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  • House GOP to Senate: We’re not taking up your highway bill

    07/27/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 27, 2015 | Scott Wong
    The House will not vote on a multi-year Senate highway bill that revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday. “We’re not taking up the Senate bill,” McCarthy declared to a roomful of reporters in his office. Instead, McCarthy urged the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill which extends federal highway funding for five months, without renewing the Ex-Im Bank charter. He called the House bill the “best option” for Congress before money for highways, bridges and mass transit runs out on Friday. McCarthy’s declaration is a blow not only to the Senate,...
  • McConnell’s constant wheeling and dealing shows what leadership and compromise aren’t

    07/27/2015 7:57:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/26/2015 | Taylor Millard
    It really shouldn’t be a surprise to see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allow the Ex-Im Bank to be revived after it expired in June. Nor is it really surprising to hear McConnell apparently made a deal with three senators (two of them Democrats) to get Ex-Im back on the calendar as long as they voted for Trade Promotion Authority. McConnell is just doing what some people believe leadership and compromise are all about: the ability to wheel and deal. He’s essentially following the same tactics House Speaker John Boehner did to get the “Doc fix” bill passed earlier...
  • Senate GOP Leaders Want To Put Ted Cruz In A Time Out

    07/26/2015 6:23:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | July 26, 2015 | Laura Barron-Lopez, congressional reporter
    Senate Republican leaders spent a rare Sunday session scolding Ted Cruz. The leaders wagged their fingers at the younger senator, accusing him of using his pedestal in the upper chamber to "pursue personal ambitions." Cruz, a Texas senator who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, drew the ire of his colleagues for claiming the top Republican in the Senate lied to him. He accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) of going back on a promise he claims McConnell made to him about the contentious Export-Import Bank. On Friday, McConnell set up an amendment vote to reauthorize the bank,...
  • Ted Cruz: "Sen. Cruz: McConnell-Reid Leadership Team Operates for One Party: The Washington Party

    07/26/2015 7:57:42 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 110 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz Press Rekease ^ | July 26, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTED A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY BELIEVING IT WOULD SOMEHOW BE DIFFERENT FROM A DEMOCRATIC ONE WASHINGTON, D.C. – After speaking on the Senate floor today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement: “We’ve just seen something extraordinary on the Senate floor. The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party, the Washington party. “Senate leadership consists of the McConnell-Reid leadership team. They operate as a team. They support the same...
  • McConnell and Reid may have just set a 51-vote threshold for passing Obamacare repeal

    07/24/2015 11:17:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 143 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    Next week, Senate Republicans could pass Obamacare repeal with a simple 51-vote majority as part of the long-term highway bill, according to Sen. Mike Lee. The Utah Republican laid out the argument in a press release after party leaders set the sequencing of votes: "The first Obamacare vote on Sunday will have a 60 vote threshold, and Democrats will likely block it," Lee continued. "But thanks to the sequencing of the votes we just locked in, Republicans will have the opportunity resurrect that Obamacare amendment later on in the process, and put it back before the Senate in a manner...
  • Mike Lee goes for nuclear option to repeal Obamacare

    07/24/2015 3:37:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | By Kelsey Snell
    Senate conservatives couldn’t stop a vote on the Export-Import bank. So they’re going to try to force a vote on Obamacare instead. Conservative firebrand Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced on Friday that he plans to use a complicated procedural maneuver known as the nuclear option to repeal the Affordable Care Act with just 51 votes. Democrats famously used the strategy in 2013 to break a Republican blockade of President Obama’s nominees to fill judicial openings. Now Lee wants to use the partisan procedure get rid of Obamacare. It’s unclear whether Lee’s gambit will work — but if it does, there...
  • Cruz SLAMS McConnell on Senate Floor

    Impassioned speech on Senate floor by Ted Cruz.
  • Obama, Congress sued over Iran deal [Larry Klayman Lawsuit vs. Unconstitutional Ratification Law]

