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  • Grassley repeats 'death panel' claim (MSNBC in meltdown)

    08/12/2009 4:01:23 PM PDT · by pissant · 31 replies · 1,435+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 8/12/09 | Mike Murray
    The final nail in the coffin for a bipartisan Senate Finance Committee bill? According to the Huffington Post, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) -- the ranking member on the panel who's working with Committee chairman Max Baucus (D) -- appeared to endorse the untrue "death panel" argument on health care. "There is some fear because in the House bill, there is counseling for end-of-life. And from that standpoint, you have every right to fear. You shouldn't have counseling at the end of life. You ought to have counseling 20 years before you're going to die. You ought to plan these things...
  • Ambassadorships: Qualified Applicants Need Not Apply?

    03/22/2014 9:21:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    “I’m no real expert on China.” Sobering words to hear from the man nominated by President Obama … to be U.S. ambassador to China. But that’s what Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said during his confirmation hearing in January when asked some detailed questions about U.S.-China policy. At least Baucus had actually been to China. Not all of President Obama’s nominees for ambassadorships can say that. Consider this exchange between Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Noah Mamet, during the latter’s confirmation hearing to be U.S. ambassador to Argentina: Rubio: “Mr. Mamet, have you been to Argentina?” Mamet: “Senator, I haven’t...
  • Last Hurrahs for 5 Retiring Senate Chairmen (bums' rush: Dems hightailin' it outta Dodge City)

    01/16/2014 5:29:23 AM PST · by Liz · 8 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 1/15/14 | Niels Lesniewski
    EDITED TO AVOID BORING FREEPERS TO DEATH.....several stalwarts of the Democratic caucus write the final chapter in their Senate careers.....among the last connections to the “Old Bulls” w/ some 150 years of combined service. Five top Democratic chairmen are now in their final year as senators. Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin of Michigan Levin, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia are set to depart when their terms expire. Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., is expected to resign early to become the U.S. ambassador to China. ,.....the new Old Bulls are...
  • White House to nominate Baucus for ambassador to China [Dem Senator from MT to retire early]

    12/18/2013 3:15:28 PM PST · by AuH2ORepublican · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2013 | Paul Kane and Aaron Blake
    The White House is set to select outgoing Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as its pick for ambassador to China, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and a Baucus ally confirmed Wednesday. Baucus, 72, previously announced that he won't seek reelection to the Senate in 2014. ... Assuming Baucus is confirmed sometime in 2014, it means there will be a vacancy in his seat. Gov. Steve Bullock (D) will get to make the appointment for the final year of Baucus's term. Bullock could pick his lieutenant governor, John Walsh, who is already running for the seat in 2014. But Walsh faces a primary...
  • Democratic candidate John Bohlinger says Harry Reid wants him out

    11/12/2013 1:48:39 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 41 replies
    politico.com ^ | 11/12/13 | Emily Schultheis and Elizabeth Titus
    Former Montana Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger just jumped in the Montana Senate race last week – but he says national Democrats are already trying to push him out. Foremost among them, according to the Democratic candidate? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “[Reid] said, you know, ‘John, you know, you’re a nice guy, but we’ve chosen Walsh. We’d like you to drop out. We don’t want to have a primary,’” Bohlinger said, according to local news reports. Bohlinger was referring to current Lt. Gov. John Walsh, the preferred choice of the party to run for the seat of retiring Democratic...
  • Senators Up for Re-Election in 2014

    11/07/2013 4:03:00 PM PST · by TBP · 61 replies
    wrhammons.com ^ | ? | W.R. Hammons
    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander (R) Montana Senator Max Baucus (D) Alaska Senator Mark Begich (D) Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran (R) Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) Massachusetts Senator William "Mo" Cowan (D) Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi (R) Minnesota Senator Al Franken (DFL) South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D) Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D) Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R) Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns (R) South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson (D) Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D) Michigan Senator Carl Levin (D) Kentucky...
  • Senator Baucus: Obamacare No Longer A Train Wreck

