26, 2015 | Laura Barron-Lopez, congressional reporter
    Senate Republican leaders spent a rare Sunday session scolding Ted Cruz. The leaders wagged their fingers at the younger senator, accusing him of using his pedestal in the upper chamber to "pursue personal ambitions." Cruz, a Texas senator who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, drew the ire of his colleagues for claiming the top Republican in the Senate lied to him. He accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) of going back on a promise he claims McConnell made to him about the contentious Export-Import Bank. On Friday, McConnell set up an amendment vote to reauthorize the bank,...
  • Ted Cruz: "Sen. Cruz: McConnell-Reid Leadership Team Operates for One Party: The Washington Party

    07/26/2015 7:57:42 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 111 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz Press Rekease ^ | July 26, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTED A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY BELIEVING IT WOULD SOMEHOW BE DIFFERENT FROM A DEMOCRATIC ONE WASHINGTON, D.C. – After speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement: “We’ve just seen something extraordinary on the Senate floor. The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party, the Washington party. “Senate leadership consists of the McConnell-Reid leadership team. They operate as a team. They support the same...
  • McConnell and Reid may have just set a 51-vote threshold for passing Obamacare repeal

    07/24/2015 11:17:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 145 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    Next week, Senate Republicans could pass Obamacare repeal with a simple 51-vote majority as part of the long-term highway bill, according to Sen. Mike Lee. The Utah Republican laid out the argument in a press release after party leaders set the sequencing of votes: "The first Obamacare vote on Sunday will have a 60 vote threshold, and Democrats will likely block it," Lee continued. "But thanks to the sequencing of the votes we just locked in, Republicans will have the opportunity resurrect that Obamacare amendment later on in the process, and put it back before the Senate in a manner...
  • Mike Lee goes for nuclear option to repeal Obamacare

    07/24/2015 3:37:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | By Kelsey Snell
    Senate conservatives couldn’t stop a vote on the Export-Import bank. So they’re going to try to force a vote on Obamacare instead. Conservative firebrand Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced on Friday that he plans to use a complicated procedural maneuver known as the nuclear option to repeal the Affordable Care Act with just 51 votes. Democrats famously used the strategy in 2013 to break a Republican blockade of President Obama’s nominees to fill judicial openings. Now Lee wants to use the partisan procedure get rid of Obamacare. It’s unclear whether Lee’s gambit will work — but if it does, there...
  • Cruz SLAMS McConnell on Senate Floor

    Impassioned speech on Senate floor by Ted Cruz.
  • Obama, Congress sued over Iran deal [Larry Klayman Lawsuit vs. Unconstitutional Ratification Law]

    07/23/2015 12:47:23 PM PDT · by Moseley · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2015 | Julian Hattem
    Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman is suing President Obama and members of Congress over a deal on Iran’s nuclear program that he claims flies in the face of the Constitution. The lawsuit, Klayman says, aims to block both the treaty and the “unconstitutional” law that Congress passed to guarantee a review of the multinational nuclear accord. The White House and Congress “gave away, abrogated and undermined [Klayman’s] constitutional rights, putting him in danger, including the protections inherent in the Constitution requiring a two-thirds vote to ratify a treaty,” he said in the lawsuit. Under the Constitution, two-thirds of the Senate...
  • Live hearing: Secretaries Kerry, Moniz, Lew to defend Iran deal to Senate Committee (10am on CSPAN3)

    07/23/2015 4:31:26 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 64 replies
    CSPAN3 ^ | Today at 10am
    Iran Nuclear Agreement Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the details of the recently signed nuclear agreement with Iran and its enforcement.
  • I forget - which Party has control of the House and Senate?

    07/22/2015 6:56:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/22/2015 | Keith Edwards
    When Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi ran the Congress, they did as they damn well pleased. They held up legislation they didn’t want debated or voted on, they changed the rules to suit the needs of the Democrat Party and they said and did whatever it took to move theirs and Obama’s liberal socialist agenda forward. You can call them bullies or even tyrannical, but one thing you can’t call them - spineless. So how is that Republican House and Senate majority working for the people that voted them in? Are they on-task putting the country back on the conservative...
  • How Bad is the Highway Bill (Sen. Mike Lee)?

