Keyword: bipartisanship

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  • McCain: Obama administration has been more partisan than Clinton White House (wants bipartisanship)

    12/20/2009 8:15:58 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies · 1,816+ views
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave his challenger in the 2008 presidential election a stiff review Sunday as President Barack Obama nears completion of his first year in office. "[Obama] said there would be a change in the climate in Washington," McCain said. "There's been a change. It's more partisan. It's more bitterly divided than it's been." (snip) "At least under 'Hillarycare' they tried seriously to negotiate with Republicans," McCain said."There's been -- there has been no effort that I know of that -- serious across-the-table negotiations, such as I have engaged in with Democrats and with other administrations. And that...
  • Meghan McCain Talks to UMass Students [about health care, gay rights, bipartisanship, Beck, Palin]

    10/08/2009 12:32:25 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 42 replies · 2,255+ views
    Senator McCain's daughter Meghan was in Amherst on Wednesday night. She talked to the UMass-Amherst Republican Club about her life in the spot light. Meghan McCain is famous in her own right for blogging and writing a column while her father ran for office. She talked about health care reform, gay rights and creating a more civil discourse between Republicans and Democrats. She also Glen Beck and Sarah Palin.
  • The NRA Strikes Again!

    10/03/2009 3:28:35 PM PDT · by oldfart · 39 replies · 3,608+ views
    For all you steadfast NRA supporters who pooh-poohed us when we told you that veterans were going to get shafted by this act... read this and start making excuses.
  • Laura Bush praises Obama, bemoans excessive partisanship

    09/09/2009 12:16:27 PM PDT · by Route797 · 145 replies · 3,778+ views
    CNN ^ | 9-08-2009 | Zain Verjee
    PARIS, France (CNN) -- Former first lady Laura Bush praised the performance of her husband's successor Monday, breaking with many Republicans in telling CNN that she thinks President Obama is doing a good job under tough circumstances.

    07/30/2009 2:34:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 745+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 30, 2009 | Michael Tanner
    THE "compromise" health-care reform being negotiated by six members of the Senate Finance Committee is shaping up as a classic warning of the dangers of bipartisanship without principles: It looks like they'll keep the worst features of other ObamaCare bills -- but simply change the names. Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Jeff Bingham (D-NM) Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Olympia Snowe (R-Me.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) are reportedly putting the final touches on a bill that may save President Obama's chances for passing health-care reform this year. The proposed bill is forthright on still containing many...
  • Dangerous Silence

    07/23/2009 10:36:06 AM PDT · by RWK · 6 replies · 400+ views
    The Pharos Project ^ | 7/22/2009 | RW Kaiser
    Perhaps the most incredible aspect of the ObamaCare proposal isn't the colossal growth of government, or the arrogant way it's being rammed down our throats with almost no discussion, or even the magical claims that it will simultaneously boost the economy and operate without any new taxes (even though the odds are astronomically good that it will do neither). No, what's most astonishing is the level of silence – even from those who ought to know better and should be screaming at the top of their lungs – on the way this plan will trample one of our most cherished...
  • "I think what they've got to do is forget the republicans exist."Bill Press said.

    07/06/2009 11:02:48 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 14 replies · 586+ views
    "I think what they've got to do is forget the republicans exist. Forget bipartisanship. Take the democratic agenda and do it now," Bill Press said. has MSNBC video of lefties like Bill Press and Kos saying that Dem leaders like Reid no longer have an 'excuse' to hold back on the Dem agenda - forget the Republicans.
  • Democrats Threaten Lobbyists, "Don't Meet with GOP OR ELSE!"

