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  • Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving U.S. Senator and Former KKK Member, Dies at 92

    06/28/2010 7:12:03 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 32 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Michael van der Galien
    Fox News reports that Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia died earlier today. He was 92 year old. Byrd, Fox says, “had been plagued by health problems in recent years and was confined to a wheelchair.” He served in the U.S. Senate since 1959, which made him the longest serving senator in American history. To call Byrd a controversial figure is quite an understatement. When he was 25 years old, he joined the racist Ku Klux Klan because he was, DiscoverTheNetworks explains, ”enamored of the [organization's] parades he witnessed in his youth.” He even became Exalted Cyclops of his...
  • Robert Byrd ‘Seriously Ill’: Brief Discussion About W. Virginia Senate Seat Rules; Update: Byrd Dies

    06/28/2010 7:07:22 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 16 replies
    michelle malkin ^ | june 2010 | doug powers
    Robert Byrd ‘Seriously Ill’: A Brief Discussion About W. Virginia Senate Seat Rules; Update: Byrd Dies By Doug Powers • June 27, 2010 09:37 PM **Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers You may have heard today that West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd has been hospitalized and is described as “seriously ill.” Byrd isn’t up for re-election until 2012, but because the 2010 and 2012 elections will probably carry even more weight than usual as to the ultimate direction of the country, I was curious about West Virginia’s election law in the event Byrd is unable to continue serving out the remainder...
  • West Virginia's 'centrist' governor readies for national role

    06/28/2010 5:00:57 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 17 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | June 27, 2010 | Mike Wereschagin
    Most of the country sees West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin after a coal mine tragedy. Lately, he's been preparing for a different role. Manchin, 62, is considering a Senate run should Robert Byrd, 92, the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, decide not to seek a 10th term in 2012. On June 4, Manchin created a federal political action committee, Country Roads PAC, to pay for political travel and donations. He campaigned for Mark Critz, the Pennsylvania Democrat who won a special election May 18 to succeed the late Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown. Manchin said he's laying the groundwork to support...
  • (Democrat and former KKK member) Robert C. Byrd, Senate's Longest Serving Member, Dead at 92

    06/28/2010 3:40:12 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 81 replies · 2+ views
    abc ^ | 6/28/2010 | abc
    Sen. Robert C. Byrd , the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, has died. He was 92. Byrd was admitted to a Washington area hospital late in the week of June 21, 2010, suffering from what was believed to be heat exhaustion and severe dehydration as a result of the extreme temperatures. By Sunday afternoon other conditions developed, and Byrd's health took a turn for the worse. Born Nov. 20, 1917, in North Wilkesboro, N.C., Byrd was orphaned as a 1-year-old when his mother died. He was raised by his aunt and uncle in a rural community near the coalfields...
  • Robert Byrd has died according to Fox News

    06/28/2010 2:37:19 AM PDT · by Average Al · 79 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News | 6/28/2010 | Self
    Robert Byrd has died according to a Fox News report at 5:30 AM Monday.
  • WVa Sen Byrd dies.

    06/28/2010 2:37:04 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WTAE-TV ^ | 06/28/2010 | WTAE TV Pgh
    No other info yet. From wtae TV Pgh. WVa Sen Robt. Bryd has passed. He was 92.prisoner6
  • Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving U.S. Senator, Dies at 92

    06/28/2010 2:35:45 AM PDT · by careyb · 268 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/28/10 | Staff
  • Byrd 'seriously ill'

    06/27/2010 12:57:47 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 136 replies · 5+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/27/2010 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest serving senator in U.S. history, is in serious condition in a Washington area hospital, according to aides to the West Virginia Democrat. According to a statement from Byrd’s staff released Sunday afternoon, the senator “was admitted to the hospital late last week suffering from what was believed to be heat exhaustion and severe dehydration as a result of the extreme temperatures. He was expected to remain in the hospital not more than a few days.” The statement added: “However, upon further examination by his doctors, other conditions have developed which has resulted in his condition...
  • BREAKING NEWS: 92-year-old Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., hospitalized in serious condition

