Senate Democrats & President Obama

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Within 48 hours, President Obama has set Guantanamo Bay detainees free, and Senate Democrats have endangered Americans all over the world by releasing classified tactics, which have since rightly been outlawed, used by the intelligence community in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Democrats’ foreign policy – defined by a series of actions designed to appease our enemies and diminish the capability and morale of our military men and women – is profoundly dangerous. Every civilized nation agrees that torture is wrong. But today’s partisan report will endanger lives, drive away our allies – who have never been more needed than now – and undermine the ability of our intelligence officers and soldiers to protect our national security. After six years, enough with saying "everything is George W. Bush's fault." It’s sad that, with all the threats we face across the globe, Senate Democrats are still more interested in scoring political points against the Bush Administration than in w ...
The federal debt has increased by $3.8 trillion in the 3.8 years that have passed since House Speaker John Boehner cut his first spending deal with Senate Democrats and President Obama.
Spread the word: The time to defund is now. The Hill, New York Times, and Washington Post are all reporting that Speaker Boehner is "building support" for his favored response to President Obama's executive amnesty.and it isn't good. Boehner's plan appears to be (1) to call a vote on a symbolic rebuke of President Obama's amnesty, followed by (2) a vote to fund President Obama's amnesty. From the New York Times: "The proposal, presented by Speaker John A. Boehner, first calls for House Republicans to vote on a resolution proposed by Representative Ted Yoho, Republican of Florida, that says that the president does not have the power to take the executive action he took last month. The resolution, however, would largely be a way for House Republicans to express their displeasure with the president's immigration action. Mr. Yoho said that his measure would be a largely "symbolic message" if Senate Democrats do not take up his resolution, which they are unlikely to do." Yoho's bill is totally useless even if ...
In a letter to President Obama, Senate Democrats announced their support of his plan to take action on immigration reform through executive orders.
HR 5682, is a bill that authorizes construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline, the project proposed by Canadian company TransCanada to carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada, through the United States to destinations on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Authority to build the northern half of the pipeline, including cross-border facilities, is currently awaiting approval by the U.S. State Department and a Nebraska state court decision regarding the routing of the pipeline in that state, and has been a point of controversy between Congressional Republicans, Democrats and President Obama over the past few years. After last week’s elections, House and Senate GOP leaders said approving the pipeline would be one of their first orders of business in the new Congress, while the president said he wanted the administrative process to play out. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, proposed to vote on approval during the lame duck in an effort to bolster Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., who faces a runoff election in early Dece ...
In 2015 the House of Representatives, under the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner will introduce Articles of Impeachment against Barack Obama, President of the United States. These Artciles will then be passed by a majority vote in the House resulting in a trial in the Senate. A two thirds majority (67 votes) will then be required to convict and remove the president from office. Due to the recent cowardice shown by House & Senate Democrats in a party wide effort to distance themselves from President Obama in the lead up to the 2014 Midterm Elections, an acquittal is no sure thing. It is very possible that enough Senate Democratic senators will join their Republican colleagues in voting to convict to successfully remove President Obama from office. Make no mistake. Regardless of the wording of the charges in these impending Articles of Impeachment, in the eyes of the Republican Party the real crime committed by President Obama is the "crime" of having been born black and having had the audacit ...
copied from: The News with Sen. Cruz - September 19, 2014 “I have offered several amendments to make America more free, strong, and safe, but the sad fact of the matter is that Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid’s do-nothing Senate refuses even to allow vote on them,” said Sen. Cruz. Sen. Cruz filed the following amendments to the Continuing Resolution, which were blocked by Senate Democrats. Defund Obamacare Effectively prevent President Obama from taking prospective executive actions to illegally expand amnesty. Extend the CR effective date from Dec. 11, 2014 to April 17, 2015, to avoid holding a lame duck session. Require President Obama to seek and receive congressional authorization for military force before conducting ongoing military operations against ISIS. Once again Cruz shows he's right on top of things...
In putting off action until late this year, President Obama was acting out of concern for Senate Democrats up for election this fall, White House officials said on Saturday.
Senate Democrats urge President Obama to delay immigration order
Facing charges from President Obama and Senate Democrats upset that Republican leaders are running a “do-nothing House,” Speaker John Boehner struck back Monday, claiming that his chamber has sent over 350 bills to the Senate this year, and in July delivered several to the White House for Obama to s…
What Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has going for him is President Obama and Senate Democrats public support
Yesterday on Capitol Hill, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had a message for President Obama and Senate Democrats voting to undermine the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby... Read More
President Obama hosted Senate Democrats, including Klobuchar and Franken, at the White House on Wednesday night
DENVER | Other vulnerable Senate Democrats in tight re-election battles are embracing the Keystone XL pipeline and stiff-arming President Obama — but not Colorado’s Mark Udall.
By T̶e̶d̶ ̶C̶r̶u̶z̶   Jeremy Lett For two centuries there has been bipartisan agreement that American democracy depends on free speech. Alas, more and more, the modern Democratic Party has abandoned that commitment and has instead been trying to regulate the speech of the citizenry. We have seen President Obama publicly rebuke the Supreme Court for protecting free speech in Citizens United v. FEC; the Obama IRS inquire of citizens what books they are reading and what is the content of their prayers; the Federal Communications Commission proposing to put government monitors in newsrooms; and Sen. Harry Reid regularly slandering private citizens on the Senate floor for their political speech. But just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it does. Senate Democrats have promised a vote this year on a constitutional amendment to expressly repeal the free-speech protections of the First Amendment. You read that correctly. Forty-one Democrats have signed on to co-sponsor New Mexico Sen. Tom Udal ...
Even Democratic senators recognize the EPA's pursuit of a coal tax is wrong. We're thankful Sen. Claire Mccaskill is taking the lead to protest the EPA's agenda. She, along with Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and four other Senate Democrats – Landrieu (D-LA), Manchin (D-WV), Pryor (D-AR), and Warner (D-VA) – sent a letter this week to President Obama, urging him to “reassess” the EPA’s proposed New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for new electric generating units. The letter recommended that the President “evaluate more appropriate ways to regulate emissions in order to truly support the development of CCS and other clean coal technologies,” and urged him “to consider an approach that establishes a standard in the near-term that can be achieved by high efficiency coal-fired technologies operating without CCS and lower [emission-rate] standards over the long-term as CCS becomes commercially available.
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Senate Dems to Obama: Reconsider coal rules: … Senate Democrats are pressuring President Obama...
New Post on True North: Coal-ition by Mark Heuring. You can look past Benghazi and the IRS scandal and the ongoing troubles with the VA hospitals, and many Democratic politicians on the ballot this year would greatly appreciate it if you did that. But if you're a vulnerable Democrat, perhaps the one thing you have to worry about the most is economic disruption from regulation. And there are some very worried Dems right now: A collection of seven Senate Democrats are pressuring President Obama to scale-back the proposed carbon limits on new coal-fired power plants. In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, the senators asserted that the technology the rule is based on is not commercially viable."We are committed to improving air quality; however, the emissions standards in the proposed rule are not based on technology that has been adequately demonstrated on a commercial scale," the letter, spearheaded by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) states.Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Ma ...
In this week's Republican address, the authors of more than a dozen House-passed jobs bills call on President Obama and Senate Democrats to act and match the...
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came out today, and smashed the Republican lie that she was forced to resign by President Obama and Senate Democrats.
Tax Returns are filed. I paid this year and feel like such a winner. I would like to personally thank President Obama, the Senate Democrats and the California State legislature for allowing me to pay more this year even though they promised that they were only going to tighten the screws on the rich. Please direct most of my ante to the Nevada Desert Tortoise Project C/O Harry Reid.
