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  • Vanity: Remember Cloture Rule Still Applies to SCOTUS Nominees

    02/13/2016 4:59:14 PM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Me | February 13, 2016 | Me
    Just a reminder the Cloture rules requiring 60 votes to end debate in the Senate still applies for SCOTUS nominees. Yes Harry Reid dropped the nuke for executive appointments but exempted SCOTUS nominees. If 40 GOPers stand strong the nightmare of Obama getting to replace Scalia shall not pass.
  • Vanity: Trump Must Take a Strong Stand On No Obama Appointee & No Senate Vote If He Does

    02/13/2016 4:10:18 PM PST · by Stayfree · 76 replies
    Self | February 13, 2016 | Stayfree
    God Bless Scalia-A true patriot,defender of the Constitution and defender of the American way. Trump has to be loud an clear...no Obama appointee and if he does NO SENATE VOTE!
  • Sen. Harry Reid calls on Grayson to drop out of Senate race

    02/12/2016 10:32:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2016 1:16 PM EST
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Friday called for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson to drop out of the race for a Senate seat in Florida. Reid said in a statement that Grayson claims to be progressive but seems to have "no moral compass." He said Grayson used his office to unethically promote a hedge fund that until recently had been based in the Cayman Islands. Grayson is running in the Democratic primary to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. His campaign did not immediately respond to Reid's call to quit the race. ...
  • Lawmakers to general: Tell us what you need in Afghanistan

    01/30/2016 5:04:52 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/28/2016 | Jacqueline Klimas
    The senators' message to the officer tapped to lead the fight in Afghanistan on Thursday was clear: just tell us how many troops you need, and we'll make it happen. The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that Lt. Gen. John Nicholson would be nominated to take over as leader of U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan when Gen. John Campbell steps down. Less than a day later, Nicholson appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. *********snip********* Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., described problems the Afghan forces have faced over the past year, including a resurgence of the Taliban and the...
  • Lexington Mayor Jim Gray running against US Sen. Rand Paul

    01/26/2016 2:46:37 PM PST · by brothers4thID · 12 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | 1-26-2016 | Sam Youngman
    Lexington Mayor Jim Gray filed to run for the U.S. Senate Tuesday morning as a Democrat, declaring his candidacy to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on the day of Kentucky’s filing deadline. Gray, 62, told the Herald-Leader Monday night that he decided to challenge Paul last week and that he “absolutely” thinks he can win despite the state’s rightward lurch and widespread disapproval of President Barack Obama. Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article56605288.html#storylink=cpy
  • Mitch McConnell Ready To Give President Unlimited War Powers (Cleared for Senate Vote)

    01/25/2016 12:58:48 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 39 replies
    HuffPo ^ | Jan 21 2016 | Michael McAuliff & Jennifer Bendery
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) caught nearly everybody off guard late Wednesday by quietly clearing the path for new legislation to declare war on the self-described Islamic State -- an issue he'd signaled for months he had no interest in touching. McConnell introduced a sweeping authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, that would give the president new authority to take action against the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL. It wouldn't put any limits on the duration, geography or use of U.S. ground combat troops in the war, or on the means by which...
  • Joe Biden Talks, Mitch McConnell Tees Up Authorization for Military Force Against ISIS…

    01/24/2016 10:05:19 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 34 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | January 24 2016 | by Sundance
    There’s no way these media reports are accidental or not directly connected. And none of this looks the least bit good against the larger dynamic of the Syrian crisis and President Stompy Feet’s prior position on ISIS.
  • Ted Cruz Loves The Senate - The Roman Senate

    01/22/2016 12:58:36 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 27 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/22/2016 | Taylor wofford
    RTX22LO4 Why does Ted Cruz, left, make so many references to Cicero, right? And what does that mean for his hopes in the 2016 presidential election? REUTERS U.S.TED CRUZCICERO Ted Cruz's onstage appearance with Sean Hannity was going well. It was February 2015, and Cruz, like all the other GOP hopefuls, was at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, D.C., being lobbed softballs by the Fox News talking head. Hannity was playing a little word game. "I'm going to ask you about three people, first words that come to your mind," Hannity said. "Barack Hussein Obama," Hannity prompted. Cruz...
  • Sen. Richard Burr asks for retraction on report of comments about Ted (Vote for Sanders) [tr]