    06/27/2010 11:55:44 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 341 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 27, 2010
    Headline only.
  • Meet Your Lords and Masters: Seven Democrats Who Run Your World

    04/06/2010 3:54:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies · 2,560+ views ^ | April 6, 2010 | John Hawkins
    “I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” -- William F. Buckley At this point, I would go Buckley one better: I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 254 people we could pull out of a minimum security prison rather than the Democrats who are currently in Congress. In all fairness to the Democrats we have in charge now, that change probably wouldn't make Congress any less corrupt (not much more corrupt either), but at least...
  • Robert C Byrd "God's Gift to West Virginia" {Who is writing all his senate bills?

    03/11/2010 6:33:29 PM PST · by Tigen · 13 replies · 717+ views ^ | as of 3/11/10 | Byrd's-Eye View
    This year, 2010, is the fortieth anniversary of the premier of John Denver's musical tribute to West Virginia as "almost heaven." When I think of Denver's classic song, "Take Me Home, Country Roads",
  • LEGAL QUESTION: Is there a procedure to demand proof a US Senator is still alive .....

    03/10/2010 10:31:20 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 34 replies · 964+ views
    Hillbuzz ^ | 03/11/10 | Hillbuzz
    LEGAL QUESTION: Is there a procedure to demand proof a US Senator is still alive and maintains the ability to make informed decisions? Calling all lawyers out there.Can someone research the question of what happens when the public suspects a sitting US Senator is not able to make informed decisions and is instead being kept in hiding while agents of his party make all decisions for him? This is, obviously, in regards to Robert Byrd, whose recent statements in support of not only Reconciliation but Cap & Trade are so polar opposite to the positions he’s maintained for the hundred...
  • Uncovered Shocker: Sen. Byrd Single-Handedly Stopped President Clinton From Using Reconciliation

    Uncovered Shocker: Sen. Byrd Single-Handedly Stopped President Clinton From Using Reconciliation Breitbart.TV and Naked Emperor News
  • Video: Byrd compared 2005 'nuclear option' strategy to Nazi tactics

    03/03/2010 10:24:14 AM PST · by paltz · 7 replies · 316+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 3/3/10 | Kerry Picket
    Senate Republicans have cited West Virginia's Democratic Senator Robert Byrd as someone who has spoken forcefully against using the reconciliation tactic as a means to pass health care legislation through the Senate. It should be noted that Senator Byrd went after the Republicans in 2005 and compared their strategy to Nazi tactics (see video and transcript below) when Republicans considered using their majority power to halt an unprecedented filibuster mounted by the Democrats against President Bush’s judicial nominees. Democrats called it the “nuclear option” while Republicans argued that the Constitution only required members to “advise and consent” on the president’s...
  • Sen. Byrd calls proposed Democratic changes to filibuster rules 'misguided'

    02/24/2010 5:43:36 PM PST · by onyx · 27 replies · 1,770+ views
    THE HILL ^ | 02/24/10 01:34 PM ET | By Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Robert Byrd warned Democratic colleagues against changing filibuster rules in order to advance their legislative priorities. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) warned Democratic colleagues Wednesday against changing filibuster rules in order to advance their legislative priorities. In a "Dear Colleague" letter dated Tuesday, Byrd, the longest-serving member of the Senate, said that the Senate's rules on ending debate shouldn't be changed, but he encouraged forcing senators to actually sustain debate in a real, live filibuster. "I am sympathetic to frustrations about the Senate's rules, but those frustrations are nothing new," Byrd wrote. "However, I believe that efforts to change or...
  • Is Byrd The Last Word On Reconciliation?