With the oil in Alaska, North Dakota and the Keystone Pipeline pending, doesn't it give you cause for concern on what the court jester living in our White House is doing??? except campaigning... did you see the clip of him on sharptons MSNBC show??? what an a$$ he is... Obama rejects call by 11 Democrats to move on Keystone Pipeline But President Obama still faces a tough political choice: Reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline and risk tipping the Senate to Republicans, or support it and alienate elements of his party's base. Christian Science Monitor By Francine Kiefer April 10, 2014 7:28 PM The White House on Thursday was quick to slap down a letter from 11 Senate Democrats that urged a presidential decision by May 31 on whether to build the hugely controversial Keystone XL pipeline. But that doesn't relieve President Obama of pressure from Democrats, such as the letter's signers, who support building the pipeline. What makes the letter still significant is that five of its signers are vulnerable senators ...
SURVEY SAYS OBAMACARE RATE SHOCKS ACCELERATING Senate Democrats were starting to feel a little better about midterms. It was partly because of the White House publicity push claiming to have met enrollment standards for ObamaCare last week. But it was mostly because of a twofold strategy now on display: appeal to centrist voters by embracing some modest mitigations of the law while leaving President Obama to petrify Democratic base voters with targeted threats about what a Republican Senate might do. Let Obama, already unpopular with independents, play the heel while Senate Democrats get to adopt poses of concern and independence. Take that Nate Silver! But that happy thought bubble just got popped. Health-insurance premiums are accelerating at the fastest pace ever measured in a survey conducted by market analysts at Morgan Stanley. The forecast rise, largely attributable to ObamaCare, comes from a survey of insurance brokers around the country. As American Enterprise Institute scholar Scott Gottlieb exp ...
President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and 28 Senate Democrats remain fixated on “dangerous manmade climate change.” In the process, they are ignoring real threats to our living standards and very lives. Just one year ago, the Wall Street Journal has reported, saboteurs attacked a power substation near San Jose, California. They cut fiber optic cables and shot up 17 transformers, causing them to overheat and fail. Apparently, they wanted to trigger a monumental blackout. Thankfully, grid operators were able to reroute power and avoid blackouts. A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission official called the attack “purposeful, extremely well planned and executed by professionals who had expert training.” Other utility experts said it could have been a “dress rehearsal” for much bigger operation – one that could take down much of the entire US or even North American electricity grid for weeks, months or even a year. That would have a devastating effect on our economy, living standards and ...
I just took action to urge President Obama and Senate Democrats to stand up to the NRA and fight a misguided attempt by gun extremists to prevent Dr. Vivek Murthy from being confirmed as the next Surgeon General of the United States.
Senate Democrats Drop I.M.F. Reforms From Ukraine Aid Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate Majority Leader, spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Credit Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, bowing to united House Republican opposition, dropped reforms of International Monetary Fund governance from a Ukraine aid package on Tuesday, handing President Obama an embarrassing defeat as he huddled in Europe with allies who have already ratified the changes. The monetary fund language would have enlarged the Ukraine loan package while finally ratifying changes dating to 2010 that only the United States has opposed. Mr. Obama himself negotiated those changes, and European allies conferring with him on Ukraine have been pressing for American action. But the need for speed on loans and direct assistance to Ukraine overcame the White House’s willingness for a fight. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Majority Leader, said he was taking his lead from Secretary of State Jo ...
Politic :poop: update... Something you wont hear in mainstream media Obama to Drop Social Security Cuts from New Budget. Social Security cuts that President Obama promised last year apparently aren't going to happen. Back then, many Democrats, including the president, though Social Security cuts should be on the table to strike a budget deal with Republicans. But one year later, the elusive "Grand Bargain" on the budget has been put aside. All indications are that Obama will drop the Social Security-cut proposal from his budget this year. Led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and two other key Senate Democrats, most Democratic lawmakers opposed the cut. What's more, they even favor a Social Security benefit expansion. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (D-Calif.) applauded Obama for removing the proposal from his budget plan.
Obama to Dems: It’s time to worry Justin Sink The election is coming, the election is coming! That’s the message coming from President Obama as he tries desperately to rouse Democrats out of a midterm election stupor that could cost his party control of the Senate — and bury his agenda once and for all. Obama has increasingly sounded like the nerdy kid in a bad horror movie constantly warning his friends to stay out of danger as he’s called on the Democratic base to not be complacent in 2014. “You've got to pay attention to the states,” he begged at a recent fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association. Obama lamented that Democrats don’t think state-level races in the 2014 midterms are “sexy enough.” Raising cash for Senate Democrats in Virginia, Obama said Democrats tend to get “a little sleepy” and “distracted.” “We’re good at Senate and House elections during presidential years — it’s something about midterms," Obama said. "I don’t know what it is about us. . ...
Stamped as my profile picture is the image of Debo Adegbile. Debo is Nigerian-American. He is President Obama's nominee for Deputy Attorney General, Civil Rights Division. Today, seven Senate Democrats joined all 44 Senate Republicans to vote against Adegbile's confirmation. The seven Senate Democrats are: Chris *** (Delware), Bob Casey (Pennsylvania), Mark Pryor (Arkansas), Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota), Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Joe Donnolly (Indiana), and John Walsh (Montana). Debo's crime: As a lawyer, Debo spent more than a decade working for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where he served as the group’s in-house voting rights expert. In that period of time, Debo participated in an appeal filed on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, an internationally known prisoner convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer, Daniel Faulkner. The Legal Defense Fund began its work on Abu-Jamal's behalf well before Adegbile began working for it, however he did contribute to the filing of a 2009 court brief . ...
Senate Republicans on Thursday attacked Democrats for playing politics with a $21 billion bill that would have expanded benefits for veterans — leading them to block an effort by Majority Leader Harry Reid to move the legislation to a full floor vote. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky charged that the legislation "was not considered in committee, greatly expands spending without any realistic offset, and would vastly overwhelm the Veterans Administration healthcare system. "It’s shameful that Senate Democrats would seek to score political points by rushing to the floor a bill the committee did not consider, and could have otherwise been handled in a bipartisan manner through regular order. Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll "Unfortunately, it’s become standard practice around here for the majority to pursue partisan legislation in a take-it-or-leave-it manner, so it’s unsurprising that nobody other than the Majority Leader a ...
Minimum Wage Hike Support Falls On CBO Jobs Warning By JOHN MERLINE, INVESTOR'S Business Daily Posted 02/27/2014 06:34 PM ET View Enlarged Image Less than half the public support a sharp boost in the minimum wage when told that it could cost the economy half a million jobs, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll out Thursday. That comes amid reports that some Senate Democrats are backing away from President Obama's push to boost the minimum wage by 39% over the next two years, to $10.10 an hour, after the Congressional Budget Office found that it would kill 500,000 jobs. Unlike other surveys, the IBD/TIPP Poll asked two questions about the minimum wage. The first simply asked, "Do you support or oppose raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour?" Phrased that way, 62% say they support the wage hike — similar to results of other surveys. But when told about the CBO findings on job losses, support for the wage hike dropped sharply, falling to 49%, with an equal share saying they oppose ...
