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  • Republican Senators Are Pitiful

    07/14/2009 4:12:31 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 10 replies · 686+ views
    American Spectator ^ | July 14, 2009 | Quin Hillyer
    Sen. Jeff Sessions really had Judge Sotomayor "rocked back on her heels," according to a Fox News analyst (I think it was Chris Wallace). His performance was magnificent. But while she has been VERY unimpressive throughout, the other GOP senators have utterly failed to make their points or issue their questions in concise, memorable, understandable ways. I missed Orrin Hatch, but heard that his performance was only so-so. Sen. Grassley, bless his heart, did not adequately explain her awful property rights decision in Didden v. Port Chester and let her get away with the dodge that it was just a...
  • Senator blocked by bias claims now raises them

    07/14/2009 3:34:09 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 10 replies · 685+ views
    Ap via ^ | 7.14.2009 | Laurie Kellman
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Republican equating Sonia Sotomayor's supposed empathy with racial bias, was blocked from the federal bench himself two decades ago for making insensitive remarks about the Ku Klux Klan and the NAACP. The third-term Alabama senator, this week at least, is the face of a party without a clear leader. His role strikes some as hypocritical. But arguably, no one knows more intimately what a political minefield race has been for the GOP. ~SNIP~Sessions is the personification of a party with an overwhelmingly white, Southern, religious membership.
  • LIVE THREAD- Senate hearings for Judge Sotomayor- Day 2

    07/14/2009 6:39:35 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 647 replies · 23,385+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 12 June, 2009
    Supreme Court nominee faces tough questioning from Republican senators about her ability to judge fairly
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions Grills Sotomayor at Confirmation Hearing - Complete Video 7/14/09

    07/14/2009 8:49:27 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 10 replies · 709+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 14, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from this morning of Sen. Jeff Sessions grilling Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor on the second day of her confirmation hearing. Sessions held nothing back, pointedly challenging Sotomayor on her "wise Latina" remark, as well as her ruling on a lower court in favor of the city of New Haven, Connecticut against white firefighters who were discriminated against in a test for promotions (Ricci Case). Sessions would not let Sotomayor off the hook, eventually getting her to admit that her "wise Latina" remark was "a bad word choice." . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Sotomayor: "Experiences" Remark Was "Rhetorial Flourish That Fell Flat"

    07/14/2009 7:37:57 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 41 replies · 1,173+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 14, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    While explaining her "personal experiences" comment, Judge Sonia Sotomayor admitted it was a "rhetorical flourish" that fell flat. "It was clearly not what I intended [to say]," Sotomayor concluded.
  • At Sonia Sotomayor hearing, Republicans are surprisingly tough

    07/13/2009 11:54:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies · 2,499+ views
    Politico ^ | July 13, 2009 | Josh Gerstein
    Senate Republicans mounted a surprisingly tough attack to open Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing Monday, with Sen. Jeff Sessions calling her belief in the importance of a judge’s personal background “shocking and offensive to me.” “I will not vote for—no senator should vote for—an individual nominated by any president who believes it is acceptable for a judge to allow their own personal background, gender, prejudices, or sympathies to sway their decision in favor of, or against, parties before the court,” said Session (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. While some had expected Republican senators to...
  • GOP Looks for at Least 20 'No' Votes

    07/13/2009 11:34:55 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 83 replies · 2,525+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/13/09 | Naftali Bendavid
    WASHINGTON -- Opponents of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court suggested they would consider it a victory if more than half of the Senate's 40 Republicans voted against her in this week's confirmation hearing, as the GOP grapples with how aggressively to challenge the nominee. Many Republicans said they viewed 23 "no" votes as a benchmark, because that would be one more than Chief Justice John Roberts received in 2005 and would reflect a significant protest vote. Others said that if the Senate GOP were to split roughly in half, that would signal support to conservatives who oppose...
  • The Sotomayor Confirmation

    07/13/2009 10:51:51 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 426+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-13-09 | Curt
    So the Sotomayor confirmation hearings begin and we now get to see if the Republicans will just roll over and wag their tail, as they have proven to do over the years, or actually grow a pair and take her and her racist beliefs head on. Technically it won't matter, since she has the votes anyway, but during the tenor of the last Democrat President we got Ginsburg and Breyer. Two horrible, ultra-liberal, justices and how many Republicans voted no on them? 3 and 9 respectively. With Sotomayor there is no reason for any Republican to vote yes on someone...
  • Sessions Concerned with Obama's "Empathy Standard" for Supreme Court