    02/21/2010 8:07:35 AM PST · by CaroleL · 32 replies · 1,137+ views ^ | 02/21/10 | CaroleL
    As the Democrats attempt to ram their hugely unpopular idea of health care reform through the legislative process, there is increased interest in how that process works. There's been plenty of talk lately about reconciliation and how the Obama machine will most likely attempt to mis-use this part of the budget process and that brings us to another little known moment in US Senate history known as the Byrd Rule.
  • SNL: Senator-Elect Scott Brown Walking In on Harry Reid's Democratic Meeting (Video)

    01/30/2010 11:39:35 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 38 replies · 2,126+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 1/31/10 | HAP
    A week and a half after his election, Scott Brown sketch has already made it to SNL, this has a wandering Brown walking into Harry Reid's office while he's meeting with Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and Robert Byrd, (Video)
  • Dodd praise for Byrd hit by GOP('04 FLASHBACK!)

    01/11/2010 7:08:18 PM PST · by RatsDawg · 12 replies · 516+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 8, 2004
    The top Senate Democrat yesterday defended a colleague's assertion that Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Klansman, would have been a great leader during the Civil War. "I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia that he would have been a great senator at any moment," Mr. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, said while praising Mr. Byrd last week on the occasion of the eight-term Democrat's 17,000th Senate vote. Mr. Dodd continued: "He would have been right at the founding of this country. He would have been in the leadership crafting this...
  • Harry F. Byrd, Jr. assails Mark Warner’s support for spending and health-care bills

    01/09/2010 7:09:09 AM PST · by HokieMom · 17 replies · 565+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 9, 2010 | SCHAPIRO
    Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., who pledged a tight-fisted approach to federal spending, is being criticized as anything but by a living symbol of Virginia fiscal conservatism. Former Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr., I-Va., while describing Warner as "my friend," expressed dismay yesterday that the freshman senator backed on party-line votes spending and health-care bills that balloon the deficit by more than $1 trillion. "When a Virginia Democrat is elected to the Congress -- Senate or House -- he or she must decide whether to vote the party line or vote the Virginia tradition of financial responsibility," said Byrd, who...
  • Ann Coulter: IN OTHER WORDS ... (Last Call!)

    12/23/2009 3:00:44 PM PST · by Syncro · 36 replies · 2,527+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | December 23ann, 2009 | Ann Coulter
    IN OTHER WORDS ...December 23, 2009 Irritated at the bumps on the road to the Democrats' Thousand-Year Reich, liberals are now claiming that Republican Senator Tom Coburn requested a prayer for the death of Sen. Bob Byrd during the health care debate last Saturday night. Here is what Coburn actually said: "What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can't make the vote tonight. That's what they ought to pray." After reporting Coburn's remark, The Washington Post's Dana Milbank added: "It was difficult to escape the conclusion that Coburn was referring to the 92-year-old, wheelchair-bound Sen. Robert Byrd...
  • Republicans criticised over Senate etiquette

    12/23/2009 10:40:49 AM PST · by Schnucki · 97 replies · 2,598+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | December 23, 2009 | Alex Spillius
    Republicans have been accused of setting a new low for etiquette in the US Senate by forcing a 92-year-old wheelchair-bound Democrat to appear three times in four days to ensure the passage of a contentious health care reform bill. Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia was wheeled in to cheers and backslaps from colleagues at 1am on Monday, then 7.30am on Tuesday and was due to make his final – and crucial – appearance this on Thursday morning at 8am. His fragile health has caused him to miss 40 per cent of this year's roll calls, and he has been...
  • Robert Byrd Back In Form for Senate Health-Care Vote [Because 5/4 SC:Term Limits Unconstitutional!]

    12/22/2009 9:46:34 PM PST · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 1,259+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 22nd 2009
    Robert Byrd Back In Form for Senate Health-Care Vote Paul Kane Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Since Robert C. Byrd arrived in the Senate in 1959, the senior senator from West Virginia has cast more than 18,500 votes. Byrd has orchestrated and witnessed maneuvering. He has presided over the shortest session in Senate history -- not even one second long -- and presided for the longest continuous period -- more than 21 hours. He has thundered from the Senate well with rhetorical flourish. And when success has hinged on just showing up and voting, he has done...
  • In Health Care Battle, Coburn Offers Prayer for Byrd's Timely Demise?