    09/16/2013 7:31:35 PM PDT · by LD Jackson · 37 replies
    OK Politechs ^ | 09/16/13 | Charles M. Phipps
    Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) has backed off his statement comparing the implementation of Obamacare to a train wreck. He was on Fox Business with Stuart Varney and said he thought Obamacare would be a train wreck only “if they do not implement it very well” but that the Obama administration is “doing a pretty good job” at getting it up and running. “I don’t expect a train wreck. I think the train’s going to keep running, not maybe totally on time, but it’s going to be pretty efficient.” Senator Baucus also said that if there was a vote to delay...
  • Nate Silver Predicts GOP Holding 50-51 Senate Seats After 2014 Election

    07/15/2013 3:19:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    TPM ^ | July 15, 2013
    Following former Gov. Brian Schweitzer's decision not to run for Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat this weekend, New York Times polling guru Nate Silver predicted Monday that Republicans will hold 50 to 51 seats in the upper chamber after all ballots are counted in the 2014 Congressional mid-term elections.
  • Five states where GOP recruits could make difference in fight for Senate

    06/08/2013 6:20:49 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 8, 2013
    The party has an outside chance of winning the five or six seats it needs to retake control, but needs to find top-tier recruits in several states and is running out of time to do so. ....Here are five states where the party needs to land strong candidates to broaden the battleground and have a hope of winning back the Senate. Michigan Iowa Montana Arkansas New Hampshire
  • Brian Schweitzer gives GOP Senate hopes new life

    07/13/2013 8:56:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | By MANU RAJU | 7/13/13 11:12 AM EDT
    Former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Saturday he won’t run for the Senate in Montana — a surprise development that imperils Democrats’ chances of holding the seat in 2014.
  • Republicans' Senate Chances Improve Dramatically (Thanks to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer)

    07/15/2013 1:49:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/15/2013 | Sean Trende
    <p>Most political observers had assumed that former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer would seek the Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus, who is retiring. Had Schweitzer decided to run, the seat would probably lean toward a Democratic hold, and the GOP would have only an outside chance at taking back the upper chamber.</p>
  • IRS Ignores Senate Deadline to Answer Questions About Scandal

    05/31/2013 4:17:50 PM PDT · by ncfool · 51 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 5/31/2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) declined Friday afternoon to meet a Senate Finance Committee deadline for answering detailed questions about the origins of the IRS scandal. The questions had been submitted jointly nearly two weeks ago by Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT). In a joint statement to Breitbart News, Baucus and Hatch said: “It’s disappointing that the IRS failed to produce any of the documents requested by the Committee. "This is an agency that revolves around making the American taxpayer meet hard deadlines each and every year when they file their taxes, oftentimes penalizing those...
  • The Obamacare Insurance Exchange Train Is Already Coming Off The Rails

    05/27/2013 8:11:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/27/2013 | Sally Pipes
    Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) raised eyebrows across the country last month when he publicly fretted about an Obamacare “train wreck” as the Administration rushes to implement the many provisions of the law that take effect in 2014... --snip-- HHS is not just raiding the federal treasury to promote the exchanges. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is now shaking down corporations and nonprofits to bankroll the Administration’s efforts. She’s solicited donations on behalf of Enroll America, a group headed by former Obama staffers that seeks to aid in the rollout of Obamacare. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) postulated that Sebelius’s fundraising may be illegal...
  • Medicare and Double Standards - An ObamaCare mailer tells some howlers

    05/28/2010 9:30:49 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 5 replies · 472+ views
    In the full-circle department, recall the moment last September when Senator Max Baucus and Medicare went after the insurer Humana for having the nerve to criticize one part of ObamaCare. It turns out those same regulators have different standards for their own political advocacy. This week Medicare sent a flyer to seniors, ostensibly to inform them of what ObamaCare "means for you." Many elderly Americans are worried—and rightly so—about where they'll rank in national health care, given that the new entitlement is funded by nearly a half-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts. They must have been relieved to hear that "The...
  • Budget request denied, Sebelius turns to health executives to finance Obamacare

