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  • Obama: There Will Be a Government ‘Shutdown Threat Two Weeks Before Christmas’

    10/03/2015 5:29:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 3, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In his Weekly Address today, resident Barack Obama warned that there will be another government shutdown threat two weeks before Christmas and said he “will not sign” a short-term spending bill. The continuing resolution that Congress passed this week runs until Dec. 11. If resident Obama does “not sign” the spending bill Congress sends him to fund the government after that date, Obama will shut down the government. The government will not be funded until Obama signs an appropriations bill passed by Congress. Fortunately, there were enough votes in both parties to pass a last-minute bill to keep the government...
  • No shutdown? Fine. 69 percent of Americans didn’t want one over Planned Parenthood anyway

    10/01/2015 8:32:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/01/2015 | Matt Vespa
    Congress had grappled with shutdown drama. On October 1, the government would have run out of money. Last time, the government was shut down, it was a sloppy attempt to gut Obamacare. It was done with the full knowledge that a) Obama would never eviscerate his signature domestic achievement (ever) and b) the Republicans never had the votes to be successful. Even with public opinion siding with the GOP over the various mandates within the health care law, Obama won. The government was reopened–and Obamacare remains the law of the land.With the current squabble over Planned Parenthood, the numbers...
  • Just considering U.S. government shutdown costs money: experts

    09/29/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/29/2015 | Megan Cassella
    Congressional Republicans' threatened federal government shutdown is already costing U.S. taxpayers money and it has not even happened yet, budget experts said on Tuesday. Whether or not the party's conservative Tea Party faction forces a shutdown this week, there are real costs to discussing and preparing for the possibility of one, they said. Making shutdown plans during the workday diverts federal workers from other tasks that then have to be put off, which costs time and money, said Yvonne Jones, a director at the Government Accountability Office, a non-partisan congressional watchdog. Jones wrote a report on the 2013 shutdown's costs....
  • Mark Levin: Conservatives ‘Sick and Tired’ of GOP ‘Funding the Obama Agenda’

    09/27/2015 6:14:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 26, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Radio talk show host Mark Levin said Saturday that conservatives are “sick and tired” of the Republican leadership in Congress “funding the Obama agenda.” ... The resident “may have a pen and he may have an Obamaphone, but we have a Constitution. Now use it!” Levin exclaimed. “If that means the government shuts down for three weeks, then by God, the government is shut down… By the way, the government never shuts down. It just doesn’t stop.” ... I think we’ve already tipped hard left,” Levin said in response to a question by Perkins. “We’re holding on to our republic,...
  • Conservatives to 2016 GOP field: Defy us at your own peril

    09/26/2015 2:11:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 26, 2015 3:27 PM EDT | Steve Peoples and Jill Colvin
    The Republican Party’s conservative wing, pumped up by House Speaker John Boehner’s stepping down, is warning the 2016 presidential candidates that defying its wishes will come at their peril. Religious activists forcefully conveyed this message Saturday: embrace our uncompromising stance against abortion rights and gay marriage, among other priorities, even if doing so risks a federal government shutdown. An emboldened conservative movement signals fresh trouble for White House candidates viewed by the party’s frustrated base as insufficiently committed to their cause. Chief among them is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. “Conservatives are on fire at the moment,” said Gary Bauer,...
  • Kabuki Debt Ceiling Nonsense

    09/25/2015 8:27:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/25/15 | JACK PUGLIS
    Stocking Congress with progressive Republicans, who talk a conservative game but act in concert with progressive Democrats, is an excellent, ancient, tried-and-true strategy It’s the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of fall. It just keeps coming around. So does the Kabuki Theater in congress over the debt ceiling, which will ultimately be raised. The show that accompanies the process will be characterized by the usual irrational plot, appalling acting, extremely competent Democrat propaganda and not much benefit for the nation. Republicans know very well that the Democrat propaganda machine has already revved up and is snorting and pawing at the...
  • Congress moves quickly on shutdown… to make sure we don’t spend any less money

