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  • Boston Globe: Ryan sought stimulus funds while decrying program

    08/19/2012 7:41:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 08/18/2012 | Bryan Bender and Brian MacQuarrie
    JANESVILLE, Wisc. — In 2009, as Rep. Paul D. Ryan was railing against President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package as a “wasteful spending spree,” he wrote at least four letters to Obama’s secretary of energy asking that millions of dollars from the program be granted to a pair of Wisconsin conservation groups, according to documents obtained by the Globe. The advocacy appeared to pay off; both groups were awarded the economic recovery funds -- one receiving a $20 million grant to help thousands of local businesses and homes improve their energy efficiency, agency documents show. Ryan’s letters to the energy...
  • Boehner Calls Opponents To TARP "Knuckledraggers"

    08/14/2012 5:29:21 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 84 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | Tuesday August 14, 2012
    VAN SUSTEREN, FOX News: People think of him as hawkish on the budget, on expenses, but he voted for TARP. He voted for the auto bailout, voted for two stimulus in '08, voted against the '09 -- February '09 President Obama stimulus. How does -- I mean, how does he explain those, or I mean, how does -- politically, how does he sell that? BOEHNER: I mean, I think that he's a practical conservative. He's got a very conservative voting record, but he's not a knuckle-dragger, all right? He understood that TARP, while none of us wanted to do it,...
  • Obama's Right; His Plan Worked

    08/06/2012 8:51:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2012 | Morgan Brittany
    It’s not like he didn’t tell us.  It’s not like all the warning signs were not there for all of us to see.  Barak Obama’s now infamous words, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” have come true. Remember when he told Joe the Plumber “we just have to spread the wealth around”? Well, he spoke the truth. Like in “The Wizard of Oz”; “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”; we believed the media when they downplayed Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers.  Move on, there is nothing to see here.  America...
  • Pelosi Says She Faced Male Chauvinism While House Speaker...

    02/17/2012 11:18:00 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Pelosi Says She Faced Male Chauvinism While House Speaker... Fire it up 76 Share Reuters By ZIP, Weasel Zippers Cry me a river, Pelosi is a pit bull. Via National Journal: NJ: Why did the Republicans make you an issue? Is it because, as with Hillary Rodham Clinton, some voters aren’t comfortable with a strong woman leader? PELOSI: First of all, we were effective at making change. What did we do but stand in the way of Wall Street, big health insurers, Big Oil, and people opposed to collective bargaining? My situation was different from Hillary in that most people...
  • Dem losers still blaming Nancy Pelosi

    03/29/2011 12:51:29 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    Dem losers still blaming Nancy Pelosi By: Richard E. Cohen March 29, 2011 02:33 PM EDT As victims of the House Democratic election massacre speak out about what caused their ouster last November, they are pointing their fingers squarely at a Washington duo: Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) moved their party’s agenda too far left during the past Congress. And then they failed to help rescue the party’s mostly supportive lawmakers, two defeated first-termers who have joined Washington-based think tanks said Tuesday. “Moderates and independents who leaned toward Obama didn’t come out because they saw...
  • Sen. Stevens' Tragic Demise Breathed Life Into Brady

    01/24/2011 6:49:46 AM PST · by em2vn
    Legal Intelligencer ^ | 01-24-2011 | Meredith S. Auten and Marc S. Raspanti
    On Aug. 9, 2010, former senior U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska died when his red 1957 de Havilland float plane tore a 300 foot gash into the side of a mountain in a remote spot far from his constituents and even further from the limelight of Washington, D.C. Stevens was approaching his 87th birthday. In addition to Stevens, four others were killed in the horrific mountainside crash. Stevens' death mirrored his precipitous fall from grace in the U.S. Senate, where he had served the citizens of Alaska for 40 years, longer than any other Republican in history. He had...
  • Homeowners Lose Break In Obama Tax Bill

    01/18/2011 11:25:29 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 52 replies
    A rotten Easter egg for homeowners is part of the tax bill passed by the lame-duck Democrat Congress and signed into law by President Obama, Dec. 17. A provision to allow homeowners to deduct local property taxes without itemizing was let lapse. About two-thirds of Americans don't make enough money to make it worth itemizing. The provision saved homeowners about $1.6 billion per year.
  • (RINO) Sen. Collins recounts role in repealing 'don't ask' ("It was exciting")