    05/14/2013 3:58:04 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2013 | Sarah Kliff
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone, hat in hand, to health industry officials, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law, two people familiar with the outreach said. Her unusual fundraising push comes after Congress repeatedly rejected the Obama administration’s requests for additional funds to set up the Affordable Care Act, leaving HHS to implement the president’s signature legislative accomplishment on what officials have described as a shoestring budget. Over the past three months, Sebelius has made multiple phone calls to health industry executives, community organizations...
  • Parents withdraw from inquiry into death of U.S. engineer Shane Todd

    05/21/2013 11:30:43 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 2 replies
    The parents of a U.S. engineer found dead in Singapore last year said on Wednesday they will not take part in the rest of a coroner’s inquiry into his death, which they say was linked to a project involving the transfer of sensitive technology to China. In a statement issued through their lawyers, Rick and Mary Todd said they had lost confidence in the system investigating the death of their 31-year-old son, Shane, who was found hanging in his Singapore apartment last June. The Todds did not appear in court on Wednesday, the day after a U.S. medical examiner they...
  • IRS Targeting Pushed By Democrats Aided Obama Campaign

    05/15/2013 4:11:00 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 15, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: Senate Democrats, including supporters of the Disclose Act, provided the names of groups they wanted targeted in a taxpayer-funded witch hunt overseen by an IRS employee and Obama campaign donor. Using the Citizens United case as a pretext, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., on July 27, 2012, wrote IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to investigate 12 conservative groups he accused of violating their tax-exempt status and engaging in coordinated political activity. The groups Levin asked to be targeted for special scrutiny were Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, Priorities U.S.A., Americans Elect, American Action Network, Americans for Prosperity, American Future Fund, Americans...
  • Grassley: Baucus Retiring Because He’s ‘Fed Up’ With Obamacare

    05/12/2013 2:11:15 PM PDT · by autumnraine · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/10/2013 | Eliana Johnson
    Democratic senator Max Baucus is retiring because he is “fed up” with the Affordable Care Act, according to his Republican colleague Chuck Grassley. Speaking at Friday night’s Lincoln Day dinner in Iowa, Grassley told the audience the Montana senator is leaving office ”because he’s so fed up with the possibility of the implementation of Obamacare being a train wreck.” Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, played a key role in writing the 2010 law. Grassley said that dissatisfaction with the health-care bill exists across party lines, describing a “bipartisan coalition in Washington” that considers the implementation of the...
  • Obamacare Heading for a "Train Wreck"

    05/07/2013 4:20:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    img src=http://media.townhall.com/townhall/reu/ha/2013/107/c7b1cfae-761d-43ed-b714-66d6e385454a.jpg> Obamacare was supposed to be a big success by now, according to predictions made by liberals who railroaded it through Congress in 2010. Instead, as admitted by one of its leading architects, Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, it's heading for a "train wreck" later this year. Baucus' apt metaphor is being echoed by other Democrats because it is so obviously true. Harry Reid said, "I agree with him." Sen. Jay Rockefeller described it as "so complicated" that it's "beyond comprehension." Henry Chao, the government's chief technical officer in charge of implementing the exchanges, said, "Let's just make sure it's...
  • Dems push gun control agenda in DC, but not in battleground states

    04/29/2013 5:02:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/29/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Democratic leaders are wooing staunchly pro-gun candidates to run in pivotal Senate races at the same time they are discussing a strategy for bringing gun control legislation back up for debate. The two-pronged effort has prompted Republicans to accuse the Senate Democratic leadership of hypocrisy, but Democrats say it is simply smart politics. The question is whether two of the Democrats’ most promising potential candidates in Montana and South Dakota will pay a price for the leadership’s political maneuverings in Washington. Or will recruiting candidates who do not support President Obama’s gun control agenda have any effect on Democratic fundraising...
  • Dave Camp and the Charge of the Republican Light-Headed Brigade

    04/25/2013 3:43:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    Political and policy fiasco alert: The GOP Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee is gearing up to waste the House Republican Majority's energy, time and political goodwill on a doomed-to-fail scheme that conservative realists know cannot emerge from Congress. The price of pursuing this strategy will be the loss of many good and necessary initiatives that could get done, initiatives that could unify and energize the voting public behind an expanded GOP House majority in 2014 and gains in the Senate as well. The consequence of this strategic blunder could be the loss of the House majority. Everybody...
  • 2014 retirements: Dems heading for the hills

