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  • Chuck Todd Elicits the Real Reason Schumer Opposes the Gorsuch Nomination

    04/02/2017 6:10:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2017 | Jennifer Van Laar
    On Sunday's Meet the Press, Chuck Todd grilled both Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer about Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing, the nuclear option, and filibustering. In the course of the conversation, Schumer's real motivation for wanting to stick to the 60-vote rule was revealed. Back on February 1st, Schumer insisted he merely wanted a fair process: "We Democrats will insist on a rigorous but fair process....It was a bar met by each of [former President] Obama’s nominations. Each received 60 votes. And most importantly, it’s the right thing to do.” On February 7, he wrote that opposing a "nuclear option"...
  • Schumer: Stalling Nominees Works Because It Exposes Nominees

    02/07/2017 3:42:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 7, 2017 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that even though Democrats don't have the votes to stop President Trump's cabinet nominees, their strategy is working by being able to highlight how bad they are. "When you get millions of calls and demonstrations and a nominee is exposed for being who they are, it's going to have a profound and positive effect, even if she gains office," Schumer said on Capitol Hill today after the confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. "So we're very happy with the results and...
  • Sessions clears first floor vote, poised for confirmation next week

    02/02/2017 2:41:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2017 | Stephan Dinan
    Sen. Jeff Sessions survived his first test floor vote Thursday, putting him on the path to win confirmation as the next attorney general.
  • Immigration officials shielded accused San Bernardino conspirator from ICE agents

    03/15/2016 8:41:38 PM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 23 replies
    wash times ^ | 3/15/16 | s dinan
    Federal immigration officers refused to let an armed team of agents into their office to detain the accused conspirator in December’s San Bernardino terrorist attack, government officials acknowledged Tuesday, exposing an embarrassing lack of communication within the Department of Homeland Security. Those who ran the legal immigration benefits office in San Bernardino refused to let a team from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement enter to detain and hold Enrique Marquez so the FBI could interview him later, Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said. It turned out Mr. Marquez didn’t show for the meeting at the...
  • Reid: Oh, You Bet We'll Filibuster That Bipartisan Syrian Refugees Bill

    11/20/2015 5:00:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2015 | Guy Benson
    For those keeping score, over the last few months, Senate Democrats have used the filibuster -- which they railed against and eroded while in the majority -- to block a bill to pay our troops, to prevent any vote on President Obama's reckless Iran deal, to hold up funding for the VA, and to obstruct legislation helping victims of human trafficking because it didn't spend taxpayer dollars on abortions. (One can only hope the NRSC is keeping track of these votes for future attack ads).  Harry's crew is angling to add another notch in their obstructionist belt, with Reid vowing to filibuster a post-Paris bill designed to beef up...
  • Tom Rice | International Drive another badly needed project delayed [by environMENTALists]

    07/21/2015 8:10:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | July 17, 2015 | Tom Rice
    I was interested to read the article from The Sun News on Thursday about the last-minute delay of the permit to pave International Drive. This project will take thousands of cars off of the gridlock of Highway 501, and relieve congestion in Carolina Forest. On the day before we were to receive the permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coastal Conservation League filed an appeal. It seems they want the road to be redesigned to include multiple bear crossings, at a cost of millions of dollars to the taxpayers of Horry County. That’s millions of scarce taxpayer dollars...
  • Obstructionism Is Patriotic

    06/27/2014 4:58:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Three cheers for right-wing obstructionism. Can we have more, please, and louder? This week's unanimous Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's illegal recess appointments is a double smackdown. First, it's a rebuke against arrogant White House power-grabbers who thought they could act with absolute impunity and interminable immunity. Second, the ruling is a reproach of all the establishment pushovers on Capitol Hill who put comity above constitutional principle. In a nutshell: The high court determined that Obama lawlessly exceeded his executive authority when he foisted three members onto the National Labor Relations Board in 2012, during what Democrats declared was...
  • Biden: We 'Created 200,000 Brand New Good Paying Jobs’ Despite ‘Republican Obstructionism’