    07/23/2015 12:47:23 PM PDT · by Moseley · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2015 | Julian Hattem
    Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman is suing President Obama and members of Congress over a deal on Iran’s nuclear program that he claims flies in the face of the Constitution. The lawsuit, Klayman says, aims to block both the treaty and the “unconstitutional” law that Congress passed to guarantee a review of the multinational nuclear accord. The White House and Congress “gave away, abrogated and undermined [Klayman’s] constitutional rights, putting him in danger, including the protections inherent in the Constitution requiring a two-thirds vote to ratify a treaty,” he said in the lawsuit. Under the Constitution, two-thirds of the Senate...
  • Live hearing: Secretaries Kerry, Moniz, Lew to defend Iran deal to Senate Committee (10am on CSPAN3)

    07/23/2015 4:31:26 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 64 replies
    CSPAN3 ^ | Today at 10am
    Iran Nuclear Agreement Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the details of the recently signed nuclear agreement with Iran and its enforcement.
  • I forget - which Party has control of the House and Senate?

    07/22/2015 6:56:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/22/2015 | Keith Edwards
    When Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi ran the Congress, they did as they damn well pleased. They held up legislation they didn’t want debated or voted on, they changed the rules to suit the needs of the Democrat Party and they said and did whatever it took to move theirs and Obama’s liberal socialist agenda forward. You can call them bullies or even tyrannical, but one thing you can’t call them - spineless. So how is that Republican House and Senate majority working for the people that voted them in? Are they on-task putting the country back on the conservative...
  • How Bad is the Highway Bill (Sen. Mike Lee)?

    07/21/2015 4:41:42 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Senator Mike Lee's Facebook Page ^ | July 21, 2015 | Senator Mike Lee
    If I don't have time to read legislation before voting on it, my default vote is no. We received the highway bill today at 3:06 p.m., and it is over 1,000 pages long. Our first vote on this legislation is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
  • Jeb Bush On Presidential Rivals: Either Show Up For Votes Or Resign From The Senate

    07/21/2015 11:39:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 07/21/2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says his opponents for the presidency shouldn’t be missing votes in the Senate or they should “resign, you know.” “No, I’m really kind of saying the system itself is the problem,” Bush told radio host Michael Medved when asked if his speech Monday on changing Washington was aimed at his presidential rivals who are currently in the Senate. Bush, speaking in Florida on Monday, gave a broad speech how he would bring changes to what he termed “Mount Washington” if elected. Bush said he would push for a balanced budget, an “unequivocal six-year ban on...
  • THE FREEDOM INDEX: A Congressional Scorecard Based On The U. S. Constitution

    07/19/2015 4:04:29 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | July 20, 2015 Issue | Staff
    "The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution" rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. The percentages below are cumulative scores based on key votes from 1999 through June 2015. Click on a senator's or representative's name to get a detailed breakdown of his or her voting record. (See abysmal records at link)
  • House passes short-term highway fix; Congress’ plans still in flux before July 31 deadline

    07/16/2015 8:30:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2015 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The House approved $8 billion in highway funding Wednesday to keep projects moving past a July 31 deadline and buy enough time to negotiate the long-term bill lawmakers really want. But the measure is now on a collision course with the Senate, where Republicans sketched out a more ambitious bill that would pump tens of billions of dollars in new funding in coming years. House GOP leaders said they would eventually like a six-year bill. But for now, they asked members to swallow hard and support a five-month extension through Dec. 18, saying negotiations on the bigger bill could take...
  • How the Senate made it almost impossible to vote down the Iranian nuke agreement

    07/14/2015 11:27:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 7/14/15 | Carl in Jeruslaem
    The United States constitution provides that treaties may only be adopted with the advice and consent of two thirds of the United States Senate. Three months ago, the Senate adopted a bill that was negotiated with President Obama that abdicated that right of approval. In essence, under Corker-Menendez, Obama has the right to present his surrender to Iranian nuclear weapons to the Senate not as a treaty, but as an agreement. And if the Senate says no, Obama has the right to veto that no. Unless the Senate comes up with 67 votes to override that veto, the agreement...
  • Rep. Grayson announces run for Rubio's Senate seat

    07/14/2015 1:44:30 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 27 replies
    WFTV ^ | 7-9-15 | WFTV
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is running for the Florida Senate seat that Republican Marco Rubio is giving up to run for president. Grayson made the announcement on Thursday. "This is the it campaign of 2016. Just like Elizabeth Warren was the it campaign in her race," Grayson said. "I'm going to be running a Barack Obama style campaign. I am going to try and wake up and electrify the electorate with all the good we can do for each other." When WFTV asked Grayson how he is going to win, he replied, "By being the champion for...
  • TBT: Cruz, Toomey file amendment to give Congress more power over Obama’s Iran deal