    04/23/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    2014 retirements: Dems heading for the hills By: Alexander Burns April 23, 2013 04:49 PM EDT Doesn’t anyone want to run for Senate in 2014? Midway through candidate recruitment season, the bad news for Democrats is this: They are watching a generation of talent leave the Senate and head for retirement. The less-bad news: So far, few marquee-name Republicans are interested in these seats either. When Montana Sen. Max Baucus called it quits on Tuesday, he became the latest in a long series of senior legislators to announce that they’ve had quite enough of life on the Hill. National Democrats...
  • So, did Obama just 'Specter' Max Baucus?

    04/23/2013 9:35:50 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 22 replies
    ConservativeIntel.com ^ | 4/23/13 | David Freddoso
    One of the most consistent media themes of the last few years has been the “divisive” efforts of conservatives to “drive people out” of the Republican Party.” You probably noticed this in stories about Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter, both of whom were described as being “driven” from the party even though both left in the face of certain defeat at the hands of primary voters. ...But now we have today’s retirement announcement by Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. As recently as last Wednesday, Baucus was acting like a senator seeking re-election. He was attempting to distance himself from...
  • Obama’s Worst Week Yet(Column: The second-term train wreck may be only beginning)

    04/19/2013 7:08:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 19, 2013 | Matthew Continetti
    President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned speech Thursday at the memorial service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. But that was to be expected. We all know Obama can give a stem-winder. What wasn’t expected was that this would be by far the toughest week of the Obama presidency—the first time I can remember the president being dealt an unequivocal policy defeat. Only the “shellacking” of the 2010 midterm comes close, and even there a case can be made that achieving the decades-old progressive dream of universal health care was worth losing the House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof...
  • Obama Group To Target Anti-Gun Control Senate Dems

    04/19/2013 5:59:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4/19/13 | Awr Hawkins
    Organizing for Action (OFA) executive director Jon Carson said his group will now pour resources into opposing Senators who opposed gun control--especially Democrat Senators. This means Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-AK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) are marked for defeat by their own party. While OFA does not engage "in electoral politics," they can go from now until the 2014 elections doing what they will to create a divide between these Senators and their constituents. Said Carson: "This is one of those moments where we have to prove that in the face of a setback we're...
  • Senate votes highlight Dem divisions over Keystone pipeline, carbon taxes

    04/06/2013 9:39:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | - 03/24/13 1 | Ben Geman
    Senate votes on climate change and the Keystone XL oil pipeline laid bare divisions among Democrats — and underscored why the White House, not Congress, will be where the critical climate decisions reside in President Obama’s second term.Several votes during the freewheeling debate over a nonbinding budget plan provided a political barometer of where the chamber, including vulnerable Democrats, stand on the topics. Advocates of the proposed pipeline scored a symbolic victory Friday when 62 lawmakers voted for an amendment backing the project to bring oil from Canadian tar sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries. Seventeen Democrats supported Sen....
  • Big Money To Demos: “Gun Control Or We Cut You Off!”

    03/29/2013 7:21:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Extrano's Alley, a gun blog ^ | 28 March, 2013 | Stranger
    With the usual note that the source is not reliable, the Washington Post reports big money Democratic donors such as Buzzfeed’s Kenneth Lerer have given the Democrats an ultimatum.. Pass gun controls or you get no more money from us On the other hand, if the Dimmos do pass gun control they will almost certainly suffer the consequences in both Congress and at the State level. Which puts Andy Jackson’s Jackass Partei on the horns of the dilemma. Briefly quoting the item linked above: Lerer also said he would be intensifying his contributions to Democratic Senate candidates in the next...
  • Baucus: "The President's Part Of The Sequester; The WH Recommended It" (Video)

    02/21/2013 8:48:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | February 20, 2013 | NA
    "The President’s part of the sequester – the White House recommended it, frankly, back in August 2011, so now we’re feeling the effects of it..."
  • Democrats prepare tax-cut bills in case nation goes over 'fiscal cliff'

