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  • BAUCUS: “We’re doing this all on the fly, so it’s a little bit, makes me a little bit nervous.”

    09/24/2009 9:57:22 AM PDT · by crosstimbers · 13 replies · 725+ views
    Fix Health Care Policy ^ | September 24, 2009 | Heritage Foundation, Marguerite Higgins
    "Quotable" September 24, 2009 - Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) “We’re doing this all on the fly, so it’s a little bit, makes me a little bit nervous.” — (September 23, 2009 at Senate Finance Committee hearing) Tags: baucus, health care reform, Senate Finance Committee
  • Tempers Flare Between Max Baucus and Jon Kyl in Senate Finance Committee Health Care Mark-Up - Video

    09/24/2009 10:19:36 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 857+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 24, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Fox News' Carl Cameron reporting on tempers flaring in the Senate Finance Committee "Mark-Up" of the proposed Baucus Health Care Bill. The flare-up was between Democrat Chairman Max Baucus and Arizona GOP Sen. Jon Kyl. Baucus accused Kyl of just "trying to delay," while Kyl was put out that Baucus kept "interrupting him in the middle of an important point." . . . (VIDEO)
  • STUPID SENATE TRICKS--The Sen. Max Baucus Edition

    09/24/2009 10:13:36 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 379+ views
    ABC News/The Lid ^ | 9/24/09 | The Lid
    In one small comment, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chairman Max Baucus confirmed what opponents of the Obamacare bill have been saying all along; the Democrats don't care about getting input from anybody outside their shrinking network of supporters, they just want to ram through Government Control of health as soon as they can. Witness this exchange from this morning:
  • Democrats Question Baucus's $80B Deal With Drug Makers

    09/23/2009 1:33:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 666+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 23, 2009 | Ceci Connolly, Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) faced an early test of his leadership Wednesday after fellow Democrats challenged the $80 billion deal he struck with drug makers to help pay for health-care reform. Nearing the end of a 13-hour opening day of work on Baucus's bill to overhaul the nation's health-care system, several committee members pressed Tuesday night for an amendment extracting larger company rebates on medications the government purchases for low-income senior citizens. The proposal jeopardizes an agreement that Baucus and the Obama White House struck to limit the drug industry's exposure over the next 10 years to...
  • Baucus makes a grab for climate bill (yes, that Baucus)

    09/23/2009 12:54:26 PM PDT · by This_far · 8 replies · 297+ views
    Politico ^ | 9/11/09 | Lisa Lerer
    For liberal Democrats unhappy with the way Max Baucus is handling health care reform, here’s another dose of bad news: He’s got his hands on climate and energy, too. Behind closed doors, Sen. Baucus has been staking his claim on major aspects of the climate bill, including financing for a cap-and-trade system.
  • Former Baucus Staffer Responsible for Gag Order

    09/23/2009 11:33:05 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 18 replies · 1,230+ views ^ | 9/23/2009 | Connie Hair
    Jonathan Blum, an acting director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is apparently responsible for issuing a gag order against Humana, Inc., on Monday evening. Blum is a former staffer to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee currently in markup of their own chopped salad version of the health care bill. Baucus has taken credit in the media for demanding CMS issue the unprecedented order.  CMS also changed their mailing guidelines to include a ban on any Medicare Advantage (MA) provider sending information or placing information on their websites regarding the non-partisan Congressional...
  • A View of the Horrendus Baucus Healthcare Bill

    09/23/2009 8:51:02 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 5 replies · 427+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 9/23/09 | Purple Mountains
    Democratic Senator Max Baucus has gained much publicity for his supposed efforts to craft a compromise bill that both sides can support. Instead he has put together a monstrosity that no other senator on his committee, Republican or Democrat, is willing to back. This whole legislative undertaking for government healthcare has become a tortured process of trying to stuff into a small bag an enormous, complex and crucial aspect of American life and freedoms. It is not at all helpful that president Obama and others have not been truthful about what they are trying to do and what the results...
  • FACT CHECK: Health care coverage mandate enforced with tax

    09/22/2009 1:55:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 816+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | September 21, 2009
    Memo to President Barack Obama: It's a tax. Obama insisted this weekend on national television that requiring people to carry health insurance — and fining them if they don't — isn't the same thing as a tax increase. But the language of Democratic bills to revamp the nation's health care system doesn't quibble. Both the House bill and the Senate Finance Committee proposal clearly state that the fines would be a tax. And the reason the fines are in the legislation is to enforce the coverage requirement. "If you put something in the Internal Revenue Code, and you tell the...
  • The Innovation Tax : How Max Baucus's Health Care Plan will Knife the Medical Devices Industry.