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Wal-Mart poised for Ford moment amid minimum-wage debate Sunday, February 23, 2014 BY RENEE DUDLEY, JEANNA SMIALEK AND SHOBHANA CHANDRA BLOOMBERG NEWS Wire Service * Raising the minimum wage could cost the discount giant $200 million, but also increase the purchasing power of its core shoppers In 1914, Henry Ford announced he was more than doubling the average wage of Ford Motor Co. factory workers to $5 a day, in part so they could afford a Model T. His act took the world by surprise, spurred auto sales and helped create an American middle class. One hundred years later, U.S. companies including Gap Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are caught up in the debate over raising pay — this time an increase in the federal minimum wage. President Obama and Senate Democrats want to raise it to $10.10 an hour from $7.25, saying doing so will bolster the economy and reduce income inequality. House Republicans and industry groups oppose the plan, deeming it a job killer. "When Henry Ford announced the 5-dollar-day, th ...
Brady Votes “No” on Debt Ceiling Washington must cut spending, live within its means Washington, DC– On Feb. 11, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to suspend the nation’s debt ceiling until March, 2015, driven by nearly-unanimous support by Democrats in the House. Congressman Kevin Brady, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, voted against the measure. “It’s important that America pay its debts on time and in full. I support raising the debt ceiling only if Washington cuts wasteful spending and begins to live within its means,” said Brady. “Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, mainly because President Obama doesn’t recognize the danger of deficits and Republicans didn’t unite behind a plan to cut spending, create jobs or rein in red-tape.” “President Obama and Senate Democrats will continue to spend taxpayer dollars recklessly. Republicans have already forced over $2 trillion in spending cuts into law, but we need to do much more to get America back on the path to a balan ...
As Americans collectively discover the toxicity of the President’s healthcare law, our Federal Government finds itself drowning in over $17 trillion in debt – a crisis that threatens the very foundation of our republic. America’s debt has continued to grow at unprecedented levels each year, and never before has our government operated with deficits exceeding one trillion dollars annually until President Obama took office. Nearly every single American has realized the obvious threat this poses to us as a country, but President Obama and his allies in Congress have refused to offer serious solutions to fix our problems. President Obama and Majority Leader Reid have not addressed our government spending problem in a serious fashion – look no further than the fact that since being in the majority, Senate Democrats failed to even offer a budget until 2013. The United States of America, the largest fiscal entity on the planet, operated without a budget for over four years. The budgets that President Oba ...
Weekly Washington Report to Rain and Hail Insurance Society Members February 10th, 2014 By Stephen Frerichs President Signs Farm Bill in to Law Last week President Obama officially signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 in a signing ceremony in East Lansing Michigan. Chairwoman Stabenow and several other Senate Democrats along with Secretary Vilsack attended the ceremony. After nearly three years of legislative work the farm bill is officially completed. Now the work shifts to the Administration to implement the law. Farm Bill Implementation Begins Now that the President has signed the bill, attention shifts to the Department of Agriculture to implement the nearly 1000 pages of statute into working programs. It will take some time for USDA to issue regulations and explain program details. Most importantly – there are no significant changes to the 2014 crop insurance program. With sales closing dates arriving at the end of this month and mid-March rest assured that farmers need not worry about the farm bi . ...
POLITICO: SHAHEEN "AVOIDS" QUESTION ABOUT CAMPAIGNING WITH OBAMA Concord - Politico today reports that the White House and Senate Democrats are preparing an "extensive" 2014 campaign strategy built around the fact that "hardly any candidates in the most competitive states want President Barack Obama anywhere near them." When asked about this strategy, Senator Jeanne Shaheen "tried to avoid the topic" and said that she "didn't know" if the unpopular president would travel to New Hampshire and campaign for her this year. "Jeanne Shaheen may try to run from President Obama's disastrous policies and plummeting poll numbers, but she can't hide from the fact that she voted with him 99 percent of the time in 2013. Senator Shaheen has been a rubber stamp for the president's failed agenda and cast the deciding vote to impose ObamaCare on New Hampshire families," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Granite Staters will hold Jeanne Shaheen accountable for her blind support for President Obama in November whether or ...
Obama’s Toughest Critics Obama’s Toughest Critics When I said on CNN last night that President Obama had given a pretty good speech, and when Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers gave a very positive Republican response, I doubt any of us realized what the Democrats would go on to say about the President’s address. After seeing some of their comments, however, I thought some of the best surrogates for Republicans last night were the Senate Democrats running for reelection. Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers, who leads the House Republican Conference, did an excellent job describing a conservative approach to governing. Her speech was warm, hopeful, and looked toward the future. She is a real leader in the party. In contrast to the broadly positive assessment to the President’s speech among Republicans--notwithstanding our many policy disagreements--many members of Obama’s own party were amazingly critical. Here’s what Senator Mark Pryor, the Arkansas Democrat, had to say about the President’s spe ...
President Obama and Bill Clinton will be headline speakers for Senate Democrats at their retreat next week.
Obama to Dems: Boehner will pass immigration reform in 2014 "President Obama has told Senate Democrats he expects Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass immigration reform this year, defying predictions the issue is dead for 2014. Obama believes Republicans will feel politically vulnerable if they fail to advance the issue, a high priority among Hispanic voters, according to Democratic senators who met with the president this week." Obama sees immigration reform as a source for optimism in what has otherwise shaped up as a tough year for Democrats. “He predicted the House would pass something this year,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who attended the meeting."
Senate strikes deal on key Obama nominations, including Yellen WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate struck an accord on several of President Obama's key judicial and administration appointments, aides said. The confirmation vote for Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Reserve will be in January, while votes on Alejandro Mayorkas as Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary, John Koskinen as Internal Revenue Service commissioner and Brian Davis as a U.S. district judge in Florida will take place Friday, Politico reported. The vote on Yellen's confirmation is scheduled for Jan. 6. The senators had been gearing up for a rare weekend session as Republicans and Democrats were at odds about when to hold votes on the handful of nominations remaining on the Senate's docket. During their closed-door caucus meeting Thursday, Senate Democrats were told they would be staying in Washington through Saturday, while Senate Republicans came up with a plan to have one of its members on the floor w ...
I’m confused. Last week Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) said if she could vote for Obamacare again, she would. Now for some reason she’s completely distancing herself from it? If you are to believe this ad, President Obama lied to her constituents. Not her (via Politico) But there’s just one problem here: in 2009 Landrieu herself said if Americans liked their health care plans, they could keep them. Oops: The ad spot above is deceptive and misleading. It puts all the blame on the president, when in truth she built support for -- and ultimately helped pass -- Obamacare. At the same time the ad paints her as a hapless bystander who (ahem) had no idea millions of Americans would lose their health care coverage. And now, of course, the good public servant that she is, she's working hard to “fix” a “glitch” she never saw coming. I'm skeptical. From Guy’s piece last October: In September 2010, all Senate Democrats, including Landrieu, voted to reject a plan Republicans said would have killed Obama adm ...
' The Washington Post! ' Republicans have only themselves to blame for Reid’s ‘Nuclear Option’. November 21. ' If the Founding Fathers could see the Senate after today’s vote by Senate Democrats to prohibit filibusters of most presidential appointments, they would, of course, be appalled. ”What are all these women doing here?” they would ask. But as for the filibuster reform, they’d wonder what all the fuss was about. There is no mention of the filibuster in the Constitution. Until very recently in U.S. history, filibusters were rarely used. Half of all filibusters of executive-branch nominees have occurred under President Obama, and it was obvious from the first day of his presidency that Republicans would use the tactic to hamstring the government and block Obama. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, then, had every right to push for changes to filibuster rules four years ago, when GOP use of the filibuster was already out of control. But instead, Reid offered deal after deal to Senate Repu ...