    12/21/2009 5:34:19 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 20 replies · 1,375+ views ^ | December 21, 2009 12:08 PM | by Kelly McCartney
    n the wee hours of the morning, the U.S. Senate gathered to vote on cloture, the first of three motions, for the health care reform bill in order to move the process on to the next step. With all 60 Democratic caucus members finally aligned against the Republican filibuster, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) resorted to more sinister implications in his afternoon floor speech: “What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight. That’s what they ought to pray.” The statement seemed to be a thinly veiled jab at ailing Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) who,...
  • Robert Byrd's climate stance surprises W.Va. (Sheets critical of coal industry)

    12/20/2009 11:15:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies · 950+ views
    UPI ^ | 12/18/09
    Byrd's climate stance surprises W.Va.Published: Dec. 18, 2009 at 8:33 AM WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- West Virginia politicians and coal industry leaders say they're surprised and puzzled by remarks on coal mining from Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. Byrd, 92, a longtime opponent of environmental restrictions on his state's $3.5 billion coal industry, said this month, "The truth is that some form of climate legislation will likely become public policy" and will adversely affect coal mining, warning, "West Virginians can choose to anticipate change and adapt to it or resist and be overrun by it." Those remarks have flabbergasted many...
  • Byrd's coal comments rock W.Va.

    12/18/2009 4:29:35 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 84 replies · 3,143+ views
    Politico ^ | December 18, 2009 | Alex Isenstadt
    An extraordinary recent statement by Sen. Robert Byrd has stunned his coal-dependent home state and left West Virginia politicians and business leaders scrambling to understand the timing and motivation behind his unexpected discourse on the future of the coal industry. In an early December op-ed piece released by his office — also recorded on audio by the frail 92-year-old senator — Byrd argued that resistance to constraints on mountaintop-removal coal mining and a failure to acknowledge that “the truth is that some form of climate legislation will likely become public policy” represent the real threat to the future of coal....
  • Obama Years Ago Helped Fund Carbon Program He Is Now Pushing Through Congress ( Cap & Tax )

    11/20/2009 4:45:46 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 913+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Updated March 25, 2009 | Ed Barnes ,
    While on the board of a Chicago-based charity, Barack Obama helped fund a carbon trading exchange that will likely play a critical role in the cap-and-trade carbon reduction program he is now trying to push through Congress as president. In 2000 and 2001, while Barack Obama served as a board member for a Chicago-based charitable foundation, he helped to fund a pioneering carbon trading exchange that is likely to fill a critical role in the controversial cap-and-trade carbon reduction scheme that President Obama is now trying to push rapidly through Congress. During those two years, the Joyce Foundation gave nearly...
  • Zombie Klansman Byrd Sets Senate Tenure Record

    11/18/2009 2:42:21 PM PST · by sdkruiser · 13 replies · 513+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 11/18/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    Admittedly, I'm not posting this just so I can say "zombie klansman". Ever since Jan. 3, 1953, Robert Carlyle Byrd has represented West Virginia in Congress, first in the House, then in the Senate. If you're counting, that's 56 years, 10 months and 16 days. Today he became the longest-serving member of Congress, eclipsing Carl Hayden, who represented Arizona from 1912, when the state joined the Union, until he retired in 1968. Byrd represents so much of what's wrong with lazy voters, the media and the Senate that it's difficult to know where to begin.
  • Byrd becomes longest-serving Congress member (tributes pour in to the Rat Porker alert)

    11/18/2009 9:57:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies · 932+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 18, 2009 | Laurie Kellman
    <p>West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd became the longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history Wednesday, a milestone to be marked with a morning of Senate tributes and a special resolution.</p> <p>It was unclear whether Byrd would be able to attend Wednesday's session.</p>
  • Tell Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, no to Obamacare and no to cap n trade

    We need to start blasting all his phones, emails , twitter account, facebooks, and writing to the newspapers. Even if you don't live in his state you need to still be active on them and tell them no business in West Virginia if Byrd votes in favor of Obama's reckless Obamacare and cap n trade. Offices Charleston Office 300 Virginia Street, East Suite 2630 Charleston, WV 25301 Telephone: (304) 342-5855 Fax: (304) 343-7144 Eastern Panhandle Office 217 West King Street Room 238 Martinsburg, WV 25401 Telephone: (304) 264-4626 Fax: (304) 262-3039 To read the rest of info follow link
  • Byrd stops Obamacare