    09/19/2009 10:12:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 603+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/18/2009 | The Editors
    Supposedly the Senate’s version of ObamaCare was written by Finance Chairman Max Baucus, but we’re beginning to wonder if the true authors were Abbott and Costello. The vaudeville logic of the plan is that Congress will tax health care to subsidize people to buy health care that new taxes and regulation make more expensive. Look no further than the $40 billion "fee" that Mr. Baucus wants to impose on medical devices and diagnostic equipment. Device manufacturers would pay $4 billion a year in excise taxes, divvied up among them based on U.S. sales. This translates to an annual income tax...
  • Public Option Lite (The Baucus Bill)

    09/16/2009 7:39:02 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 2 replies · 461+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 17, 2009 | Editorial
    Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus finally unveiled his health-care plan yesterday to a chorus of bipartisan jeers. The reaction is surprising given that President Obama all but endorsed the outlines of the Baucus plan last week. But the hoots are only going to grow louder as more people read what he's actually proposing. The headline is that Mr. Baucus has dropped the unpopular "public option," but this is a political offering without much policy difference. His plan remains a public option by other means, imposing vast new national insurance regulation, huge new subsidies to pay for the higher insurance costs...
  • Baucus Unveils $856 Billion Health-Care Legislation

    09/16/2009 7:22:56 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 104 replies · 4,439+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 16, 2009 | Gregg Hitt
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus formally unveiled a 10-year $856 billion bill that would extend health insurance to tens of millions of Americans not now covered, moving an important step forward on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority. The sweeping measure is designed to steer a more moderate course on health policy than other major bills moving through Capitol Hill, and doesn't propose to create a new government insurance plan to compete with private insurers, as proposed in rival House legislation and favored by many liberals. Instead, the Montana Democrat is proposing to expand coverage by creating...
  • Tort Reform? Try Tort Expansion.

    09/13/2009 5:39:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies · 1,286+ views ^ | September 11, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama offered this "olive brancn" to Republicans during his health care overhaul speech to the joint session of Congress on Wednesday. After spending most of the speech deriding his opposition, Obama finally got to the subject of tort reform which the White Nouse had promised Obama would pursue to get Republicans on board.
  • EDITORIAL: Baucus bill would destroy private health insurance--Increased regulations undermine..

    09/13/2009 1:11:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 676+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 13, 2009 | Editorial
    Some breathed a sigh of relief that a new health care bill introduced by Sen. Max Baucus does not include government insurance. This solace is premature. The Montana Democrat's bill proposes new regulations that would doom the private insurance industry. The lion's share of President Obama's Wednesday address to Congress pushed Mr. Baucus' plan. Because a direct government takeover of health care sparked violent public protests, the new strategy is to take smaller bites out of private care. The president still promises more service for less cost with greater government involvement, which is impossible. It takes chutzpah for Democrats to...
  • Land Of The Fee

    09/10/2009 10:07:07 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 5 replies · 418+ views
    National Center For Policy Analysis ^ | September 10, 2009 | Staff
    The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee wants levies on insurers to pay for Obamacare and fines for families who don't sign up. To keep Obamacare alive, Baucus has proposed a Rube Goldberg scheme of fees and fines on insurers and the uninsured designed to forcibly bring everyone into the loving and protective arms of the nanny state...
  • Land Of The Fee (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    09/09/2009 5:23:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 667+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 9, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee wants levies on insurers to pay for ObamaCare and fines for families who don't sign up. We can cut costs and expand coverage without sacrificing freedom.To keep ObamaCare alive, Montana Democrat Max Baucus has proposed a Rube Goldberg scheme of fees and fines on insurers and the uninsured designed to forcibly bring everyone into the loving and protective arms of the nanny state. To help finance his Plan B, Baucus would impose annual fees of $6 billion on health insurers, $4 billion on medical-device makers, $2.3 billion on drug manufacturers and $750...
  • Up to $3,800 Fine for Failure Get Health Insurance (proposes Sen. Baucus)