Democrats Want to Pack D.C. Court To Save Obamacare Friday, 22 Nov 2013 10:25 AM By Drew MacKenzie The White House is trying to save Obamacare by packing the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., with judges who will rubber stamp its "lawless behavior," Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says. Senate Democrats, according to Cruz, enacted "the Nuclear Option" to prevent filibusters against appellate court nominees in order to make it difficult for Republicans to repeal the disastrous Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature healthcare legislation, The Hill reported. "The heart of this action is directed at packing the D.C. Circuit (court) because that is the court that will review the lawless behavior of the Obama administration implementing Obamacare," said Cruz, a leading force in the government shutdown last month in a confrontation over the Affordable Care Act. "President Obama and the administration refuse to follow the plain text of the law, and the D.C. Circuit is the court of appeals that has been holding the ...
Today, the Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reed and blessed by President Obama, used what has been labeled as the "Nuclear Option" when they changed a Senate Rule, which had lasted for 225 years, by reducing the number of Senators needed for confirmation of Presidential appointees from 60 to 51. When the Republicans threatened to do this in 2005, but didn't, Obama, Reed and Joe Biden said to do so would be an arrogant abuse of power, destructive to Democracy and similar pronouncements. This action, while not unconstitutional, does strike at the heart of our traditions and division of powers. Think of it, for 225 years no matter the divisions in our country, the years leading up to the civil war, the Great Depression, the Vietnam War, no matter the stress present, this rule applied. Obama is a ground breaking President, all right.
THE HILL'S OVERNIGHT: MONEY WEDNESDAY'S BIG STORY: Unemployment benefits back in the spotlight: House and Senate Democrats will gather on Wednesday to make their case for a reauthorization of federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. At the end of the last week, the White House chimed in that President Obama is seeking a yearlong renewal of a federal unemployment benefits program that would ensure millions of jobless workers continue getting weekly checks. If the program, which expires Dec. 28, is not continued, 1.3 million workers who have been looking for a job for at least six months will be without benefits. The issue is near and dear to Democrats, who argue that the national unemployment rate and joblessness across many states is still hampering Americans' ability to find jobs and they still need the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program to bridge them to new employment. Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, said last week that the Obama administration is ...
REELECTION WORRIES Obama meets with Dems nervous over health law November 06, 2013 FoxNews.com Nov. 6, 2013: President Barack Obama and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Sen. Michael Bennett, D-Colo., board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base.AP President Obama on Wednesday sought to assuage anxious Democrats who are worried that ObamaCare’s troubled rollout is going to come back to haunt them during the 2014 midterm elections. “There’s a lot of pent-up frustration” among Senate Democrats who are facing voters next year, a party source familiar with the meeting told Fox News. A Democratic source told Fox NewsEd Henry that some of the senators in the room floated a delay of up to one year in the law’s implementation – an idea the president rejected. The source said, however, that senators left the White House feeling that it was a “constructive meeting.” The two-hour White House meeting included 16 senators as well as the president, Vice President Joe Biden, Chief of ...
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The Republican extremist rightwing / Tea Party attempted a legislative coup d'etat to take control of policy formation in the US government. They attempted this coup even though they don't control the Senate and badly lost last year's presidential election. I applaud President Obama and Senate Democrats for their determination to humiliate these right-wing fanatics. This victory is sweet. Our local congressman Bob Goodlatte was an avid supporter of the right-wing lunatics--and I shall never vote for him again.
According to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Under investigation) both Senate Democrats and President Obama are not productive. On Fox News with Eric Bolling she went on to praise House Speaker John Boehner over sending just 18 Republicans to meet with President Obama after he invited all of them.
SWITZERLAND, Zürich — Although the Obama administration has thus far survived the Fast and Furious, Solyndra and Benghazi scandals, it won’t survive Terrorgate—a shocking series of terror related events which makes Hitler’s Reichstag Fire pale in comparison. The Terrorgate cover-up has to date resulted in the murder of at least 18 U.S. and E.U. Special Forces as well as the unprecedented arrest of 3 top U.S. Navy brass. As the fallout from Terrorgate continues to rock Capitol Hill, the resignation of President Obama looms large pending charges of treason and conspiracy to commit murder by House and Senate Democrats and Republicans. When Obama called the Washington Navy Yard Massacre just “another mass shooting“, it was wishful thinking as reality begs to differ. Evidence acquired to date conclusively proves that the Navy Yard Massacre of September 16, 2013, was just the first in a series of mass executions and assassinations ordered by the Obama administration in order to mitigate Terrorgate ...
“Republicans continue to listen to the American people and take steps to keep critical parts of the government running. There’s nothing ‘piecemeal’ about making sure Americans have access to all of their national parks, or continuing life-saving cancer research. Instead of threatening to veto these bills as part of a scorched-earth strategy, the president should back them just as he did our military pay bill. We will pass additional emergency measures in the coming days as we wait for President Obama and Senate Democrats to drop their refusal to negotiate. The sooner they do, the sooner we can resolve our differences and address our country’s challenges.” -Speaker Boehner
Harry Reid's Shut Down - You have surely seen the media, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, President Obama, and the ruling elite in Washington try to pin the blame for a government shut down on the Tea Party. These allegations simply aren't true. You can see the timeline of events below. The evidence clearly shows that this shut down belongs to Harry Reid and the fact that the Senate Democrats are relentlessly refusing to compromise. For now, our work is still not done. Pressure is already mounting on the Republicans in the House to cave and give Barack Obama and Harry Reid everything they want. Even though just the other day the President acknowledged that no one gets 100% of what they want. Harry Reid even had the nerve today to continue to call the Tea Party anarchists on the floor of the Senate. He then went on to try to lecture us about the proper budget process of the Federal Government. This is after he failed to pass a budget in the Senate for 4 years! Patriots, this fight isn't over. The fight h ...
With the president's popularity continuing to drop thanks to yet another fiscal crisis created by the fact that Senate Democrats have not passed any sort of budget since 2009, President Obama decided to lash out at a favorite target: Fox News Channel.
Wonkbook: Democrats to Boehner: There will be no debt-ceiling negotiation. Seriously. By Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas Published: SEPTEMBER 23, 8:28 AM ET Welcome to Wonkbook, Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas's morning policy news primer. To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism, or ideas to Wonkbook at Gmail dot com. To read more by Ezra and his team, go to Wonkblog. On Friday afternoon, just hours after the House passed a Continuing Resolution defunding Obamacare, President Obama placed a call to Speaker Boehner. Surprisingly, Obama didn't want to talk about the CR, or even the possibility of a shutdown. Instead, in a conversation Boehner's aides characterized as "brief," President Obama reiterated that he would not, under any circumstances, negotiate over the debt ceiling. Today, Senate Democrats will back Obama up. Patty Murray, the chairwoman of the Budget Committee, and Max Baucus, the chairman of the Finance Committee, are sending a "dear colleague" letter stating "President Obama has be ...
The government shutdown is now 80 hours away and it is now looking increasingly more likely. The House convenes at noon on Saturday and they are expected to pass a Continuing Resolution calling for a one year delay of Obamacare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says the GOP is "wasting time because we will not compromise on anything connected to" Obamacare. President Obama has just finished speaking in the briefing room. He spoke to the Iranian president today and is willing to negotiate with the Islamic Republic, but not with House Republicans. Obama said the GOP must stop appeasing the Tea Party. He said if the government shuts down it will not impact the implementation of Obamacare. He said "This is political grandstanding . . We need to pass a budget and move on." He warned that military personnel will not be paid. Conservative radio host Dana Loesch accused him of "hiding behind the military in the fight for Obamacare. The real shutdown has occurred with Senate Democrats. House Republicans ha ...