    01/21/2016 2:01:21 PM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Charlotte News and Observer ^ | January 21, 2016 | Jim Morrill
    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Thursday strongly denied a news report that said he had told people he would vote for Democrat Bernie Sanders over Republican Ted Cruz. Burr’s aides asked The Associated Press for a retraction. An AP spokesman said the news agency was sticking by its story. “I will support whoever the GOP nominee is,” Burr tweeted. “@AP is trying to create discord where there isn't discord by telling lies.”
  • Bob Dole Warns of 'Cataclysmic' Losses With Ted Cruz, and Says Donald Trump Would Do Better

    01/20/2016 10:30:02 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 20, 2016 | Maggie Haberman
    Bob Dole, the former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has never been fond of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. But in an interview Wednesday, Mr. Dole said that the party would suffer "cataclysmic" and "wholesale losses" if Mr. Cruz were the nominee, and that Donald J. Trump would fare better. "I question his allegiance to the party," Mr. Dole said of Mr. Cruz. "I don't know how often you've heard him say the word 'Republican' - not very often." Instead, Mr. Cruz uses the word "conservative," Mr. Dole said, before offering up a different word for Mr. Cruz:...
  • Alleged Tea Party Senators Betray on Radical Judge Vote

    01/20/2016 2:57:04 PM PST · by Bratch · 28 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 20 2016 | Steve Flesher
    Just one more moment of disappointment from those we work hard so had to elect (h/t Michelle Malkin on Twitter, Tuesday). This is the Senate roll call vote on the radical judge Wright nomination. Note the bend-over Rs who voted yes. @CR pic.twitter.com/e2EpkK41Sm   — Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 20, 2016 First to note: Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio didn’t show up to vote (they’re too busy asking Americans for a promotion). Second to note: Even though Senator Rand Paul is also running for president, he made time to show up and vote on the right side. (Nay) Lastly...
  • U.S. top court rejects new challenge to Obamacare

    01/19/2016 7:39:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2016 | Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court, which delivered major rulings in 2012 and 2015 preserving President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, on Tuesday declined to take up a new, long-shot challenge to Obamacare brought by an Iowa artist. The court turned away an appeal by Matt Sissel, who had asserted that the 2010 Affordable Care Act violated the U.S. Constitution's requirement that revenue-raising legislation must originate in the House of Representatives, not in the Senate, as the healthcare law did.
  • Donors gave a super PAC $6 million. Candidates actually got about $140,000

    12/11/2015 8:45:31 AM PST · by AuntB · 21 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | Nov. 25, 2015 | Joseph Tanfani and Maloy Moore
    Before he entered the race for the White House, Ben Carson signed on to a campaign to raise money to fight Obamacare. When Juanita McMillon saw his name, she was eager to get out her checkbook... She gave $350. Her money went to the American Legacy PAC, an organization with ties to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. With Carson as the face of its Save Our Healthcare campaign, American Legacy raised close to $6 million in 2014 — and spent nearly all of it paying the consultants and firms that raised the money. Just 2% was donated to Republican candidates...
  • Senate rejects Paul's Audit the Fed push

    01/12/2016 1:54:33 PM PST · by SouthReb · 24 replies
    "The Senate on Tuesday rejected Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) controversial proposal to audit the Federal Reserve, turning aside a bill that has drawn the ire of the business community and the White House. The Senate voted 53-44 on taking up the presidential hopeful’s Audit the Fed measure. Sixty votes were needed to move forward. Paul won some bipartisan support for the legislation, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), another presidential candidate, voting in favor. Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) backed the bill as well. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is also running for president, supported moving forward with Paul's legislation, while...
  • Executive Action on Gun Control