    09/08/2009 10:13:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 142 replies · 5,433+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 8, 2009
    A top senator is calling for fines of up to $3,800 on families who fail to get medical insurance after a health care overhaul goes into effect. The plan from Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana would make health insurance mandatory, just like auto coverage. It would provide tax credits to help cover the cost for people making up to three times the federal poverty level. That's about $66,000 for a family of four, and $32,000 for an individual. But those who still don't sign up would face hefty fines, starting at $750 a year for individuals and $1,500 for...
  • HBO's Maher: Americans Too 'Stupid' so President Should Force ObamaCare into Law

    08/25/2009 10:27:42 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 79 replies · 2,224+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 25, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    If smugness were a crime, they would put HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher under the jail. On NBC's Aug. 24 "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," Maher expressed his frustration with President Barack Obama's inability to get health care/health insurance reformed and passed into law. "I think right now for example, this health care debate looks like it's - we could lose it because I don't think [Obama] he has been tough enough," Maher said. "You know, he used to say in the campaign, ‘It's your time.' This is his time. He should get mad, stop [expletive] around." ...more (w/video)...
  • Poll: Dems down on Max Baucus's health plan

    08/21/2009 6:14:38 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies · 1,797+ views
    Poll: Montana Dems down on Baucus By: Jonathan Martin August 21, 2009 08:14 PM EST A new poll aimed at pressuring Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) shows 55 percent of Montana Democrats disapprove of their state's longtime senator's actions on health care, while just 34 percent approve. Thirty-six percent of Democratic voters said they would likely vote against Baucus if he opposed a public plan, while just 12 percent said his opposition would make them more likely to win their support. Fifty-two percent said it would have no impact on their decision. Overall, Montanans were split, with 47 percent saying they...
  • Obama Town Hall in Montana -Live Thread (Look for the plants!)

    08/14/2009 12:04:00 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 603 replies · 35,919+ views
    Obama is about to begin his Town hall in Montana. Post your comments here. Sen. Max Baucus doing the intro now.
  • Sen. Max Baucus Says Being with Obama is "Like Listening to a Symphony" - Video 8/4/09

    08/05/2009 11:11:31 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 44 replies · 1,487+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 5, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from yesterday where Democrat Sen. Max Baucus (Montana) said after meeting with President Obama at the White House: "It's so wonderful to hear him speak. It's like listening to a symphony. It's like it was a great meal. He's so good. . . " Notice the smirking Sen. Charles Schumer over his right shoulder. Can Democrats get any more pathetic in their Obama worship? . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Dems warn Baucus with gavel threat

    07/31/2009 4:25:35 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies · 738+ views
    The Hill ^ | 07/29/2009 | Alexander Bolton
    In an apparent warning to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), some liberal Democrats have suggested a secret-ballot vote every two years on whether or not to strip committee chairmen of their gavels. Baucus, who is more conservative than most of the Democratic Conference, has frustrated many of his liberal colleagues by negotiating for weeks with Republicans over healthcare reform without producing a bill or even much detail about the policies he is considering. “Every two years the caucus could have a secret ballot on whether a chairman should continue, yes or no,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the...
  • Baucus Targeted by Left on Health Care Stance

    07/21/2009 6:40:10 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 2 replies · 275+ views
    Accuracy In Media ^ | July 21, 2009 | Don Irvine
    Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) is the target of left wing groups who accuse him of putting insurance company interests ahead of the public's. From the Politico Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) may have brought Democrats as close as they have been in years to enacting health care reform, but grass-roots progressives consider him their No. 1 target. Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee conducted a four-day, online poll of their members, and with about 64,000 votes cast, Baucus beat seven other Democratic senators as the lawmaker whose arm is most in need of twisting over...
  • ”Democrat Senator & Drug Money!” (My Title)

    06/26/2009 11:19:58 AM PDT · by FredJake · 6 replies · 667+ views
    Montana Standard ^ | 6/14/09 | Mike Dennison
    HELENA — As Sen. Max Baucus has taken the lead on health-reform legislation in the U.S. Senate, he's also become a leader in something else: Campaign money received from health- and insurance-industry interests. In the past six years, nearly one-fourth of every dime raised by Baucus, D-Mont., and his political-action committee has come from groups and individuals associated with drug companies, insurers, hospitals, medical-supply firms, health-service companies and other health professionals. These donations total about $3.4 million, or $1,500 a day, every day, from January 2003 through 2008. Baucus, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee that is drafting a major...
  • Baucus Plan Includes Heavy Taxes on Health Benefits, Capital Gains, Soda, Pharma, Income, and More