President Obama will make a rare trip to Capitol Hill to meet with House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday:
Issues: Health Care Sen. Mike Lee: Defund Obamacare or shut down the government By JOEL GEHRKE | JULY 9, 2013 AT 3:59 PM 1 Comment Share on printShare on email28Topics: Federal Budget Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, believes that the delay of Obamacare could force Democrats to defend the... Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, thinks President Obama's delay of key provisions of Obamacare could force Senate Democrats to defend the unpopular law during the upcoming congressional debate on a new Continuing Resolution to fund the government through the 2014 election. “If Congressional Democrats want to oppose appropriations bills without additional Obamacare funding, shut down the government, and side with the president and Big Business against the American people, then it's their choice," Lee said. "But three years in, even the president himself has now admitted that Obamacare won’t work. The only responsible choice now is to protect the country from Obamacare's looming disaster, start over and finally begin work on real healt ...
MetroNews Morning News Headlines: Congressman Nick Rahall is among those criticizing this week's climate change speech by President Obama. Rahall says instead of closing out coal altogether--more should be done to find cleaner ways to burn it as a fuel for power. Senate Democrats, including U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, have unveiled plans aimed at keeping the interest rates for federal Student Loans at present levels after July 1. A Jackson Co. man charged with chaining up his wife for 10-years in their home and torturing her is indicted. Peter Lizon faces the indictment on three counts, but his wife now denies any of it ever happened. ..and three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against FOLA Coal in federal court in Huntington. The groups claim runoff from FOLA's surface mine near the Clay/Nicholas Co. border is harming aquatic life.
“Our students deserve better,” House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) says in the Weekly Republican Address, in which he urges President Obama to persuade Senate Democrats to pass a plan that stops Student Loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st and provides long-term stability. To date, the Republican-led House is the only chamber of Congress that has acted to solve this problem for students and their families. See more at:
John Kerry's ObamaCare Boondoggle A backroom deal he cut for Massachusetts hospitals has caused a bipartisan uproar in Congress. By Kimberley A. Strassel A bipartisan backlash is growing against another section of President Obama's health-care law. The president can blame this latest embarrassment on none other than Secretary of State John Kerry. Everyone remember the origins of the so-called Affordable Care Act? The Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, Gator-Aid, and other buyoffs for the votes of key Senate Democrats? Three years on, yet another sweetheart deal has declared itself, this one inserted by the then-senator for Massachusetts. In Congress, it's becoming known as the Bay State Boondoggle. At issue are the dollars that Medicare pays to hospitals for the wages of doctors and staff. Before the new health law, states were each allocated a pot of money to divvy among their hospitals. The states are required to follow rules in handing out the funds, in particular a requirement that state urb ...
Some interesting news has broken in the wake of the latest push for gun control by President Obama and Senate Democrats: Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact. The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak. If you dismiss this by saying, "Of course they have armed guards -- they get Secret Service protection," then you've missed the larger point. The larger point is that this is Standard Operating Procedure for the school, period. And this is the reason people like NBC's David Gregory send their kids to Sidwell, they know their kids will be protected from the carnage that befell kids at a school where armed guards weren't used (and weren't even allowed). Shame on President Obama for seeking more gun control and for trying to prevent the parents of other school children from doing what he has clearly done for his own. His children sit under the protection guns afford, while th ...
Student Loans DOUBLING? College students, freshly relieved of pressure from term papers and final exams, served as a backdrop for President Obama on Friday as he warned of another impending fiscal deadline: Student Loan interest rates are set to double in 30 days under current law. Related Student Loan Bill Passes House, Setting Up Face-Off (May 24, 2013) Student Debt Slows Growth as Young Spend Less (May 11, 2013) “That means that the average student with those loans will rack up an additional $1,000 in debt,” Mr. Obama said at an event in the White House Rose Garden. “That’s like a $1,000 tax hike.” Both Democrats and Republicans say they want to head off an increase in the interest rate for federally subsidized Student Loans to 6.8 percent as scheduled on July 1, but they disagree about how best to manage the rates’ trajectory. Senate Democrats plan to vote to extend the government-subsidized rate — 3.4 percent for the 7.4 million students with Stafford loans — for another two years, wh ...
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President Obama and his party had a bad case of the Mondays. Senate Democrats lost their prized recruit in South Dakota, despite intense effort to clear the path for her. Worse, a new poll showed...
Democrats Defect on Obama Budget The majority of Senate Democrats running in 2014, including three from red states, have broken with President Obama and are opposing his effort to cut Social Security benefits. “The only way you beat right-wing Republicans is contrasting your views with theirs, Sen.…
RESOLVED: It's time to end the public funding of Planned Parenthood's Abortion-On--Demand business 1. President Obama and Senate Democrats are willing to shut down the Federal Government to ensure tax dollars keep flowing to one of their biggest political allies. During his run for president, Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed Obama, marking only the second time in their history that they endorsed in a presidential election.[i] They poured money into his campaign and churned out volunteers. Imagine the reaction if a Republican president was willing to shutdown the government in order to prevent a single organization from sharing one penny in the belt-tightening all Americans are facing. 2. Planned Parenthood is an independently wealthy entity. According to its latest annual report, it has nearly one billion dollars in net assets.[ii] Data shows that over the last nine years, Planned Parenthood has taken in over $500 million in profits.[iii] 3. Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provi ...
“We owe it to the American people to balance the federal budget -- and Republicans have a plan to do it in 10 years. Our balanced budget is focused on growing our economy and expanding opportunities for all Americans. It cuts government waste, fixes our broken tax code to help create new jobs and increase wages for working families, repairs the safety net for struggling Americans, and protects and strengthens important priorities like Medicare and defense. “I want to thank Chairman Ryan and all of the Republicans on the House Budget Committee for their work on putting together this balanced budget, and I would encourage President Obama and Senate Democrats to follow our lead. Washington’s long-time failure to address our country’s long-term challenges has been a stain on both parties. We can start setting things right by balancing the budget, and handing our children a booming economy instead of a mountain of debt.” - Speaker Boehner Learn more about the House GOP budget here:
The $16 trillion debt is more than just a price tag. It's more than just a number that continues to rise under President Obama. It's a threat to the future of the next generation of Americans. Spending is the problem -- and House Republicans continue to urge the President and Senate Democrats to address our nation's out-of-control spending. More here:
President Obama's highly controversial gun control proposal is being split into several bills that Senate Democrats hope will be easier to pass. Expanded background checks, limits on the size of weapon magazines and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban may all be brought up for a v...
As we head out of February into President Obama's Sequester (March and beyond), I hope the President enjoys the cuts he insisted be part of the Fiscal Cliff resolution in 2011. The Republicans supported him in an attempt to be bi-partisan, though I was against it then, since sequestration is not the best way to reduce Government spending. I'm disappointed that the President and Senate Democrats chose not to be bi-partisan in passing one of the two House-approved bill to make the pending spending cuts more flexible, so that smart reductions in spending could be made. If harmful things happen as a result of their choice not to apply the spending cuts wisely, thank our President and Senator Harry Reid because they stubbornly chose partisanship over working to protect the best interests of the people of our nation.
Click here: BREAKING NEWS!.Senate GOP considers ceding power to President Obama - Patriot Action Network GOP CAVES AGAIN ! Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8. The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse” for the last seven months of this fiscal year. Read More: So now the Congress doesn't want to do its job and give all the power to Obama? Congress complains that Obama has too much power and now they want to give him a lot of power. The GOP have absolutely lost their minds. Just look at Obama releasing Illegal i ...
