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  • 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?
  • Don’t 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 Tuesday’s 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...
  • 11 SENATE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO ADVANCE DEBATE ON DEMOCRAT BORDER BILL (Cornyn, Rubio...)

    07/30/2014 2:02:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/30/14 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    A total 11 Senate Republicans—including 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
    politico.com ^ | 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 Senate’s 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 Tuesday’s 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 we’ll 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 I’ll enjoy every vote I get above that.” Cornyn reminded the press corps that he’s...
  • Dwayne Stovall Highlights Senator John Cornyn’s 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...
  • U.S. Senator visits high school students (Cornyn lectures students on debt...)

    02/21/2014 7:06:34 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    Fox Lubbock ^ | 2/ | Fox Lubbock
    The financial future of Estacado High School students looks much brighter. Senator, John Cornyn, was on hand for the showcase of a financial literacy program. The curriculum uses video, animations, gaming and social networking to teach students money management principles. Cornyn said the program, Ever-Fi, teaches the basics of how to have a productive and functional life. "Learning these tools will prepare students to go to the college of their choice and to make sure they don't get in trouble by incurring debt that they can't repay," he said.
  • US Senate Candidate Ken Cope Says Sen John Cornyn Has Become Disconnected From The People Of Texas

    02/20/2014 12:05:25 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    KFYO Lubbock ^ | 2/20/14 | Ariel Walden
    On the Thursday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, U.S. Senate candidate Ken Cope spoke with Chad Hasty about his campaign for Senate and why he decided to challenge incumbent Senator John Cornyn. Cope had some harsh criticism for Senator Cornyn, calling him a “seatwarmer” and arguing that he is not the big conservative fighter he claims to be. Cope added that many people are rightfully angry at Cornyn, and that the Senator had become disconnected from the people of Texas and has turned into another career politician. “[Cornyn] has done nothing on immigration. He’s done nothing about tax reform....
  • Texas Primaries: Cornyn Slipping Well Below 50%

    02/20/2014 7:34:30 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 79 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/20/14 | Jim Ellis Jeff Schmidt
    A new Gravis Marketing poll (conducted Feb. 10 – 12; sampling 729 likely Texas Republican primary voters) may be a harbinger of trouble for establishment Republican Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). He faces Rep. Steve Stockman, Tea Party favorite Dwayne Stovall, and five others in a March 4 Republican primary election. If no candidate receives an absolute majority (50 percent plus one vote), the top two will face off in a May 27 run-off contest. The eventual Republican nominee will be a prohibitive favorite in the 2014 general election. The run-off system is designed to ensure that the winning candidate receives...
  • IMMIGRATION DEBATE CLEARS PROCEDURAL SENATE HURDLE (2013 Cornyn Cloture vote for Amnesty)

    02/20/2014 6:10:06 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/11/13 | DAVID ESPO
    In Spanish and English, the Senate pushed contentious immigration legislation over early procedural hurdles with deceptive ease on Tuesday as President Barack Obama insisted the "moment is now" to give 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally a chance at citizenship. -snip- Taken together, the two procedural votes had the effect of placing the bill formally before the Senate and open for amendments. Both drew more than 80 votes, reflecting a bipartisan desire to have the debate that now is expected to consume three weeks.
  • On immigration Sen Ted Cruz joins failed filibuster as Sen John Cornyn votes to start debate (2013)

    02/20/2014 6:01:24 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 6/11/13 | Todd J. Gillman
    Texas’ senators split Tuesday on whether to let the Senate start debating a sweeping immigration overhaul plan. Both are unhappy with the “Gang of Eight” bill as currently written, but Sen. Ted Cruz joined other conservatives in trying to block Senate consideration – an attempt that failed on 82-15. Sen. John Cornyn and two dozen other Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined Democrats to clear the way for debate to begin. “I can’t think of a more appropriate topic for Congress to engage in than to fix our broken immigration system,” said Cornyn, the deputy GOP leader.
  • Texas Senate Candidate Dwayne Stovall Discusses Campaign [Audio]