    07/14/2015 7:49:35 AM PDT · by MN_Mike · 35 replies
    Ted Cruz Senate Office ^ | April 24, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    As currently written, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 would first require Congress to pass a resolution of disapproval and then require Congress to muster votes from two-thirds of each chamber to override a Presidential veto. What's more, if Congress failed to act within a set timeframe, the deal would go into effect by default. This process gets the Constitution's allocation of authority precisely backwards.
  • Senate downplays Obamacare repeal

    07/09/2015 8:59:17 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | Jennifer Haberkorn & Rachael Bade
    July was supposed to be the big month for Obamacare repeal in Congress. But Senate Republicans are downplaying expectations that they’ll use a powerful budget tool called reconciliation to undo Obamacare through a simple majority vote this summer — and conservatives are none too pleased
  • Mitch McConnell: This decision on gay marriage is the law of the land and there’s not much we can do

    07/01/2015 2:22:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via Newsmax, skip to 4:20 for the key part. He’s not saying anything here that, say, Marco Rubio hasn’t but the McConnell endorsement surely cinches this among grassroots righties as the official RINO position. (Sorry, Marco!) Meekly submitting to the will of the Court isn’t what warriors do. Which raises the question: What should the GOP, as a party, do to resist?Should they encourage county clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gays? That might work short-term, until other state officials can be found who’ll grant the licenses, but it’s likely to bring a lot of legal grief...
  • US Giving up on Military Inspections of Iran Nuke Sites

    06/30/2015 9:50:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 62 replies
    The news from the Iranian nuclear program negotiations in Vienna just keeps getting worse. Now, it seems like the United States is going to give up on military inspections that could be anything close to effective. From the AFP: “We have worked out a process that we believe will ensure that the IAEA has the access it needs,” the administration official told reporters. “The entry point isn’t we must be able to get into every military site, because the United States of America wouldn’t allow anybody to get into every military site, so that’s not appropriate,” the official said.[...]“There are...
  • Ban on abortions after 20 weeks approved by Senate [Ohio]

    06/24/2015 9:28:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    dispatch.com ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Emma Ockerman
    In what anti-abortion advocates called a “monumental” and “groundbreaking” move, Ohio’s Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would almost entirely ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a 23-9 vote. If the bill becomes law, the regulations would make Ohio one of the country’s strictest states for abortion access, abortion rights supporters say. “This is the most important piece of legislation Ohio Right to Life has passed in quite a long time,” the group’s President Mike Gonidakis said, adding he’d be “stunned” if the bill failed to pass the House. “This is a strategic step into hopefully some day...
  • Senate advances fast-track trade bill for Obama

    06/23/2015 9:15:22 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/23/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority. The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law. Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal. Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory....
  • Sen. Sessions: Slow Fast-Track Now, Before It’s Too Late

    06/21/2015 5:21:05 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-21-2015 | Jeff Sessions
    Fast-Track, or Trade Promotion Authority, will receive a final cloture vote in the Senate on Tuesday morning. This is the bill that passed the House. If cloture is invoked, the bill will pass the Senate and go to the President’s desk. More than four weeks have passed since the Senate first voted on whether to grant the Executive six years of fast-track authority. In that time, an enormous amount has been discovered about how the President plans to use this authority – information that was either not known or understood when the vote was held. This includes the Administration’s pledge...
  • Senate passes amendment to ban torture as US policy

    06/16/2015 4:19:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 16, 2015 5:13 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    The Senate on Tuesday reaffirmed a ban against torturing detainees and moved ahead on a more than $600 billion defense policy bill that is entangled in a broader fight in Congress about caps on Pentagon and non-military spending. The Senate overwhelmingly voted 78 to 21 to approve an amendment that bolsters current law and makes the U.S. Army Field Manual on interrogations the standard for all interrogations conducted by the U.S. government. It also gives the International Committee of the Red Cross access to every detainee held by the U.S. The vote comes just months after the Senate intelligence committee...
  • Presidential Candidate Lindsey Graham Introduces 20-Week 'Pain-Capable' Abortion Ban in Senate