    01/18/2011 9:29:55 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies
    The Press-Herald, Portland, Me. ^ | 2011-01-14 | David Hench
    PORTLAND — Sen. Susan Collins this morning described for a group of business leaders from across New England her role in repealing the law banning gays in the military. (snip) In a 30-minute presentation, the Republican lawmaker described the 11th-hour maneuvering against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the waning days of 2010, her work to convince key Republican allies to support repeal and the challenge of opposing a close friend, renowned veteran, Sen. John McCain of Arizona. "It was exciting to help lead what I believe to be a historic change for our country, but boy it was not...
  • Taxpayers Finance Pelosi’s Lavish Hawaiian Farewell

    01/05/2011 9:03:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 5, 2011
    Reminiscent of the scandal in which she used military aircraft as her personal taxi, Nancy Pelosi stuck it to U.S. taxpayers on her way out as House Speaker with a lavish Hawaiian vacation featuring secret service and local police motorcades financed by Americans.The famously corrupt California congresswoman spent her last days as Speaker at an exotic resort in Kona’s historic settlement of Ka’upulehu, according to a Hawaiian newspaper that’s working to get figures on local police and secret service costs. Not surprisingly, the feds refuse to provide details on Pelosi’s security detail and the Hawaii Police Department claims it...
  • Pelosi on last day as Speaker: 'No Regrets' on Deficit and Debt

    01/04/2011 12:53:10 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Pelosi on last day as Speaker: 'No Regrets' on Deficit and Debt Tuesday, January 04, 2011 By Nicholas Ballasy (CNSNews.com) - When asked if she regrets not using the last two years with a Democrat controlled Congress to do more about the national debt, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has “no regrets,” adding that “deficit reduction” has been a “high priority” for the Democratic Congress. Speaker Pelosi was asked, “Do you have regrets that you didn't use the 2 years that you had total Democratic control of government to focus more on jobs and especially the debt which we...
  • Pay/Go, Cut/Go, No Go (How Congress Deceives the people with Washington vernacular)

    01/03/2011 7:34:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/03/2010 | Jerry Shenk
    Among the most deceptive measures passed in the 111th Congress was the Statuary Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, or, in Washington vernacular, Pay/Go. Democrats passed Pay/Go in February 2010 to convince Americans of their fiscal moderation while plotting to raise taxes and engage in more shameless spending. Though they proposed to bypass Pay/Go within a week of its enactment, congressional Democrats and the White House told us that the bill established pay-as-you-go rules that would require legislation affecting mandatory spending to be "budget-neutral" -- in other words, that it would not increase the deficit. The bill also directed the Office...
  • Outgoing GOP congressman: 'Credible conservatives' not about Obama 'hatred'

    12/31/2010 8:22:08 PM PST · by speciallybland · 153 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/31/2010 | Bridget Johnson
    Outgoing Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) said Thursday that a "credible conservative" movement that doesn't focus on "hatred" of President Obama is needed. Inglis was defeated in a landslide by Trey Gowdy in the June primary runoff. Gowdy, a staunch conservative and Tea Party favorite, went on to win the 4th District seat in November. Inglis lamented on CNN that the current wave of populist conservatism is unlike that of Ronald Reagan. "We'll get through and we'll get back to optimistic conservatism," he said. "We just got to get through this unfortunate period." The congressman said he was wounded in his...
  • Is the Republican Party Finished?

    12/29/2010 3:23:30 AM PST · by Scanian · 106 replies · 24+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 29, 2010 | Michael Filozof
    The lame-duck session of the 111th Congress proved one thing beyond a doubt: the Republican Party does not represent the interests of conservatives. Despite the midterm election tidal wave, in which the Republican Party gained 63 House seats (eclipsing its historic1994 success against Clinton), congressional Republicans failed to leverage their victory into political clout and collapsed like a house of cards in the lame-duck session. The last two weeks ought to have sickened conservatives. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spectacularly failed to hold his caucus together to even delay ratification of the START treaty until the 112th Congress is seated...
  • Is Lindsey Graham Gay, Revisited

    12/28/2010 8:00:22 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 14+ views
    Charleston City Paper ^ | 2010-12-28 | Greg Hambrick
    The recent repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell will likely leave Sen. John McCain's congressional legacy as one of a crotchety old miser. As his wingman, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) could also see his maverick rep reshaped in the aftermath of the gay rights victory. Graham's angry defense of the 17-year Congressional ban on out gay service members has renewed attention on what's in his closet. The question has come up in interviews and Graham has politely maintained that he's a straight, content bachelor. But he can't shake the questions about why he's never put a ring on it. For...
  • Last Kennedy to leave Washington (Patches)