    10/22/2009 8:59:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 98 replies · 3,836+ views
    Charleston Daily Mail ^ | 10/22/2009 | Don Surber
    So the word was that Democratic leaders worried about the health of Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore Robert C. Byrd, whom they needed as a 60th vote to end any Republican filibuster. On Wednesday, Byrd voted against cloture — meaning he sided with the Republican filibuster. (snip) Byrd could be an ally in stopping Obamacare. He killed Hillarycare 16 years ago. He just may have an inclination to do it again.
  • America's Nightmare (2013 before we wake up)

    09/24/2009 10:42:17 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 2 replies · 388+ views
    The Stentorian (cartoons) ^ | 9/24/09 | Winged Hussar
    Q: What is Robert Byrd's favorite convenience store? A: Sheetz. It reminds him of what he wore when he hung out with the good old boys. Q: Why did Robert Byrd stop reading "The Hobbit?" A: He realized that (Theodore) Bilbo was not on his way to visit a (Grand) Dragon. Q: Why did Robert Byrd stop reading "Lord of the Rings?" A: He realized that the White Wizard was not going to become the Grand Wizard. Q: Why did Robert Byrd like the song "In a White Room?" A: He thought it was about a whites-only room. Q:...
  • Ambulances race to Robert Byrd's home

    09/22/2009 7:57:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 256 replies · 12,454+ views
    Ambulances race to Byrd's home By: Manu Raju September 22, 2009 10:16 AM EST Ambulances and fire trucks were dispatched to the Northern Virginia home of Sen. Robert Byrd Tuesday morning. A neighbor of the 91-year-old West Virginia Democrat said several ambulances were outside his residence in McLean, Va., and a Byrd spokesman said the senator suffered a fall in his home. An officer at the McLean Fire Department said that a unit was dispatched at 9:10 to the address where Byrd lives, but he declined to comment on the substance of the response. Byrd – the longest-serving senator in...
  • Senator Byrd's "White Ni**er" .mp3

    09/16/2009 5:19:24 PM PDT · by pansgold · 8 replies · 598+ views ^ | 4/16/2009 | pansgold
    Here's the mp3 of Senator Byrd. If Dem's want to play this game... I have a ton of audio clips for them.
  • Rush played this clip of "Sheets Byrd" today. Pass it around.

    09/16/2009 4:34:17 PM PDT · by pansgold · 16 replies · 1,560+ views ^ | 9/16/2009 | pansgold
    A proud democrat around March 28, 1968. Senator Byrd said Dr. King ran like a "scared rabbit". Sheets Byrd
  • Byrd: Rename health care bill for Kennedy

    08/26/2009 1:14:34 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 69 replies · 1,659+ views
    Politico ^ | 8/26/09 | Ben Smith
    Ailing Senator Robert Byrd, one of only two to have served longer than Kennedy, suggests in an emotional statement renaming the pending health care legislation for the late Massachusetts Senator: "In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every American."
  • WV Senator calls for name change.

    08/26/2009 11:01:41 AM PDT · by Keli Kilohana · 14 replies · 922+ views
    Vanity | 8/26/09 | Keli Kilohana
    West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd called today for Congress to change Barack Obama's middle name from Hussein to Fitzgerald.
  • Robert Byrd (D-Exalted Cyclops): Rename ObamaCare After Kennedy (W/Bonus Classic Video)

    08/26/2009 8:33:10 AM PDT · by Liam2007 · 14 replies · 602+ views
    Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the only senator to have served longer than the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), mourned his friend Wednesday, saying his "heart and soul weeps." Byrd said he hoped healthcare reform legislation in the Senate would be renamed in memoriam of Kennedy. "I had hoped and prayed that this day would never come," Byrd said in a statement. "My heart and soul weeps at the lost of my best friend in the Senate, my beloved friend, Ted Kennedy."
  • Byrd: Rename health care bill for Kennedy

