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  • Republican Sen. must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control...

    07/29/2017 5:09:01 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 61 replies
    Real Donald Trump twitter account ^ | July 29, 2017 | President Donald Trump
    Republican Senate must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control country. 200 Bills sit in Senate. A JOKE!
  • Gorsuch and the Ghost of Harry Reid

    04/04/2017 6:03:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | April 4, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    What goes around comes around is one of life's undeniable truisms and never more than in the politics of Washington, D.C. (the "D.C." increasingly standing for dysfunctional city). Last week was Cherry Blossom week in D.C. This week it's Neil Gorsuch week. Republicans must now decide whether to use the "nuclear option," a parliamentary procedure that allows the U.S. Senate to override a rule or precedent by a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of by a supermajority of 60 votes, as a tool for confirming President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. For those whose primary diet is...
  • Friendly Reminder: If Democrats Float Another Deal On Gorsuch And The Filibuster. Don't Take It.

    04/04/2017 6:52:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | April 4, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Guy had post on this last month, but now that Gorsuch has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee vote—it’s conceivable that some senators might want to strike a deal to avoid the nuclear option. Yes, Democrats have the 41 required senators to block Gorsuch through that procedural hurdle. But cloture motion aside, there are a multitude of senators, Democratic and Republican, who are adherents to Senate protocol and might not want to blow that up. So, what was the deal that as initially floated last month? Oh, it was just Democrats agreeing to confirm Gorsuch, while making sure the GOP can’t...
  • Colorado Dem to oppose Gorsuch filibuster

    04/03/2017 9:33:38 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 15 replies
    The ^ | April 3, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said on Monday that he will buck party leadership and oppose a Democratic effort to block Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination. I will oppose efforts to filibuster the nomination, and strongly encourage my colleagues not to use the nuclear option, he said in a statement.
  • GOP Cheers DeVos Confirmation After Pence Casts Rare Tie-Breaking Vote

    02/07/2017 4:41:10 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 3 replies ^ | 02/07/2017 | Todd Beamon
    Republicans cheered Tuesday's historic confirmation vote for Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote slamming Democrats as obstructionists and saying that President Donald Trump was entitled to his Cabinet picks. "President Trump has assembled a first-class team for his Cabinet, and obstructing all of these confirmation votes is only delaying the important work that needs to be done," Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said. "In my conversation with Betsy DeVos, I found her to have a deep appreciation for the value of public schools and a special concern for the needs of the...
  • Senate Democrats are bluffing, they are powerless to block Trump's Supreme Court nominee

    01/28/2017 4:11:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | January 28, 2017 | Marc Thiessen
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has threatened to stonewall Donald Trumps pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, telling MSNBCs Rachel Maddow, Schumer said: Its hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support. When Maddow asked, You will do your best to hold the seat open? Schumer replied, Absolutely. The fact is, Senate Democrats are powerless to stop Trump from appointing and confirming a rock-ribbed conservative to replace Scalia. Here is what Trump should tell Schumer in so uncertain terms: As you know, I have put out a...
  • Cruz: GOP should do whatever it takes to confirm Trump Supreme Court pick

    01/24/2017 8:57:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2017 | Evelyn Rupert
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said Republicans should fight to get President Trump's coming Supreme Court nominee confirmed by any means necessary. Trump has said he will be announcing his choice to fill the late Antonin Scalia's seat on the bench next week. Republicans will need at least eight Democrats to support Trump's nominee to overcome the 60-vote filibuster hurdle. But Cruz suggested the GOP shouldn't rule out the so-called "nuclear option" to reduce the threshold to a majority. The move would be a gamble, setting a precedent that could weaken the GOP's position if Democrats come back into power....
  • Help! Can Someone Exlain What a "Procedural Vote" Is in the U.S. Senate?

    08/19/2016 6:48:11 PM PDT · by MrChips · 22 replies
    August 19, 2016 | vanity
    OK, so I understand that the Republicans in the Senate passed a vote on the Zike virus legislation 52 to 48, but that "because it was a procedural vote, it required 60 to pass. Thus, the Democrats blocked it (for various reasons I don't need to get into). Just what does it mean for it to be a "procedural vote"? I don't understand.
  • Re-energizing the Authority of Congress

    09/23/2015 1:51:42 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | Sept. 23, 2015 | Larry Huss
    Former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015. For those of you expecting anything near the truth to be outed during this hearing, guess again. The whole structure of the congressional committee hearings is to give the members of Congress an opportunity to bloviate, obfuscate and create campaign sound bites. Nothing is geared toward finding the truth.
  • Democrats clinch critical 41 votes for Iran nuclear deal

    09/08/2015 9:48:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    AP ^ | September 8, 2015 | Erica Werner
    Democrats clinched the crucial Senate votes Tuesday to block passage of a disapproval resolution against the Iran nuclear accord, an outcome that would be a major victory for President Barack Obama against united Republican opposition. But amid fast-paced developments as lawmakers returned to Washington from their five-week summer recess, supporters of the deal stopped short of declaring victory. That was because it remained uncertain whether all 41 Democratic and independent senators now on record in favor of the deal would also support a filibuster to block a final vote on the disapproval resolution.
  • Cruz on Loretta Lynch: Absence is a no vote

    05/01/2015 5:04:04 PM PDT · by yuffy · 64 replies
    thehill ^ | May 01, 2015, 08:27 am | By Mark Hensch
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Thursday that his absence during last weeks confirmation of Attorney General Loretta Lynch was the same as voting against her. There was no significance to the final vote, and I had a scheduling conflict, Cruz said, according to media reports. Under the Senate rules, absence is the equivalent of a no vote, the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added. It is identical procedurally. Senators confirmed Lynch as the nations new attorney general on April 23 in a 56-43 vote. Cruz, a notable opponent of her nomination, said Thursday he abstained because a majority of Republicans had...
  • Another Texas Republican Took a Swipe at Ted Cruz. See How His Spokeswoman Returned Fire With These