    12/28/2010 7:03:06 PM PST · by Frantzie · 40 replies · 4+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 12-28-2010 | Toby Harnden
    The departure of Patrick Kennedy, Congressman for Rhode Island, will leave the capital without a Kennedy for the first time in 64 years. The dynasty's sole remaining political office is held by Bobby Shriver, John F. Kennedy's nephew, who has a part-time city council seat in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica.
  • Feingold ends Senate service (liberal Rat soon to join the ranks of the unemployed)

    12/28/2010 6:39:42 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 3+ views
    The Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 2010-12-28 | Clay Barbour
    Icon. Maverick. Liberal. Career politician. U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold has been called many things during his time in the spotlight. But after nearly 30 years in politics, the junior senator from Wisconsin is coming home a private citizen. When the final gavel falls on the 111th Congress, Feingold will be unemployed — the victim of an angry electorate bent on change in Washington, D.C.
  • 111th Congress Added More Debt Than First 100 Congresses Combined: $10,429 Per Person in U.S.

    12/27/2010 12:14:28 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies · 5+ views
    111th Congress Added More Debt Than First 100 Congresses Combined: $10,429 Per Person in U.S. Monday, December 27, 2010 By Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNews.com) - The federal government has accumulated more new debt--$3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29)—during the tenure of the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to official debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury. That equals $10,429.64 in new debt for each and every one of the 308,745,538 people counted in the United States by the 2010 Census. The total national debt of $13,858,529,371,601.09 (or $13.859 trillion), as recorded by the U.S. Treasury at...
  • Collins Hails Repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (Obama heaps praise on RINO Collins)

    12/26/2010 9:40:22 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 95 replies · 10+ views
    The Maine senator collected kudos from President Obama for her role in moving the controversial legislation forward.Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican on the stage for yesterday's signing of the bill repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays in the military, and one of only two Republicans at the ceremony. Collins, who played a major role in moving the legislation forward, collected kudos from President Obama. "I want to thank Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins," he said, to cheers from the attendees. Collins says there was no reason for the U.S. military to continue banning gays....
  • Collins, Lieberman prove formidable team (RINO ALERT)

    12/25/2010 10:54:23 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2010-12-21 | Seth McLaughlin
    The repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy owes much to Sens. Susan Collins and Joseph I. Lieberman, who kept the issue alive when it appeared dead in the kind of partnership that is likely to become a model for getting things done in next year's divided Congress. Mr. Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-independent from Connecticut, and Miss Collins, a Republican from Maine, plan to join President Obama at the White House on Wednesday when he signs the bill into law. The signing ceremony caps off a late-season effort that saw the military's ban on openly gay men and women...
  • Senate Democrats Poised for Power Grab

    12/23/2010 9:29:22 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 173 replies · 7+ views
    Fox News ^ | 23 Dec 2010 | N/A
    Senate Democrats are going to be working over the Christmas break to deliver a lump of coal to the American people in the form of a radical changing of the Senate's rules. This is a naked power grab by liberals in the Senate pure and simple. The National Journal reports that Senate Democrats are laying the groundwork to chip away at the filibuster on January 5, 2011. They are going to push the idea that a simple majority of the Senate can abolish the filibuster rules, or radically change the rules, in a new Congress. Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/filibuster/2010/12/23/senate-democrats-poised-power-grab#ixzz190FZDuFW
  • Senate Approves New START (13 Republicans Approve Bending Over For Putin)

    12/22/2010 12:46:43 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 145 replies · 3+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/22/10 | K. Trinko
    The New START treaty has just passed the Senate, 71 to 26. The treaty needed 67 votes for ratification. UPDATE: Thirteen Republicans voted to ratify the treaty: Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Bob Bennett (Utah), Scott Brown (Mass.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Judd Gregg (N.H.), Johnny Isakson (Georgia), Mike Johanns (Nebraska), Richard Lugar (Indiana), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Olympia Snowe (Maine), and George Voinovich (Ohio).
  • Graham To Be Outed?