    12/30/2012 7:09:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Peter Schroeder
    Leading Democrats are putting together fallback proposals if Washington fails to reach a deal on the “fiscal cliff” that would allow the party to cast itself as seeking to cut taxes. “Of course, I’ve got a backup plan in the event that we don’t succeed here,” Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Friday. “I’m sure the White House has one too.” Tax rates are set to expire on most households in January if Congress does not act to extend some of the rates, something some Democrats have long seen as giving their party an advantage....
  • Guenther: Senator Max Baucus - Small Business Assassin

    07/12/2012 7:26:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 11, 2012 | Robert J. Guenther
    Not content with masterminding Obamacare, which taxes, regulates, and disincentivizes the healthcare industry into nothing more than a capitulatory utility under government control, Democrat Senator Max Baucus used the recently passed transportation bill as the vehicle to exterminate thousands of jobs with the stroke of Barack Obama’s pen. In addition to the $400 million the senator earmarked for his state’s highway system, the Montana senator mischievously added a separate and unrelated special interest earmark to the transportation bill as a nod to his Big Tobacco benefactors at Altria, a parent company of tobacco giant Philip Morris. How did he appease...
  • Senate transportation bill funds more federal government land grabs

    03/19/2012 5:08:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    NetRightDaily.com ^ | March 19, 2012 | Rebekah Rast
    The U.S. Senate has approved of a $109 billion bill that provides two years of funding for transportation and transit projects around the country. The bill may or may not be taken up by the U.S. House Representatives depending on if they choose to write a separate House bill, but hopefully what will be left out of any final version is an amendment by Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. His amendment funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the tune of $1.4 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 — quite a jump from the $323 million it...
  • Amendment to highway bill sideswipes Little Tobacco

    03/18/2012 6:01:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Nobody mentioned tobacco last week when the U.S. Senate adopted an amendment to the $109 billion federal highway bill. But tucked into the 5,600-word amendment to provide aid for rural schools was a single paragraph that would settle a two-year-old fight between Big Tobacco and a small Ohio company that builds a do-it-yourself machine that allows smokers to get their cigarettes a lot cheaper. The amendment would reclassify tobacco shops that offer the machines as “tobacco manufacturers,” imposing on them new regulations and higher taxes, and it opens a window into the ways of Washington, where the powerful and the...
  • Dem (aka 'bipartisan') Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama

    12/16/2011 9:20:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, ObamaBy Alexander Bolton - 12/16/11 04:08 PM ET Republicans want to jam Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the Keystone oil sands pipeline and the Democratic leader will have a tough time resisting, given support within his caucus for the project. GOP leaders have made clear to Reid that they will not approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday unless it includes language to speed up construction of the pipeline. Senate Republicans estimate as many as 14 Senate Democrats support the project. Labor unions have also voiced strong backing, complicating...
  • Committee Finds Savings By... Adding To Deficit? (Mark Steyn)

    11/12/2011 5:10:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 11, 2011 | MARK STEYN
    Have you been following this so-called supercommittee? They're the new superhero group of superfriends from the super-Congress who are going to save America from plummeting over the cliff and into the multitrillion-dollar abyss. There's Spender Woman (Patty Murray), Incumbent Boy (Max Baucus), Kept Man (John Kerry) and many other warriors for truth, justice and the American way of debt. The supercommittee is supposed to report back by the day before Thanksgiving on how to carve out $1.2 trillion dollars of deficit reduction and thereby save the republic. I had cynically assumed that the superfriends would address America's imminent debt catastrophe...
  • Together We Can Beat the Deficit [By PATTY MURRAY, MAX BAUCUS AND JOHN KERRY...........]

    08/17/2011 2:46:47 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    Together We Can Beat the Deficit We did it in the 1990s and we can do it again today. By PATTY MURRAY, MAX BAUCUS AND JOHN KERRY Our country has long been a beacon of light in the world because the American people always come together when times are tough. Over the past few months, in debating the debt ceiling and deficit reduction, that light of common cause has appeared to flicker at times in our nation's capital. As appointees to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction—12 members of Congress charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over...
  • Harry Reid super-committee picks in place (A known liar/perjurer, an anti-war Socialist...)