    02/20/2014 5:53:11 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    KFYO Lubbock ^ | 2/10/14 | Roni Vowels
    Monday on Lubbock’s First News, Dwayne Stovall spoke about his candidacy for a seat on the state Senate. Stovall is a self titled federalist. He believes in small government and calls himself a Republican with a little “r.” He said, “I’m the republican that the Republican party basically got up and left.” Stovall believes the purpose of the Senate is to protect the “best interests of your state.” He feels that current and previous Senators have increased debt and other problems, rather than working toward the state’s interest. “I don’t understand how we got to where we are today, but...
  • Interview with Dwayne Stovall, Candidate for U.S. Senate, Texas

    02/20/2014 5:49:12 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 12/13/13 | Hal Hawkins
    Today, I had the opportunity to interview U.S. Senate candidate from Texas, Dwyane Stovall, about his race and discuss his ideas on issues such as foreign policy and the Constitution. Dwayne Stovall is challenging incumbent John Cornyn and has entered a large field of primary candidates, including Steve Stockman, Chris Mapp, Curt Cleaver, Linda Vega, Ken Cope, and Reid Reasor. Disclaimer: Hardhatters is a non-partisan political research organization, and we do not support or endorse any political candidates.
  • Texas Tea (LSM nervous about Cornyn challengers..)

    02/19/2014 11:28:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Slate ^ | 2/19/14 | David Weigel
    People are hyping the Tea Party threat to Texas Sen. John Cornyn. The truth is these grassroots conservatives don’t have a chance. HOUSTON—A pattern was beginning to emerge: Sen. John Cornyn entering a room and discovering people who sound much more conservative than he sounds. On Tuesday morning, shortly after early voting began in his primary, the senior senator from Texas rolled into the offices of a local courier service to accept an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Businesses. He shook hands and took his place at a table of job creators, asking them for ideas to bring...
  • Sen Cornyn and the calculus of faux opposition

    02/19/2014 8:53:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Red State ^ | 2/12/14 | Member Diary
    First, men - a reminder: Get your woman something for Valentine’s Day. Flowers, chocolate, a diamond ring, whatever it takes. Show your love. Even if you are a dishonest scoundrel, do that. Especially if you are a dishonest scoundrel, do that, it might get your mistakes forgiven. Maybe that is why scoundrels sometimes learn to be good at the ‘do something bad, then make a big display of some small token of goodness to cover the tracks’. Which kinds of reminds me of our scoundrels in DC, coming home and saying “See, I brought flowers” and we are wondering “What...
  • Titanic Republican shift in key Senate race (Funny Stockman comments on Rove, Cornyn)

    02/19/2014 5:26:12 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    WND ^ | 2/19/14 | GARTH KANT
    It is a monumental shift in major race that could be sending shock waves through the GOP establishment. Underfunded and targeted by GOP strategist Karl Rove, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has defied the odds in his long-shot bid to topple the second-most powerful Republican in the U.S. Senate, and he’s on the verge of forcing a crucial runoff with incumbent Sen. Jon Cornyn, R-Texas, in the Texas GOP primary. According to the results of a stunning new poll, Cornyn has fallen from 50 percent to 43 percent. That means Cornyn would have to gain eight points in the next two...
  • Senate's Generational Theft Act roll call vote; Where was Cornyn? (2009 skipped cloture vote)

    02/19/2014 5:18:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 1 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 2/9/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Here it is, for posterity. Trying to find out why Sen. John Cornyn did not vote: Triumph of the Turncoat Caucus. *** I’ve just e-mailed Sen. Cornyn’s office and asked why he missed the vote. Heard from a NYC conservative that Cornyn is there now speaking to the Republican “Monday Meeting” group — made up of wealthy GOP donors. Bizarre display of priorities. Several Washington Hill folks note, of course, that the number of no votes isn’t important on cloture votes. But it matters to many of Sen. Cornyn’s tax-paying constituents, who have e-mailed wondering where he was.
  • NFIB ENDORSES SENATOR JOHN CORNYN (who funded ObamaCare with his cloture votes)