    12/22/2010 2:34:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    FITS News ^ | December 22, 2010
    A blogger who specializes in outing “closeted” gay political figures claims that evidence of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.)’s homosexual lifestyle is about to be released. “I wonder if Lindsey Graham knows I have pictures of a man who spent the night at his house,” blogger Michael Rogers recently tweeted. A later tweet from Rogers indicated that he was meeting with an attorney on December 21 to discuss the release of the alleged pictures. On his website, BlogActive, Rogers writes that the meeting with his attorney indeed took place and that a letter has been sent to Graham’s office. “I’ve...
  • DeMint vows to reverse FCC’s ‘Internet takeover’

    12/21/2010 4:47:53 PM PST · by pissant · 23 replies
    Wash Examiner ^ | 12/21/10 | Mark Tapscott
    Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, says Federal Communications Commission should be renamed the "Fabricating a Crisis Commission," following a vote by the panel's three Democrats to approve proposed rules that amount to a hostile takeover of the Internet by a government agency acting illegally. The proposal - misleadingly described by proponents as an attempt to insure "net neutrality" by guaranteeing equal access to the Internet - was introduced a year ago by Julius Genachowski, President Obama's appointee as FCC chairman. A federal court has ruled that the commission has no authority to regulate the Internet, and a bipartisan group of senators...
  • Pelosi leads celebration of 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

    12/21/2010 6:30:30 PM PST · by Baladas · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/21/10 | Tom Cohen
    Washington (CNN) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday led jubilant legislators and soldiers discharged under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in singing "God Bless America" to celebrate the upcoming repeal of the controversial law. President Barack Obama will sign the repeal bill on Wednesday, and Pelosi did her part at the ceremony attended by hundreds of supporters of the repeal by signing the measure passed by Congress to send it to the White House. The "don't ask, don't tell" policy enacted in 1993 banned openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service. More than 14,000 military members have...
  • Collapse - Republican opposition to New START is collapsing

    12/21/2010 7:54:11 AM PST · by Fury · 216 replies
    Republican opposition to New START is collapsing. One Senate source just told me the vote for ratification could go as high as 75. Another said, “I don’t know if it will get that high, but it’s starting to tick up there.” As the sense builds that ratification is inevitable, Republicans are lining up to get on the “right side.” Lamar Alexander’s support, noted below, is a crucial sign of which way the wind is blowing, although he’ll probably be the only member of the Republican leadership to vote for it. At least Jon Kyl was able to get more money...
  • Scott Brown ‘Yea’ on New START

    12/20/2010 2:53:39 PM PST · by Fury · 209 replies · 13+ views
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | 12/19/2010 | Andrew Stiles
    After basically evading reporters all day, the Massachusetts Republican recently announced that he will support the arms reduction treaty. Brown told reporters following a closed-session intelligence briefing that he had given the issue “due diligence” and hoped see the treaty ratified. “I believe it’s something that’s important for our country, and I believe it’s a good move forward to deal with our national security issues,” he said. A cloture vote is expected on Tuesday.
  • Reagan Aide Perle: START 'Seriously Flawed'

    12/21/2010 12:41:19 PM PST · by Qbert · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/16/2010 | Dan Weil & Ashley Martella
    Instead of pressuring reluctant Republican senators for rapid ratification of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, the Obama administration should just drop it, says Richard Perle, a key architect of President Ronald Reagan’s strategy to end the Cold War. “It’s a seriously flawed treaty,” Perle, now a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, says during an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. “It’s certainly not the kind of treaty Ronald Reagan fought for and accomplished.” The pact is very weak on verification, he says. “For example, our right to inspections is limited to sites the Russians declare . . ....
  • Tom Tancredo on the Murder of BP Agent Brian Terry

    12/21/2010 3:42:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies · 4+ views
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    Must read. Huge cover up underway by the Obama Administration. Tancredo blows the lid off the story and how the agents were armed with bean bag ammunition against AK-47's. Terry is dead because DHS refuses to allow agents to protect themselves against deadly drug cartel killers operating deep inside Arizona Territory! Why is Fox News refusing to cover any of the details of this senseless murder? http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=240945 Bean bags vs. AK-47s --------------------------------------------------------- Another Border Patrol agent on the Arizona border was shot and killed by Mexican drug smugglers last Tuesday. Of the eight attackers, four are in custody and a...
  • Olympia Snowe Must Go Now, No really, NOW