    08/21/2012 8:23:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/21/12 | Melanie Hunter
    Vice President Joe Biden, speaking in Minneapolis, Minn., Tuesday credited the Obama administration with the creation of “200,000 brand new good paying jobs.” Biden blamed “Republican obstructionism” for “slowing down” the Obama administration’s economic progress and said GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his allies “sound like squealing pigs” when they object to Democratic efforts to pass “the toughest Wall Street regulations in history.” “In spite of that, in spite of Governor Romney’s insistence to let Detroit go bankrupt, we rescued the automobile industry, saved a million
  • Operation Fast & Furious Hearing: WATCH LIVE

    06/13/2011 10:36:55 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 30 replies
    Operation Fast & Furious Hearing:Obama Justice Dept. Obstructing Justice/Contempt They are Swearing In: Shown on C-Span 3 NOW. WATCH LIVE
  • Harry Reid's one-man roadblock

    01/08/2011 3:57:08 AM PST · by Scanian · 4 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | January 08, 2011 | Joseph Smith
    The Democrats are poised to become "The New Party of No," as Kimberly Strassel details in the Wall Street Journal. The "Party of No" label never stuck to Republicans because Americans support their unified votes against the Obama agenda. As Ms. Strassel quotes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, "it depends on what you are saying ‘no' to." Now that the Tea Party cavalry has arrived in the Capitol, bills to stop ObamaCare, cut spending and derail the Obama regulatory agenda will find Harry Reid manning the barricades to prevent GOP reform bills from reaching Obama's veto desk. With 23 Senate...
  • Dems' 2010 Strategy: GOP Will "Repeal" Obamacare

    12/25/2009 2:50:43 AM PST · by Scanian · 54 replies · 2,114+ views
    The Weekly Standard Blog ^ | December 24, 2009 | John McCormack
    TPM reports: "With Democratic senators united on the health care bill today, their campaign arm has settled on an attack plan for 2010: Republicans would "repeal" it if they win control. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, aggressively challenging incumbent GOP senators and vying for open seats, will paint the Republicans as only interested in obstructing." So, the Democrats' attack plan is to tell voters that the GOP will repeal the budget-busting, tax-hiking, Medicare-cutting, abortion-funding, big insurance and big pharma giveaway that only has the support of 35% of voters. Brilliant! Conservatives have been saying that if Obamacare passes Republicans should...
  • The GOP Health Plan: Ways to make care cost less

    12/05/2009 3:35:12 AM PST · by Scanian · 414+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 5, 2009 | MATT PATTERSON
    Democrats have done a good job portraying Repub licans as health-care-reform obstructionists. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) gave the party line, for example, when he told Talk Radio News service, "There is no Republican health-care plan out there." In fact, the GOP has offered several health-reform bills. And on Nov. 3, the party's leaders in the House unveiled a comprehensive reform plan, introduced as a substitute amendment by Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) -- which Democrats defeated 258 to 176 on Nov 7. The bill, says Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), represents Republicans uniting behind "eight or 10" core principles. One...
  • The FEC Can't Handle Obama's Not-So-Transparent Fundraising

    05/26/2008 6:23:31 PM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies · 154+ views
    Gather.com ^ | 5-26-08 | Rob Port
    The FEC Can't Handle Obama's Not-So-Transparent Fundraising by Rob Port May 26, 2008 01:48 PM EDT views: 37 | rating: 10/10 (2 votes) | comments: 1 Not because of the amount, but rather because of the sheer number of individual transactions.  It creates a database of rows and columns too large for FEC bureaucrats to open on their computers.  Because they apparently don’t have Microsoft Excel 2007 or something.Anyway, that’s interesting news in light of earlier stories about small-money contributions to the Obama campaign ruining transparency in political contributions.  See, any contributor giving less than $200 doesn’t have to report...
  • Tied In Knots (Oliver North)