    07/10/2009 11:55:16 AM PDT · by myrage · 18 replies · 1,139+ views
    Politico ^ | 7/9/09 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN & DAVID ROGERS
    Politico has gotten ahold of a list of taxes Max Baucus supports to fund taking over healthcare. Here they are: — Broaden the 1.45-percent Medicare tax on earned income to “passive income,” which could include money from capital gains, rental properties and businesses that do not require direct participation. This could raise $100 billion. — Levy a five-percent surtax on individuals who earn more than $500,000 and couples that make $1 million. — Tax health benefits at a higher level than had been considered. Two scenarios are in play. Taxing plans worth more than $20,300 for a family and $8,300...
  • Democrats Warn Health Care Providers Not To Meet With Republicans

    06/11/2009 2:15:28 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 90 replies · 3,232+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 6-11-09 | Drucker, Palmer & Ackley
    Top aides to Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) called a last-minute, pre-emptive strike on Wednesday with a group of prominent Democratic lobbyists, warning them to advise their clients not to attend a meeting with Senate Republicans set for Thursday. Russell Sullivan, the top staffer on Finance, and Jon Selib, Baucus’ chief of staff, met with a bloc of more than 20 contract lobbyists, including several former Baucus aides. “They said, ‘Republicans are having this meeting and you need to let all of your clients know if they have someone there, that will be viewed as a hostile act,’” said...
  • Why the health care rush? (Dems know their health care plans can't withstand public scrutiny)

    06/02/2009 7:57:19 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 24 replies · 961+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 3, 2009 | Editorial
    If sharks stop swimming, they sink and drown. President Obama seems to view his health-care program the same way. "If we don't get it done this year," he said in a recent pep talk to supporters, "we're not going to get it done." Well, why? If laying "a new foundation" for 18% of the economy really is as important as the President claims it is, then surely it could withstand more than fleeting inspection. Instead, Democrats are trying to rush the largest entitlement expansion since LBJ into law with a truncated debate and as little public scrutiny as possible. At...
  • Baucus Says ‘Nothing is off the Table’ for Health Reform Plan

    04/27/2009 3:32:05 AM PDT · by Man50D · 7 replies · 572+ views ^ | April 27, 2009 | Matt Cover
    The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Friday refused to rule out the possibility that a government-run health insurance plan will be a part of the health-care reform plan he’s crafting. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who has been the leading advocate for healthcare reform in Congress, told reporters at the National Press Club that a publicly funded health insurance plan – what he calls “the public option” -- was not off limits, adding that “everything is on the table” at this point. “Some people say ‘kick the public option off the table.’ The public option’s on the table,” Baucus said....
  • Senators Propose Legislation to Help Small Charities Get Management Help - S. Admt. to HR1388

    03/25/2009 9:51:39 AM PDT · by joygrace · 12 replies · 641+ views ^ | March 24, 2009 | Suzanne Perry
    The Senate Finance Committee’s top two members — Democrat Max Baucus and Republican Charles E. Grassley — teamed up today to introduce legislation that would provide money to help small and medium-sized charities get training and management assistance. The legislation, introduced as an amendment to a national-service bill now being debated by the Senate, would provide $25-million over five years to a “Nonprofit Capacity Building Program” within the Corporation for National and Community Service. The amendment would “strengthen small charities around our country, especially where resources are scarce,” Senator Baucus of Montana, who chairs the finance committee, told his colleagues...
  • Big Sky Democrat says Obama’s statistics are blue sky

    03/10/2009 9:15:37 AM PDT · by slomark · 2 replies · 562+ views
    EXCERPT: Buried deep in the Associated Press’ excellent analysis of the president’s economic “stimulus” program was this little gem that most of the media has chosen to ignore. Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, challenged Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner last week. “You created a situation where you cannot be wrong,” the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said. ...
  • Democrat looking at taxing health benefit

    03/03/2009 7:52:02 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 69 replies · 1,853+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/3/09 | Donna Smith
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Senate Democrat said Tuesday he would consider taxing U.S. workers on their employer-sponsored health insurance to help pay for extending coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. "I think that tax provision should be on the table," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, who will play a major role in writing the legislation to revamp the U.S. healthcare system as promised by President Barack Obama. "It's too aggressive. It skews the system," he said of the tax benefit.
  • Ron Kirk is latest Cabinet pick hit by tax woes; he owes $9.975