    06/12/2015 8:27:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/12/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reintroduced legislation in the Senate Thursday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape and incest, a measure that passed the House of Representatives by a 242-184 vote last month. At a Capitol Hill news conference, Graham promised that the bill, titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would be debated and voted on this year. "This legislation is groundbreaking yet simple at the same time. What I love most about this piece of legislation is how simple it is," Graham said. "Do you believe that at 20...
  • California senate approves right to die legislation

    06/10/2015 9:42:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    jurist.org ^ | june 5 2015 | jurist
    [JURIST] The California Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 23-14 to approve a controversial right to die bill [SB 128 materials]. The bill would protect doctors who aide individuals with terminal conditions in dying. The bill's impact is limited to patients who pass a mental competency test are have less than six months to live. The patients would also be given the option to self administer. The California bill is modeled after Oregon's law, which more than 750 people have used to assist in death since it was passed. Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula stated he is worried that California will...
  • TSA hearing interrupted by bomb threat

    06/09/2015 12:59:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/15 02:32 PM EDT | Keith Laing
    A Senate hearing about the Transportation Security Administration’s recent failure to identify prohibited weapons in security tests at airports across the country was interrupted on Tuesday by a bomb threat. Lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security Committee were getting their first chance to question officials about the findings of the TSA report, documented a series of undercover sting operations in which agents tried to pass through security with prohibited items; much of its findings remain classified. The panel’s chairman interrupted testimony to announce the floor of the Senate Dirksen Office Building where the TSA hearing was being held in was...
  • Capitol Police probe bomb threat, floors evacuated

    06/09/2015 10:05:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 9,2015 | FoxNews.Com
    Several floors of a Senate office building on Capitol Hill were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon, following a report of a suspicious package that Capitol Police are calling a bomb threat.
  • The TPA Bill Passed By The Senate

    06/04/2015 9:26:43 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 27 replies
    Congress.Gov ^ | May 22, 2015 | US Senate
    The Senate TPA Bill that was approved on May 22, 2015 has been available for public viewing for a few weeks now
  • Senate Will Introduce Pro-Life Bill Next Week Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks

    06/04/2015 2:54:34 AM PDT · by Morgana · 93 replies
    LIFENEWS.COM ^ | Jun 2, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The lead Senate sponsor of the pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth will introduce the legislation next week. Last month, the House of Representatives voted 242-184 for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who is the lead sponsor of the pro-life measure in the Senate, has announced that he will introduce the measure next week. In a new letter to members of the Senate, released to LifeNews.com, the National Right to Life Committee is urging members of the Senate to sign on to...
  • California Senate approves increase in legal age to buy tobacco [from 18 to 21]

    06/03/2015 8:23:39 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 23 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 2, 2015 | Alexei Koseff
    With no debate and bipartisan support, the state Senate voted 26-8 on Tuesday to raise the legal age to buy tobacco in California from 18 to 21. --SNIP-- Even as tobacco companies are increasing their influence again at the Capitol, shedding a once-toxic reputation, SB 151 received unanimous support from Democrats, as well as yes votes from four Republican senators: Tom Berryhill of Twain Harte, Ted Gaines of Roseville, Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove and Jeff Stone of Temecula. If SB 151 is approved by the Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown, California would be one of the first states in...
  • [Vanity] How many conservatives would it take to flip Vermont?

    06/03/2015 5:31:47 PM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 66 replies
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    I was pondering and found that Vermont has a population of only 626,000 with 17% more Ds than Rs. If conservatives were to move there from another state, how many would be needed to flip the state red?
  • Breaking: Legislation to resume, overhaul NSA surveillance clears key Senate hurdle

    06/02/2015 1:38:25 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | FoxNews.Com
    A bill that would allow key government surveillance programs to resume for now – after they were temporarily suspended Sunday – cleared another hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday.
  • State Senate OKs health coverage for many immigrants here illegally

    06/02/2015 12:16:37 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | 06/02/15 | Patrick McGreevy
    The state Senate on Tuesday approved a hotly debated measure that would allow many immigrants in the country illegally to sign up for special healthcare programs that would offer the same benefits as Medi-Cal. “We are talking about our friends. We are talking about our neighbors and our families who are denied basic healthcare in the richest state of this union,” Lara told his colleagues.
  • SURVEILLANCE POWERS SET TO LAPSE WITH NO DEAL IN SENATE