    12/21/2010 2:06:44 PM PST · by hausermann · 122 replies · 5+ views
    Her DADT and START votes are now a bridge too far. Health Care flirtations and Financial reform gave me indigestion, as did earmarks, but this is as serious as it gets: aiding and abetting our political opponents in an unprecedented un-Americam un-democratic lame-duck cram-down. Those votes make Oly my personal number one electoral target now for 2012. I cannot take the unreliability any more. I would rather see a (D) there from ME (as with CT) than sweat whether she can be wheedled and coerced to see things Rightly. Somebody please tell me where should I be place my online...
  • GOP lawmakers threaten to repeal Net neutrality

    12/21/2010 3:42:42 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 138 replies · 3+ views
    www.politico.com ^ | 12-21-2010 | By TONY ROMM
    Less than an hour after the Federal Communications Commission approved net neutrality rules, Republican lawmakers began staking their claim in the next potential leg of the debate: repeal. The first calls to roll back the FCC's new net neutrality order came Tuesday from the House's most senior Republicans: House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio and Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia, as well as the incoming leaders of the chamber's top tech and telecom committees. The members each threatened to limit the agency's funds or restrict its jurisdiction in the aftermath of the FCC’s vote, with Boehner proclaiming the "new...
  • Specter farewell speech slams GOP 'cannibalism' (Adios RINO Rat!)

    12/21/2010 3:44:03 PM PST · by tobyhill · 69 replies · 7+ views
    msnbc ^ | 12/21/2010 | By ANDREW MIGA
    Departing Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter on Tuesday said conservative Republicans who backed Tea Party challengers against establishment candidates in the recent elections engaged in political cannibalism. In his final floor speech, Specter complained there's scant room for centrists like himself in a polarized Senate where civility is in short supply. "In some quarters, compromise has become a dirty word," said Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, who lost his re-election bid after three decades in the Senate. Specter complained that some GOP senators had helped Tea Party challengers beat incumbent Republicans like Utah Sen. Bob Bennett and Rep. Mike Castle in his Delaware...
  • Is Lindsey Graham About to Get Outed?

    12/21/2010 3:29:35 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 127 replies · 2+ views
    Gawker ^ | 12/21/10 | Jim Newell
    Gay rights activist Mike Rogers, the professional outer of closeted, hypocritical gay politicians, claims to have "pictures of a man who spent the night" with Sen. Lindsey Graham. He's supposedly meeting with his lawyer today before releasing them. Rogers' previous outings of Ex-Rep. Mark Foley, Ex-Sen. Larry Craig and Ex-RNC chair Ken Mehlman, among others, once earned him the completely arbitrary title of "most feared man on the Hill." He keeps a list, and there are still many names on it. Lindsey Graham has been hounded by gay rumors since his first runs for Congress in the '90s.
  • Wimpy Republicans will pass START to go home for Christmas earlier

    12/21/2010 3:15:32 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 28 replies · 1+ views
    “[Senators] want to go home,” Burr said. “When you got a process that has a definitive end, you use slippage backward. That’s why all of these things were orchestrated to come up at this time of year.” Burr would have preferred to see the debate continue next session, since “there is no compelling reason that this needs to be done right now.”
  • Facing Closure, U.S.'s Largest Sleeping Bag Maker Seeks Relief From Free Trade Loophole

    12/19/2010 6:38:36 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 180 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 18, 2010 | Stephen Clark
    The country's largest manufacturer of sleeping bags says new competition from Bangladesh could force it out of business if the U.S. does not level the playing field. Exxel Outdoors Inc., which employs nearly 70 workers in its Alabama factory and makes about 2 million sleeping bags per year, has been pressing the Obama administration to lift an exemption that lets Bangladesh import sleeping bags into the country without paying a 9 percent tariff. "You can't leave an American manufacturer at a competitive disadvantage with a foreign worker," Harry Kazazian, chief executive of the company, told FoxNews.com. But that's apparently what...
  • (DIABLO) Kirk votes to support repeal of military gay ban

    12/18/2010 10:31:32 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-12-18
    (AP) Republican Mark Kirk broke with his majority of his party Saturday to support repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military, casting one of the first high-profile votes he’s faced as Illinois’ junior senator. The Senate voted 65-31 to let gays serve openly in the military. President Barack Obama was expected to sign the legislation next week, although the change wouldn’t take immediate effect. The House had passed an identical version of the bill, 250-175, on Wednesday. Kirk was one of six Republicans to break ranks. The move was a reversal for him after...
  • John McCain at his fieriest before 'don't ask, don't tell' vote (McLame throws temper tantrum)