House speaker tells CBS News' Scott Pelley that it's time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to get to work
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President Obama, Senate Democrats, and many elected Republicans are now calling for a compromised approach to avoid the blunt force trauma to the American economy caused by the sequester. Why are Congressional Republicans continuing to refuse to compromise?
Here’s What President Obama Won’t Tell You About His Sequester, the Republican Plan for Smarter Spending Cuts, & Senate Democrats’ Inaction FEBRUARY 24, 2013 | CLICK HERE TO VIEW ONLINE You’re going to see President Obama at campaign-style rallies again this week, demanding higher taxes and blaming Republicans for his ‘sequester’ mess. Here’s what he won’t be telling you: This is President Obama’s sequester. “The idea for sequestration did come from the White House, as news accounts made clear at the time,” reports the New York Times. As Speaker Boehner wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “it is a product of the president's own failed leadership.” Republicans passed a bill with smarter spending cuts (twice), but the president’s Senate hasn’t passed it (or any other replacement bill). Senate Democrats haven’t passed a budget in four years either. The House voted to replace the president’s sequester in May 2012 and again last December. Each bill targeted waste and fraud, and ...
Back to previous page Senate Republicans block vote on Hagel nomination By Paul Kane and Ed O’Keefe, Updated: Thursday, February 14, 5:52 PM Senate Republicans blocked a vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense on Thursday, launching an unprecedented filibuster and a severe rebuke to the White House. Falling one vote shy of the 60 needed to move forward on the nomination, the Hagel filibuster brought stark condemnations from President Obama and Senate Democrats for its precedent-setting nature -- the first time a Defense Secretary nominee had been filibustered. The setback came during what many believe is a critical period for the Pentagon as it winds down troops from Afghanistan and implements costly budget cuts. It was also a hard slap to a former colleague and member of the chamber. Asked about the Senate vote during an online “fireside hangout,” Obama said that he expects that Hagel will be confirmed. But he slammed Senate Republicans for their “unprecedented filibuster” of ...
Colorado Gun Control Legislation 2013 Legislative Action Needed Now! In the wake of the Newtown Connecticut school shooting, we have watched the opponents of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States whip themselves into a frenzy: ■We watched Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D/CA) righteous indignation with her call to reintroduce the assault weapons ban ■We saw Diane Degette’s introduction of new legislation to ban high-capacity magazines ■We watched President Obama go on Meet the Press and say, “I will put forward very specific legislation based on the recommendations from Joe Biden’s task force…” We all know what that will be… ■In Illinois, Senate Democrats advanced legislation last Wednesday to restrict all semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, pressing forward with new gun control measures that would essentially ban most modern firearms On the national level, the anti gun forces are gearing up for a fight and that’s fine. The anti 2nd Amendment pos ...
Time is of the essence. With every passing day, opposition grows to President Obama's nomination of anti-Israel former senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. With Senator Hagel losing ground, the Senate Democrats may try to force a vote this week, before he can lose even more support. Every day brings new revelations about Senator Hagel – revelations that confirm he's the wrong man for the job. Now we're learning that Senator Hagel was active in a George Soros-funded organization that seeks to dramatically cut American defense capabilities, and he's refused to disclose many of the sources for his funding and income since he left the Senate. What is Senator Hagel hiding? Why the secrecy? Now is exactly the right time to speak out to stop this dangerous, unwise nomination.
Senate Democrats will press ahead with President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next Defense Secretary, despite protestations from several Republicans that they don't yet have enough information to make a decision.
President Obama insists that he’s prepared for a fight over the sequester with House Republicans. But his remarks read less like a politician scrapping for a fight than one who’s had a troubling moment of clarity: this was a trap, and he walked into it. Senate Democrats are scrambling to come up wit...
Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): Close Corporate Tax Loopholes: Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday plans to introduce legislation to raise $590 billion over a decade by closing tax sheltering techniques used by big companies, Reuters reported. The article said Senate Democrats are divided about how to revamp the tax code, which has not been overhauled since 1986. Protect Social Security: Sen. Chris *** has lined up bipartisan support for his proposal to give startup companies a payroll tax credit for research and development costs. *** proposal could face opposition from the liberal wing of the Democratic Caucus. For instance, Sen. Sanders has expressed concern about the impact of payroll tax cuts or credits on the Social Security Trust Fund, Congressional Quarterly reported. EPA: Top Senate Democrats and independent Sen. Sanders urged President Obama to nominate a candidate with a strong record on protecting public health as the next EPA administrator. The push could be aimed at support ...
“You know, every month under President Obama kind of feels the same: high unemployment, rising prices, and more debt for our kids and our grandkids. And if government spending were what the president believes creates economic growth, we shouldn’t be having any of these problems at all. “Solving America’s problem starts with what every family does every month: they’ve got to do a budget. But the president’s budget is late again. Senate Democrats haven’t done a budget in nearly four years. And none of them have a plan to replace the ‘sequester.’ “That’s why Republicans passed the No Budget, No Pay Act to force Senate Democrats to finally take action. And it’s why we’re going to pass Tom Price’s bill that would require the president to submit a plan that would actually balance the budget. And the sooner we solve our spending problem, the sooner our jobs problem will go away as well.” - Speaker Boehner
Good writing on the Harry Reid filibuster reform betrayal, from Nation of Change (nationofchange.org). I think we need to get rid of Harry Reid ASAP. Harry Reid and company used rhetorical flourishes about filibuster reform as a smokescreen to hide the shameful fact that they had no intention of fixing a rule that makes impossible to get any measures President Obama backs (and we voted for) passed. Senate Democrats have no desire to change the rules. As things stand, they can pretend to care and blame the filibustering Republicans for inaction. But don't take my word for it: Exhibit A – From the Washington Post: "Senate leaders reached a deal Thursday that keeps the chamber’s long-standing, 60-vote threshold for halting a filibuster but streamlines some of the chamber’s more cumbersome procedures. ... [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid and [Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell are presenting the draft proposal to their caucuses Thursday afternoon, and if they get a positive response, the changes c ...
Mitch Mcconnell is running away from doing battle with President Obama and hoping to focus attention on battles he thinks Republicans can win against Senate Democrats.
After years of trying—and failing—to get climate-change legislation through Congress, top Senate Democrats are publicly ready to hand over the power to President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Obama Will Seek Citizenship Path in One Fast Push WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week. Enlarge This Image Roger L. Wollenberg/Getty Images Multimedia A Closer Look at Immigration Reform Luke Sharrett for The New York Times Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York has been writing a bill with colleagues of both parties. Readers’ Comments Readers shared their thoughts on this article. Read All Comments (683) » Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill, the officials said, resisting efforts by some Republicans to break the overhaul into smaller pieces — separately addressing young illegal immigrants, migrant farmworkers or highly skilled foreigners — which might be easier for reluctant members of th ...
Senate Democrats have a suggestion for President Obama if House Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling to pay the nation's bills: Obama should circumvent Congress and raise the ceiling himself,... Politics News Summaries. | Newser
Vol.2, No. 6 The Rooney Report “All the News That Fits on One Page” Saturday, Jan. 6, 2013 Breakaway: The National Hockey League and its players union have reached a tentative agreement that may save what remains of the season. Players have been locked out for 113 days. Guns & Ammo: The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration is considering wider gun control measures rather than simply reinstating the expired assault weapons ban. New regulations might include better background checks on buyers, a national database, and restrictions on carrying guns near schools. National: Reports say President Obama is about to nominate former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary. The former Nebraska senator could have trouble with Senate Democrats during confirmation, a twist for Obama. A gunman and three other people died inside an Aurora, CO townhouse during a standoff with the police. Officers returned fire when the gunman shot from a second story window, killing him. The others were fou ...