    02/18/2014 9:50:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    NFIB ^ | 2/18/14 | NFIB
    The National Federation of Independent Business, Texas’ and the nation’s leading small-business association, today endorsed John Cornyn for a sixth term in the U.S. Senate. NFIB announced its support for Sen. Cornyn at a campaign event at Hotshot Delivery, an NFIB member business based in Houston. “Our members support the candidates who support small business, and Senator Cornyn’s record speaks for itself,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB vice president for Political and Grassroots. “Over the past 12 years, John Cornyn has voted with small business on key issues 100 percent of the time.” Goeas said Cornyn understands burdening small businesses with...
  • Sen. Roger Wicker says GOP colleague John Cornyn of Texas will win his primary (on MSNBC)

    02/18/2014 6:05:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/18/14 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn’s bid for re-election got a boost this week from a GOP colleague and one of the top newspapers in his state. Mr. Cornyn, Texas Republican, will try to defend his seat against seven opponents in the party primary on March 4. He is taking heat from conservatives for supporting a procedural motion last week that cleared the way for an up-down vote to extend the nation’s borrowing authority, even though he voted against the actual measure. But Sen. Roger Wicker, Mississippi Republican, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that voters will still come out in droves for...
  • Cornyn to showcase financial literacy curriculum at Estacado HS

    02/17/2014 5:40:31 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Lubbock Avalanche Journal ^ | 2/17/14 | A-J MEDIA
    U.S. Senator John Cornyn will visit Estacado High School this week to showcase a new web-based financial literacy curriculum. The curriculum, which was underwritten by Prosperity Bank, uses the latest in new media technologies, including video, animation, 3-D gaming, avatars and social networking, according to a news release from the Lubbock Independent School District. The program is designed to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. It will assist hundreds of students each year in understanding money management principles.
  • Democrats critical of Cornyn, Hutchison on stimulus (2010 Flashback: Cornyn Cloture Hijinks)

    02/17/2014 9:43:37 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/17/10 | R.G. Ratcliffe
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Democrats are targeting as hypocrits Republicans who voted against stimulus funding and then sought money for their state’s or districts. A pair in the crosshairs are U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, both R-Texas. The Environmental Protection Agency received two letters from Sen. John Cornyn of Texas asking for consideration of grants for clean diesel projects in San Antonio and Houston. Mr. Cornyn is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. One of the letters was signed jointly with Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, also of Texas. The letter said...
  • Cornyn: 2014 and beyond about ‘mitigating Obama policies’ (from yesterday's Cornyn-Rove rally)

    02/17/2014 9:18:08 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Longview News Journal ^ | 2/17/14 | Glenn Evans
    The senior senator from Texas predicted little movement in Congress for the rest of the year on immigration reform, or much of anything, during a campaign stop in Longview Sunday. “I think this is going to be about mitigating the policies of the president,” Republican Sen. John Cornyn said, noting the GOP needs a net six-seat gain to win control of the Senate. “We’ll be in strategic position to mitigate some of the harm of some of those policies.” Cornyn brushed off a recent, milder push-back on Obamacare to “mend it, don’t end it.” “You can’t actually update the policies...
  • Sen. John Cornyn marks five-year anniversary of Obama’s stimulus with harsh words

    02/17/2014 5:47:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/17/14 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn on Monday marked the five-year anniversary of President Obama’s economic stimulus, but it was hardly a laudatory toast to the 2009 bid to restart America’s infrastructure and workforce. Mr. Cornyn, Texas Republican, said promises of “shovel-ready” jobs from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 were supposed to “get our economy moving.” “Five years later, our economy is still sluggish, Americans are dropping out of the workforce by the thousands, and the President’s latest big government experiment, Obamacare, is now on track to slash 2 million more jobs from the workforce,” he said.
  • Editorial: We recommend John Cornyn in GOP primary for the U.S. Senate (LSM Endorsement)