    03/02/2009 2:29:10 PM PST · by BGHater · 28 replies · 815+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 02 Mar 2009 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    Add former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to the list of Obama Cabinet picks with tax problems. The Senate Finance Committee says he underpaid by $9,975 in the last three years. Senate aides uncovered the shortfall during weeks of vetting, and Kirk – the administration’s designated point person on trade -- has promised to pay the Internal Revenue Service in full. The problems: Kirk deducted too much for season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks and too much for tax preparation fees, and failed to report as income speaking fees that he donated to his alma mater, Austin College. The full political...
  • Democratic Senator Unveils Mandatory Health Insurance Plan

    11/12/2008 6:00:02 PM PST · by lowbridge · 60 replies · 2,206+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 12, 2008 | John McCormack
    he New York Times reports that Democratic senator Max Baucus will unveil his nationalized health care proposal today, and (surprise!) it would require all Americans to purchase health insurance: The plan proposed by Mr. Baucus, Democrat of Montana, would eventually require everyone to have health insurance coverage, with federal subsidies for those who could not otherwise afford it. Other Democrats with deep experience in health care are also drafting proposals to expand coverage and slow the growth of health costs. These lawmakers include Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Representatives John D. Dingell of Michigan and Pete Stark of...
  • Senate Finance Chairman Calls for Mandatory Health Insurance

    11/13/2008 4:03:56 AM PST · by tobyhill · 24 replies · 823+ views
    cns news ^ | 11/13/2008 | Tiffany Gabbay
    The Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee unveiled a health-care reform plan Wednesday that incorporates many of the provisions of President-elect Barack Obama’s plan, but goes one step further -- it would require everyone to eventually buy insurance coverage. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) proposes that medical insurance cover pre-existing conditions, as Obama’s plan does, and would set up an insurance exchange to help people and businesses find insurance if they need -- but don’t have -- coverage. “Americans are acutely aware of problems in the country’s health care system and they are ready for change,” Baucus said at a...
  • Report: Baucus may split from wife

    09/30/2008 1:40:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 2,366+ views
    Gazette News Services ^ | September 29, 2008
    Sen. Max Baucus and his wife, Wanda, may be splitting after 25 years... Baucus, a Democrat who is running for his sixth six-year term this fall... "In 25 years of spirited marriage, it is natural for differences of opinion to arise..."
  • Former Green wins Montana GOP primary for U.S. Senate

    06/06/2008 5:14:58 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies · 693+ views
    The Independent Political Report ^ | June 4th, 2008 | Austin Cassidy
    Bob Kelleher, a former Green who sued the Montana University System for excluding the Green and Libertarian candidates from a gubernatorial debate in 2004, scored an upset victory in the Montana GOP primary race for U.S. Senate. Kelleher, who still maintains his Green beliefs, will be the Republican nominee versus Democratic incumbent Max Baucus. The Montana Green Party does not currently have ballot access. The theme of Kelleher’s campaign was “no more tax cuts until hunger, health, HRDC, and job needs are satisfied and social security, Medicare and Medicaid funds are secure.” Ballot Access News reports that Kelleher apparently raised...
  • Mike Lange Announces Senate Bid Against Baucus

    07/01/2007 1:58:27 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 1,602+ views
    The New West ^ | June 29, 2007 | Courtney Lowery
    As Jim Gransberry reports at the Billings Gazette this morning, state Rep. Mike Lange, R-Billings, has just announced that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Max Baucus. Lange, a pipefitter from Billings, told reporters he knew he has a long, hard road ahead of him, trying to unseat a powerful incumbent. He pledged to put "America first" during his campaign and focus on freedom, security and America's working class. Lange, who has served three sessions in the House but became famous during the last legislative session (in which he was the House Minority Leader) for the tirade against the governor, will...
  • Democrat Hypocrisy on Andersen