Today's Federal and State Tax News Highlights,C.1,Biden, GOP Reach Deal on Fiscal Cliff,(Jan. 1, 2013) Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mcconnell, R-Ky., reached an agreement on December 31 that would protect the middle class from tax increases, but many Senate Democrats remain unhappy with the deal and Biden met with the Democratic Caucus late in the evening to go over the details and hopefully sell the agreement. As the midnight deadline approached, President Obama was still pressing for a vote in the Senate that night. The proposal would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for individuals earning under $400,000 annually and $450,000 for couples, set the estate tax rate at 40 percent, with an exemption for estates valued under $5 million, provide a permanent patch for the alternative minimum tax (AMT), and tax dividends and capital gains at 20 percent for individuals earning over $400,000 and couples with an income over $450,000. In addition, the plan would extend through 2013 business tax ...
Boehner Says He's Willing to Work With Obama House Speaker John Boehner said he remained willing to work with President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff.
Bill Whittle worries that President Obama and Senate Democrats like Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) are simply not serious about remedying the national bal...
They're still going to fight the Affordable Care Act and they're still going to protect millionaires' tax cuts. What has to be different this time is how President Obama and the Senate Democrats deal with them.
ETNA, Ohio -- Call it the crosstown showdown. President Obama began Friday at the Franklin County fairgrounds in Hilliard, a suburb northwest of Columbus. Four hours later, Mitt Romney was here in...
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The Democrats and the Press have been all over the Republicans in control of the House of Representatives for their blocking and not cooperating with President Obama's and the Democratic agenda. Yet Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the Senate, stated yesterday, there was no way he and the Senate democrats would work with Romney if he is elected. The silence from the Press is beyond belief. In my opinion, that leaves the people of this country only one option, Elect a Majority of Republican Senators so they can control the Senate and work with the New President!
In The Wall Street Journal, Potomac Watch columnist Kimberley Strassel writes about the 'Manchin Candidates' of 2012, congressional contenders running against President Obama from within his own party.
The Wall Street Journal Updated October 28, 2012, 8:36 p.m. Harry Reid's Graveyard Senate Democrats are promising pre-emptive gridlock for 2013. Even if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win on November 6, his agenda will be stymied if Republicans can't pick up at least three more seats than their current 47 and control the Senate. That's clear from the last two years, when Harry Reid's not-so-deliberative body became the graveyard for fiscal and other reform. House Republicans won an historic midterm election in 2010, picking up 63 seats. They also gained six Senate seats, but a handful of weak GOP candidates (Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Christine O'Donnell) cost them control of the upper body. Back in charge in 2011, Mr. Reid proceeded to stop nearly everything that House Republicans passed. President Obama hasn't even had to sweat a veto fight because nothing escapes Mr. Reid's lost world. Consider the record. In 2011 and 2012 the House passed more than three-dozen economic or jobs-related bills and with only a f ...
A Grand Bargain? In an interview made public on Wednesday, President Obama vowed to forge a "Grand Bargain" with Republicans to reduce the national debt. Some of Obama's allies, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, already were planning an aggressive campaign to convince him and Senate Democrats not to go along with any deal that cuts Social Security benefits, The Hill reported. "We're doing our best right now to make sure that the president comes on board the position he had four years ago: that Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit and that Social Security should not be cut," Sanders told The Huffington Post.
"House conservatives have a Plan for America’s Job Creators, and it’s time President Obama and Senate Democrats stop blocking our bipartisan jobs bills." - Congressman Culberson
"You know there are nearly 40 of our jobs bills sitting over in the United States Senate, all part of our plan for American Job Creators that we’ve been working on all year. These bills will cut red tape, remove government barriers that make it harder for small businesses to hire new workers. There are bills over there that address our debt, expand American energy production, and approve projects like the Keystone Pipeline. There are bills over there to stop the president’s tax hikes and fix the tax code to bring more jobs home from overseas. These are good ideas, all passed with bipartisan support here in the House, but President Obama won’t work with us to find common ground or urge Senate Democrats to take action. Why? Because Democrats have failed to lead." - Speaker John Boehner
Senator Jeff Sessions delivered the Republicans’ radio address this morning. He took the opportunity to excoriate President Obama for lying about his budget plan, and Senate Democrats for ignoring their legal duty to adopt a budget. He addressed his listeners as though Americans, preparing to vote i...
More than 30 Senate Republicans took to the Senate floor this morning in back-to-back coordinated speeches with attacks aimed at President Obama and the Democratically-led Senate. The speeches were one part airing of grievances, one part campaign rhetoric, in a not-so-veiled attempt to influence the message as lawmakers go back to their districts next week. This could be the final day the Senate is open for business before the election. The short one- or two-minute speeches covered a broad range of topics from the budget, to debt, to high unemployment and foreign policy. But no matter the topic, the message that Senate Republicans hoped to send is that Obama and the Senate Democrats have "failed" to lead - and Republicans can offer something "better" for the nation. Fierce criticism came from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., over the president's touting of his foreign policy successes. "Four years later, almost, after the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded, where do we stand as a nation? Osama bin Laden is de ...
Mike Kelly's Weekly Third District E-Newsletter July 28-August 3, 2012 Dear Friend, The unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent in July, which is up from 8.2 percent in June. The pace of growth is still not strong enough to bring down the unemployment rate over time, which is terrible news for the 23 million Americans who are either unemployed, underemployed, or who have simply given up looking for work. July marks the 42nd consecutive month of unemployment above 8 percent, which is the longest such streak of unemployment since the Great Depression. This chronically high unemployment and weak economic growth is the direct consequence of President Obama's and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's failure to lead during this critical time in our nation's history. To make matters worse, last week Senate Democrats passed the President's massive tax increase, which a report by Ernst & Young said will cost 710,000 American jobs. This is the wrong direction for America, and if we don't stop this continued erosion of ...
Stand with President Obama: Stop the Middle Class Tax Hike BREAKING: House Republicans have blocked the bipartisan Senate proposal, meaning 160 million Americans will see a $1,000 tax hike on January 1st, 2012. Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans worked together to extend the payroll tax cut and prevent a $1,000 tax hike on 160 million middle class families. Sounds too good to be true, right? It is. Tea Party House Republican voted down the proposal. The Tea Party is mugging the middle class with a tax increase because they don't think millionaires and corporations should pay their fair share.
Digital Trends: Senate kills Cybersecurity Act of 2012 - In a defeat for Senate Democrats and President Obama, the S...
The House GOP desperately wants this showdown, and President Obama is happy to give it to them.Obama and the Senate Democrats have set a trap for the Republicans. House Republicans are going to dig in on the Bush Tax Cuts, and everyday that this issue dominates the news will be a win for Obama. Voters agree with the president on this issue and the White House will be using using the House Republican opposition to talk about tax fairness, while Mitt Romney refuses to release his tax returns.
Statement from President Obama: With the Senate’s vote (Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats just won a 51-48 vote to allow the Bush Tax Cuts for the richest Americans to finally expire while keeping them in place for anyone making less than $250.000 a year), the House Republicans are now the only people left in Washington holding hostage the middle-class tax cuts for 98% of Americans and nearly every small business owner. The last thing a typical middle class family can afford is a $2,200 tax hike at the beginning of next year. It’s time for House Republicans to drop their demand for another $1 trillion giveaway to the wealthiest Americans and give our families and small businesses the financial security and certainty that they need. Our economy isn’t built from the top-down, it’s built from a strong and growing middle class, and that’s who we should be fighting for.
