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  • Senate Leaders Agree on Possible Path to Reopening Government

    01/22/2019 3:34:58 PM PST · by Mariner · 65 replies
    National Review via Yahoo ^ | January 22nd, 2019 | Mairead McArdle
    Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Chuck Schumer have agreed to a deal that could end the partial government shutdown, which entered its 32nd day Tuesday. Under the deal, the Senate will vote Thursday on two bills intended to end the shutdown. One bill includes President Trump’s request for $5.7 billion to construct a wall at the southern border, and one would fund the government entities affected by the shutdown through February 8, kicking the fight down the road until then. “People are saying isn’t there a way out of this mess, isn’t there a way to relieve...
  • McConnell's Valiant Role in President Trump’s Legacy of Reforming the Courts

    01/21/2019 2:38:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2019 | Marjorie Dannenfelser
    Recently, President Trump announced his 19th (yes, nineteenth) round of judicial nominees. The president has not only had two outstanding Supreme Court justices successfully confirmed, fulfilling a key campaign promise, but also has appointed a record number of lower federal court judges. With a new majority in the Senate, these well-qualified nominees should not have trouble being confirmed. It’s impossible to imagine victories like these without the vision and courage of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was not only a great loss, it was a moment of turmoil for our nation that tested the resolve of...
  • Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell must end the shutdown now!

    01/20/2019 6:10:06 PM PST · by mdittmar · 57 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | January 16,2019 | Lily Eskelsen García
    When I taught U.S. History to my sixth graders and we discussed the founding of our country, I’m fairly certain I mentioned to these 12-year-olds that it was a pretty big deal at the time that we decided we would have no king.We’d have three co-equal branches of government. Legislative to make the laws. Judicial to interpret the laws.  Executive to enforce the laws. It was on the final test. All my elementary students passed it. It’s a test the Senate is failing.Senate leadership under Mitch McConnell would have us re-teach our students that there are actually only two branches of government left.  Senator McConnell has...
  • McConnell to call for vote on Trump’s protection of ‘Dreamers’

    01/20/2019 3:57:18 PM PST · by conservative98 · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 20, 2019 | Mark Moore
    “The legislation that the majority leader will bring to the floor this week would both reopen the remaining portions of the government, fund disaster relief, fund border security and address immigration issues that both Republicans and Democrats would like to address — all in one bill,” Don Stewart, McConnell’s deputy chief of staff, told the New York Times in an interview. McConnell aims to put pressure on Democrats who have said they will not negotiate with Trump on his wall until the government reopens. Stewart said the legislative package would include seven appropriation bills that would fund agencies that have...
  • McConnell: Senate will vote next week on Trump plan.....

    01/19/2019 10:58:00 PM PST · by caww · 24 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 1/20/2019 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will take up legislation next week incorporating the deal President Trump outlined in a Saturday afternoon address . The Republican’s move to bring the deal up for a vote will put political pressure on Democrats in both chambers, who through their leaders publicly rejected Trump’s proposal Saturday afternoon. It would take 60 votes to advance the measure in the Senate, which means Republicans will need the support of seven Democrats to pass the measure, assuming no GOP lawmakers vote against it. McConnell said in a statement after Trump’s announcement. “With bipartisan cooperation, the...
  • McConnell: The President Stepped Up with Bold Plan to Re-Open Government, Fund Border Security

    01/19/2019 1:41:17 PM PST · by conservative98 · 109 replies
    Mitch McConell ^ | 1/19/2019 | Mitch McConell
    McConnell: The President Stepped Up with Bold Plan to Re-Open Government, Fund Border Security ‘Everyone has made their point—now it’s time to make a law. I intend to move to this legislation this week. With bipartisan cooperation, the Senate can send a bill to the House quickly so that they can take action as well. The situation for furloughed employees isn’t getting any brighter and the crisis at the border isn’t improved by show votes. But the President’s plan is a path toward addressing both issues quickly.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following...
  • Senate 'skinny repeal' of Obamacare falls apart on Senate floor after McCain defects