    07/12/2009 11:06:57 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 6 replies · 652+ views
    YouTube ^ | July 7, '09
    President Obama has said "empathy" should be a criterion for appointing a Supreme Court justice. But it's specious legal reasoning and interjects all sorts of personal and "fuzzy" subjective notions into what should be an objective intellectual process of determining what the Constitution actually says and means. Sonia Sotomayor is a good example of an "empathy" candidate.
  • NAACP Issues Warning to Sen. Jeff Sessions on Eve of Sotomayor Hearings - Video

    07/13/2009 5:05:34 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 26 replies · 1,097+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 13, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from the NAACP Convention this weekend where they issued a warning to Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions that he should "tone down his rhetoric" about Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor, whose confirmation hearings begin today. Sessions is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and will have opportunity to question Sotomayor. The NAACP essentially told Sessions "we are watching you," and are seeking to cow him into silence. It won't work. Jeff Sessions is a man of tremendous character and integrity. He won't be intimidated by the radical NAACP, an organization with a proud history, but one that...
  • *Live Thread - Sessions and Schumer differ on Sotomayor style

    07/13/2009 4:39:03 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 504 replies · 16,008+ views
    ap/yahoo news ^ | 7-13-09 | Mark Sherman
    The leading Judiciary Committee Republican is charging that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is "out of the mainstream" of legal thinking and has a very activist judicial profile. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama made the assertion just hours before Sotomayor, who would be the third woman to join the court, was to face her initial confirmation hearing.
  • Sen. JEFF SESSIONS: Justice should be blind, not empathetic

    07/12/2009 3:07:28 PM PDT · by kellynla · 8 replies · 450+ views | July 12, 2009 | Sen. JEFF SESSIONS, R-Alabama
    Cannot post. Here is the link
  • Sessions: Sotomayor Must Show She Can Be Neutral

    07/12/2009 2:41:12 PM PDT · by kellynla · 22 replies · 544+ views
    newsmax.coim ^ | July 12, 2009 11:25 AM | staff
    The senior Republican senator who will question Sonia Sotomayor says the Supreme Court nominee must demonstrate she will not show bias on the bench. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions tells CBS's "Face the Nation" that in speeches over the past 10 years, Sotomayor has said repeatedly that personal experiences influence a judge's decisions. Sessions says Sotomayor has criticized the idea that a woman and a man would reach the same result. That point of view, according to Sessions, reflects a philosophy that is incompatible with the American system. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, says...
  • GOP: Sotomayor Approval Not Guaranteed

    07/10/2009 9:52:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies · 700+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 10th 2009
    GOP: Sotomayor approval not guaranteed By Tom LoBianco July 10, 2009 The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican cautioned Friday that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation is not a "foregone conclusion" amid what he said was growing concern from moderate to conservative Senate Democrats. Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican who is his party's point man in the confirmation of President Obama's first Supreme Court pick, said that the Democrats' large majority in the Senate does not guarantee every member of their caucus will vote for the nominee. Mr. Sessions said he had heard some Democrats question the judge's stand...
  • Cong. Report Says Government Caused Financial Crisis; Sessions' Questions on Sotomayor

    07/08/2009 4:20:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,012+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 07/08/2009 | Connie Hair
    In a stunning report (pdf) released yesterday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the current financial crisis was traced back to government intervention in the U.S. housing market. Yes, you read that right. The report issued by the Republican minority didn’t disclose the names of the culprit individuals, but it sure pointed a lot of fingers at organizations, politicians, lobbyists and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. According to the report, government intervention “created ‘affordable’ but dangerous lending policies which encouraged lower down payments, looser underwriting standards and higher leverage. Finally, government intervention created a nexus of vested interests --...
  • Cong. Report Says Government Caused Financial Crisis

    07/08/2009 8:39:02 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 24 replies · 2,124+ views ^ | 7/8/2009 | Connie Hair
    In a stunning report (pdf) released yesterday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the current financial crisis was traced back to government intervention in the U.S. housing market.  Yes, you read that right.   The report issued by the Republican minority didn’t disclose the names of the culprit individuals, but it sure pointed a lot of fingers at organizations, politicians, lobbyists and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. According to the report, government intervention “created ‘affordable’ but dangerous lending policies which encouraged lower down payments, looser underwriting standards and higher leverage.  Finally, government intervention created a nexus of vested interests...
  • Republicans Respond to Ricci Decision