    02/16/2014 8:21:43 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/16/14 | Editorial Board
    Sen. John Cornyn is a principled lawmaker whose brand of Texas conservatism makes him the best choice in this eight-way GOP primary race for the Senate. Cornyn is the deputy GOP Senate leader and a senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee. Holding these positions of influence can only bode well for Texas. Cornyn, 62, also has long supported immigration reform, which we think is important, though at times in recent years he’s not been as much a problem solver on this issue as we’d like. Still, unlike his challengers, he’s committed to governing, having recently won additional funds for rape...
  • Texas Telephone Poll: Stockman Gaining Against Cornyn In Primary Battle (Cornyn at 43%)

    02/16/2014 6:18:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Gravis Marketing ^ | 2/16/14 | Thomas Young.
    Human Events-Gravis Marketing, conducted a random survey of 729 likely republican primary voters in Texas regarding Republican Steve Stockman and Republican John Cornyn between 2/10/14 and 2/12/14. The poll carries a margin of error of 3.6%. The telephone poll was conducted using automated phone calls to landlines and live operators contacting cellphone only households. The Telephone poll centered on voters’ approval of Stockman and Cornyn and surveyed voters on candidate preference if the election were held today. John Cornyn, the Senate Minority Whip who has held his seat since 2002 has been cast by GOP challenger Congressman Steve Stockman as...
  • Greta Slams Longshot GOP Candidate as 'Jerk' for McConnell Insult (Cornyn Opponent Stovall)

    02/16/2014 6:29:18 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 61 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/14/14 | Todd Beamon
    Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Friday blasted a bizarre television spot by longshot Texas Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall that likens Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to a Looney Tunes turtle. "This ad is lousy," Van Susteren said on her Fox website. "It is gratuitously insulting. "I have no idea whether Stovall is a great candidate or not — but his ad makes me think he is a jerk," she added. "You can be clever and funny in ads … or you can be gratuitously insulting." In the ad, Stovell, one of seven candidates vying to unseat Sen. John Cornyn...
  • Cornyn won’t pay a price for defying Ted Cruz on budget ceiling vote

    02/16/2014 5:51:11 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/15/14 | Todd J. Gillman
    Politics is sometimes the art of choosing the lesser of evils. For Sen. John Cornyn and other GOP leaders, it was better to let Democrats raise the debt ceiling last week than to dig in and risk a federal default. But tamping down a filibuster from Sen. Ted Cruz invited the wrath of the tea party. We’ll find out soon enough whether Cornyn pays a price — or, possibly, emerges stronger and more independent after the March 4 primary. Cruz predicted that voters will punish “establishment politicians in both parties” for their resistance to his filibuster — an extraordinary comment,...
  • Senate votes for Amnesty Bill Cloture (Cornyn Cloture Vote Flashback 2013)

    02/15/2014 8:41:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Roger Hedgecock ^ | 6/11/13 | Roger Hedgecock
    Comprehensive immigration reform legislation passed a significant hurdle Tuesday when the Senate voted overwhelmingly to begin consideration of the lightning-rod bill. Thirty Republicans, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), voted to take up the measure in the 84-15 vote, revealing a deep well of potential support. -snip- The other GOP "yes" votes were McConnell and Sens. John Cornyn (Texas)
  • Our View: Cornyn, Scherr deserve parties' nominations in Senate primaries (LSM Endorsement)

    02/15/2014 6:20:14 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Lubbock Avalanche Journal ^ | 2/15/14 | A-J Editorial Board
    U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is seeking another six-year term in the Senate. None of his Republican primary challengers has convinced us they should replace Cornyn on the GOP ticket. -snip- Cornyn, the Senate minority whip, deserves the opportunity to continue his fight against President Obama’s agenda of bigger government and overspending. He calls the national debt “beyond comprehension” and said the next six years must see the government gain humility and slow spending. “Our out-of-control spending agenda has resulted in trillion-dollar deficits, a ballooning national debt and a government that now borrows 40 cents out of every dollar it...
  • EDITORIAL: Debt-ceiling vote couldn't be avoided (Defends Cornyn)