    03/22/2007 8:54:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 991+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | March 23, 2007 | Oliver North
    February 23, 2007 "If the new majority in Congress wants to tie the Bush administration in knots with investigations and a flurry of subpoenas, they can surely do so." That's what I wrote in this column on Nov. 10, 2006, just days after Democrats captured control of both houses of Congress. It wasn't prophecy -- just experience. As a staff member for President Ronald Reagan's National Security Council, I recall what it was like when congressional liberals decided to do all in their power to bring down a Republican president. Their goal wasn't "legislative oversight" or "Congressional inquiry" but to...
  • 4 Nominees To (Federal) Appeals Courts Are Dropped

    01/09/2007 7:00:32 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies · 872+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 10, 2007 | R. Jeffrey Smith
    Bush administration officially withdrew four of its most controversial nominations to the federal appellate bench yesterday, bowing to the political reality of a Senate Judiciary Committee under the control of Democrats who show no inclination to confirm them. Signaling at the same time that President Bush is committed to placing more conservatives on the bench, the White House renominated 32 other federal judicial candidates that the previous Senate did not confirm. Bush also nominated a previous candidate for a federal district court to fill one of the four appellate positions. Those withdrawn yesterday included Defense Department general counsel William J....
  • True Character of Democrats Emerges in Senate/House Debates

    09/29/2006 11:04:58 AM PDT · by 60Gunner · 14 replies · 1,461+ views
    Comcast News ^ | 9/29/06 | 60Gunner
    Wiretap Bill Sets Up Election-Year Issue By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer Fri Sep 29, 3:20 AM WASHINGTON - The House approved a bill Thursday that would grant legal status to President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program with new restrictions. Republicans called it a test before the election of whether Democrats want to fight or coddle terrorists. "The Democrats' irrational opposition to strong national security policies that help keep our nation secure should be of great concern to the American people," Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement after the bill passed 232-191. "To always have reasons why you...
  • Judge says DeLay 'withdrew': Statement may spell trouble for GOP

    06/28/2006 3:49:28 PM PDT · by AntiGuv · 45 replies · 1,638+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 27, 2006 | Janet Elliott
    AUSTIN - A federal judge hearing a ballot dispute Monday involving former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay said he thinks that DeLay withdrew from the November election, indicating potential trouble for Republicans who want to name a replacement candidate. "He is not going to participate in the election and he withdrew," said U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, who did not issue an official ruling after a daylong trial regarding DeLay's status as the GOP nominee for the 22nd Congressional District. Jim Bopp, a lawyer for the Republican Party of Texas, disagreed, telling Sparks "there's been no withdrawal." Bopp said that instead,...
  • Indiana Is Open for Business

    04/05/2006 9:02:13 AM PDT · by cicero's_son · 44 replies · 694+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 3/28/06 | Bret Swanson
    Indiana Is Open for Business Mitch “the Blade” Daniels is putting the state on the free-market cutting edge. By Bret Swanson There’s about to be a building boom in Indiana, which is desperate good news for a state that has been severely challenged by the global manufacturing shift and years of ambivalent leadership. The chief architect of the boom is the state’s decisive Governor Mitch Daniels, President Bush’s former budget director. In Washington, Daniels drew scorn from congressional big spenders, acquiring the nickname “the blade” for his cost-cutting and privatizing ways. (The moniker could just as easily apply to his...
  • Vanity: Ted Kennedy Speaking re Filibuster

    01/30/2006 1:13:23 PM PST · by RepublicanCentury · 10 replies · 1,073+ views
    Listening to Fat Ted on C-Span. Retreading his Bork speech. Almost makes me ashamed to be an American.
  • Democrats May Delay Alito Nomination Vote

    01/13/2006 5:35:09 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 50 replies · 1,474+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 13, 2006 | Laurie Kellerman
    Democrats confirmed Friday that they will make a last-ditch attempt to slow Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's momentum by delaying the first vote on his candidacy. Sen. Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record), D-Vt., said in the waning minutes of Alito's confirmation hearing that unnamed Democrats will "exercise their rights" to put off next week's scheduled Alito vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.