    06/30/2009 11:41:42 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 16 replies · 1,473+ views ^ | 6/30/2009 | Connie Hair
    The United States Supreme Court on Monday overturned the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Ricci v. DeStefano case raising further concerns over Judge Sonya Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination. Many have raised serious concerns over the way she handled the case, including fellow 2nd Circuit Court Judge Jose Cabranes, a Clinton appointee and the Obama Justice Department which filed a brief arguing that Sotomayor’s panel had incorrectly dismissed the case. In the Ricci case, Sotomayor held that a group of white firefighters had not been subjected to discrimination when they were not promoted even though they had the...
  • White House Hosts Bipartisan Immigration Talks [McCain attending, but doesn't want to lead]

    06/24/2009 8:39:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 699+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2009-06-24 | Jonathan Weisman
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will meet Thursday with a bipartisan, politically diverse group of lawmakers to begin discussing a rewrite of U.S. immigration laws. But the effort faces stiff headwinds: a Washington agenda already packed with other priorities; a recession making Americans nervous about the job market; and the sidelining of the most vocal champions of an immigration overhaul. "Greater presidential leadership is going to be needed," said Clarissa Martinez, director of immigration policy at the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino advocacy group. "It's an absolute necessity." The White House meeting will bring together lawmakers who...
  • Sessions (R-AL) Threatens To Delay Sotomayor Confirmation

    06/19/2009 11:39:02 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 761+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 19, 2009 | Kris Alingod
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the top Republican in the Judiciary Committee, has threatened to delay hearings to confirm Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the first Supreme Court nominee of the Obama administration. He says a Hispanic advocacy group, which conservatives accuse of being "radical," has not provided documents about the judge's membership to the organization.Sessions has told Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Judiciary panel, that he might call for a postponement of the hearings because the committee has not received important records, according to the Hill. The missing documents include those pertaining to...
  • Sarah Palin backs out of fundraising dinner -- again

    06/07/2009 5:34:32 PM PDT · by redk · 178 replies · 6,053+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/7/09 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    Sarah Palin’s on-again, off-again appearance at Monday night’s gala GOP fundraising dinner is off — again. After being invited — for a second time — to speak to the annual joint fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Palin was told abruptly Saturday night that she would not be allowed to address the thousands of Republicans there after all. The Alaska governor may now skip the dinner altogether, and her allies are miffed at what they see as a slight from the congressional wing of the Republican Party.
  • Sessions Escalates Criticism of Obama's Criteria for Picking Judges

    06/06/2009 7:04:40 AM PDT · by subaru · 76 replies · 4,830+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | June 6, 2009 | Mary Orndorff
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, in the Republican Party's weekly message, said today that confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will be respectful, but he also warned that any evidence her personal history would shape her decision-making will be challenged forcefully. "Although we sometimes take our heritage of neutral and independent judiciary for granted, the truth is, this great tradition is under attack. And the American people are rightly concerned," Sessions said in the GOP address distributed nationally as a counterpoint to President Barack Obama's weekly address. ... In his remarks, Sessions maintained his cordial approach to...
  • Key senator knows what it's like to be called 'racist' (Sessions - Sotomayor)

    06/05/2009 7:50:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 736+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/5/2009 | Dana Bash
    When greeting Judge Sonia Sotomayor this week, Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama made sure to tell her something loud enough for the assembled reporters to hear. "You will get a fair hearing before this committee," Sessions told President Obama's Supreme Court nominee with emphatic gestures and tone. That greeting wasn't just pleasantries. It was a promise born out of his own experience. President Reagan nominated Sessions to be a federal judge, but the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected him 23 years ago this week. He is now the top Republican on that panel. "That is a very odd thing," Sessions...
  • GOP Moves to Tone Down Criticism of Sotomayor

    05/29/2009 4:42:37 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 66 replies · 1,967+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, May 29, 2009; 2:31 PM | By Dan Eggen, Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane
    Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are rushing to contain racially tinged rhetoric in the debate over President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, fearing that attacks emanating from some conservatives opposed to appellate court Judge Sonia Sotomayor could damage GOP prospects among women and the rapidly growing Hispanic population. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said today he was "uneasy" over allegations by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and talk-show host Rush Limbaugh that Sotomayor is racist. Sessions, who lost a 1986 bid for a federal judgeship amid concerns over his own racial sensitivity, said Republicans...
  • Sessions: Sotomayor filibuster not "in the works"