    09/23/2015 7:38:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    If I’m reading the calendar correctly we have about four congressional working days until the government shuts down, assuming we don’t get some sort of deal on a continuing resolution. So what happens next? For one thing a whole bunch of federal workers will be placed on unpaid leave and sent home unless they are in “critical” positions which can’t be left vacant. This clearly calls for quick action by our elected representatives and you may rest assured that they’re all over this thing. A bipartisan proposal is in place to make sure that as soon as the curtains...
  • Democrats block defense spending bill in Senate

    09/22/2015 11:50:01 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept 22, 2015 | By Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Eric Walsh
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats blocked the fiscal 2016 defense spending bill in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, amid a fierce fight with Republicans over tax and spending policy days before a potential Oct. 1 government shutdown. The vote was 54-42, largely along party lines with Republicans voting yes and Democrats no. It meant the appropriations measure failed to achieve the 60-vote majority needed to advance to final passage in the 100-member Senate. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are fighting over a range of tax and spending issues as the end of the fiscal year approaches. In the case of the Department...
  • GOP leaders face tough test in Congress to keep gov’t open

    09/21/2015 3:41:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 21, 2015 4:54 AM EDT | Erica Werner and Andrew Taylor
    Congress’ Republican leaders face stark tests as they fight to keep the government open past month’s end, amid fears a shutdown could imperil their party’s White House ambitions. For House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, any wrong move could throw his very future into question, opening him to a threatened showdown vote on the floor of the House over whether he can remain in his job. If that happens, there is no certain outcome. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., must contend with the ambitions of several GOP presidential candidates. One of them, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, has made it...
  • John McCain on Planned Parenthood funding: No way am I voting for a shutdown

    09/18/2015 6:47:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2015 | AllahPundit
    A morale booster for the big upcoming puah via CNS. The House passed a bill today that would freeze funding for PP, but that’s really just a consolation prize. Democrats will filibuster that if McConnell brings it to the floor in the Senate and then they’ll filibuster the spending bill if McConnell attaches an amendment defunding PP to that. If only there was some way to get around that darned filibuster, both on this matter and the Iran deal.Perhaps there is. Dozens of House Republican lawmakers are making a late stab at pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)...
  • Ayotte to Cruz: What’s your shutdown endgame?

    09/18/2015 5:47:31 AM PDT · by CASchack · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/17/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) is pressing fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) to reveal his “strategy for success” as he risks a government shutdown in an attempt to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood. In a letter to Cruz on Thursday, Ayotte demanded to know why the firebrand Texas senator — and presidential candidate — is so strongly pushing legislation that the party can't pass. “It is abundantly clear that we lack the votes in the Senate to redirect these funds,” Ayotte, one of four female Republicans in the Senate, wrote in the letter. She goes out of her way...
  • Obama using business CEOs meeting to apply budget pressure

    09/16/2015 1:52:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 16, 2015 4:44 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to avoid another contentious budget showdown and warned that the economy would take a hit if the government shuts down again. Obama blamed Republicans for the shutdown two years ago and made clear he would so again if it comes to that. “You’ll recall two years ago Republicans shut down the government because they didn’t like Obamacare. Today, some are suggesting the government should be shut down because they don’t like Planned Parenthood,” Obama said. “That’s not good sense, and it’s not good business.” A partial shutdown will occur Oct. 1 unless lawmakers...
  • Here We Go… Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Strategist Concerned Trump’s “Tone” Could Spread

    09/07/2015 5:28:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/7/15 | Jim Hoft
    Here we go… The latest polling shows Donald Trump receives 25% of the black vote – something that has not happened for any Republican candidate in decades.Trump is the clear leader in the Republican party presidential race.Of course, the establishment hates this. There are reports that GOP elites are planning to take Donald Trump down after Labor Day.And, then there’s this…Mitch McConnell’s campaign strategist is concerned Donald Trump’s “tone” could spread in the party.The New York Times reported: Some party leaders worry that the favorable response Mr. Trump has received from the Republican electorate is luring other candidates to adopt...
  • If John Boehner can face a no-confidence vote, why can't Mitch McConnell?