    07/28/2017 2:30:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 28, 2017 | Liz Goodwin and Andrew Bahl
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bid to pass a stripped down repeal of Obamacare on a party-line vote failed dramatically in the early hours of Friday when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., joined two other Republican holdouts and all the Democrats to vote against the measure.
  • Senate passes bill guaranteeing back pay for workers after shutdown ends

    01/10/2019 7:45:13 PM PST · by conservative98 · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 10, 2019 7:09 PM | Laura Italiano
    The Senate had good news and bad news for the 800,000 federal employees who won’t get paychecks on Friday because of the partial government shutdown: Yes, they will be paid, but no, not until there’s a deal to restore funding. The mixed news came Thursday afternoon, when senators voted unanimously to authorize the eventual post-shutdown funding of back pay. Once the House passes its own bill, President Trump will sign it, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in calling the measure to a voice vote. “I had an opportunity to talk to President Trump a few moments ago, and wanted...
  • McConnell blocks Democrat House bills to reopen govt (hoists Schumer on his own petard)

    01/10/2019 4:26:14 PM PST · by Liz · 23 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/10/19 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Rep-Ky.) on Thursday blocked two House-passed funding bills that would reopen the federal government. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), surrounded by roughly two dozen of their Senate Democratic colleagues, tried to get consent to bring up a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through Feb. 8, as well as a separate package that would fund the remaining agencies without current-year appropriations through Sept. 30. But McConnell objected, arguing they would be "show votes" and saying that he and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made an "explicit commitment"...
  • Democrats shut down the Senate

    01/10/2019 2:19:04 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 39 replies
    Senate Democrats on Thursday began a “blockade” of all legislation after Senate Republicans refused to consider two House-passed bills that would fund partially shut down government agencies without money for a border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Thursday morning blocked the two bills that were introduced by the two Democratic senators from Maryland, where thousands of federal government workers reside. Democrats made it clear afterward that they wouldn't agree to take up any bills other than those to reopen the government. “It’s my commitment to my federal workers and our country that the first order of business...
  • Democrats shut down the Senate

    01/10/2019 1:34:23 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 87 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 10, 2019 | by Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Democrats on Thursday began a “blockade” of all legislation after Senate Republicans refused to consider two House-passed bills that would fund partially shut down government agencies without money for a border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Thursday morning blocked the two bills that were introduced by the two Democratic senators from Maryland, where thousands of federal government workers reside. Democrats made it clear afterward that they wouldn't agree to take up any bills other than those to reopen the government. “It’s my commitment to my federal workers and our country that the first order of business...
  • Chuck Schumer moves to block pro-Israel bill to protest shutdown

    01/07/2019 6:07:00 PM PST · by SJackson · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 07, 2019 | Susan Ferrechio
    The Senate late Tuesday will hold a procedural vote on a bill that supports Israel by allowing state and local governments to divest from entities that boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel because of its occupation of the West Bank. The provision is part of legislation numbered “S.1” that was to be the very first bill senators debate in the 116th Congress. In addition to the BDS language, it includes several Middle East security provisions such as new authorities for sanctioning Bashar Assad's regime in Syria and reauthorization of security assistance to Israel. But Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ben Cardin,...
  • Liz Cheney fires back at Christian Bale: 'Satan probably inspired' 2008 arrest

    01/07/2019 5:42:19 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 7, 2019 | Judy Kutz
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is firing back at Christian Bale after the actor said during a Golden Globes acceptance speech that Satan inspired him when he played her father, Dick Cheney. While accepting an award in the “Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy” category late Sunday, the “Vice” star said to laughs from the crowd, “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.” A chuckling Bale also blasted Dick Cheney and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as “charisma-free [expletive]” during his fiery remarks. After the awards ceremony, Liz Cheney, 52,...
  • Gallup: Pelosi 38% Favorable, 48% Unfavorable