On February 14, President Obama quietly signed into law the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which will provide $63.6 billion for the agency’s programs between 2012-2015. The House had passed the bill on February 3, and three days later the Senate voted for the conference agreement. 157 House Democrats and 18 Senate Democrats opposed the bill, while Hill Republicans supported the bill only after forcing the adoption of controversial provisions that will make it more difficult for airline and railroad workers to form unions.
Republicans, eager to put Senate Democrats on record on taxes, tried to force a vote Wednesday on President Obama's proposal to extend middle-class tax cuts but raise taxes for the rich, but Majority Leader Harry Reid objected, essentially sidelining the president's plan.
some items from "the do nothing" republican congress-RE FROM THE SPEAKER'S BLOG: MORE THAN 30 JOBS BILLS: The numbers don’t lie: Republicans are focused on jobs. President Obama and Senate Democrats are not. See here and here. Speaker Boehner told CBS News Face The Nation that the president’s health care law is hurting our economy and must be “ripped out by its roots.” STEP-BY-STEP: After fully repealing ObamaCare, Boehner says Republicans will take a “common-sense, step-by-step approach” that “will protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost.” 10 REASONS TO REPEAL: Small businesses are “afraid to hire new employees” under ObamaCare -- and nine other reasons we need full repeal. The House will vote this month on a bipartisan plan to stop President Obama’s massive tax hike, which takes effect in 183 days. KEYSTONE XL: While the House and Senate agreed on a bill to reform America’s infrastructure programs and stop Student Loan rates ...
Associated Press – Senate GOP Blocks Democrats’ Equal Pay Bill – Senate Republicans have blocked a bill that calls for equal pay in the workplace. As expected, the vote Tuesday fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation. President Obama and his Democratic allies argue that the legi...
After the Lilly Ledbetter Act passed in Congress and was signed into law, President Obama and Senate Democrats were self-congratulatory.
Friend, It's been a hard fight, but our country is finally getting back on track. Over the past three years, President Obama and Senate Democrats have worked together to fuel an economic recovery, save the auto industry, and keep our promises to the middle class. But the stakes just got a whole lot higher. Backed by more than $100 million in corporate cash from Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers, Republicans are determined to fight President Obama's agenda every step of the way. If we don't match their big money blitz with grassroots support, they'll flip the 4 Senate seats they need to take total control in Congress- and we can kiss our progress goodbye. That's why we're asking you to join our fight to protect President Obama's agenda. We can keep the recovery going, but only if progressives like you take a stand- right now. Sitting on the sidelines means tax cuts for the rich and an end to Medicare as we know it next year- it's as simple as that. Stand with the DSCC and give Democratic Senators the support ...
Worth the read: NAEYC CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONS UPDATE May 18, 2012 YOUR CALLS MADE A DIFFERENCE – Thank you! The U.S. Senate considered and rejected motions to proceed for three budget proposals authored by Republican Senators (Toomey, Paul and Lee), all of which would have led to (if enacted) large cuts in child care (assistance for families, money for child care program improvements); Head Start and Early Head Start; and K-12 and higher education. Those proposals also would have made drastic cuts to Food Stamps (now called SNAP) that would make it hard for many children and families to have basic nutrition assistance they need. Senate Democrats rejected the votes, viewing them as unnecessary because Congress and the President had already agreed to spending levels for the 2013 fiscal year in last year’s debt limit law. The Senate also voted on and rejected the House-approved budget and a GOP version of President Obama’s 2013 budget. President Obama issued a strongly worded statement in opposition to ...
Zero Votes for Obama's Budget Last week, Senate Republicans tried to get Harry Reid and his Democratic majority to do something they haven't done in more than three years: pass a budget. Tea Party-backed Senators Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee all introduced fiscally conservative budget proposals that were voted down by the Democrats. Senate Democrats have refused to submit their own budget, but Republicans did manage to force a vote on President Obama's budget proposal. "President Obama’s budget proposal, S.Con Res. 41, was introduced by Senator Sessions of Alabama in order to give the Democrats a chance to vote on the President's plan to dramatically raise spending and taxes," commented Max Pappas, FreedomWorks Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy. "Unsurprisingly, the Obama budget received zero votes from either party, as it is absurdly unsustainable and indefensible."
Last August, debt ceiling negotiations between House Republicans and Senate Democrats came to an end when President Obama signed into law the Budget Control Act, a not-so-Grand Bargain that created a legislative super committee tasked with finding spending cuts to offset the debt ceiling increase. I...
A budget offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) failed 16-to-83. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) offered a budget, but it fared no better, losing 17-to-82. A plan modeled after House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposal failed 41-to-58. Senator Pat Toomey's budget (R-PA) got the most votes, but still came up short on a 42-to-57 vote. You will notice these are all Republican proposals, yet Democrats control the majority in the Senate. Where was the Democrat budget? For the third year in a row, Senate Democrats have refused to produce a budget. So Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, decided to put President Obama's 2013 budget proposal on the floor. It failed 0-to-99. That's not a typo. Not one single Democrat was willing to vote for Barack Obama's tax-hiking, big-spending budget. And this isn't the first time. Earlier this year, Obama's budget was defeated 0-to-414 in the House. And last year, the Senate voted 0-to-97 against Obama's 2012 budget. If members of Ob ...
Despite our troubled economy and our $15 trillion national debt, President Obama and Senate Democrats refuse to propose a responsible federal budget. Today, the Senate voted unanimously against the President’s budget proposal which failed to rein in spending and reduce the national debt, imposed taxes that would have inhibited economic growth, ignored the pending insolvency of Medicare and Social Security, and used budget gimmicks to create the illusion of savings. Merely voting down this destructive proposal is not enough, however. We made a promise to the American people who elected us into the Senate to do our jobs, yet it has been over three years since the Democrat controlled Senate passed a budget. This is inexcusable. A responsible budget is a vital first step toward getting our economy back on track and reducing our massive debt. American families understand that times are tough, and they are making sacrifices in order to make ends meet. The Federal Government, on the other hand, continues ...
And you have doubts we can defeat the POTUS? This week, 69 House Democrats broke ranks and voted to mandate construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The bill passed the House by a veto-proof margin. As Byron York notes in the Washington Examiner, 11 Senate Democrats voted for the pipeline last month. Its supporters are very close to the 60 votes needed to bust a liberal filibuster. Even the New York Times admits the uphill struggle facing the White House: "President Obama is finding himself increasingly boxed in on the Keystone Pipeline fight as more Congressional Democrats are joining Republicans in backing the project, which has strong labor support and could generate significant numbers of jobs in economically hard-hit states." The Obama Budget was sunk spectacularly by a 441-0 vote. Yes, not one single democrat supported it. And then there's ObamaCare. The Washington, D.C., publication The Hill reports that some politicians are expressing "buyers' remorse" over ObamaCare. Consider some of their comme ...
Today, Senate Republicans hired Miguel Estrada, the 2002 judicial nominee for the DC Circuit Court of Appeals filibustered by Senate Democrats, to press a lawsuit against the Obama administration. The lawsuit itself is based on President Obama’s non-recess “recess appointment” of political allies to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which oversees management-union relations. Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mcconnell came out firing today: “The president’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency, when the Senate was not in recess, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab. We will demonstrate to the court how the president’s unconstitutional actions fundamentally endanger the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the Executive Branch.” The Senate was technically in session when President Obama made his recess appointments; he unilaterally determined that ther ...
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