    09/09/2015 5:08:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    am thinker ^ | 9/9/15 | e straker
    It's looking bad for John Boehner, who may be forced out of the speakership due to his cooperation with the Obama agenda. But what about Mitch McConnell? He has been at least as complicit as Boehner. McConnell has given Obama: 1) 100% of his budget requests. 2) Fully funding Obamacare without any restraints 3) Fully funding Obama's illegal amnesty without any restraints 4) Raised the debt ceilings repeatedly without any restraints 5) Effectively given away the Senate's treaty deciding powers. 6) Refused to set up select committees to investigate the abuse of powers of this administration To be Senate Majority...
  • McConnell Rejects Iran Delay

    09/10/2015 6:37:09 AM PDT · by Calpublican · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is dismissing a House Republican Hail-Mary attempt to kill the Iran nuclear deal by postponing a vote on a disapproval resolution. House conservatives want to delay the vote and argue that the 60-day congressional review period has not yet elapsed because the administration has yet to submit paperwork detailing “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). ADVERTISEMENT Tea-Party firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the House GOP effort Wednesday by panning an upcoming Senate vote on the disapproval resolution as a “show vote” and putting pressure on McConnell to delay...
  • McConnell, Corker Cheerlead Obama’s Lawlessness on Iran

    09/11/2015 3:27:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 9/10/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Senate Republicans have hit a new low. Not only are they doing nothing to stop Obama’s lawlessness on Iran in forging a treaty without Senate ratification, they are allowing him to break the very law that broke the treaty clause of the Constitution. You can’t make this stuff up! First, the good news. When Mark Levin and Conservative Review were the lone voices against Corker-Cardin in April, everyone thought we were being purists. Most conservative pundits and elected Republicans thought this was the best opportunity to get congressional input. Every major news outlet was reporting this bill as a means...
  • Mark Levin to McConnell: You will have blood on your hands for the rest of your life

    09/11/2015 6:56:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 80 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Sep 10, 2015 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin eviscerated Mitch McConnell tonight, telling him that he’ll have blood on his hands for the rest of his life over this Iran Deal, and so would the Republican Party because of his unconstitutional leadership. Levin said McConnell is worse than Obama because at least we know who Obama is, as McConnell pretends to be someone he clearly is not. ... Levin’s opening segment on the horrible Iran Deal that essentially passed today because of Republicans like McConnell who sold out

    09/14/2015 2:10:38 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 14, 2015 | by NEIL MUNRO
    The GOP’s populist base can help win big battles for the party’s business donors in 2017, if it just shuts up for the next few months, GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)52% suggested in a low-drama interview with Politico. McConnell offered nothing to the party’s populist base, except finger-wagging. The pro-life push to transfer funding away from abortion-giant Planned Parenthood “is an exercise in futility… that’s not going to happen until you have a president who has a similar view,” McConnell didn’t offer any opposition to President Barack Obama’s effort to amnesty millions of illegal immigrants, or his promise to...

    09/12/2015 11:44:13 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/11/15 | JEFF POOR
    ..WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’ Friday on the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)52% insisted that although President Barack Obama will see the successful implementation of his controversial agreement with Iran on the nuclear deal, those that oppose the deal won the battle of public opinion. McConnell insisted this would be used as a campaign issue, but was expressed his skepticism that there could be anything else done to block the deal because of a procedural obstacle Senate Democrats initiated. “We know, Bill, that there is a bipartisan majority who oppose the deal,” McConnell said....
  • McConnell: Planned Parenthood funding protest 'exercise in futility'

    09/11/2015 10:31:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 114 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/11/2015 | BURGESS EVERETT and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he will back a plan to fund the government into December with no conditions, rejecting in his strongest terms yet calls from within his party to defund Planned Parenthood as part of a larger budget bill. “It’s an exercise in futility," the Kentucky Republican told POLITICO in an interview. "I’m anxious to defund Planned Parenthood" but "the honest answer of that is that’s not going to happen until you have a president who has a similar view." "It’s better to be honest with the American people and say, ‘That won’t get it done,’”...
  • McConnell aims to avoid government shutdown

    09/11/2015 10:15:41 AM PDT · by VinL · 29 replies
    WXIL ^ | 9/11/2015 | Manu Raju
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving to separate abortion politics from a spending fight that threatens to shut down the government at month's end.... The move comes as McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner are beginning to take a series of steps to avoid a possible shutdown at month's end. Conservatives are demanding that the must-pass spending bill should prohibit federal funding from flowing to Planned Parenthood in light of controversial, heavily edited videos secretly taped this summer where officials discussed the sale of aborted fetal parts. But McConnell and Boehner, recognizing that Senate Democrats would block any effort...
  • McConnell: Defunding Planned Parenthood must wait for new president