    05/31/2015 5:26:15 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 63 replies
    A.P. ^ | May 31, 2015 | ERICA WERNER AND KEN DILANIAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Security Agency will lose its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after an extraordinary Sunday Senate session failed to produce an 11th-hour deal to extend the fiercely contested program.
  • LIVE: Senate holds vote on Patriot Act (Senate Reconvenes For Last-Minute Attempt)

    05/31/2015 3:59:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 05/31/15
    The Senate convenes for a rare Sunday session to review key anti-terrorism programs under the Patriot Act, which are set to expire at midnight if the Senate fails to conduct a successful vote. Republican Senator Rand Paul has said he plans to derail the vote.
  • Condi Isn't Running: Get Over It

    05/28/2015 10:54:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    One of my ongoing political passions is the California US Senate race. For the greater part of my life, I have lived in a state languishing under two of the more liberal and/or worst US Senators in modern history. Dianne Feinstein, the senior senator by a few months, won her latest reelection by 30 points. She had deftly refused to debate her last opponent, arrogantly confiding to one reporter: “I’m running my own campaign.” Feinstein is barely tolerable compared to her ultra-liberal, retiring counterpart. Junior US Senator Barbara Boxer, a progressive figurehead, claimed that a “baby is a baby when...
  • Grayson's (RAT-FL) fiery comments put possible Senate campaign in spotlight

    05/25/2015 5:02:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 5/22/15 | Scott Powers
    In the past three weeks, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando has been on a verbal tear.. He has cussed out journalists for asking about his girlfriend's political ambitions and offshore investment funds, blasted the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as "out-of-touch party bosses sipping cognac in a smoke-filled room" and called his ex-wife a gold digger. Such firebrand comments have been typical of his career. Now they have opened the potential for a bloody U.S. Senate primary fight next year with moderate U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter, who has quickly wrapped up endorsements from almost all of the party's...
  • The Curious Myth of Hillary Clinton's Senate Effectiveness (Hussein was empty suit in 2008)

    05/23/2015 8:32:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 2/02/08 | Adam Hanft
    Frankly, I'm tired of listening to Senator Clinton portray herself as being in the solutions business -- as boasting a nice, fat resume of accomplishments -- while mocking Barack Obama for being a rhetorical empty suit. Is she truly a beacon of experience? Because I couldn't think of a single piece of legislation that has her name stuck proudly on the front of it, no equivalent of McCain-Feingold, for example, I headed straight for her campaign website to see what glorious aspects of her vaunted experience I was missing. Actually, I was missing nothing. There is not one single example...
  • Obama wins trade victory in the Senate

    05/22/2015 6:53:25 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 178 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/22/2015 | Paul Kane
    President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of nearly 50 Senate Republicans and more than 10 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority late Friday, sending the legislation to the House for a difficult fight as Obama faces more entrenched opposition from Democrats. The Senate coalition fought off several attempts by opponents to undermine the legislation, defeating amendments that were politically popular but potentially poisonous to Obama’s bid...
  • Dear GOP: Don’t Work with Obama — STOP HIM!

    05/22/2015 8:21:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/22/2015 | Michael Walsh
    GOP hacks like the loathsome Mitch McConnell and Weepy John Boehner seem to think the GOP needs to show it can “govern” — by which they mean push various pieces of crappy legislation through their respective chambers — before voters will trust them with the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, the public keep screaming: STOP OBAMA! The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public – including most Republicans. Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last fall’s campaign, while 65% say they are not. Nearly four-in-ten (37%) say the...
  • Fast-track Trans-Pacific Trade legislation passes U.S. Senate hurdle in win for Obama

    05/21/2015 9:34:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Yahoo Finance | 05/21/2015 | Richard Cowan
    President Barack Obama's signature Asian trade push cleared another hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday after a knife-edge vote moved the White House closer to gaining the power to speed trade deals through Congress. Senators voted 62-38 to give Obama a major victory and set up a speedy decision on the "fast-track" trade negotiating authority the president needs to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. TPP is seen as central to U.S. efforts to counter China's increasing economic muscle. Thirteen of 44 Democrats supported the legislation through the second Senate vote. Some supported moving ahead with fast track...
  • TX: Open Carry Passed out of Senate Committee, Amended