    07/21/2015 4:41:42 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Senator Mike Lee's Facebook Page ^ | July 21, 2015 | Senator Mike Lee
    If I don't have time to read legislation before voting on it, my default vote is no. We received the highway bill today at 3:06 p.m., and it is over 1,000 pages long. Our first vote on this legislation is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
  • Jeb Bush On Presidential Rivals: Either Show Up For Votes Or Resign From The Senate

    07/21/2015 11:39:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 07/21/2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says his opponents for the presidency shouldn’t be missing votes in the Senate or they should “resign, you know.” “No, I’m really kind of saying the system itself is the problem,” Bush told radio host Michael Medved when asked if his speech Monday on changing Washington was aimed at his presidential rivals who are currently in the Senate. Bush, speaking in Florida on Monday, gave a broad speech how he would bring changes to what he termed “Mount Washington” if elected. Bush said he would push for a balanced budget, an “unequivocal six-year ban on...
  • THE FREEDOM INDEX: A Congressional Scorecard Based On The U. S. Constitution

    07/19/2015 4:04:29 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | July 20, 2015 Issue | Staff
    "The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution" rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. The percentages below are cumulative scores based on key votes from 1999 through June 2015. Click on a senator's or representative's name to get a detailed breakdown of his or her voting record. (See abysmal records at link)
  • House passes short-term highway fix; Congress’ plans still in flux before July 31 deadline

    07/16/2015 8:30:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2015 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The House approved $8 billion in highway funding Wednesday to keep projects moving past a July 31 deadline and buy enough time to negotiate the long-term bill lawmakers really want. But the measure is now on a collision course with the Senate, where Republicans sketched out a more ambitious bill that would pump tens of billions of dollars in new funding in coming years. House GOP leaders said they would eventually like a six-year bill. But for now, they asked members to swallow hard and support a five-month extension through Dec. 18, saying negotiations on the bigger bill could take...
  • How the Senate made it almost impossible to vote down the Iranian nuke agreement

    07/14/2015 11:27:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 7/14/15 | Carl in Jeruslaem
    The United States constitution provides that treaties may only be adopted with the advice and consent of two thirds of the United States Senate. Three months ago, the Senate adopted a bill that was negotiated with President Obama that abdicated that right of approval. In essence, under Corker-Menendez, Obama has the right to present his surrender to Iranian nuclear weapons to the Senate not as a treaty, but as an agreement. And if the Senate says no, Obama has the right to veto that no. Unless the Senate comes up with 67 votes to override that veto, the agreement...
  • Rep. Grayson announces run for Rubio's Senate seat

    07/14/2015 1:44:30 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 27 replies
    WFTV ^ | 7-9-15 | WFTV
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is running for the Florida Senate seat that Republican Marco Rubio is giving up to run for president. Grayson made the announcement on Thursday. "This is the it campaign of 2016. Just like Elizabeth Warren was the it campaign in her race," Grayson said. "I'm going to be running a Barack Obama style campaign. I am going to try and wake up and electrify the electorate with all the good we can do for each other." When WFTV asked Grayson how he is going to win, he replied, "By being the champion for...
  • TBT: Cruz, Toomey file amendment to give Congress more power over Obama’s Iran deal

    07/14/2015 7:49:35 AM PDT · by MN_Mike · 35 replies
    Ted Cruz Senate Office ^ | April 24, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    As currently written, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 would first require Congress to pass a resolution of disapproval and then require Congress to muster votes from two-thirds of each chamber to override a Presidential veto. What's more, if Congress failed to act within a set timeframe, the deal would go into effect by default. This process gets the Constitution's allocation of authority precisely backwards.
  • Senate downplays Obamacare repeal

    07/09/2015 8:59:17 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | Jennifer Haberkorn & Rachael Bade
    July was supposed to be the big month for Obamacare repeal in Congress. But Senate Republicans are downplaying expectations that they’ll use a powerful budget tool called reconciliation to undo Obamacare through a simple majority vote this summer — and conservatives are none too pleased
  • Mitch McConnell: This decision on gay marriage is the law of the land and there’s not much we can do

    07/01/2015 2:22:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via Newsmax, skip to 4:20 for the key part. He’s not saying anything here that, say, Marco Rubio hasn’t but the McConnell endorsement surely cinches this among grassroots righties as the official RINO position. (Sorry, Marco!) Meekly submitting to the will of the Court isn’t what warriors do. Which raises the question: What should the GOP, as a party, do to resist?Should they encourage county clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gays? That might work short-term, until other state officials can be found who’ll grant the licenses, but it’s likely to bring a lot of legal grief...
  • US Giving up on Military Inspections of Iran Nuke Sites