    06/11/2009 6:39:07 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 12 replies · 611+ views
    The Hill/The Lid ^ | 6/11/09 | The Lid
    Isn't bi-partisanship wonderful? Senate Republicans have a meeting scheduled today with various lobbyists to discuss different ways of funding health care in America. Yesterday the lobbyists were told by Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) top aids that if their clients attended the GOP meeting it would be considered a hostile act. HOSTILE ACT? North Korea testing an nuclear bomb is a hostile act, Iran's missile tests are hostile acts, Meeting with the minority party is an act of bi-partisanship. The threats of Chairman Baucus' staff shows once again that the Democratic party promises of reaching out across the aisle to...
  • Lieberman: Drug Cartels Are 'Number One' Organized Crime Threat in U.S. [McCain, Lieberman]

    04/20/2009 12:38:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 974+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2009-04-20
    Mexican drug cartels have displaced the mafia as the "number one organized crime threat" in the United States, Sen. Joe Lieberman said Monday as his Senate committee heard testimony in Phoenix on border violence. Lieberman, an independent Democrat from Connecticut, and Sen. John McCain, a Republican on Lieberman's panel, told FOX News that the United States needs to step up the fight against the drug cartels. The two senators were in Arizona, McCain's home state, to hear from local officials on their advice for dealing with the drug-fueled violence many fear is spilling across the border.
  • [Olympia] Snowe laments partisanship [says Republicans should compromise, be bipartisan]

    04/11/2009 4:36:24 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 68 replies · 1,674+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-04-11 | Jerry Harkavy
    PORTLAND, Maine — Olympia Snowe may be among a shrinking number of moderate Republicans in the U.S. Senate, but she's making no apologies for being a centrist in a party that has shifted to the right over the past couple of decades. "It's not healthy for the country to have parties with polar opposite views without that bridge that you need to build consensus," Snowe told the Associated Press on Friday. With America facing an economic crisis, lawmakers cannot remain locked in their ideological corners, said Snowe, who has represented Maine in the Senate since 1995. Instead, she recalled how...
  • Schumer: 'The Hard Right, Which Still Believes' in 'Traditional Values'...'All That Is Over.'

    04/09/2009 7:08:20 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 50 replies · 2,268+ views ^ | April 9, 2009 | Greg Hengler
    Schumer also says this in the clip: "I think President Obama has a pretty smart strategy. He is going to talk bipartisanship to the American people. But realizes until the Republican grassroots pushes their people over, if that ever happens, we are not going get change in the House or Senate." So let me get this straight. Obama will "talk bipartisanship" but "change" won't happen until Republicans agree with Democrats. That's bipartisanship? Exit Question: Does Obama's "strategy" of talk apply to world leaders who disagree with him?
  • Meghan McCain: What I Learned from the Democrats (Baby RINO barf alert)

    04/07/2009 11:56:43 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 49 replies · 1,586+ views
    The mistakes liberals like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are making can teach Republicans how to regain power—and how to hold onto it. In recent weeks, I’ve been critical of some of the most hard-core ideological elements of the GOP. As a consequence, some have requested I leave the party altogether, and say that I am now an unwelcome member. Let me be clear: No one wants the Republican Party to succeed more than I do. I spent nearly two years on the road during my father’s presidential campaign, in my early twenties, surrounded by hygienically deficient, middle-aged political strategists...
  • Tila Tequila: Meghan McCain Is a "Good Friend of Mine"

    04/06/2009 2:36:23 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 69 replies · 35,448+ views
    KNBC TV Channel 4 Los Angeles, Calif. ^ | 2009-04-06 | Xana O'Neill
    Looks like Meghan McCain has a shot at being Tila Tequila's new bff. The daughter of former presidential candidate John McCain was spotted having lunch with the MySpace minx-turned reality TV star in West Hollywood last week -- and apparently the two have a lot in common. "People may think we are so different, but she is a Scorpio and I'm a Scorpio and we have very strong opinions about things," Tila Tequila told Sunday. Meghan "is a really good friend of mine," she said.The two dined out at the posh Chateau Marmont after contacting each other through Twitter,...
  • [Susan] Collins expounds on bipartisanship

    04/06/2009 8:38:07 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 1,460+ views
    WATERVILLE -- The meaning of bipartisanship too often depends on whether one's party is in the majority or the minority, Sen. Susan Collins said during an address Sunday night at Colby College. Collins, a moderate Republican, cast a key vote for President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic recovery bill passed in Congress in February. Currently, she is once again a key negotiator as the Senate and the House of Representatives try to find common ground on a $3.6 trillion budget. "Bipartisanship is a principle and principles do not change according to circumstance," Collins said. "Just as we cannot claim the...
  • McCain presses Sebelius on health care tax credit