    09/01/2015 11:48:19 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 1, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that defunding Planned Parenthood will have to wait for a new commander in chief in 2017. “The president’s made it very clear he’s not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood, so that’s another issue that awaits a new president, hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood,” McConnell said Monday on the Kentucky station WYMT’s “Issues and Answers.” Defunding Planned Parenthood has become a leading cause among some Republicans in the wake of controversial undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the price of fetal tissue...
  • A Shutdown Threat, Trump’s Fed Hiring Spree and More From Presidential Candidates

    08/23/2015 7:27:27 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 8 replies
    Government Executive ^ | Eric Katz | Eric Katz
    A Shutdown Threat, Trump’s Fed Hiring Spree and More From Presidential Candidates For most 2016 presidential candidates, the critical day of the campaign is still several months away, with the first votes being cast in Iowa on Feb.1. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, however, appears to have a much closer date circled on his calendar, a date that federal employees are also keeping an eye on: Sept. 30, the last day Congress can pass a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. Cruz is using his campaign soapbox to threaten to derail the funding process if Planned Parenthood receives federal appropriations....
  • Chick-fil-A Owner Stuns Employees, Pays Them During 5 Month Shutdown

    08/16/2015 2:59:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    The owner of a fast food restaurant in Austin, Texas shocked his 50 employees by paying their full salaries during a five-month period when the business shut down. Jeff Glover, who has operated the Chick-fil-A for 15 years, wanted to remodel the building to accommodate more customers, but didn’t want to hurt his workers. So he continued paying them for the full five months. The restaurant, which reopened this week at West Braker Lane and U.S. 183, is now the largest Chick-fil-A in Austin–and surely the chicken retailer with the biggest heart.
  • How the Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood Could Lead to Another Government Shutdown

    08/06/2015 7:11:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/2015 | by JOEL GEHRKE
    Pro-life activists will have a powerful influence on whether the government shuts down this fall. A string of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of organs taken from aborted babies has the nation’s largest abortion provider on defense. Social conservatives are united in their desire to strip the organization of taxpayer funding but disagree on how best to accomplish that goal given the possibility that a legislative push for defunding could prompt another government shutdown. Whatever they decide, the onset of the 2016 presidential election guarantees they’ll find champions in the Senate. One of the most influential...
  • Mitch McConnell amid Planned Parenthood uproar: No more shutdowns

    08/05/2015 12:11:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/05/2015 | AllahPundit
    There’s nothing like unilateral disarmament right before a big budget fight. Breathe easy, abortion warriors: If it’s a choice between yanking taxpayer money from an outfit that sells babies for parts and protecting a 2016 talking point that the new GOP majority is too mature for silly things like shutdowns, the latter wins every time. The only suspense now is what form the next exciting episode of Republican failure theater will take. Traditionally what would happen is that McConnell would attach the PP defunding bill to a budgetary continuing resolution, that resolution would then be filibustered by Senate Democrats...
  • Ted Cruz: We Should Shut Down Government if Necessary to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

    08/04/2015 3:49:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/4/15 | Steven Ertelt
    Yesterday, Senate Democrats defeated an effort to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business by filibustering the bill and preventing a vote on it. Republicans were unable to secure the 60 voted needed to invoke cloture and stop debate on the bill, allowing an up or down vote.The Senate voted 53-46 on the cloture motion — failing to get the 60 votes needed to stop the Democratic filibuster against the de-funding measure.Now, some Republicans are saying the House and Senate should look at the possibility of shutting down the federal government in order to de-fund Planned Parenthood. But...
  • [SecTreas] Lew informs Congress he extending debt-limit measures

    07/29/2015 2:40:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2015 5:29 PM EDT | Martin Crutsinger
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress on Wednesday that he will extend for another three months the authority he is using to take emergency measures to keep from breaching the nation’s borrowing limit. In a letter to congressional leaders, Lew said he will extend the current debt-suspension period, which was set to expire Friday, through Oct. 30. He said he believes the emergency measures he is using may be sufficient to keep the government operating for a brief period after Oct. 30. Since March 16, Lew has been employing a variety of bookkeeping maneuvers such as removing investments from government...
  • Black Lives Matter co-founder threatens to “shut down” GOP convention