    06/30/2015 9:50:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 62 replies
    The news from the Iranian nuclear program negotiations in Vienna just keeps getting worse. Now, it seems like the United States is going to give up on military inspections that could be anything close to effective. From the AFP: “We have worked out a process that we believe will ensure that the IAEA has the access it needs,” the administration official told reporters. “The entry point isn’t we must be able to get into every military site, because the United States of America wouldn’t allow anybody to get into every military site, so that’s not appropriate,” the official said.[...]“There are...
  • Ban on abortions after 20 weeks approved by Senate [Ohio]

    06/24/2015 9:28:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    dispatch.com ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Emma Ockerman
    In what anti-abortion advocates called a “monumental” and “groundbreaking” move, Ohio’s Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would almost entirely ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a 23-9 vote. If the bill becomes law, the regulations would make Ohio one of the country’s strictest states for abortion access, abortion rights supporters say. “This is the most important piece of legislation Ohio Right to Life has passed in quite a long time,” the group’s President Mike Gonidakis said, adding he’d be “stunned” if the bill failed to pass the House. “This is a strategic step into hopefully some day...
  • Senate advances fast-track trade bill for Obama

    06/23/2015 9:15:22 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/23/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority. The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law. Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal. Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory....
  • Sen. Sessions: Slow Fast-Track Now, Before It’s Too Late

    06/21/2015 5:21:05 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-21-2015 | Jeff Sessions
    Fast-Track, or Trade Promotion Authority, will receive a final cloture vote in the Senate on Tuesday morning. This is the bill that passed the House. If cloture is invoked, the bill will pass the Senate and go to the President’s desk. More than four weeks have passed since the Senate first voted on whether to grant the Executive six years of fast-track authority. In that time, an enormous amount has been discovered about how the President plans to use this authority – information that was either not known or understood when the vote was held. This includes the Administration’s pledge...
  • Senate passes amendment to ban torture as US policy

    06/16/2015 4:19:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 16, 2015 5:13 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    The Senate on Tuesday reaffirmed a ban against torturing detainees and moved ahead on a more than $600 billion defense policy bill that is entangled in a broader fight in Congress about caps on Pentagon and non-military spending. The Senate overwhelmingly voted 78 to 21 to approve an amendment that bolsters current law and makes the U.S. Army Field Manual on interrogations the standard for all interrogations conducted by the U.S. government. It also gives the International Committee of the Red Cross access to every detainee held by the U.S. The vote comes just months after the Senate intelligence committee...
  • Presidential Candidate Lindsey Graham Introduces 20-Week 'Pain-Capable' Abortion Ban in Senate

    06/12/2015 8:27:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/12/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reintroduced legislation in the Senate Thursday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape and incest, a measure that passed the House of Representatives by a 242-184 vote last month. At a Capitol Hill news conference, Graham promised that the bill, titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would be debated and voted on this year. "This legislation is groundbreaking yet simple at the same time. What I love most about this piece of legislation is how simple it is," Graham said. "Do you believe that at 20...
  • California senate approves right to die legislation

    06/10/2015 9:42:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    jurist.org ^ | june 5 2015 | jurist
    [JURIST] The California Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 23-14 to approve a controversial right to die bill [SB 128 materials]. The bill would protect doctors who aide individuals with terminal conditions in dying. The bill's impact is limited to patients who pass a mental competency test are have less than six months to live. The patients would also be given the option to self administer. The California bill is modeled after Oregon's law, which more than 750 people have used to assist in death since it was passed. Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula stated he is worried that California will...
  • TSA hearing interrupted by bomb threat

    06/09/2015 12:59:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/15 02:32 PM EDT | Keith Laing
    A Senate hearing about the Transportation Security Administration’s recent failure to identify prohibited weapons in security tests at airports across the country was interrupted on Tuesday by a bomb threat. Lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security Committee were getting their first chance to question officials about the findings of the TSA report, documented a series of undercover sting operations in which agents tried to pass through security with prohibited items; much of its findings remain classified. The panel’s chairman interrupted testimony to announce the floor of the Senate Dirksen Office Building where the TSA hearing was being held in was...
  • Capitol Police probe bomb threat, floors evacuated

    06/09/2015 10:05:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 9,2015 | FoxNews.Com
    Several floors of a Senate office building on Capitol Hill were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon, following a report of a suspicious package that Capitol Police are calling a bomb threat.