    07/10/2002 10:16:00 PM PDT · by jumpstartme · 15 replies · 1,081+ views ^ | Today | jumpstartme
    5 out of the top ten US House Recipients of contributions (1989- 2001) from Arthur Andersen are democRats. Their names and the amounts are listed below. And, according to dim logic, they are guilty by association and should have their names shining in the bright lights of Reuters, AP, Drudge, The Washington ComPost, and more. After all, this is a hit piece. Here you go, Klayman, chase this ambulance too! Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) $34,687 Martin Frost (D-Texas) $32,000 Peter Deutsch (D-Fla) $24,200 James P. Moran (D-Va) $21,250 Ken Bentsen (D-Texas) $19,225 Other Rats also receiving Andersen dirty money include: Rick...
  • Montana senator's nephew dies in Iraq

    08/01/2006 3:44:30 PM PDT · by dogbyte12 · 30 replies · 1,030+ views
    AP ^ | 8-1-06 | SUSAN GALLAGHER
    HELENA, Mont. - A nephew of Sen. Max Baucus serving in the Marines was killed in Iraq during the weekend, the senator's office said Tuesday. Cpl. Phillip E. Baucus, 28, died Saturday during combat operations in Anbar province, the Department of Defense said. It did not immediately release further information. In a statement, Baucus, D-Mont., said the family was "devastated by the loss." "Phillip was an incredible person, a dedicated Marine, a loving son and husband, and a proud Montanan and American," the senator said. "He heroically served the country he loved and he gave it his all." Phillip Baucus,...
  • Big-name Dem gets unadvertised job ( Culture of Corruption )

    06/27/2006 5:59:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 192+ views
    Lee State Bureau ^ | Jun 22, 2006 | JENNIFER McKEE
    State Sen. Mike Cooney, a well-known name in Montana Democratic politics, recently accepted an unadvertised $72,000-a-year job in state government. Cooney said the job had nothing to do with political patronage and ... Kelly also brushed aside the suggestion that Cooney got the job because he's a prominent Democrat. Cooney, who served as secretary of state for 12 years ending in 2000, will begin work as head of the Department of Labor's Business Standards Division on July 10, said Keith Kelly, the state labor commissioner who heads the department. Kelly, a Democrat appointed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer, said he approached...
  • Democrats Leahy, Salazar to Oppose Alito

    01/19/2006 4:38:08 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies · 865+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 19, 2006 | Jesse Holland
    Leahy, Salazar and Max Baucus of Montana — who announced his opposition to Alito on Wednesday — were three of the 22 Democrats who voted for Roberts' confirmation as the replacement for the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, a conservative.
  • Senators Max Baucus, Barbara Mikulski Say 'No' on Alito

    01/18/2006 11:07:58 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 90 replies · 2,088+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/18/06
    Court nominee Samuel Alito has the confirmation vote of at least one Senate Democrat but several other Democrats said Wednesday they had lingering questions about the nominee and will vote against him. Before Senate Democrats met to discuss the nomination, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., emerged from a morning meeting with Alito and said he would vote against President Bush's Supreme Court nominee as too far outside the mainstream of judicial thinking. "He's just not right for Montana, he's just not right for America," Baucus said. "He's very polished and he answered all of the questions I was going to ask....
  • Republicans criticize Baucus over Malmstrom deal

    07/30/2005 10:33:39 PM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 4 replies · 507+ views
    Associated Press via The Billings Gazette ^ | July 30, 2005 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Montana Republicans criticized Democratic Sen. Max Baucus on Friday for revealing his plan to reopen the closed runway at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls too early. Baucus said Wednesday that adding the Malmstrom provision to a massive highway spending bill moving through Congress was a "done deal." But House members objected to the language Thursday, delaying passage of the bill and forcing Baucus to abandon the plan Friday morning. "The timing was very bad," said Montana's other senator, Republican Conrad Burns. He said Friday that this week's public flap about Malmstrom will make it harder for...
  • 'Death Tax' Bill Is Read

    07/27/2005 5:03:43 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 21 replies · 642+ views
    TheHill ^ | July 26, 2005 | Jonathan E. Kaplan
    Frustrated that a compromise has not been struck, conservative senators and their allies are threatening to schedule a vote that would repeal the estate tax permanently. Unless Democrats agree to a deal, Republicans are vowing to use the estate-tax vote as political ammunition in the 2006 cycle. There is a growing sense that achieving a reduction in the tax rate while indexing the value of the exemption to inflation has much broader appeal in the Senate. Lobbyists and aides said that a complete repeal would not garner 60 votes needed to break a filibuster. It remains unclear when a vote...
  • Senate Panel Deadlocks Over Pollution Bill (Clear Skies Can't Get Out of Committee)