    07/27/2015 9:08:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    div class="clear"> Who exactly is running things over at the top secret headquarters of the Black Lives Matter movement, assuming that such even exists? There seems to be some confusion on the messaging. You may recall that when Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors seized the stage from Martin O’Malley at Netroots Nation after the candidate was foolish enough to say that all human lives matter, she prefaced her comments as follows: “It’s not like we like shutting (expletive deleted) down, but we have to,” So they don’t like shutting **** down unless there’s no other choice. Fair enough, I...
  • This is why the NYSE shut down today

    07/08/2015 2:10:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Fortune ^ | 07/08/2015 | by Stephen Gandel
    An expert says a failed systems upgrade forced the New York Stock Exchange to halt trading on Wednesday. Two weeks ago, the New York Stock Exchange told trading firms and other subscribers that it would be discontinuing some of its legacy systems. Apparently, the fix disconnected the entire NYSE. The NYSE has not yet confirmed why trading on the exchange had been halted on Wednesday morning. It has said that it was the result of technical issues and did not offer any further elaboration. But Eric Scott Hunsader, an expert in Wall Street trading systems who heads market data firm...
  • Congress paddles toward brink of a government shutdown

    06/16/2015 4:12:43 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/16/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Congress is slowly paddling toward a government shutdown. The fight over government spending that has dominated much of the decade, calmed for two years because of a bipartisan deal, is roaring back to life. Democrats are adamant that Republicans back off their plans to increase defense spending without doing the same for nondefense programs. They argue the GOP is using a budget gimmick to funnel more money to the Pentagon without raising spending limits on healthcare and social welfare programs. To try to force the party’s hand, Senate Democrats say they will block every annual spending bill unless Republicans agree...
  • Gov. Rick Scott warns: Prepare for possible government shutdown

    05/15/2015 8:01:56 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    cfnews13 ^ | 5-15-2015 | cfnews13
    TALLAHASSEE (AP)- Gov. Rick Scott is asking agency heads to list only their critical needs as the Legislature prepares to hold a special session over the state budget. Scott sent the letter to agency heads Thursday and told them to prepare in case the budget impasse results in state government shutting down July 1. The Legislature is returning to Tallahassee June 1 after leaving its regular session without a budget agreement.
  • We’re going to “shut down Baltimore”

    04/26/2015 6:24:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/26/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We still don’t know what happened to Freddie Gray in Baltimore earlier this month, aside from the general agreement that he died in police custody with a nearly severed spine. The city’s leaders have been out in front of this, delivering information to the public as it comes in and investigating every aspect of the incident. There is clearly the possibility that there was police misconduct – or at least negligence in prompt medical care and safety precautions – going on, but the facts are still being gathered. Following yet another press conference where the mayor and the police...
  • It's over - they backed down [email from nobama]

    03/03/2015 5:48:07 PM PST · by upchuck · 13 replies
    email | March 3, 2015 | Jack Shaprio
    It's over. After bringing us within hours of a shutdown on Friday, congressional leaders backed down and voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of the year today. That didn't happen because they suddenly came to their senses and decided to stop playing political games. It happened because they knew they couldn't get away with it any longer. They heard the voices of hundreds of thousands of Americans who stood up to let them know we were ready to hold them accountable. They saw reasonable members of Congress standing united, and refusing to budge. And you...
  • Shut It Down (Saturbray)

    02/28/2015 4:13:07 PM PST · by bray · 10 replies ^ | 2/28/15 | bray
    Isaiah 40:30-31 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Once again our fearful leaders are terrified of the word “shutdown”. In spite of any proof whatsoever that a shutdown has lost any seats they act as if the mere mention of the word has them running for the nearest foxhole. It is not so much the politicians who are afraid of the...
  • Hoyer: During DHS 'Shut Down,' 200,000 of 230,000 DHS Workers Would Still Work