    04/25/2015 4:58:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 25, 2015 | Zach Noble
    The subtweet: Its how everyone from your neighbors kid to Justin Bieber chucks insults and criticism online without directly naming their target.Add Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-Texas) to the list of subtweeters.On Saturday morning, the Hill noted that Cornyn seemed to be lashing out at fellow Texas Republican and presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz with the tweet below. FYI: Cloture ends debate only. It does not confirm a nominee. Otherwise a subsequent vote on whether to confirm a nominee is meaningless. JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) April 25, 2015 FYI: Cloture ends debate only, Cornyn wrote. It does not confirm a nominee....
  • Should Ted Cruz Delay The Omnibus Bill 30 Hours By Forcing Reid To Hold A Cloture Vote?

    12/12/2014 9:21:59 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    12/12/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If some (i.e. Harry Reid) in the Senate seek unanimous consent to go straight to a vote on Cronybus, but Cruz (and others who may wish to join him) delay this move by forcing Reid to hold a cloture vote - and thus stall the vote in the Senate on Cronybus by 30 hours - would you support this if it led to a short-term funding measure? While this move may upset Boehner, who has now bent his will to Obama's desire, would you support Cruz (or whomever may wish to do this - Warren?) doing this?
  • Dont Bring Back the Judicial Filibuster (McConnell trying to neuter the victory)

    11/06/2014 6:12:33 AM PST · by bestintxas · 29 replies
    nat review ^ | 11/5/14 | e whealen
    In Tuesdays elections, Republicans won control of the Senate and expanded their majority in the House. In the coming weeks and months, Republicans in Congress must focus on developing and pursuing a winning agenda over the next two years an agenda that will help elect a Republican president in November 2016 and provide that president with a governing majority in Congress. But a small cadre of current and former Senate staffers is instead pressing Republican senators on what strikes me as a profoundly foolish and destructive diversion: reinstating the filibuster more precisely, the 60-vote cloture threshold for...
  • Landrieu Votes to Advance DREAM Act

    10/04/2014 2:36:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    Senator Mary Landrieu ^ | December 18, 2010
    United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., issued the following statement today after her vote to invoke cloture on the DREAM Act. The cloture motion was defeated by a vote of 55-41. Sen. Landrieu said: "America is a land of enormous opportunity that is strengthened, not weakened, by the immeasurable contributions of people from different backgrounds. There are 2.1 million young people in this country who were brought to America by their parents as children. They are undocumented, yet they know no other home than the United States of America. I believe these young adults deserve a chance to earn...

    07/30/2014 2:02:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/30/14 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    A total 11 Senate Republicansincluding Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)crossed the aisle to vote to advance Senate Democrats' border spending bill. Two vulnerable Democrats up for reelection, Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), joined 31 Republicans in voting no. 50 Democrats voted yes. The 11 Republicans who voted with almost all the Democrats are: Rubio and Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
  • Mitch McConnell: IMF part halts Ukraine bill (McConnell undermines Cruz, then takes his position)

    03/25/2014 8:18:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 3/25/14 | Jake Sherman and Burgess Everett
    Legislation to aid Ukraine and punish Russia will never become law if it includes reforms to the International Monetary Fund, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. McConnell supported a procedural vote to advance the Senates bill aiding Ukraine on Monday evening, but he said it is fruitless to proceed any further without Democrats relenting on IMF language requested by President Barack Obama. Continue Reading Text Size - + reset Advertisement Latest on POLITICO Boehner: Reid 'sacrificing' Dems Perry, Haley back Web gaming ban Panel: Redefine 'women's issues' Perry: Equal pay 'nonsense' in Texas Willimon lauds 'incredible' Clinton Paul on...
  • BREAKING: Medicaid Expansion in Nebraska Fails Cloture Vote.

    03/19/2014 5:04:10 PM PDT · by Kolath · 5 replies
    Bill Kintner via Facebook ^ | 03/19/2014 | Bill Kintner
    Senator Bill Kintner Medicaid expansion has been stopped when the proponents failed to get the necessary 33 votes to invoke cloture. The vote was 27-21 -1. Krist was a not voting. This is a huge win for the citizens of Nebraska for all the reasons I have previously covered. Thank you to all the people that called and wrote the senators.
  • Cornyn tamps down expectations for Tuesday primary

    02/28/2014 10:37:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 95 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 2/26/14 | Kevin Diaz
    U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, facing a field of GOP primary candidates running at him mainly from the right, set the bar low for next Tuesdays election, telling Texas reporters that his main goal is to avoid a runoff. My goal is to win the election without a runoff, and I think well achieve that goal, he said in a phone conference Wednesday. He added: I realize runoffs are a unique animal unto themselves, and my goal is to win without a runoff, and of course Ill enjoy every vote I get above that. Cornyn reminded the press corps that hes...
  • Dwayne Stovall Highlights Senator John Cornyns Obamacare Votes

    02/21/2014 10:25:30 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 2 replies
    Four States News ^ | 1/9/14 | Steve Oglesby
    The campaign for Dwayne Stovall, Texas candidate for U.S. Senate, brings attention to the voting record of Sen. John Cornyn. Sen. Cornyn votes for unconstitutional legislation and then attempts to mislead Texans about his votes. This is part of an ongoing series of press releases exposing the Congressional Record of Senator Cornyn. Stovall said in a statement, Senator Cornyn betrays the trust of Texans who sent him to Washington. He voted YEA on the FY 2013 FUNDING BILL (March 23, 2013) that gave the Obama Administration the money needed to implement Obamacare. Subsequently, he also voted YEA on CLOTURE (September...