    08/10/2011 7:24:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | August 10, 2011 | MANU RAJU & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    n the first of what will be a closely watched selection process for a powerful new deficit panel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Max Baucus (Mont.) and John Kerry (Mass.) as his three choices for a super committee charged with finding more than $1 trillion in spending cuts by the end of this year. Murray will serve as co-chair of the 12-member panel. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will select her co-chair and two other panelists, as required by the debt limit agreement signed into law by President Barack Obama last week....
  • Dem official: Murray to be debt panel co-chair

    08/09/2011 6:50:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 8, 2011 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday he's naming Sen. Patty Murray to co-chair a powerful "super committee" charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall. Murray will be joined by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., on the panel, which was established last week by hard-fought legislation to increase the national debt.
  • Reid names Murray to be debt panel co-chair

    08/09/2011 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Columbian ^ | 8/9/2011 | Andrew Taylor
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday he's naming Sen. Patty Murray to co-chair a powerful "super committee" charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall. Murray will be joined by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., on the panel, which was established last week by hard-fought legislation to increase the national debt. Murray, who is chairwoman of the committee to elect Democratic senators, is a longtime protector of Democratic priorities such as Medicare, Social Security and veterans' benefits, as are Kerry and Baucus. Reid, D-Nev., said in a statement that Murray has "a...
  • Harry Reid super committee picks in place [plus speculation on other picks]

    08/09/2011 5:33:46 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/09/2011 | MANU RAJU & JOHN BRESNAHAN |
    From page 3: For McConnell, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) is widely expected to get the nod, given his conservative credentials, ties to McConnell and his work in the Biden group. But if Republicans stay united, they’d need one additional Democrat to break ranks and back a cuts-only approach - so McConnell may want to choose a senator with bipartisan appeal who is loyal to leadership, like either Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) or Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). At a townhall in Winchester, Ky. on Monday, McConnell told a crowd that he wanted “significant entitlement reform” to be part of...
  • Source: Democrats Murray, Baucus, Kerry on Super Committee

    08/09/2011 2:50:06 PM PDT · by clove · 155 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 9, 2011 | 5:28 p.m. | Susan Davis
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington, Max Baucus of Montana, and John Kerry of Massachusetts to the new super committee tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction by November 23, according to a senior Democratic aide familiar with Reid’s decision, which is expected to be made public as early as Wednesday. Additionally, Murray is expected to co-chair the committee, officially named the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, along with a still unnamed House Republican. A spokesman for Reid did not respond to a request for comment. Reid’s decision to...
  • Daines campaigns for Senate in Havre (Montana)

    12/12/2010 10:07:12 AM PST · by Baynative · 17 replies
    Havre Daily News ^ | 12/10/10 | Tim Leeds
    Daines, a vice president and general manager of the Bozeman computer software company RightNow Technologies, said Montana’s Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester are not representing the state...~snip~ “I will stand with the people of Montana. I will not stand with Obama. ” Daines said.  The nation is dealing with a deficit, a debt, that is a hole that has to be plugged, he said.  “That’s why I’m in this race. I’m not a career politician …, ” he said. “It’s time we sent people back to Washington who really understand math and budgets. …  He...
  • Max Baucus' Chilling Effect on Speech

    09/30/2010 9:22:32 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 6 replies
    NetRight Daily ^ | September 30, 2010 | Bill Wilson
    Raw, brute force — that is the preferred campaign tactic of Obama and his allies in the Congress. On September 28th, 2010, Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urging the agency to investigate 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6) organizations for “engaging in political activity”, as reported by Politico’s Ben Smith. Senator Baucus cited the 501(c) section of the tax code, writing, “The law requires that political campaign activity by a 501(c)(4), (c)(5) or (c)(6) entity must not be the primary purpose of the organization.” That is technically true. It...
  • Sebelius, Baucus Rebuked In Mont. Over Health Care