    12/18/2010 10:02:21 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 112 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-12-18 | Dana Milbank
    (snip) Saturday's debate on the repeal of the "don't-ask-don't-tell" policy was only half an hour old when the Arizona Republican burst onto the floor from the cloakroom, hiked up his pants and stalked over to his friend Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Ignoring Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who had the floor, McCain hectored the men noisily for a few moments, waving his arms for emphasis. When McCain finally stormed off, Durbin shook his head in exasperation and Lieberman smiled. A minute later, McCain returned - he had apparently remembered another element of his grievance -...
  • Graham: DREAM Act push damaged wider immigration reform effort (RINO planned amnesty push in 2011)

    12/18/2010 2:57:27 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 81 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-12-18 | Ben Geman
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Saturday that the failed Democratic effort to pass the DREAM Act in the lame duck session dealt a blow to future talks on a wider immigration bill. “It was an exercise to try and taint Republicans with Hispanic voters, knowing that the DREAM Act under these circumstances could never pass,” Graham told reporters in the Capitol after the bill sputtered on the floor. “What they have done on the DREAM Act is hurt overall comprehensive immigration reform,” he said. The DREAM Act, which would give legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the country...
  • The Dream Act is NOT Dead (Hidden in Other Bill)

    12/18/2010 12:47:36 PM PST · by Grandma Conservative · 127 replies · 6+ views
    H.R.5281 Latest Title: Removal Clarification Act of 2010 Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] (introduced 5/12/2010) Cosponsors (3) Related Bills: H.RES.1756 Latest Major Action: 12/8/2010 Resolving differences -- House actions. Status: On motion to to agree to the Senate amendments numbered 1 and 2, and that the House agree to the Senate amendment numbered 3 with an amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 216 - 198 (Roll no. 625). Latest Action: 12/16/2010 Motion by Senator Reid to refer to Senate Committee on the Judiciary the House message to accompany the bill (HR 5281) with instructions to...
  • DADT Repeal & DREAM Act Get Their Day In The Senate Today (Limited Debate & Cloture Live Thread)

    12/18/2010 7:35:51 AM PST · by Red Steel · 262 replies · 1+ views
    tpm ^ | December 18, 2010, 8:44AM | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    The Senate will act on two important pieces of President Obama's progressive legislative agenda today: the DREAM Act and the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay servicemembers. By the end of the day, the path to final passage is expected to be set for DADT repeal, while DREAM is expected to languish for another Congress to pass. Starting at around 10:30 this morning, the Senate will take up a cloture vote on DREAM. Cloture -- voted in by a 60-senator super majority -- is required to cut off debate and move a bill to final passage in the...
  • Snowe to support Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal (Snowe, Collins join with Lieberman to stab GOP)

    12/17/2010 6:35:52 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Sun Journal, Lewiston, Me. ^ | 2010-12-16 | Steve Mistler
    U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, says she's willing to support the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members. In a prepared statement, Snowe said that she will vote for a new stand-alone bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, that would eliminate the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The policy, enacted in 1993, keeps gay and lesbian servicemen and servicewomen from serving openly in the military. (snip) U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who co-sponsored the repeal with Collins, indicated that Snowe's support would give the bill the 60 votes it needs to pass to avoid a...
  • McCain’s Remarks on 9/11 Bill Draw Democrats’ Fury

    12/17/2010 6:28:04 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2010-12-17 | Devlin Barrett
    Tempers flared on the Senate floor Friday after Arizona Sen. John McCain said Democrats were wasting time “fooling around” with bills like one that would provide health care to ailing Ground Zero workers. McCain’s comments sparked an immediate and angry response from New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who said the legislation is deadly serious to the workers who have died or fallen ill to cancer or other diseases from exposure to toxic debris. McCain complained that Democratic leaders needlessly stalled a vote on a missile treaty with Russia “after all of the fooling around we’ve been doing” by holding losing...
  • John Kerry Complains About "Reading" Omnibus "Rather Than Working On It"(video)

    12/16/2010 2:32:46 PM PST · by combat_boots · 38 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 16 Dec 2010 | JFfingKerry_Served in Viet Name
    "Lets just chew up the time of the United States Senate keeping everybody up all night reading a bill rather than working on it," Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) said sarcastically of the idea of reading the entire omnibus bill before passing it.
  • Panic: House Dems yank tax deal rule off floor