    03/31/2009 9:24:23 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 551+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-03-31
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain is asking President Barack Obama's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary if she would support giving Americans a $5,000 tax credit for health insurance — the same plan he offered during his failed presidential bid. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said she supports Obama's plan.
  • Steele "Done" with Bipartisanship

    03/29/2009 3:14:51 PM PDT · by GVnana · 132 replies · 3,420+ views
    Political Wire ^ | 3/29/2009
    In a CNN interview, RNC Chairman Michael Steele announced he's finished with efforts to reach out to President Obama. Steele: Look, I like the president personally, even though I think he has got a little thing about me, that I haven't quite figured out what that is. CNN: You haven't spoken to him?Steele: No. CNN: You've reach out?Steele: Several times, and I'm done. CNN: So there is no bipartisanship going on there?Steele: Not, not that I know of. CNN: Is there any professional jealousy?Steele: Not on my part. What would I be jealous of? CNN: He's the president of the...
  • McCain says neither party is being bipartisan

    03/29/2009 10:24:36 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies · 994+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-03-29
    Asked if Democrats and Republicans have made good on their campaign promises for more bi-partisanship in Washington, McCain said, "neither side perhaps has done it as much as maybe we should." He then went on to mostly blame the Democrats for not reaching out to work with Republicans on major legislation including the stimulus package, omnibus spending bill and now the budget.
  • McCain: Obama breaks campaign promise of bipartisanship

    03/28/2009 7:27:47 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 67 replies · 1,533+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-03-28 | Joseph Curl & Stephen Dinan
    Sen. John McCain says President Obama is breaking campaign promises he made to the American people and has passed up numerous opportunities to reach out to Republicans -- a pledge the Democrat made repeatedly during their battle for the presidency. "There are things that, statements that then-candidate Obama made during the campaign over and over and over again that obviously he's not staying with," Mr. McCain told The Washington Times in an hour-long interview with reporters and editors.
  • How the Senate voted on a national service bill [McCain votes yes]

    03/26/2009 4:17:10 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 96 replies · 2,447+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-03-26
    The 79-19 roll call by which the Senate voted Thursday to triple the size of the AmeriCorps and broadly expand incentives for students and seniors to give back to their communities. On this vote, a "yes" vote was a vote to pass the bill. Voting "yes" were 55 Democrats and 22 Republicans and 2 independents. Voting "no" were 0 Democrats and 19 Republicans.
  • Justices Seem Skeptical of Scope of Campaign Law [McCain-Feingold] [Hillary, The Movie]

    03/25/2009 8:29:07 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 1,032+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-03-24 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — A quirky case about a slashing documentary attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton would not seem to be the most obvious vehicle for a fundamental re-examination of the interplay between the First Amendment and campaign finance laws. But by the end of an exceptionally lively argument at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, it seemed at least possible that five justices were prepared to overturn or significantly limit parts of the court’s 2003 decision upholding the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, which regulates the role of money in politics.
  • The Specter of a New Arlen [Charlie Crist]

    03/24/2009 6:43:16 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 667+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 2009-03-24 | Larry Thornberry
    TAMPA -- There's good news and bad for Republican U.S. Senate hopes. Now that it's near certain that Florida's rookie Republican governor, Charlie Crist, will run for the Senate in 2010 rather than for re-election as governor, the GOP stands a good chance of retaining the seat current Republican Senator Mel Martinez has said he will not seek re-election to, and would not have won had he done so. That's the good news. For reasons that teach more about widespread gullibility than anything else, Governor Crist's job approval numbers remain in the high-sixties. In an election today, Crist would defeat...
  • U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold continues to cultivate bipartisanship [with Susan Collins, others]

    03/23/2009 10:19:44 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 621+ views
    The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wisc. | 2009-03-23 | Larry Bivins
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  • Dorgan talks financial reform, energy with Obama [McCain-Dorgan]