    08/28/2010 7:09:54 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 17 replies
    The Street ^ | Aug 23, 2010 | MATT VOLZ
    LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — Instead of saying thanks, some residents rebuked Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Max Baucus on Monday for the very law that could help potentially thousands of asbestos victims here. The health care reform law passed last year expands Medicare coverage for the sick residents of Libby, where years of asbestos pollution from a vermiculite mine made this the nation's deadliest Superfund site. About 400 Libby residents have signed up for the new coverage as of this week, Sebelius said. But many of those from this northwestern Montana town of 3,000 who came to listen to...
  • Author of Health Care Bill Admits He Didn't Read It At All: "We Hire Experts"

    08/27/2010 2:13:43 PM PDT · by JoeSeales · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | August 27, 2010 | Fox News
    Fox News video: When questioned at a town hall- the author of the health care reform bill, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Admits He Didn't Read it At All.. "I don't think you want me to waste my time with that.." "We Hire Experts". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkSpJnDWtVo
  • Key Senate Democrat suggests that he didn't read entire healthcare reform bill

    08/25/2010 11:01:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8-25-10 | Jordan Fabian
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the chief authors of the healthcare law, suggested Tuesday he did not read the entire piece of legislation. Speaking at a forum in his home state, Baucus and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were asked by an audience member if they had read the whole bill and “if not, that is the most despicable, irresponsible thing.” “I don’t think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the healthcare bill,” Baucus said, according to the Flathead Beacon. “You know why? It’s statutory language. ... We...
  • Max Baucus, author of Obamacare, admits he never read his own bill

    08/25/2010 9:56:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/25/2010 | Matthew Sheffield
    During the debate over what later became the health care bill that was recently signed into law by President Obama, a number of federal representatives and senators both admitted that they had not read it. Some, including Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) even boasted of this fact. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) famously stated that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”Presumably the actual people who wrote the bill might have at least some idea what was in it. Unfortunately that isn’t the case with Max Baucus (D-Mont.), lead sponsor of the Senate...
  • Dem Senator Criticizes Obama Appointment

    07/07/2010 11:08:36 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 11 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 07/07/10 | CaroleL
    Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana), one of President Barack Obama's point men in the health care reform debate, is the first Democrat to publicly criticize the president for his recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to oversee Medicare and Medicaid. Calling Senate confirmation of presidential appointees "an essential process prescribed by the Constitution," the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said he was "troubled" that Mr. Obama chose to bypass the legislative branch of government.
  • Democratic Senator: Health Care Law to Address 'Mal-Distribution of Income'(COMMUNISM HAS ARRIVED)

    03/27/2010 5:49:52 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 33 replies · 1,030+ views
    fox news ^ | 3/27/2010 | fox news
    As Democrats tout the moral underpinnings of the federal health care system overhaul -- ensuring health care coverage for nearly all Americans -- one senator appeared to go off message when he said the legislation would address the "mal-distribution of income in America." After the Senate passed a "fix-it" bill Thursday to make changes to the new health care law, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the influential Finance Committee, said the overhaul was an "income shift" to help the poor. "Too often, much of late, the last couple three years, the mal-distribution of income in American is gone up...
  • Democrat Max Baucus Gives The Game Away (audio: Americans too rich)

    03/25/2010 3:44:35 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 26 replies · 1,084+ views
    Max Baucus is the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and the Democrat most responsible fo Obamacare's final shape other than Nancy Pelosi. In an unusual speech on the Senate floor moments ago, Max Baucus declares that the "healthcare bill" to be "an income shift, it is a shift, a leveling to help lower income middle income Americans." Baucus continued, "[t]oo often, much of late, the last couple three years the mal-distribution of income in America is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle income class is left behind. Wages have...
  • VIDEO: Dem Senator: Health Legislation Will Address The "Mal-Distribution Of Income In America"

    03/25/2010 3:56:13 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 59 replies · 1,543+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 25, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Sen. Max Baucus (D): "Too often, much of late, the last couple three years the mal-distribution of income in America is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle income class is left behind. Wages have not kept up with increased income of the highest income in America. This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America."