    02/25/2015 2:37:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/25/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said on the House floor on Tuesday that if Congress did not pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill by the end of the week, it would shut down the department—but that 200,000 of the department’s 230,000 employees would still go to work. The other 30,000 employees are not deemed “essential” workers. “The Department of Homeland Security will not be funded,” said Hoyer. “There are 230,000 people who work at that Department, and 30,000 of them, mostly administrative personnel, will be laid off. The others, known as critically important important—essential employees who are...
  • DHS Funding Battle Goes Down to the Wire

    02/25/2015 10:28:46 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/25/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    The Obama administration chooses amnesty madness over domestic security. Unless the issue is resolved between now and Friday, there will be a “shutdown” of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) due to the GOP’s determination to withhold funding for President Obama’s dubious immigration agenda. The quotes around the word shutdown reflect the fatuousness behind the hysteria being whipped up by the Obama administration and their media allies. That’s because 80 percent of the DHS’s 240,000 employees are deemed “essential,” and will continue to work, albeit without receiving paychecks until the dispute is resolved. Nonetheless Sen. Tom Carper, senior Democrat on...
  • Congress still has no plan to prevent a shutdown

    02/23/2015 7:38:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/23/2015 | Shahil Kapur
    WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Congress returns to town Monday with no viable plan to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security less than five days away on Friday. The GOP is caught between wanting to use DHS funding to block to President Barack Obama's executive actions to shield upwards of 4 million people from deportation and give them 3-year work permits, and not wanting to be held responsible for shutting down the department. In a testament to the party's struggles, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has teed up a procedural vote Monday afternoon on the same bill...
  • DHS Shutdown Will Do Less Harm To Economy Than Immigration Amnesty

    02/22/2015 11:23:15 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 22, 2015 | By Jeffrey Dorfman
    As Congress comes back into session this week the issue that is looming over them is the budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Back in December Republicans agreed to fund the government through the end of this fiscal year except for DHS. The DHS budget was only funded through the end of February so that Republicans could use its funding as leverage to block President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Even though a federal district court has temporarily blocked implementation of the executive amnesty, Republicans should stand firm and refuse to pass a DHS spending bill without strong...

    02/18/2015 4:11:05 PM PST · by tobyhill · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/18/2015 | TONY LEE
    Days after a federal judge issued an injunction against President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Senate Republicans to abandon their defunding efforts and pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill. “We have to fund Homeland Security,” Rubio reportedly said on Wednesday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We can’t let Homeland Security shut down.” He reportedly “noted that Obama has threatened to veto any bill that would reverse his executive actions on immigration, including the measure to pay for Homeland Security” and “the Senate doesn’t have enough votes to pass the bill that ties the two...
  • Luetkemeyer didn’t like challenge to Speaker Boehner

    01/09/2015 4:55:28 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 18 replies
    Congress gets back to work this week, with a Republican majority in both houses expected to challenge President Obama’s agenda. It started a bit awkwardly for the GOP though, with House Speaker John Boehner having to survive a couple challenges for his job. Mid-Missouri Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer says he still supports Boehner. “The frustrating thing to me is, if you’re going to govern, you have to govern in a united front. You can’t govern when you’re divided,” Rep. Luetkemeyer says. “When you do that, you hand the Democrats the reins of power.”
  • Herzog: Shut Down Government's Settlement Division

    01/03/2015 2:59:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/15 | Hezki Ezra & Tova Dvorin
    Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog has vowed to shut down the World Zionist Organization's Settlement Division, which functions as an operational arm of the government to build and establish communities and infrastructures in Judea and Samaria - leaving hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the region without governmental representation. "As Prime Minister I will close the Settlement Division and open it later to serve the Negev and the Galilee," Herzog stated during an interview on "Meet the Press" Saturday night. "We see again and again the same group takes over the interests of the state and Netanyahu gave in to it."...
  • Bachmann: Ruling Class In Washington Decided US Will Have Open Borders.