    05/27/2009 9:08:35 AM PDT · by bdeaner · 212 replies · 8,171+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/27/09 | Glenn Thrush
    Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, is saying for the first time that he thinks the GOP won't push for a filibuster on Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to succeed David Souter on the Supreme Court. "The nominee has serious problems," Sessions said on CNN Wednesday morning. "But I would think that we would all have a good hearing, take our time and do it right. And then the senators cast their vote up or down based on whether or not they think this is the kind of judge that should be on the court. ... I...
  • The Right Person for the High Court

    05/13/2009 9:02:38 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 3 replies · 508+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/13/2009 | Senator Jeff Sessions
    If President Obama nominates to the Supreme Court a highly qualified individual with a distinguished record that demonstrates judicial restraint, integrity and a commitment to the rule of law, his nominee will be welcomed in the Senate and by the American people.But if the president nominates an individual who will allow personal preferences and political views to corrupt his or her decision making, he will put before the public a central question: Are we willing to trade America's heritage of a fair and neutral judiciary -- anchored in the rule of written law that applies equally to all people --...
  • Sessions: 'I can vote for a gay nominee' (more political correctness)

    05/12/2009 6:47:03 AM PDT · by yoe · 41 replies · 1,358+ views
    Politico ^ | May 11, 2009 | MANU RAJU
    Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Monday he had no problem supporting an openly gay nominee to the Supreme Court. “I can vote for a gay nominee – we’ll just have to see,” Sessions (R-Ala.) told reporters Monday afternoon. “That’s just not the test really; the thing that I’m concerned about is high legal quality.” Sessions’ comments were the most explicit to date on the subject of whether he could support a gay nominee. Sessions, whom the GOP has tapped as their primary voice on the Supreme Court nomination, also wouldn’t say whether a nominee’s...
  • Rep. Pete Sessions accuses Obama of deliberately driving stock market down

    05/11/2009 6:11:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 1,644+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Monday, May 11, 2009 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas, a member of the House Republican leadership, is accusing President Barack Obama of intentionally driving up unemployment and dampening stock prices in a bid to consolidate power. Sessions told The New York Times that the administration intends to “diminish employment and diminish stock prices” as part of a “divide and conquer” strategy. And he asserted that the Obama agenda is “intended to inflict damage and hardship on the free enterprise system, if not to kill it.” White House aides declined to comment. Other Democrats denounced Sessions for accusing the president of economic sabotage. Rep....
  • Top Religious Right Group: We Won't Oppose Gay SCOTUS Pick

    05/08/2009 3:49:08 AM PDT · by steve-b · 25 replies · 2,112+ views
    WhoRunsGov ^ | 5/7/09 | Greg Sargent
    In a move that will surprise gay activists and liberals, a spokesperson for Focus on the Family, a top religious right group, tells me that his organization has no problem with GOP Senator Jeff Sessions' claim today that he's open to a Supreme Court nominee with "gay tendencies." The spokesperson confirms the group won't oppose a gay SCOTUS nominee over sexual orientation. "We agree with Senator Sessions," Bruce Hausknecht, a spokesperson for Focus on the Family, which was founded by top religious right figure James Dobson, told me a few minutes ago. "The issue is not their sexual orientation. It's...
  • Sessions Not Necessarily Opposed To Gay Supreme Court Justice

    05/08/2009 12:04:12 AM PDT · by balch3 · 41 replies · 2,140+ views
    CBS ^ | May 6, 2009 | Igor Kosof
    Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the key Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says that he could support a gay Supreme Court justice, The Hill reports. “I’m not inclined to think that’s an automatic disqualification,” Session said of the prospect of a gay justice. Gay rights groups have called on President Obama to install an openly gay justice. “I may disagree with some legal opinion on those issues, but I think fundamentally it will be up to the president to submit somebody who would unite the country and would be a clear statement of a mainstream judge who commits himself to...
  • Politico Dredges Up 26-Year-Old Story for Hit Piece on Sen. Sessions; Uses Liberal Talking Points