    01/02/2016 5:59:51 PM PST · by Turgidson · 39 replies
    The president wants gun control by executive action. If the Senate Republicans would just grow a collective pair, this would be time to start hearings on ratifying the UN Small Arms Treaty (and reject it). GT
  • Harry Reid pays the price for double crossing his exercise equipment

    01/01/2016 8:16:17 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 01/01/2016 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    HAPPY NEW YEAR to Coach is Right readers. And thank you for making 2015 the biggest year in readership the CiR site has ever had. The piece which follows was written by CiR staff writer Suzanne Eovaldi and originally posted on January 3rd of 2015. Being one of the most pleasant memories of the past year (after all, criminals don’t often leave the Senate “voluntarily”) I thought our readers would enjoy reading it one more time. Doug Book, editor by Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer edit note: I could NOT find an authoritative source to cite in re a mafia ordered...
  • Hillary Clinton's lame Senate career

    12/30/2015 4:18:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-29-15 | Jason Russell
    For eight years, Hillary Clinton toiled away in the United States Senate, sponsoring many landmark pieces of legislation and getting them signed into law, forever changing the country. Just kidding. Only three pieces of legislation that Clinton sponsored became law. None were of much consequence. One renamed a post office in a New York town with fewer than 2,000 people. Another renamed a portion of highway outside Buffalo after the late Tim Russert. The third established a brick house in Troy, N.Y., as a national historic site to honor a 19th century female union leader. During her Senate career, Clinton...
  • Cruz as President of the Senate?

    12/22/2015 6:17:37 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 92 replies
    What if Trump wins the presidency with Cruz as VP and they make the VP sideline job of President of the Senate a REAL job? For example, what if they make Cruz the real boss of the senate and bump McConnell down a peg or two?
  • Ben Sasse to Senate colleagues: Will you oppose President Trump if he acts unilaterally?

    12/18/2015 8:05:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 18, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    For your Friday evening viewing pleasure, the third major speech he’s delivered in the last few months demanding more leadership from his colleagues. The first, in early November, was a general indictment of Senate dysfunction. The second, which came just last week, was a plea for clarity in the war on radical Islam, especially from Obama. This one is a hard knock on both parties for cowering as the executive branch gobbles up more and more of Congress’s prerogatives. And the hook, as any media-savvy pol nowadays would insist on, is Trump. That comes right at the beginning (transcript here);...
  • Despite Threats, Obamacare Still Winning

    12/18/2015 4:30:42 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 14 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | December 18, 2015 22:56 GMT | Not Listed
    Another year gone. Another year of the Affordable Care Act's opponents moving further from - not closer to - getting their way on health care. How so? This week's omnibus deal, which was approved Friday by the U.S. House and Senate, provided a clear view once again of the uphill climb Republicans face in repealing Obamacare. The omnibus negotiations never included talk of repeal, because that's a non-starter among Democrats and the White House. Instead, Republicans were left to chip away at the health law they hate. They did so by postponing two important Obamacare taxes - the Cadillac tax...
  • Here's Rubio's statement on the spending bill he didn't show up to vote for.

    12/18/2015 11:42:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12/18/2015 | Mallory Shelbourne
  • Reid spikes the football: 'Successful year for Democrats'

    12/18/2015 11:40:07 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 18, 2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Democrats on Friday boasted that they successfully managed to get just about everything they wanted in a massive spending and tax cut bill, despite being the minority party in both the House and Senate. "Months ago, Democrats called on Republicans to work with us to craft a budget agreement. We wanted to get rid of sequestration, we were able to do that," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. [Snip] "The legislation caps off a successful year for Senate Democrats," Reid said.
  • UPDATED WITH FULL ROLL CALL VOTE –> SENATE PASSES OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL

    12/18/2015 10:54:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 123 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/18/2015
    The Senate just passed the Omnibus spending bill that the House passed a few minutes ago: Breaking: U.S. Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill; will send to @POTUS for his likely signature. Merry Christmas— clint henderson (@ClintPHenderson) December 18, 2015 Congress OKs budget deal worth $1 trillion in new spending and $680 billion in tax cuts, sends bill to Obama: https://t.co/RkcLoi6uqY— The Associated Press (@AP) December 18, 2015 BREAKING: U.S. Senate passes $1.1 trillion government funding bill, $680 million in tax breaks, lifts oil export ban— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 18, 2015 NBC reporter corrects Reuters: I believe it's...
  • Rubio misses spending bill vote

    12/18/2015 9:40:30 AM PST · by grimalkin · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Marco Rubio missed Friday's Senate vote approving a massive $1.8 trillion end-of-the-year spending bill and tax package - a day after he suggested that he could try to slow the legislation down. The Florida Republican, who is running for president, was the only 2016 contender to miss the vote, which is the Senate's final vote of the year. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), three other presidential candidates, all voted against the the legislation.
  • Senate Leaders Block Public Debate On The $1.1 Trillion Budget Plan

    12/18/2015 5:50:07 AM PST · by Tareli · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 17, 2015 | Neil Munro
    With a mere 68 seconds of almost incomprehensible Senate legalese, the two top Republican and Democratic leaders together blocked any budget amendments, televised debate and roll-call votes over the myriad unpopular or popular, effective, dysfunctional or counterproductive measures in the $1.1 trillion 2016 omnibus spending plan.
  • Rush Limbaugh: Trump's un-conservative attack on Ted Cruz raised a red flag for me

    12/14/2015 3:41:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 102 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via MFP, six months after the birth of Trumpmania, this is what finally raised a red flag? Trump arguing that Cruz is a bit of a “maniac” for taking on the entire Senate when it might pose a problem for a president who’ll need friends in Congress to help him pass his agenda? Guy Benson wrote this last week about Trump’s many admirers in conservative talk radio: Here’s how the coy game has worked: When Trump is right, they praise him. Fine. When Trump is factually wrong, while making an argument that may contain a “larger truth,” they justify his...
  • The GOP Don't Never Dance With Them What Brung Them (Steyn)

    12/14/2015 12:54:34 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 50 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | December 14, 2015 | Mark Steyn
    I've received many letters like this about my appearance last week in the United States Senate: Dear Mr. Steyn: I've been following the reports on your appearance to give Senate testimony, and the troubles you and other witnesses encountered there. I don't want to pretend that I'm any kind of expert in such matters, but it was my impression going in that the hearings were Senator Cruz's idea, and that you were his invitee. If so, how were the proceedings commandeered by Sen. Markey in the manner that your posts suggest? Sincerely, Thomas Evans Well, Markey didn't "commandeer" the proceedings....
  • Graham Questions Secretary Carter and General Dunford

    12/14/2015 8:39:23 AM PST · by Broker · 17 replies
    You ^ | Oct 27, 2015 | C-Span
    Senator Graham on Armed Services Committee Interrogation SECDEF & Joint Chief. Watch this Video.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQwofJEQ6ng
  • Trump: Ted Cruz 'a maniac' in Senate

    12/13/2015 8:16:20 AM PST · by Isara · 188 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/13/15 | Sarah Westwood
    Donald Trump took aim at Sen. Ted Cruz Sunday, launching one of the first of what will likely be a series of attacks against the candidate now leading him in Iowa. "I don't think he's qualified to be president," Trump said, arguing the Texas Republican's tenure in the Senate makes him too divisive for the job. Cruz has been "frankly a little bit of a maniac," Trump said in a taped interview on Fox News. "You're never gonna be able to get things done that way." "You can't walk into the Senate and scream and call people liars and not...
  • Call to action Resolution Barring Consideration of Religion in Immigration Passes Senate Committee

    12/10/2015 12:43:14 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 15 replies
    Free Republic ^ | MNJOhnnie
    The time for action is now. The Senate's switchborad, their emails needs to be flooded. This topic needs to be discussed on every Conservative Talk Radio show.
  • Hopes rise for major tax package