    02/14/2014 2:49:52 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | 2/14/14 | Enterprise editorial staff
    To those who think the world can be easily divided into two large boxes labeled "right" and "wrong," this week's vote on raising the debt ceiling in Congress was a no-brainer. They would refuse to raise it unless they got massive budget cuts that would virtually shut down economic growth and be incredibly unpopular - even with conservatives, such as slashing military spending. To adults like Sen. John Cornyn who realize that this is not a good option, that flirting with national default could have ruinous financial consequences, the issue isn't so simple. So Cornyn and Senate Minority Leader Mitch...
  • John Cornyn, Mitch McConnell, a cartoon turtle and a talking dog — all in 1 ad!

    02/14/2014 1:43:24 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/14/14 | WESLEY LOWERY
    Some within the Tea Party are furious over the decision by Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to help shepherd the passage of the debt ceiling increase earlier this week. Both McConnell and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tx.) have come under fire -- with national conservative groups slamming McConnell and one of Cornyn's primary challengers, Rep. Steve Stockman, sending a colorful tweet criticizing the incumbent Thursday night. But, just when you thought you had seen it all comes this ad via Dwayne Stovall, who is also challenging Cornyn in the Texas primary.
  • Dwayne Stovall Vows to Vote No And Filibuster Every Federal Debt Increase (Cornyn Opponent)

    02/13/2014 8:54:46 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Texans For Stovall ^ | 2/13/14 | Brett Rogers
    GOP Senatorial candidate Dwayne Stovall pledged yesterday to not only vote no on every federal debt increase attempt, but to use every other means at his disposal, including the filibuster, to prevent the debt from ever being raised again. Stovall made the pledge yesterday morning before the cloture vote, when it became apparent that Sen. John Cornyn would again betray Texas and vote to allow a debt increase. True to form, Cornyn remained true to his bait-and-switch character. Stovall said in a statement: "Texans don't want any more debt. Texans want their Senators to do everything in their power to...
  • Rally not your average campaign stop (Cornyn and Rove to campaign together on Sunday)

    02/13/2014 7:01:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Longview News Journal ^ | 2/13/14 | Amy Pearson
    One incumbent U.S. senator has decided to campaign a little differently before the Republican Party primary this year. He’s still shaking hands, making speeches and raising funds, of course, but he’ll also be grooving to the beat of hometown country crooner Neal McCoy at a rally and concert from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Maude Cobb Convention Center. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, “wanted a fun, affordable opportunity for a lot more people to participate in the election process,” said Longview physician John R. Coppedge, treasurer of the Texas Bipartisan Justice Committee, one group supporting Cornyn’s re-election campaign. Cornyn,...
  • McConnell, Cornyn help advance debt ceiling increase in Senate

    02/12/2014 2:39:12 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/12/14 | Alexis Levinson
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn fell on their swords for Republicans Wednesday, casting the votes necessary to advance legislation to raise the debt limit without any conditions, votes that could put them in precarious positions politically in their re-election campaigns. The House voted Tuesday to raise the debt ceiling without any strings attached, over the objections of a majority of Republicans. Just 28 Republicans voted for the bill, and it got a poor reception with conservative groups, a number of whom called for Speaker of the House John Boehner to resign. Cornyn’s fellow Texas Sen....
  • McConnell, Cornyn Walk Plank on Debt Limit to Ire of Conservatives

    02/12/2014 12:57:00 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 95 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 2/12/14 | Meredith Shiner
    Senate Republican leaders Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas on Wednesday voted to advance legislation that would increase the nation’s borrowing capacity — but not before they spent 40 minutes of the open vote trying to get others to do it for them, likely out of fear of the conservative blowback that came almost immediately. Earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, demanded the 60-vote procedural move, which put McConnell and Cornyn in the uncomfortable position of having to find five Republicans to join Democrats in supporting the debt ceiling measure. By doing so, Cruz gave perfect...
  • After G.O.P. Leaders Step In, Senate Votes to Raise Debt Ceiling