    05/06/2009 10:12:43 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 30 replies · 1,853+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 6, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Now that Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. has been named the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, some on the far-left are gunning for Alabama's junior senator. The battle is happening as President Barack Obama is on the verge of naming an appointee to the Supreme Court to fill void of Justice David Souter.Some of the left-wing points that suggest Sessions has racist tendencies were incorporated into a May 6 Politico story by John Bresnahan and Manu Raju. "By elevating Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to their top spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republicans have selected their chief inquisitor for...
  • Jeff Sessions's Chequered Past

    05/05/2009 4:49:59 PM PDT · by steve-b · 58 replies · 2,570+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 5/5/09 | Sarah Wildman
    Last week, after Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter switched his party affiliation from red to blue, Alabama senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III seemed all but assured to replace him as leader of the Republican bloc on the Senate judiciary committee. And thus an uncomfortable light shined once again on a man plainly hidden in the ranks of the Senate for a dozen years now. A man known to be one of the most consistently conservative legislators on Capitol Hill. A man noted for his obstructionist tendencies. A man with a chequered history linked to America's racist past. A man, who has...
  • Sessions will grill Obama court picks — for now

    05/05/2009 6:23:20 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 5 replies · 599+ views
    Examiner ^ | 5/5/09 | Susan Ferrechio
    With the hearings for President Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee looming, Senate Republican leaders have tapped tried-and-true conservative Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as the new ranking member on the Judiciary Committee — but only for two years. In a deal aimed at preserving the Senate’s long-used seniority system, Sessions will step aside in 2011 for Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who some conservatives say may not be tough enough on the liberal views of some judicial nominees. Republicans have been debating who should replace Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who was the panel’s ranking member but switched to the Democratic Party...
  • Sessions to take over top GOP slot on Judiciary

    05/04/2009 7:58:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies · 1,653+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2009 | Reid Wilson
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will take over the ranking member position on the Senate Judiciary Committee after striking a deal with his more senior colleagues over the weekend, sources confirm to The Hill. Sessions and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) reached the deal that will allow the Alabama Republican to take over for Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), whose departure from the GOP last week left the committee without a ranking member. Under terms of the deal, Sessions will serve as ranking member until the 112th Congress, when he will take over the ranking member post on the Senate Budget Committee. Current...
  • All Eyes on Grassley for Judiciary Republicans’ Post-Specter Shuffle

    05/02/2009 5:31:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies · 948+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | May 1, 2009 | Kathleen Hunter and Bart Jansen
    As Senate Republicans scramble to determine who will succeed Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Charles E. Grassley , R-Iowa, has some decisions to make — and perhaps even some favors to call in. In the coming days, panel Republicans must decide who will be ranking member for the rest of the 111th Congress. In the end, they may have to choose whether to install a conservative hard-liner — Alabama’s Jeff Sessions — now or preserve a spot for a more moderate “Old Bull” — Grassley — in the 112th Congress. For the various factions...
  • Palin to headline Washington D.C. fundraiser

    03/16/2009 12:17:36 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 36 replies · 1,787+ views
    ADN ^ | March 16, 2009 | Erika Bolstad
    Looks like Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will continue to have a future as a Republican fundraiser. Palin will deliver the keynote address at the June 8 Senate-House Dinner in Washington D.C. The annual dinner is a fundraiser for the Republican Party's congressional re-election efforts. Here's a statement from the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas: "Governor Palin has quickly emerged as one of the most popular and recognizable faces in the Republican Party, and we are honored to have her deliver the keynote address at the Senate-House dinner. As a proven leader in her home...
  • Sen. Reid Threatens to Block E-Verify Vote!

    03/10/2009 12:13:06 PM PDT · by ttjemery · 28 replies · 1,843+ views
    Last Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promised to allow a vote on Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-AL) amendment to the Omnibus Appropriations bill. However, today, reports surfaced that Sen. Reid may break his promise and block a vote on Sessions' amendment to fully reauthorize E-Verify for the next five years. There is no good reason why the Senate should not reauthorize this non-controversial program. E-Verify will help to deter illegal aliens from taking American jobs. A vote for cloture before a vote is allowed on the Sessions Amendment is irresponsible and would do a great disservice to millions of...
  • Sessions Pledges to Lead Filibuster Against Fairness Doctrine on Mark Levin's Show