    03/13/2009 2:23:04 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 461+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-03-13 | Ken Thomas
    Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., met with President Barack Obama and key budget advisers Friday to discuss financial reforms and energy issues under review in Congress. Dorgan was one of four Democratic senators invited by the White House to meet with Obama and his top advisers to discuss the federal budget and other issues. Dorgan said they had "a pretty wide-ranging discussion about a good number of issues." The North Dakota senator said he raised the potential for new financial reforms and regulations to help rebuild the economy. Dorgan has sought more accountability into the expenditure of economic recovery funds and...
  • McCain says he's ready to work with Obama

    03/11/2009 8:46:10 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 62 replies · 1,228+ views
    WASHINGTON, Mar 10, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says he's ready to work with President Barack Obama, the man who dashed his hopes for the White House last year. From issues involving Afghanistan and Iraq to military procurement reform, McCain says he is ready to work with the White House, Politico reported. Last week, he had a breakfast meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, appeared with the president at a White House media event and discussed how to squelch budget earmarks with Vice President Joe Biden. "These are terrible, perilous times, so I will seek...
  • Let's Learn What Caused This Crisis [McCain-Dorgan]

    03/09/2009 10:22:59 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 1,110+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-03-08 | U.S. Sens. Byron Dorgan & John McCain
    More than $9 trillion -- in taxpayer dollars -- has been pledged, committed, lent or spent by the federal government in response to the economic crisis. Some say that if the economy continues to deteriorate, trillions more might be necessary to prevent another Great Depression. Yet no one has investigated how this crisis happened. That is irresponsible. A comprehensive investigation is essential to prevent this from happening again.
  • Graham defends earmarks on 'Meet the Press' [and calls for bipartisan McCain-Obama meeting]

    03/08/2009 9:28:57 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 661+ views
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham defended earmarks he inserted in the federal budget, including one U.S. Sen. John McCain, Graham's close friend and the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, listed as one of the "10 Porkiest" projects in the budget. Graham has also urged President Obama to veto the budget Graham says has too much pork. Earmarks are one-time spending items members of Congress insert in the budget that are typically sent to projects and programs in their own states. Graham earmarked $950,000 for the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. He has by one count 37 earmarks in the federal budget. "I voted...
  • U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, Barack Obama form unlikely friendship [barf]

    03/08/2009 12:01:17 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,274+ views
    Since 2004, alliance has transcended political differences.BY CHRIS CASTEELWASHINGTON — Some Oklahomans who saw Sen. Tom Coburn hug President Barack Obama after the president’s recent speech to Congress were probably perplexed. Some weren’t too happy about it. "We had about 50 letters that were highly critical of him hugging me and me hugging him,” Coburn, R-Muskogee, said in an interview last week. "But you need to separate the difference in political philosophy versus friendship. How better to influence somebody than love them? "I’m not aligned with him politically. I don’t know what people back home in Oklahoma would be worried...
  • For McCain, a Dual Role, Center Stage [in the middle of the aisle]

    03/06/2009 7:35:06 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 497+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-03-06 | David M. Herszenhorn
    WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain is rewriting the part of presidential loser. Unwilling to vanish into retirement like Bob Dole, or retreat into academia like Al Gore, or even quietly convalesce like John Kerry, Mr. McCain has quickly reclaimed a place on center stage in Washington, some days skewering President Obama and the Democratic Party, and on other days standing by their side. “I’m the, as I said, loyal opposition,” Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, proclaimed this week. “And both words, I think, are operative.” If anyone wondered which John McCain would return to the Senate — the coalition-building dealmaker...
  • Dorga, Snowe, McCain, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Prescription Drug Importation Bill

    03/04/2009 7:28:00 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,136+ views
    Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), John McCain (R-AZ), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced critical drug importation legislation today that will reduce the cost of prescription drugs in the United States. The Senators said their legislation, the “Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act,” will bring consumers immediate relief and will ultimately force the pharmaceutical industry to lower drug prices in the United States. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would save American consumers $50 billion over the next decade, including more than $10 billion in federal government savings. The bill allows U.S.-licensed pharmacies...
  • New Post Proposed at Pentagon; Director Would Review Spending on U.S. Weapon Systems [McCain-Levin]