    03/09/2005 4:43:51 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 5 replies · 678+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | March 9, 2005 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    WASHINGTON - President Bush's top environmental priority — giving power plants, factories and refineries more time to reduce their air pollution — suffered a major setback Wednesday as a Republican-controlled committee rejected it in the Senate. The Environment and Public Works Committee deadlocked on a 9-9 vote on Bush's "clear skies" bill, a name that Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., described as "akin to calling Frankenstein Tom Cruise." The tie vote came after weeks of fruitless negotiation to get a bare majority required to recommend the bill to the full Senate. The committee vote doesn't preclude GOP leaders from scheduling the...
  • Animosity that runs endlessly

    07/06/2004 1:42:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 812+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2004 | Mona Charen
    The Washington Times Animosity that runs endlesslyBy Mona CharenPublished July 3, 2004 Theaters are filling up with fans of Michael Moore -- a propagandist who makes Oliver Stone look like Alistair Cooke. Mr. Moore is, of course, free to say the war on terror is a clever cover story for George W. Bush's attempt to line his own pockets. Or to suggest that as nasty as Osama bin Laden is, he is nowhere near as bad as our president.     But the reception this preposterous pastiche of lies, warmed-over conspiracy theories and free-floating venom has received from the Democratic...
  • Mont. Sen. Baucus Hurt in Motorcycle Crash

    07/03/2004 8:26:56 PM PDT · by Wally_Kalbacken · 28 replies · 1,273+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | July 03, 2004 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Sen. Max Baucus suffered minor injuries Saturday in a motorcycle crash, his spokesman said. The Montana Democrat was going to a family picnic when he hit some gravel and lost control of his Harley-Davidson on a road near Lincoln, about 40 miles northwest of Helena, spokesman Barrett Kasier said. Baucus swerved to miss a car and hit a guardrail, Kaiser said. Kaiser said Baucus suffered cuts on his foot and leg and bruises and scrapes on his hands in the afternoon crash. The five-term senator was being treated in the emergency room at St. Peter's Hospital...
  • Senator's Wife Avoids Prosecution [Baucus]

    06/02/2004 9:47:07 AM PDT · by 11th Earl of Mar · 41 replies · 393+ views
    Newsday ^ | 6/3/04
    By CARRIE SCHUMAKER Associated Press Writer June 2, 2004, 12:03 PM EDT WASHINGTON -- The wife of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., reached a deal Wednesday with federal prosecutors to avoid prosecution on a misdemeanor assault charge that stemmed from a dispute with another woman in a garden center parking lot.
  • Mrs. Baucus plans fight over charge (Wife of Senator Max Baucus, D-Montana)

    05/08/2004 8:25:10 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 16 replies · 519+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | May 8, 2004 | TED MONOSON
    Wanda Baucus and her lawyer say they plan to vigorously fight a misdemeanor assault charge that was brought against her after an argument over mulch at a Washington, D.C., garden center. "This will not be over until the big bell rings out in the end," the wife of Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus said when reached at her Washington home. The incident between Wanda Baucus and Tierney Augusta Barron took place on April 20 at Johnson's Garden Center. Baucus was charged with simple assault on April 21 and is scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court Monday morning. The main...
  • Senator's Wife Charged With Assault (Baucus's (D) wife, friend of Saddam)

    04/21/2004 4:00:46 PM PDT · by aynrandfreak · 139 replies · 3,458+ views
    nbc4 ^ | 4/21/04 | nbc4
    WASHINGTON -- The wife of a U.S. senator is in trouble with the law Wanda Baucus is the wife of Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana. She is accused of assaulting a woman Tuesday at Johnson's Garden Center on Van Ness Street, Northwest. Mrs. Baucus was released Wednesday afternoon after an appearance in D.C. Superior Court. She was officially charged with assault in court. The incident happened in the parking lot of the garden center. Sources told News4 that Mrs. Baucus was upset because another customer was getting help with mulch ahead of her. Sources told News4's Pat Collins that...
  • Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) undergoes emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain

    01/09/2004 10:17:42 AM PST · by Timesink · 105 replies · 2,218+ views
    Associated Press | January 9, 2003
    Helena, Mont. (AP) Sen. Max Baucus undergoes emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.