    12/09/2015 7:18:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/09/2015 | By Alexander Bolton and Naomi Jagoda
    Congressional leaders and senior White House officials are scrambling to put together a major tax deal, with the talks showing new signs of life after faltering over the weekend. Negotiations ramped up Monday on a deal that could balloon to $800 billion. Both sides are expressing optimism, though buy-in from the White House is still needed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to show voters ahead of next year's election that Republicans know how to govern. He said Congress would finish work on "either a couple-a-year tax package or a more robust tax package." "I lean toward the latter and...
  • Obamacare Repeal Bill: More Than Mere Symbolism

    12/07/2015 3:38:20 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12/7/2015 | David Catron
    The President, congressional Democrats, and their media allies have attempted to portray the partial Obamacare repeal passed by the Senate last Thursday as cynical GOP posturing. As MSNBC phrased it, “Its not exactly a secret that when congressional Republicans vote to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act its not because they intend to succeed.” The President wants to convince the electorate that the Senate bill is just another symbolic GOP repeal effort. But it is not. This measure will actually reach his desk, which will force him to once again tell the voters to go to Hell....
  • The Five Most Endangered Senate Republicans

    12/06/2015 8:51:33 AM PST · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | December 6, 2015 | Eric Pianin and Martin Matishak
    With Donald Trump continuing to dominate the Republican presidential primary field, many of the GOP's senior leaders are beginning to contemplate the down-ballot consequences of having the controversial outsider atop the ticket. Typically, control of the Senate and House are heavily influenced by the outcome of the presidential contest, and a bruising general election contest between Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton almost certainly would affect the outcome of some of the congressional races.
  • Mark Kirk sides with U.S. Senate Democrats on gun rights (Illinois)

    12/06/2015 7:12:58 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    ILLINOIS REVIEW ^ | Dec 5, 2015
    Saturday, December 05, 2015 ILLINOIS Kirk sides with U.S. Senate Democrats on gun rights WASHINGTON DC - During four crucial votes on Second Amendment issues, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk departed from the Republican majority last week in D.C. Illinois' junior senator chose instead to vote with senior Senator Dick Durbin and the Democrat minority. Kirk was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on the following votes on December 3:
  • Senate test vote: Only ten Senators vote to limit visas (Rubio Video explains his vote)

    12/06/2015 5:48:38 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    refugeeresettlementwatch ^ | Dec 4 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Julia Hahn writing at Breitbart tells us what happened here. If yours is one of the brave ten be sure to thank them! (They are mentioned in Hahn's story below but I put them right here on top so you wouldn't have to look far). Rand Paul Jeff Sessions Mike Lee David Vitter John Barrasso Mike Enzi Mark Kirk Jerry Moran Richard Shelby Ted Cruz After Paris and after San Bernardino this is the best they could do--only ten willing to go to the mat for your safety! The amendment, offered Sen. Rand Paul, would have suspended visa issuances to...
  • Senate rejects Paul's crackdown on refugees

    12/05/2015 7:31:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-3-2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Thursday rejected a push by Sen. Rand Paul to tie a battle over accepting refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks to an ObamaCare repeal bill. Senators voted 10-89 on the amendment from the Kentucky Republican, who is running for president. Sixty votes were needed for the amendment to be adopted. Republicans Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), David Vitter (La.) and Paul supported the amendment. Paul's amendment would place a "pause" on issuing visas to more...
  • Needed: GOP Omnibus Busters

    12/05/2015 3:22:03 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Life Zette ^ | December 4, 2015 | Brendan Kirby
    Unless Republicans perform some rapid spine stiffening, another GOP cave-in on a bloated spending bill littered with egregious provisions is on tap for this month. A massive spending bill that must pass by Dec. 11 to avoid a partial government shutdown threatens to allow President Obama's Syrian refugee program, fund his immigration initiatives and capitulate on Planned Parenthood funding. No one knows the precise language of the $1.1 trillion "omnibus" bill, which House and Senate leaders are negotiating in secret. But conservatives in and out of Congress warn that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,...
  • Senate passes budget bill repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood

    12/04/2015 8:41:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/04/2015 | Ted Barrett
    Washington (CNN)The Senate Thursday approved on a largely party line vote a budget bill that would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, two top priorities of Republicans who control the chamber. Not to be outdone, Democrats seized the debate to try to force votes on gun control legislation that could put some Republicans in a politically tough position as the country is reeling from a recent spate of mass shootings. Worst mass shootings in U.S. 17 photos: Worst mass shootings in U.S. By voting to nullify Obamacare -- the signature domestic accomplishment of the Obama administration -- GOP congressional leaders...
  • Senate attempts to put Obamacare out of our misery

    12/04/2015 8:36:23 AM PST · by Marcus · 4 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | December 4, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Forbes recently described neatly one of the great problems facing Obamacare, the wildly unpopular and increasingly dysfunctional health care reform law that has caused skyrocketing health insurance premiums and is in the process of a “death spiral.” While health insurance companies like United Health can bail from the exchanges when they find them unprofitable, ordinary Americans are trapped into buying worthless policies rather than face increasingly crippling fines. The Washington Examiner reported on Thursday that the Senate, for the first time, voted to gut Obamacare. When the bill is reconciled with the House version, it will go to President Obama’s...
  • Senate OKs Bill To Repeal Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood

    12/03/2015 5:50:47 PM PST · by VinL · 47 replies
    TPM ^ | 12/3/15 | Staff
    Openly welcoming a preordained veto, Republicans drove legislation to Senate passage Thursday aimed at crippling two of their favorite targets: President Barack Obama's health care law and Planned Parenthood. With a House rubber stamp expected in days, the bill would be the first to reach Obama's desk demolishing his 2010 health care overhaul, one of his proudest domestic achievements, and halting federal payments to Planned Parenthood. Congress has voted dozens of times to repeal or weaken the health law and several times against Planned Parenthood's funding, but until now Democrats thwarted Republicans from shipping the legislation to the White House....
  • Senators Demand Obama Release Immigration History of San Bernardino Attackers

    12/03/2015 7:28:22 PM PST · by amorphous · 27 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3 Dec 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Leading senators on Thursday evening demanded in a letter that the Obama administration release the immigration records of the two suspected shooters who killed at least 14 people in San Bernardino, California, this week. Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) claimed the Obama administration has failed to comply with a request for immigration records of 72 recent terrorists found to be in the United States.
  • (Howie) Carr: Our senior senator is a broken arrow (Grannie Squaw forget-um honor Indian month)

    12/03/2015 2:32:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 3, 2015 | Howie Carr
    November was Native American Heritage Month. Perhaps some of you fork-tongued devils didn't know that, but surely America's first female Indian U.S. senator did. I refer of course to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, she of the high cheekbones, the woman who was going absolutely nowhere in a lackluster academic career until she began, uh, checking the box, claiming to be a Native American. After all, she claimed, her "paw-paw" told her so. Of course he did, Fauxcahontas. You've heard of Sitting Bull? Sen. Warren is Spreading Bull.
  • Senate closes in on Obamacare repeal: Here’s how it works

    12/02/2015 3:19:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    WFLA ^ | 12/02/15 | Chance Seales
    WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) - Five years after Obamacare became federal law, the U.S. Senate is on track to pass a major repeal this week, following dozens of previous attempts in the House. **SNIP** To achieve that, Thune and other conservative leaders will give the Affordable Care Act its biggest gut punch to date - an official repeal vote. In a twist of legislative fate, GOP Senate leaders will pass their Obamacare repeal package through reconciliation, the same technical procedure Democrats used to pass it in 2010. Reconciliation is a parliamentary maneuver only allowed on budget-related bills. It's a useful tool...
  • How Donald Trump Could Swing the Senate