    03/04/2009 11:31:16 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 422+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-03-04 | Ellen Nakashima
    A bill to end cost overruns in major weapons systems would create a powerful new Pentagon position -- director of independent cost assessments -- to review cost analyses and estimates, separately from the military branch requesting the program. Those reviews, unlike in the current process, would take place at key points in the acquisition process before a weapons program can proceed, according to legislation sponsored by Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Last year, the Government Accountability Office reported that cost overruns on the Pentagon's 95 largest weapons acquisitions system totaled about $300 billion, even though...
  • Priorities -- Not lining the pockets of contractors (with Pres__ential Memo about Reforms)

    03/04/2009 11:21:28 AM PST · by cc2k · 6 replies · 410+ views
    White House web site ^ | Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 at 11:32 am
    Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 at 11:32 am Priorities -- Not lining the pockets of contractors Last week the President laid out the foundation of a new vision for our budget and the way government does business. It is a vision based not on ideology, but on the idea that we can and must invest boldly in our future while also making the hard choices and being vigilant to bring in a new era of fiscal responsibility.Last week began with the fiscal responsibility summit, where the President and members of Congress came together to generate ideas to get the country on a sustainable long-term track. One of...
  • Obama, McCain join forces on govt contract changes [targets defense contractors]

    03/04/2009 11:08:14 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 817+ views
    CNN - Political Ticker ^ | 2009-03-04 | Xuan Thai
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – With former presidential rival Sen. John McCain and other congressional critics of government waste by his side, President Barack Obama changed another Bush-era policy Wednesday, announcing a plan to change how the government awards private sector contracts. “It’s time for a government that only invests in what works,” Obama said when calling for new spending guidelines. “And what’s encouraging is that there is broad, bipartisan consensus on behalf of reform.” Obama reserved special criticism for defense contractors, saying that the majority of the waste “comes from influence peddling and indefensible no-bid contracts that have cost American taxpayers...
  • McCain Fires Back After Senate Rejects Proposal to Gut Earmarks [but "committed to working" w/Zero]

    03/04/2009 10:48:10 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,237+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2009-03-03
    CAVUTO: Let me ask you. This comes at a time when there are all sorts of rumors in Washington that you and the president, though you started hitting it off — he had this dinner for you, I think, the night before inauguration, and then he was talking about how crucial your support was on the troop drawdown in Iraq — and then it seemed like the wheels kind of came off the goodwill wagon. What has happened here? MCCAIN: Neil, I am the loyal opposition.I work with the president, as I did on the Iraq issue. I will work...
  • McCain Pushes Drug-Import Bill Sought by Obama Budget [McCain-Snowe-Dorgan-Obama]

    03/04/2009 10:30:44 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 938+ views
    Bloomberg | 2009-03-04 | Tom Randall
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  • Feingold and Ryan to join McCain in push to give Obama line-item veto power [McCain-Feingold-Ryan]

    03/03/2009 10:06:05 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 53 replies · 1,369+ views
    Two Wisconsin lawmakers from opposing parties are joining former GOP presidential nominee John McCain in pushing to give President Barack Obama line-item veto power. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Middleton, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, are teaming up with the Arizona senator for what they say is a strategy to hold the line on federal spending and prevent wasteful earmarks. They plan to introduce the bill tomorrow.
  • McCain, Dorgan to seek Senate committee on financial crisis [McCain-Dorgan] [bipartisan]

    03/02/2009 4:55:44 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 48 replies · 1,533+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan plan to introduce legislation to create a Senate panel to investigate the causes of the financial crisis, McCain’s office said in a statement Monday. If approved, the committee would also make recommendations about how to avoid a similar crisis in the future.
  • McCain praises Obama's speech, still questions spending [wants bipartisanship, "renewable energy"]