    01/03/2019 10:38:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 3, 2019 | 10:58 AM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    As the new 116th Congress is sworn in today, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — who likely will be elected Speaker of the House by her colleagues — is viewed favorably by 38% of Americans and unfavorably by 48% of Americans, according to a recent Gallup survey. For comparison, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is viewed favorably by 30% of Americans and unfavorably by 48% of Americans. Congress overall — House and Senate — has an approval rating of 18% and a disapproval rating of 75%, according to Gallup. In the survey, Gallup asked Americans’ views of U.S. congressional leaders....
  • Goodlatte and Gowdy Send Letter Outlining Joint Investigation

    12/29/2018 7:17:46 PM PST · by bitt · 73 replies
    WASHINGTON, DC – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker outlining the Committees’ joint investigation into decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017. The letter sent to Majority Leader McConnell, Mr. Horowitz, and Mr. Whitaker can be found HERE.
  • Mueller 'must be trusted' say GOP taskforce leaders in ending investigation into DOJ

    12/28/2018 10:31:20 PM PST · by seacapn · 70 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 28, 2018 06:32 PM | Daniel Chaitin
    Two top Republican chairmen stressed Friday that the final report from special counsel Robert Mueller "must be trusted by Americans." In closing out their joint committee investigation into decisions made by the Justice Department, Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., took a shot at their Democratic counterparts for playing up concerns that their probe was a campaign to undermine Mueller. "Contrary to Democrat and media claims, there has been no effort to discredit the work of the Special Counsel," Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., acting Attorney...
  • McConnell: The Senate Will Reconvene on Thursday, December 27th

    12/22/2018 8:27:09 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Dec 2018569 | Ian Hanchett
    While speaking on the Senate floor on Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that the Senate will reconvene for its next scheduled session on Thursday, December 27th. McConnell said, “So, Mr. President, here’s where we are. The Senate will next meet for a pro forma session on Monday, that’s the 24th. The next scheduled session will be on the 27th of December.” He added that he is pleased that “productive discussions are continuing.” McConnell continued that there will be no votes on funding the government until a deal is reached that will pass the House and the Senate...
  • Mitch McConnell Rejects Trump Call for ‘Nuclear Option’ to Fund the Wall

    12/21/2018 10:07:28 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 161 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Dec 2018 | by Sean Moran
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rejected President Donald Trump’s call to partially fund the border wall with a simple majority vote on Friday, suggesting not enough Senate Republicans support the measure. President Trump called on McConnell to use the “nuclear option,” or switch to a simple majority vote in the Senate, to pass the continuing resolution (CR) that would partially fund the border wall...
  • The last lines of defense against Trump

    12/23/2018 2:19:50 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | December 22 at 3:25 PM | Editorial Board
    MANY PEOPLE who viewed Donald Trump as unprepared and temperamentally ill-suited to be president initially reassured themselves that a sober-minded Republican majority in Congress would restrain him. Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s (R-Wis.) pitiable farewell this week spotlighted the emptiness of those hopes. Mr. Ryan allowed the president and his allies to corrupt the House Intelligence Committee and treat federal law enforcement as an enemy. Like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and most other ostensible GOP leaders, Mr. Ryan abetted the president as he sought, fruitlessly, to use fear and bigotry to preserve the House Republican majority in the 2018...
  • ‘Huge Win’ for Trump, Conservatives: First Step Act Follows Red State Successes

    12/23/2018 3:59:34 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 19 replies
    Western Journal ^ | December 23, 2018 | John G. Malcom and John-Michael Seibler
    President Donald Trump and conservatives in Congress earned a historic victory this week by enacting the First Step Act. The landmark bill provides modest yet much-needed prison and sentencing reform modeled on successful reforms already passed in red states. On Tuesday night, senators passed the First Step Act with support from law enforcement professionals, the faith community, business groups, and the White House, by a vote of 87-12. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., deserves credit for bringing the bill up for a vote. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a former federal prosecutor and leading advocate of the legislation, said, “American...