    08/26/2009 9:11:03 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 53 replies · 1,067+ views
    Politico ^ | August 26, 2009
    Ailing Senator Robert Byrd, one of only two to have served longer than Kennedy, suggests in an emotional statement renaming the pending health care legislation for the late Massachusetts Senator: In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every American. Washington, DC – Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., issued the following statement upon learning of the...
  • Byrd wants health bill renamed for Kennedy

    08/26/2009 7:46:44 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 124 replies · 3,421+ views
    The Hill ^ | August 26, 2009 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the only senator to have served longer than the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), mourned his friend Wednesday, saying his "heart and soul weeps." Byrd said he hoped healthcare reform legislation in the Senate would be renamed in memoriam of Kennedy. "I had hoped and prayed that this day would never come," Byrd said in a statement. "My heart and soul weeps at the lost of my best friend in the Senate, my beloved friend, Ted Kennedy." Byrd's wistful statement focused on the work accomplished with Kennedy during decades together in the Senate, and called on...
  • Ailing Sen. Byrd Returns to the Senate

    07/21/2009 10:32:42 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 19 replies · 941+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 21, 2009 | Trish Turner
    The ailing Sen. Robert Byrd returned to the Senate chamber on Tuesday, casting a vote against an amendment that would strip money from a defense bill. Byrd, the longest serving senator in history, is a die-hard appropriator and zealously guards the purse strings. His vote Tuesday, cast from his wheel chair, bucked the White House and Pentagon, both of which have said that additional F-22 fighters jets are not needed. (snip) The 91-year old West Virginia Democrat has been out since May suffering from a staph infection contracted when he was hospitalized for another type of infection. He was recently...
  • Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd Not Supporting Cap and Trade

    07/08/2009 8:09:47 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 22 replies · 694+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 8, 2009 | BrianinMO
    With the addition of Al Franken to the U.S. Senate, Democrats believed that now have a 60 vote, filibuster-proof majority. But on the issue of "Cap and Trade," at least one Democrat is not supporting the legislation in its current form - Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia . . . . MORE
  • Byrd Blasts ‘Cap and Trade’

    07/08/2009 10:21:17 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 80 replies · 2,803+ views
    WHEELING - He is not yet back to work in the Senate chamber, but U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd is opposing "cap and trade" legislation pushed by the Obama administration. The 91-year-old Byrd, D-W.Va., was released from an unidentified Washington, D.C. hospital last week after a month-long stay for a staph infection. He expects to return to the chamber before the Senate begins debate on "cap and trade" - which is tentatively set for this fall, according to Byrd's office. "I cannot support the House bill in its present form," Byrd said in a statement. "I continue to believe that clean...
  • Top US senator, hospitals near health care deal

    07/06/2009 7:41:20 PM PDT · by sf4dubya · 12 replies · 687+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Monday July 6, 2009, 9:50 pm EDT | David Espo
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- With health care legislation at a crossroads, the nation's hospitals are near agreement with a key lawmaker and the White House to pick up part of the cost of President Barack Obama's plan for expanded coverage, officials said Monday. The precise size of any deal was not available, although several days ago, talks were focused in the area $155 billion over a decade. These officials said under the emerging agreement, hospitals would accept lower-than-anticipated payments under Medicare and Medicaid, the federal health care programs for seniors and the poor. Any agreement involving Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of...
  • 60 votes not so super for Obama, Senate Democrats (sick Sheets Byrd & Unca Teddy makes 58)

    07/06/2009 5:29:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies · 999+ views
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/04/09 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    60 votes not so super for Obama, Senate DemocratsBy: LAURIE KELLMAN The Associated Press July 4, 2009 Congress returns for its midsummer session Monday with a Senate supermajority not super enough for President Barack Obama's top priorities to pass without Republican support. The seating of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken will give Democrats the filibuster-proof 60-40 majority in the Senate, but only on paper. Absences by two ailing senators mean the party can count only 58 votes, and then only if Majority Leader Harry Reid can herd two independents and the independent streaks of 55 others behind Obama's biggest initiatives: expanded...
  • Byrd, Rockefeller wary of global warming bill