    02/11/2009 3:59:22 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 17 replies · 841+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | February 11, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    There's been a lot of news about Democratic senators supporting the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine. Last week Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said it was "absolutely time to pass a standard." Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, came out with a similar message, saying, "We need the Fairness Doctrine back." However, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is serving as the voice of sanity in the debate and has pledged to lead a filibuster in the U.S. Senate against any attempt to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine. He appeared in an interview on Mark Levin's Feb. 11 radio show. "Let me ask you this Sen....
  • Jeff Sessions Shows Hypocrisy On Spending

    02/01/2009 9:32:25 AM PST · by wartman · 41 replies · 861+ views ^ | 02/01/2009 | Jeff Wartman
    Jeff Sessions, appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, attempted to explain his opposition to the Obama stimulus plan by stating that, “I don’t think we need to saddle future generations with 1.2 trillion of debt.” He’s right. It’s wrong to saddle future generations with huge amounts of debt. Yet it was Senator Jeff Sessions who was giving a rubber stamp to the Bush spending bills that added over 5 trillion dollars to the national debt. Where was Senator Sessions’ outrage when this runway spending was occuring under the Great Spender, George W. Bush? I’ll wait, but I won’t...
  • Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions among GOP senators fighting stimulus package

    01/31/2009 9:31:59 AM PST · by AuntB · 24 replies · 926+ views
    The Birmingham news ^ | Jan. 30, 2009 | MARY ORNDORFF
    Says `financial soul' of U.S. imperiled as Senate vote nears WASHINGTON - Eleven Republican senators, including Jeff Sessions of Alabama, on Thursday announced their opposition to the economic stimulus package coming up for debate next week. The strong showing among conservatives is a signal that President Barack Obama's stated desire for a spending and tax-cut package with bipartisan support is in jeopardy. The House passed its $819 billion version without a single GOP vote. But Sessions and his colleagues said their objections were based not on party, but principle. "We're talking about the largest spending bill in the history of...
  • Senate Republicans May Use Filibuster to Block Stimulus

    01/30/2009 4:15:52 AM PST · by Man50D · 98 replies · 2,111+ views ^ | January 30, 2009 | Josiah Ryan
    Republican senators who oppose the $819 billion economic stimulus plan passed in the House Wednesday declined to say whether they personally would lead a filibuster to try to stop the legislation in the Senate. But they said a filibuster is an option and they are developing a strategy to stop the bill. The House bill passed 244 to 188. No Republicans voted for the legislation and 11 Democrats also opposed it. As this story went to press, GOP senators indicated they were working on a coordinated plan with Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and that a filibuster is a...
  • Video: Sen. Session On Why He Will Vote Against Geithner

    01/26/2009 3:36:29 PM PST · by careyb · 5 replies · 418+ views
    Jeff Sessions ^ | 1/26/09 | Sessions
    Right here.
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions Reveals Eric Holder's Views on 'Media' and 'Balance' at Confirmation Hearings

    01/16/2009 9:55:49 AM PST · by paltz · 11 replies · 1,074+ views
    Newsbusers ^ | 1/16/09 | Kerry Picket
    When the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Eric Holder, the media ignored his personal ideological activism. NewBusters Tim Graham recently wrote about how differently the media treated John Ashcroft’s confirmation as opposed to Holder's. Silence and the media are going hand in hand with the Holder confirmation. The mainstream media is not going after Holder in regards to his involvement with the Marc Rich and FALN pardons, for example. The mainstream media also claimed that Ashcroft would put ideology over his duties at the Department of Justice. Here are some clips from columnists at a PBS Online Newshour segment during Ashcroft’s...
  • GOP Senators Write Bush To Oppose Using TARP Funds For Auto Bailout [DeMint, Sessions, et al.]

    12/16/2008 10:53:10 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 680+ views
    CBS - Political Hotsheet ^ | 2008-12-16 | Scott Conroy
    Seven Republican senators signed a letter sent to President Bush on Tuesday, urging him not to use Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds in a bailout of U.S. automakers. The senators wrote that absent restructuring, they "do not believe any amount of money will succeed in saving these companies." The letter was sent by Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), John Ensign (R-Nevada), Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia).
  • What's Next For Sen. John McCain? [single-handedly destroying the GOP?]