    02/25/2009 7:36:27 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 914+ views
    KTAR News Talk FM 92.3 Phoenix, Ariz. ^ | 2009-02-25 | Kevin Tripp
    Republican Sen. John McCain rates President Barack Obama's first speech to Congress as "excellent." "There were areas that obviously I have questions about and disagreements with, but I think the theme of his speech and his delivery were excellent," the president's rival in last year's election said, following Tuesday night's speech. "I think he carefully balanced the enormity of the size of the challenges and difficulties that America faces and, at the same time, I think he gave Americans assurance and confidence that we can get through this," McCain said. The Arizona Republican said, however, that he has concerns. "I...
  • McCain: Obama Speech Lacked Detail [but still "excellent"] [also talks about Palin]

    02/24/2009 9:08:29 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 2,323+ views
    CBS News - Political Hotsheet ^ | 2009-02-24 | Michelle Levi
    Despite the fact that he might have wished he had been the man who just finished his first address to a joint session of Congress as president, Sen. John McCain had kind words for President Obama's address this evening. "The president gave a very effective speech," McCain told Katie Couric on's presidential webcast following Mr. Obama’s address. "His delivery and the theme of the speech was excellent."Still, McCain said, "now I would like to know how we are going to implement it." "I don't know where Social Security was,” McCain said. “I don't know how you increase all of...
  • The Summit Breakouts: Social Security [Graham, Boehner willing to work with Obama]

    02/23/2009 5:55:34 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 775+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-02-23 | Amy Goldstein
    The pool report by Amy Goldstein of The Washington Post on the Fiscal Responsibility Summit's breakout session on Social Security follows:The session was held in room 350 of EEOB, a large conference room in which participants sat around a rectangular table. At the head of the table, with an American flag on each side of them, were the two administration officials who led this breakout: Lawrence Summers, director of the WH's National Economic Council, and Gene Sperling, counselor for domestic policy at Treasury. An ideological eclectic mix of 24 guests participated (a partial list follows), including senators and House members,...
  • Reid-McCain détente faces earmark test

    02/23/2009 5:48:59 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 364+ views
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2009-02-23 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has taken steps to mend his relationship with Sen. John McCain after a bruising election year, but an upcoming vote on legislation loaded with earmarks could test their fragile détente. The Senate this week may debate a $410 billion package of spending bills that includes thousands of member projects. Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.) staunchly opposes them, while Reid (D-Nev.) insists the furor over earmarks is overblown. All this might be another healthy debate for the world’s most deliberative body if it were not for another recent disagreement — McCain thought he was the best candidate to...
  • Johanns says he'll work with Democrats [Nebraska]

    02/23/2009 5:46:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 457+ views
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns says he'll work with Democrats to make legislation he considers imperfect more palatable. The Republican says there will be bills he'll support knowing that if he were in charge, he'd make changes. He sees areas - such as renewable energy - where he'll likely agree with Democratic President Barack Obama. Johanns has been a strong supporter of subsidies for corn-based ethanol, splitting with John McCain, his party's presidential candidate.
  • Obama promises outreach to GOP [more RINO hunting?]

    02/23/2009 2:04:12 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 607+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-02-23
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he will do what he can to reach out to Republicans but on some issues philosophical differences will be impossible to overcome. Obama was asked about bipartisanship at the end of a fiscal summit that involved congressional Republicans and Democrats, economists and business leaders.
  • McCain fields questions from Miner, Part 1 [wants to be bipartisan for "next round of TARP"]

    02/22/2009 8:21:48 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 543+ views
    During his visit to Mohave County, Arizona Sen. John McCain sat down with the Kingman Daily Miner Editorial Board to discuss a number of issues. The senator answered questions about the economic stimulus package, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, education and other issues. The following is part of the discussion the board had with the senator on Thursday. . . . . . The president campaigned on change. He campaigned that we would sit down and work together. Maybe we couldn't; maybe we were just too philosophically different. But there wasn't a single attempt made. I know bipartisanship; I...
  • Obama Gets Bipartisan Credit (Opinion Dynamics poll)