    05/18/2015 5:12:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Early reports from observers at the Senate State Affairs committee in Texas have written that HB 910, the licensed open carry bill, has been passed and sent to the whole Senate.  From Texasguntalk.com: Texas Gun Legislation - 2015 84th Session Game on, they're back. Substitute approved.  It appears that the Dutton Amendment, which would prohibit police from stopping open carriers without probable cause, has been stripped out They removed the cop stop amendment. That's why they called it HB 910 Substitute.  The Senate might be able to pass an amendment returning HB 910 to the form passed by the...
  • Former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold launches bid to regain seat

    05/14/2015 8:35:14 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 39 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 3-14-2015 | Tom McCartyhy
    Russ Feingold, the only US senator who voted against the 2001 Patriot Act, has announced he will launch a campaign to regain his seat in 2016. Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, lost a re-election bid in 2010 to Ron Johnson, a Tea Party Republican. Feingold had served three terms. In a video released on Thursday and first obtained by the Huffington Post, Feingold says that “billionaires and big corporations are calling the shots” and “we need to get started fixing all this”. “Let’s fight together for change,” Feingold says. “That means helping to bring back to the US Senate strong independence,...
  • TPP Vote 2015: Senate Reaches Agreement To Move Fast-Track Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Authority

    05/13/2015 7:29:04 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies
    IB Times ^ | May 13 2015 | Howard Koplowitz
    Senate Democrats reached a deal with Republicans Wednesday to move forward on U.S. President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade agenda, one day after pro-trade Senators stalled the bill by blocking debate, according to Politico and Roll Call. In exchange for their support on a vote for the fast-track trade authority, Democrats will get separate votes on two related bills on currency manipulation and duty-free status to U.S. imports of goods from certain sub-Saharan African countries. “We have to take some of these votes separately or we kill the underlying legislation,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., according to Politico. “It’s...
  • Obama trade bill revived after bipartisan deal sets new votes

    05/13/2015 1:07:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    The trade deal was back on track Wednesday afternoon, just a day after hitting the skids in a Democratic filibuster, after leaders struck a bipartisan agreement to move forward. Democratic senators lost their bid to have four trade-related bills combined into a single measure, but did secure the chance to have votes related to all four bills, giving them the platform they wanted.
  • 2016 Senate field looks as fraught for GOP as 2014 did for Democrats, says Charlie Cook

    05/12/2015 3:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took Republicans three tries to win control of the US Senate and consolidate Congress under their leadership. In the end, the landscape left by the 2008 Democratic triumph left them uniquely vulnerable in the sixth-year midterm of an unpopular presidency. The tables will turn in 2016, warns National Journal’s Charlie Cook, as the gains of 2010 will make Republicans highly vulnerable to losing control of the Senate once again: Today, The Cook Political Report puts two Republican-held seats in the “Toss Up” category—the open seat in Florida and Kirk in Illinois. That toss-up column will certainly grow as...
  • Senate Passes 90-0 Resolution Demanding Iran Release Americans

    05/11/2015 6:48:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5-11-15 | Bridget Johnson
    The Senate lent strong support today to a simply worded resolution calling on Iran to let four Americans come home. The bipartisan resolution from Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) passed 90-0. It states that it’s the policy of the United States that “the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran should immediately release Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Jason Rezaian, and cooperate with the United States Government to locate and return Robert Levinson; and the United States Government should undertake every effort using every diplomatic tool at its disposal to secure their immediate release.” Washington Post bureau chief Rezaian, a California...
  • NEWS ALERT from GOA: Secret (Trade) Deal Could Contain a Myriad of Gun Restrictions, Ammo Bans

    05/07/2015 8:23:28 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 49 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | May 7, 2015 | Gun Owners of America
    ACTION: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch may soon give the President authority to write gun control restrictions into a “trade agreement.” So click here to contact your Senators –- whether they are liberal or conservative. Urge them to vote against the anti-gun “fast track” bill (S. 995). Will UN-style gun control be rammed down our throats? Gun import bans ... Microstamping of firearms ... Ammunition bans ... The full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty ... Illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters. This anti-gun wish list could be part of...
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies

    05/07/2015 2:49:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/7/2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    Health-care experts call it D.C. insiderism at its worst. The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the...