    02/12/2014 12:48:32 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/12/14 | ASHLEY PARKER
    Senate Republican leaders on Wednesday rescued a measure to raise the nation’s borrowing limit, overcoming a threatened filibuster from members of their own party and averting a potential shock to the economy. A vote to cut off debate on the debt ceiling measure passed 67 to 31, after a dramatic scene on the floor when Republicans managed to muster 12 votes in support, clearing the way for final approval. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the Republican whip, waited nearly a half-hour as their Republican colleagues refused to vote to end debate...
  • Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn Save America, Vote to Raise Debt Limit

    02/12/2014 12:45:49 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    Slate ^ | 2/12/14 | David Weigel
    Anyone who listened to Republican senators yesterday could tell they were unhappy to be stuck with a "clean" debt limit increase. Oh, not that most of them didn't want to pass it and move on. They did! But it was going to be tough to sell back home. It got tougher after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, shocking absolutely no one, said he'd demand a cloture vote on the bill, one that would require every Democrat and independent and at least five Republicans to suspend the debt limit through the 2014 election. The plus: A filibuster would put the squeeze on...
  • Ted Cruz’ debt ceiling filibuster puts John Cornyn on hot seat

    02/12/2014 12:40:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/12/14 | Todd J. Gillman
    In case you weren’t glued to C-Span2 for the last hour, here’s what you missed. The Senate voted 67-31 to quash a filibuster by Sen. Ted Cruz that would have blocked the Senate from lifting the federal debt ceiling. Cruz voted against cloture, naturally. But the top GOP leaders, fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, sided with Democrats to cut off the filibuster. The measure raising the federal credit line through March 2015 sailed through the House on Tuesday, after Speaker John Boehner decided that it would be better to let Democrats own it...
  • Senate advances debt ceiling bill (Cornyn, McConnell give cloture to Reid)

    02/12/2014 12:33:38 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/12/14 | BURGESS EVERETT and MANU RAJU
    In a suspenseful vote, the Senate agreed to advance legislation that would lift the debt ceiling into 2015. The procedural hurdle was full of drama as Republicans were reluctant to provide the five votes needed to move forward with the bill. Ultimately, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) — both of whom are up for reelection this year and face primary challengers — voted to advance the debt hike measure. The procedural vote will almost certainly be fodder in their reelection races. The chamber ultimately passed the bill 55-43 in a vote that only required a...
  • Senate Votes on Debt Limit; McConnell and Cornyn Vote ‘Aye’ (Updated)

    02/12/2014 12:09:57 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 2/12/14 | Steven Dennis
    Updated 3:05 p.m. | The Senate voted to advance a one-year debt limit hike Wednesday, after a cliffhanger vote ended with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, voting “aye.” The Senate voted 67-31 to end a filibuster on the legislation threatened by tea party firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in a vote that took nearly an hour to complete as senators wrestled with their decision. The Senate is proceeding to a vote on final passage with a simple majority threshold. McConnell and Cornyn voted when the measure appeared stuck just short of the 60 votes...
  • GOP struggles to find 'yes' debt votes (Cornyn doesn't have enough GOP cloture votes for Reid)

    02/12/2014 10:49:28 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 113 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/12/14 | Erik Wasson and Peter Schroeder
    Republicans in the Senate are struggling to come up with the five votes they'd need to ensure passage on Wednesday of a House bill raising the debt ceiling. The measure is likely to win support from the upper chamber's 53 Democrats and the two Independents that caucus with Democrats. But only one Republican, Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.), has so far said he would back the bill. The measure needs 60 votes because Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is filibustering the bill over the lack of spending reforms attached to it. Kirk told The Hill the vote would be close. “I think...
  • U.S. Senate to speed up debt limit vote ahead of winter storm (Cornyn cloture crapweasel alert)

