Tag Archives: US Senate

Trump regime makes show of "briefings" to prep Congress for North Korea military misadventure

Source: Politico

"Senators were alarmed by a Trump administration presentation Wednesday at the White House complex about the dangers of North Korea, though lawmakers in both parties said it was unclear what the president’s next action against the combative nation will be. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, who led the session, did not divulge whether the United States is considering military options against North Korea after recent weapons tests and military activities were conducted by the regime of Kim Jong Un. … The administration briefed House members afterward at the Capitol." (04/26/17)


Entire US Senate to visit White House for North Korea "briefing"

Source: United Press International

"The entire U.S. Senate will visit the White House on Wednesday to receive a classified briefing on North Korea — a rare move that signals the Trump administration's growing focus on the potential threat from socialist nation. All 100 lawmakers in the upper chamber are set to attend the meeting, along with select other officials involved in the government's decision-making process, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis." [editor's note: Well, that sounds rather ominous … – TLK] (04/24/17)


US Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

Source: ABC News

"The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market. Perdue won confirmation on a strong bipartisan vote of 87-11, as several Democrats backed a Trump nominee after razor-thin outcomes for his choices earlier this year. Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted 'present' but presided over the vote and announced the final tally." (04/24/17)


Calling Hatch home

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Back in 2012, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch pledged that, if elected, his current six-year term would be his last. On Election Day 2018, Hatch will be 84 years old — and have spent more than half his life in Washington. Still, Utah’s senior senator just announced he intends to run for re-election for an eighth term. Why? Our newly-elected president, Hatch told a Salt Lake City TV station, 'is all over me to run again.' And so is the leadership in the Republican Senate — and even in the House. Or so he says. But what about the people of Utah?" (04/13/17)


US Senate goes "nuclear" to advance Gorsuch confirmation

Source: The Hill

"The Senate voted Thursday to move forward with Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination after Republicans took a historic step that lowers the vote threshold for high court nominees to a simple majority. Senators voted 55-45 to end debate on Gorsuch's nomination, setting up a final confirmation vote for Friday. Thanks to a procedural move that changed Senate rules earlier Thursday, a simple majority was needed to move forward. Democrats had successfully blocked Gorsuch's nomination from getting 60 votes earlier, prompting Republicans to employ the 'nuclear option,' which effectively ends filibusters [sic] for all Supreme Court nominees." [editor's note: Not achieving cloture is not a "filibuster." A filibuster consists of dragging out debate with lengthy speeches, etc. – TLK] (04/06/17)


Democrats have the votes to block cloture on Gorsuch nomination and force "nuclear" Senate showdown

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Senate Democrats now have enough votes to block the Supreme Court nomination under current Senate rules, which require 60 votes to proceed on a nomination. That sets up a showdown later this week that will likely lead to a reinterpretation of Senate rules, so that the nominations of Supreme Court justices can be advanced with 51-vote majorities, rather than the preliminary 60-vote threshold that has long applied to high court nominations." [editor's note: The 60-vote threshold is for "cloture," that is, ending debate and voting (once that's done, Gorsuch can be confirmed with only 51 votes). Cloture applies to all Senate bills, not just Supreme Court confirmations. And getting 41 votes to prevent cloture is not the same thing as a filibuster, but mainstream media frequently conflate the two for some reason – TLK] (04/03/17)


SCOTUS: The nuclear option is not enough

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Chief Justice John Marshall was nominated to his position on January 20, 1801. The Senate stalled, declining to confirm Marshall and pushing president John Adams to substitute someone else. The matter dragged on … for seven whole days before a vote. Marshall took his seat on the court less than two weeks after Adams asked him to serve. Two weeks in 1801, when news traveled at the speed of horse. Fourteen months in 2016-17, when news travels at the speed of light. What's wrong with this picture?" (04/02/17)


US Senate: Pence casts tie-breaking vote to revoke Obama order on corporate welfare for Planned Parenthood

Source: The Hill

"Vice President Mike Pence returned to the Senate Thursday afternoon — the second time in one day — to cast a tie-breaking vote on legislation to undo an Obama-era regulation on funding for abortion providers. Pence cast the deciding 51st vote in favor of nixing the rule, after the legislation stalled in a 50-50 tie. Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) sided with Democrats to vote against repealing the Obama-era rule, prompting the need for the vice president to break the tie. … The regulation required that state and local governments distribute federal Title X funding for services related to contraception, fertility, pregnancy care and cervical cancer screenings to health providers, regardless of whether they also preform abortions." (03/30/17)


Manchin becomes first US Senate Democrat to back Gorsuch nomination

Source: Fox News

"Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday that he would support Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, becoming the first Democrat to back President Trump's choice. … More than half of Senate Democrats already have come out against Gorsuch, and are planning to support a filibuster if it comes to that. So far, only Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, have indicated they would oppose a filibuster." (03/30/17)


US Senate Republicans may dump border wall funding to reduce "shutdown" theatrics

Source: New York Daily News

"Senate Republicans indicated on Tuesday they have no plans to shut down the government [sic] over a fight for money for a border wall. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of GOP leadership, told reporters Tuesday afternoon that a bill to keep the government funded after April 28 was coming together, and suggested the funding for the wall wouldn't be included. … Republicans will need some Democratic support to avoid a government shutdow [sic] at the end of April, and Democrats have indicated they'd block any bill that included funds for a wall." (03/28/17)