    02/20/2009 11:43:32 AM PST · by PresidentFelon · 55 replies · 4,096+ views
    The Hill's Webzine ^ | 2/19/09 | The Hill Staff - Reid Wilson
    Obama Gets Bipartisan Credit February 19, 2009 @ 4:10 pm by Hill Staff Don't forget, in politics, perception is reality. In the battle for the mantle of bipartisanship, President Obama is winning by a mile. It doesn't matter that Obama got a stimulus bill passed with exactly three Senate Republican votes and not a single House GOP vote. It doesn't matter that both parties turned from talking about bipartisanship to spewing vitriolic accusations of ill will. The American people have spoken, and they're with the president on this one. A new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll shows 66 percent of Americans...
  • KC Star Advisor Says: Bipartisanship Overrated (Now that Dems Are Majority)

    02/10/2009 6:26:56 AM PST · by nysuperdoodle · 167+ views
    Evil Conservative Radio ^ | 10 Feb 09 | EC
    The liberal u-turns on the issue of bipartisanship continue unabated, as they realize that to continue calls for it would only mean they have to deal with the hated, and now outnumbered, GOP.
  • For McCain, ‘Gang’-ing Up Ain’t What It Used to Be

    02/08/2009 1:36:41 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 796+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2009-02-08 | Joseph J. Schatz
    It used to be that any “gang” of Senate centrists seeking a big legislative deal would have John McCain at its core — to the chagrin of Republican Party leaders. Not anymore. While a large group of Senate moderates worked behind closed doors in the Dirksen Building last week to fashion a compromise plan to trim the stimulus plan by some $100 billion, the original maverick was on the floor, leading conservative GOP opposition. McCain, R-Ariz., a longtime fiscal conservative but not always a tax cut advocate, said the plan is too costly and full of wasteful spending. He offered...
  • McCain: Democrats no more bipartisan than GOP

    02/08/2009 11:27:43 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 1,680+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-02-08
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain says that Democratic lawmakers putting together an economic stimulus plan are no more open to input from the opposing party than the GOP was during the Bush administration. The Arizona Republican says that he thought there was going to be a change in the tone of partisanship in Washington when the Obama administration took over, but he adds that he's not seeing it. McCain says he favors an economic stimulus bill about half the size of the $820 billion package the Democrats favor.
  • At Dem retreat, a partisan love fest (Obama ditches teleprompter - angry rant on "Stimulus")

    02/06/2009 7:47:38 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 111 replies · 3,880+ views
    Yahoo News and Politico ^ | 5 Feb 09 | Glenn Thrush, Patrick O'Connor
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A fired-up Barack Obama ditched his TelePrompter to rally House Democrats and rip Republican opponents of his recovery package Thursday night – at one point openly mocking the GOP for failing to follow through on promises of bipartisanship. In what was the most pointedly partisan speech of his young presidency, Obama rejected Republican arguments that massive spending in the $819 billion stimulus bill that passed the House should be replaced by a new round of massive tax cuts. “I welcome this debate, but we are not going to get relief by turning back to the same policies...
  • There Can Be NO Bi-Partisanship Around Nancy Pelosi

    02/02/2009 9:33:05 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 641+ views
    Politico/Yidwithlid ^ | 2/2/09 | Yidwithlid
    Let the evidence show that Nancy Pelosi has been an absolute disaster at everything that she has done as speaker, with the possible exception of shifting the blame on to other people. In fact she has probably been one of the worst in history. When she first took over the speaker's gavel, Ms Pelosi called herself "The Most Powerful Woman in the World," but she did not use her POWER to do that could help us avoid the financial mess. And she had plenty of time. But Nancy continues to get a free pass even though she has presided over...
  • Stimulus is Too Heavy on Spending, Says Growing Number of Senators

    02/01/2009 12:38:21 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 48 replies · 1,967+ views
    FOx News ^ | Feb. 1, 2009 | FoxNews
    Some Senate Democrats are joining the Republican chorus in opposition to the $900 billion economic stimulus package. President Obama is stressing bipartisanship when it comes to the $900 billion economic stimulus plan being considered in the Senate, and he may get it -- in unity of opposition. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he "can't believe that the president isn't embarrassed about" the stimulus packages that have passed the House and the Senate appropriations and finance committees. "It'll need to change if it'll do any good. I mean, things like $150 million honey bee insurance and $650 million to...