    11/29/2015 4:47:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 38 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 11/28/15 | Patricia Murphy
    Imagine, for a moment, the once unthinkable scenario that Washington Republicans are beginning to contemplate: The GOP convention in Cleveland with Donald Trump as the nominee. After Melania Trump and the Trump kids get prime time spots to talk about how The Donald will make America great again, every Republican senator and Senate nominee will get a turn at the podium to talk about the Republican Party and its new leader, Donald Trump. New Hampshire’s Sen. Kelly Ayotte describes the “beautiful wall” coming between the U.S. and Mexico. Sen. Rob Portman talks about waterboarding, which Trump has endorsed with a...
  • Harry Reid vows to block bill to add stricter refugee vetting

    11/20/2015 6:46:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/20/2015 | Kimberly Atkins
    WASHINGTON -- Democratic Senate leaders are vowing to block the House bill that would stop Syrian refugees from entering the country until a strict, multi-agency vetting process is in place. The bill passed the House by a 289-137 vote yesterday, with 47 Democrats voting in favor of the legislation -- including Bay State U.S. Reps. William B. Keating and Stephen F. Lynch, who said the additional screening by the chief National Intelligence Agency was a key point in leading to his support. President Obama had vowed to veto it, but with a veto-proof majority vote, Democratic efforts to stop the...
  • Rand Paul Forces Mitch McConnell to Pull Bill Off Senate Floor Over Refugee Housing:

    11/19/2015 3:28:28 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Nov. 2015 | Michelle Fields
    Senator Rand Paul forced his own party’s leadership to yank a bill off the floor of the Senate on Thursday over refugee housing, a significant political and policy victory for the Kentucky Senator and 2016 GOP presidential candidate. Paul also blasted Senate leadership on Thursday for not considering his amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill that would have blocked any current refugees in the United States from getting public housing. “Well I think what boggles my mind is the biggest issue in our country right now is keeping us safe from attack,” Paul told Breitbart News...
  • Will Democrats Win Back the Senate? Current Election Map Looks Quite Favorable to Dems

    11/19/2015 7:58:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/19/2015 | Rich Baehr
    We are a bit less than a year away from the 2016 presidential election, and one of the major parties, barring some unlikely legal developments, appears to have settled on its nominee. Hillary Clinton will almost certainly be the Democratic Party standard-bearer next November. The Republican race is remarkably unsettled. Two newcomers to politics, businessman Donald Trump and pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, continue to lead all GOP polls, drawing 45-50% of the vote between them in most surveys. Most analysts believe both candidates will fade, and the eventual nominee is likely to be one of two Cuban American senators: Marco...
  • What is the Purpose of Government? [And its Primary Duty?]

    11/19/2015 1:37:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    catholicculture.org ^ | Aug 05, 2011 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In my latest In Depth Analysis (The Question of Government Size and Scope), I discussed four issues that should be kept very much in mind before we reflexively turn to government, especially the highest level of government, to solve our problems. But one thing I deliberately avoided in that essay was a consideration of the purpose of government in the first place. I’d like to address that briefly here. .... But in the midst of all these attitudes, predispositions, and mood swings, we really ought to stop to ask ourselves: What, in the abstract, is the actual purpose of government?...
  • Utah prosecutor says he's investigating Sen. Harry Reid

    11/18/2015 2:55:09 PM PST · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    AP ^ | November 18, 2015
    A county prosecutor in Utah says he's investigating Nevada Sen. Harry Reid in connection with an ongoing probe into a pay-to-play scheme involving two former Utah attorneys general.
  • List of Democrat Senators Leaning AGAINST Immediately Allowing Syrian "Refugees" Into Country

    11/18/2015 9:59:37 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 38 replies
    Self | November 18, 2015 | PJ-Comix
    Here is a partial list of Democrat senators who so far are leaning AGAINST Obama's bizarre plan to allow Syrian "refugees" into this country in the wake of the Paris terror attacks by ISIS. This includes those senators who want a pause which I count as leaning against. If you can find other Democrat senators now leaning AGAINST Obama's absurd policy of potentially importing terrorists, please add them to the list. 1. Chuck Schumer 2. Joe Manchin 3. Bill Nelson 4. Diane Feinstein 5. Joe Donnelly 6. ??????