    12/15/2014 3:25:17 PM PST · by ROCKLOBSTER · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/15/2014 | Al Weaver
    Bachmann took aim at the “ruling class in Washington,” saying that the U.S. will “not have any sovereignty” over its borders. Bachmann also opined that with the executive action, the president put in place an “insurance policy,” allowing Democrats to win “every presidential contest from here on out....
  • Senate passes spending, GOP still despises Ted Cruz

    12/14/2014 4:55:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 14, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The Post reports: The Senate on Saturday night approved a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund most of the federal government through the next fiscal year, turning back a conservative rebellion against President Obama’s immigration policy. On a vote of 56 to 40, senators passed the spending bill and sent it to Obama, who plans to sign it. The bill’s passage eliminates the threat of a government shutdown and capped days of acrimonious debate on Capitol Hill over the omnibus agreement. A small group of conservatives, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), had sought to slow debate on the...
  • Ted Cruz does it again (Made Kelly Ayotte miss "The Nutcracker!")

    12/13/2014 6:39:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | December 13, 2014 | Manu Raju, Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan
    Sen. Kelly Ayotte returned home to New Hampshire Friday, planning to see “The Nutcracker” with her daughter this weekend. But there was an unexpected conflict: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz, along with Utah Sen. Mike Lee, took to the floor Friday night to demand Republicans stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and scuttled a bipartisan agreement to push back votes until Monday, effectively forcing the Senate to return for a rare weekend session and cast a marathon series of procedural votes. Senior Republicans say there’s a problem with Cruz’s strategy: The GOP lacks the votes to stop Obama...
  • Other Senators Fume Over Cruz's Push For Vote On Obama Immigration Action

    12/13/2014 5:44:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | December 13, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Other members of the Senate fumed Saturday over objections by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) that held up a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill meant to keep the government open. The objection was fueled by the two conservatives' desire to fight President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. The objections by Cruz and Lee mean that the Senate must slog through procedural votes Saturday on nominees and also vote to end a filibuster on the omnibus bill at 1 a.m. on Sunday. It was too much for Democrats and even Republicans to bite their tongues over....
  • Dems try to OK Obama picks; funding deadline nears

    12/13/2014 12:27:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2014 2:54 PM EST | David Espo and Donna Cassata
    Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama’s nominees, and several Republicans blamed tea partyer Ted Cruz for creating an opening for the outgoing majority party to exploit. The weekend session unfolded as measures that could prevent government operating funds from running out at midnight remained in limbo. Even so, there was little apparent concern about a shutdown that Democratic and Republican leaders said they wanted to avoid. Republicans tried to slow the nomination proceedings, but several voiced unhappiness with Cruz, R-Texas. One likened his actions to his role in...
  • Ted Cruz forces Senate into Saturday session, threatening shutdown

    12/13/2014 11:29:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
    Defying his party's leadership, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz upended plans for smooth passage of a $1.1-trillion spending bill, forcing a rare Saturday session as Congress braces to prevent a new threatened government shutdown.. Cruz launched the Senate into turmoil as he tried to use the government shutdown as leverage to stop President Obama's immigration plans. Now, Congress faces a midnight Saturday deadline to keep federal operations running. Senators were streaming into the Capitol on a sunny winter Saturday for a series of procedural votes, with many not happy about the situation. "I remind everyone, 12 o'clock midnight, 12 a.m., the...
  • The Week Elizabeth Warren Decided to Run for President

    12/12/2014 7:34:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The New Republic ^ | December 12, 2014 | Danny Vinik
    Or may have decided. We won’t know for a few months whether the Massachusetts senator will challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, but if she chooses to run, we’re going to look back at this week as a pivotal moment in Warren’s decision-making. Warren has been waging two battles against mainstream Democrats over the past month in an attempt to reduce Wall Street’s influence within the party. Both of those battles hit inflection points this week. The first is over President Barack Obama’s nominee for the under secretary for Domestic Finance, the number three position at the Treasury Department....
  • Drive-Bys Compare Warren to Cruz

    12/12/2014 5:50:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | December 12, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Welcome back. Great to have you. Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network. Grab audio sound bite number one. The Drive-By Media is comparing Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz, but they're doing it the following way. Elizabeth Warren is wonderful. Ted Cruz is mean and nasty and a threat to the republic. It's about 25 seconds, and again, just a media montage to give you a flavor here. ED HENERY: Elizabeth Warren saying she may hold all of this up and do a reverse of what Ted Cruz did. TAMARA KEITH: She's sort of pulling a Ted Cruz. JOE...