    12/16/2010 10:16:39 AM PST · by combat_boots · 36 replies · 2+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 16 Dec 2010 | M. Malkin
    By Michelle Malkin • December 16, 2010 12:55 PM Interesting goings-on in Washington. On the House floor just now, Democrats have just withdrawn the rule on the tax deal and moved on to a different bill providing technical corrections for the bankruptcy law. Jo Maney from GOP Rep. David Dreier’s office explains: “Dems just pulled tax bill rule…they can amend it on the floor without having to go to back to committee. But it’s unclear how they will proceed at this point.”
  • McCain: Republicans could lose seats if omnibus passes (McCain says he is speaking for Tea Party)

    12/16/2010 8:42:53 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 83 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-12-16 | Jordan Fabian
    Republicans could relinquish a significant portion of the gains they made in the midterm elections if they "allow" the omnibus spending bill to pass, Sen. John McCain said Wednesday. The Arizona Republican said that Tea Party activists who helped the GOP make large inroads on Democrats are "enraged" about the $1.1 trillion measure to fund the government that contains nearly $8 billion in earmarks. "They gave us a second chance last November ... And if we Republicans allow this thing to go through, then I'm not sure they're going to give us another chance," McCain said during an interview with...
  • Stunning new Gallup Poll finds 13% of Americans still approve of Congress

    12/15/2010 8:56:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/15/10 | Andrew Malcolm
    A fresh Gallup Poll released this morning reveals that somehow 13% of Americans still approve of the job being done by Congress. The new Gallup survey did not identify those people, understandably. However, even though it is a surprisingly high number given the work not done there in recent years, the 13% is a record low job approval for Congress since Gallup began compiling such data in 1974. The same Dec. 10-12 survey finds a record high 83% of Americans disapprove of the job being done by the folks on Capitol Hill, also the worst
  • 'All Hell' breaking loose in Senate over budget

    12/15/2010 6:35:08 AM PST · by FredJake · 77 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 12/14/2010 | Joe Newby
    An unidentified GOP source told Fox News Tuesday that "All hell is breaking loose" in the Senate over a 1,924-page spending bill that includes 20,000 earmark requests. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) will likely demand the omnibus bill be read in its entirety on the Senate floor prior to a vote. Fox News reported the bill - described as "a total mess" - is intended to cover the rest of the current fiscal year. If passed, the bill would become law without any debate in the Senate. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee,...
  • Dems Sweat ObamaCare Ruling

    12/14/2010 4:30:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/14/10 | John Fund
    <p>The White House expressed confidence yesterday that ObamaCare will survive a federal judge's ruling that invalidates the law's health insurance mandate. But behind the optimistic facade, many liberals are worried that the current political climate could give the Supreme Court cover to strike down a key part of the law.</p>
  • Sen. John Ensign (Nevada) Demonstrates that the Bush Tax Cuts Raised US Revenue

    12/14/2010 5:04:31 PM PST · by dila813 · 3 replies
    CSPAN ^ | Today | Sen. John Ensign
    Sen. John Ensign Proves that Bush Tax Cuts Increased Federal Revenue and in fact the deficit is caused entirely due to the spending. I love his chart and it is indicative of what it takes to push back against Democratic Talking Points and I think represents the kind of communication that Conservatives have to emulate.
  • Senate Dems Unveil $1.1 TRILLION Spending Bill

    12/14/2010 9:25:55 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | Dec. 14, 2010
    Senate Democrats have filed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through fiscal 2011. The 1924-page bill includes funding to implement the sweeping healthcare bill Congress passed earlier this year [ObamaCare]. The package drew swift rebuke from Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. "This bill is loaded up with pork projects and should not get a vote. Congress should listen to the American people and stop this reckless spending," Thune said in a statement.
  • DeMint Pledges to ‘Expose’ and ‘Fight’ Omnibus Bill

    12/15/2010 12:14:18 AM PST · by onyx · 33 replies
    NRO - The Corner ^ | December 14, 2010 9:44 P.M. | Robert Costa
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) is ready to battle over the omnibus spending bill. According to Roll Call, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has taken notice: Although Reid had initially intended to begin work on an omnibus spending bill after the tax vote, he is now pushing it off until late Thursday in the face of stiff GOP opposition. Republicans have threatened to filibuster the omnibus, and DeMint said Tuesday that he would force a reading of the bill on the floor, a process that could take 60 to 70 hours, a Reid aide said. Reid could begin...