    11/27/2008 8:37:55 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 152 replies · 4,058+ views
    NPR ^ | 2008-11-26 | David Welna
    Sen. John McCain avoided reporters during the lame-duck session of Congress last week. But Tuesday, shortly after President-elect Obama had his own news conference about the economy, McCain broke his silence by speaking with reporters in Phoenix. This came after the two former contenders met last week, and Tuesday, McCain continued to make nice. When asked what advice he had for right-wing supporters who say the prospect of an Obama presidency terrifies them, he was categorical. "Respect this landmark election, respect the fact America faces great challenges, and Americans expect us to work together. That does not mean we won't...
  • Pete Sessions(TX) wins leadership role in GOP campaign efforts (New NRCC Chairman)

    11/19/2008 3:11:36 PM PST · by flattorney · 12 replies · 859+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | November 19, 2008 | Todd Gillman
    House Republicans installed Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions at the helm of their campaign arm (National Republican Congressional Committee) this afternoon, betting he can round up the cash and candidates they’ll need to climb out of a deepening hole in the next elections. That makes a pair of Texans responsible for GOP efforts to boost their ranks in both the House and Senate. On Tuesday, Sen. John Cornyn won the chairmanship of the Senate GOP campaign committee (National Republican Senatorial Committee - FR Thread) a coincidence that reflects Texas’ status as a mother lode of Republican votes and donors, an increasing...
  • Pete Sessions elected GOP congressional campaign leader

    11/20/2008 1:22:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 730+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Thu, Nov. 20, 2008 | MARIA RECIO
    House Republicans, still reeling from their Nov. 4 election losses, elected a mix of old and new leaders Wednesday, including Pete Sessions of Dallas as the party’s new congressional campaign chief. Other Texans were also seeking leadership posts. Michael Burgess of Lewisville lost a long-shot race as policy chairman to Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, and John Carter of Round Rock was unopposed for another term as conference secretary. House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio was re-elected despite a last-minute challenge by Dan Lungren of California, and Eric Cantor of Virginia moved up to be Republican whip after longtime GOP...
  • Sen. Sessions’ letter to President Bush: Wake up!

    11/18/2008 1:48:46 PM PST · by chasio649 · 47 replies · 1,877+ views ^ | 11/18/08 | Michelle Malkin
    One of my favorite conservative heroes in the Senate, GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, tries to rouse lame duck President Bush from his stupor and urges him to exercise his constitutional duties. It’s an exercise in futility, but a good try nonetheless. November 14, 2008 The Honorable George W. Bush President of the United States The White House Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Bush: I am deeply concerned that the execution of your economic stabilization plan by Secretary Paulson represents an unprecedented governmental intervention in the economy that threatens our nation’s long heritage of limited government and commitment to the free...
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions takes his bailout concerns to Bush

    11/15/2008 9:11:46 PM PST · by Debster · 24 replies · 1,351+ views
    The Birmingham News via AL.Com ^ | Saturday, November 15, 2008 | Mart Orndorff
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration misled Congress about how it would spend the $700 billion allocated for the financial industry rescue, Sen. Jeff Sessions alleged in a heated letter to the White House on Friday.
  • More Sessions Needed

    11/13/2008 8:22:03 AM PST · by vietvet67 · 13 replies · 1,004+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 11.13.08 | Quin Hillyer
    The United States needs more senators like Alabama's Jeff Sessions. The Republican Party needs to recruit more senatorial candidates who have that potential. And the conservative movement ought to prod the Republican Party, sooner rather than later, to do so. First things first: Senator Sessions won election last week to a third term by a landslide margin, with 63 percent of the vote. He outpolled ticket-header John McCain in both percentage of the vote and in raw votes, even though far more votes were cast in the presidential contest than in the Senate one. He did so even though what...
  • Sen. Sessions: 'Secretary Paulson thinks he’s an investment banker instead of Secretary of Treasury'

    11/11/2008 11:03:09 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 20 replies · 348+ views ^ | November 11, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    Politicians and experts who think aggressive government intervention in the U.S. economy is a dangerous path to travel aren’t heard very often in the media. But one of those voices did get a platform on CNBC’s Nov. 11 “Squawk Box.” Recently reelected Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., criticized Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s handling of the $700 billion financial bailout and warned against passing another multi-billion-dollar bailout of the U.S. auto industry. “Secretary Paulson thinks he’s an investment banker instead of Secretary of Treasury,” Sessions said on the financial network. “He’s allocating taxpayers’ money right and left without any control. Am I...