    02/12/2014 9:56:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/12/14 | Reuters
    The U.S. Senate could approve a one-year extension of the U.S. debt limit by mid-afternoon on Wednesday after Republicans and Democrats agreed to shorten debate time ahead of an approaching snowstorm, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. The Democratic-controlled Senate at 1:45 p.m. (1845 GMT) will take a procedural vote on the "clean" debt ceiling hike passed on Tuesday by the House of Representatives, where Republicans hold the majority. Should the legislation receive the required 60 votes to advance, the Senate will move immediately to a final vote on the measure, said Reid, a Democrat. The vote would likely occur...
  • Senate to vote Wednesday afternoon on debt limit

    02/12/2014 9:01:02 AM PST · by illiac · 11 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 2/12/14 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The Senate will begin voting on a House-passed bill to extend the U.S. debt limit at 1:45 p.m. Eastern. Very short article....
  • Ted Cruz Will Force Some Republicans to Vote Yes on Debt Ceiling (Cornyn whipping GOP cloture votes)

    02/12/2014 8:51:36 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    National Journal ^ | 2/11/14 | Elahe Izadi
    Sen. Ted Cruz is about to make life a little more difficult for his Republican "friends." The Texas Republican plans to object to a simple-majority, up-or-down vote on the debt ceiling, his office confirms. The clean debt-ceiling bill will then need 60 votes to pass the Senate, meaning at least five Republicans will have to join the entire Democratic caucus for it to pass. Much of the saga over the debt ceiling has played out in the Republican controlled-House. But the Senate may not be without its own bit of drama. An aye vote on the debt-ceiling increase isn't exactly...
  • U.S. House approves 'clean' debt limit after Republicans drop demands (Cornyn needs 5 GOP votes!)

    02/12/2014 8:39:44 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/12/14 | DAVID LAWDER AND RICHARD COWAN
    The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a one-year extension of federal borrowing authority on Tuesday after Republicans caved into President Barack Obama's demands to allow a debt limit increase without any conditions. -snip- The Democratic-controlled Senate was likely to begin consideration of the measure on Wednesday. But Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative Tea Party favourite, said on Tuesday night he would insist on a 60-vote threshold for the debt ceiling measure to pass the Senate. That would mean at least five Republicans would need to join the Democrats, who control 55 votes, for the measure to pass the...
  • House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill (Cornyn to vote NO, but whipping GOP YES votes?)

    02/12/2014 8:28:58 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 2/11/14 | David Welna
    Tuesday saw a rarity in Congress these days: a "clean" bill. The House passed one to raise the debt limit, a move that avoids a possible default later this month. In the past, House Republicans have used this debate to extract concessions from President Obama and congressional Democrats. But not this time. House Republicans demanded nothing in return. The House passed the no-strings-attached debt hike Tuesday evening — though just 28 Republicans voted with the Democratic minority to pass the extension, 221 votes to 201 votes. -snip- John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said he would probably...
  • Tech group boosts GOP on immigration (John Cornyn crony in charge of Amnesty ad campaign)

    02/03/2014 12:08:20 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/3/14 | MIKE ALLEN
    Americans for a Conservative Direction, an affiliate of the Silicon Valley-backed FWD.us advocacy group, on Friday launched a remarkable $750,000 ad campaign heaping praise on the House GOP for its new plan for immigration reform. President Barack Obama signaled Friday in a Google Hangout interview that he was open to the GOP terms, meaning reform is looking more likely than it did a week ago. The 10-day buy includes national broadcast TV and cable TV, plus talk radio. The ad, produced by FP1 Strategies, ends with type on the screen saying: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO FIX IMMIGRATION – STRENGTHEN OUR...
  • John Cornyn is best Republican for Texas in U.S. Senate

    02/03/2014 7:17:31 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | 2/1/14 | Editorial Board
    Despite a crowded field of Republicans seeking to unseat U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, voters are well-served to support him for a third term. Within a decade of his first election, Cornyn emerged as a party leader in the Senate, quickly climbing to the position of minority whip — a role in which he wields tremendous influence in the 100-member body. While several of his primary opponents articulately express what they see as Cornyn’s complacency in supporting an all-too-powerful federal government, none can be considered a serious challenger. The seven candidates seeking to unseat Cornyn are hotel industry executive Curt Cleaver;...