    06/30/2009 2:16:52 PM PDT · by Armedanddangerous · 23 replies · 2,073+ views
    Charleston Gazette ^ | 6-30-2009 | Ken Ward Jr,
    One of West Virginia's U.S. senators is opposed to the landmark global warming bill that passed the House Friday, while the other has "serious concerns" about the measure.
  • Inspector General Walpin scandal reflects money's role in politics

    06/21/2009 4:23:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 732+ views ^ | June 21, 2009 | Salena Zito
    The upside to Gerald Walpin’s firing as inspector general for the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps is that he could appear in one of those “Organizing for America” ads that highlight Americans who have lost their jobs along with their health care. It’s just a thought. Walpin became the center of some media attention last week for suspending Barack Obama supporter Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and now mayor of Sacramento, for irregularities in his use of federal money when he ran a charity. Walpin was asked by the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service to...
  • Supporters concerned about health of ailing W. Va. senator

    06/21/2009 7:46:04 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 61 replies · 4,293+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Sunday, June 21, 2009 | Salena Zito
    Democrats in West Virginia are gravely concerned about the health of their senior U.S. senator, 91-year-old Robert Byrd, who has been hospitalized since May with a series of infections. "We are just praying for him to get back to the Senate real soon," said Nick Casey, West Virginia Democratic Party chairman. Byrd's absence has caused distress among supporters and speculation about who would fill his seat if he is unable to return to work. As the Senate president pro tempore, Byrd is third in the presidential succession line, behind Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He is...
  • Sen. Robert C. Byrd aides studying mountaintop removal mining (BLAST, BABY, BLAST!)

    06/16/2009 7:03:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies · 1,020+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/16/09
    Byrd aides studying mountaintop removal miningby The Associated Press Tuesday June 16, 2009 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Aides to Sen. Robert C. Byrd are in southern West Virginia for what they call a three-day fact-finding tour about mountaintop removal mining. **SNIP** But the West Virginia Democrat issued a statement Tuesday saying his aides will see mountaintop mining operations firsthand. They will meet with coal industry officials, environmentalists and citizens. They'll also inspect flood recovery efforts and talk to people about fears that mining may have made the damage from the spring floods worse. Byrd says the Obama administration's plan to increase...
  • Senior Democrat Says Obama's Czars Unconstitutional

    06/15/2009 12:28:16 PM PDT · by SJackson · 80 replies · 6,297+ views
    WIND560 ^ | 6-15-09 | Ken Klukowski
    Last week President Obama appointed yet another “czar” with massive government power, answering only to him. Even before this latest appointment, the top-ranking Democrat in the Senate wrote President Obama a letter saying that these czars are unconstitutional. President Obama’s “czar strategy” is an unprecedented power grab centralizing authority in the White House, outside congressional oversight and in violation of the Constitution. As of last week, Czar Kenneth Feinberg has the authority to set the pay scale for executives at any company receiving government money (and how many aren’t, these days?). Czar Feinberg has the power to say that someone’s...
  • (KKK Robert C.) Byrd remains under doctor’s care

    06/14/2009 5:11:04 PM PDT · by lilylangtree · 54 replies · 1,963+ views
    The Lincoln Journal ^ | 6-10-2009 | Ron Gregory
    WASHINGTON, DC - The nation's longest-serving United States senator remained under a doctor's care this week in Washington. Senator Robert C. Byrd, 91, a West Virginia Democrat, was said by his staff to be receiving treatment for a staph infection. Media accounts have said that Byrd, who has been in frail physical condition for some time, has been confined to a Washington, D.C. area hospital since May 15. Byrd's spokesman, Jesse Jacobs, would not reveal the site where Byrd was confined when asked last week. He also would not discuss the severity of Byrd's illness. A source, usually reliable, said...