Tag Archives: US Senate

A trout in the milk

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Talk about a silly rite. Senators repeatedly fired questions about specific legal views that no High Court nominee ever answers. Why not? Because to answer would be to pre-judge possible future cases. That didn't prevent displays of faux-outrage from committee Democrats, though." (03/24/17)


US Senate votes to block FCC meddling in ISP/customer relations

Source: The Hill

"The Senate passed a resolution Thursday in a 50-48 party line vote that would dismantle a set of internet privacy [sic] rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year. The rules, which the FCC passed in a party-line vote in October, require internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon to obtain customers' permission before using their personal information for advertising purposes. If passed by the House and signed by President Trump, the bill would use an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to eliminate the rules before they go into effect." (03/23/17)


Gorsuch tries to bridge partisan divide in start of confirmation hearings

Source: Fox News

"Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch vowed Monday to be a 'faithful servant of the Constitution' and 'apply the law impartially,' during the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings that repeatedly exposed the partisan divide in Washington. … Gorsuch, a respected, highly-credentialed judge and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, attempted in his remarks to bridge the political divide and become President Trump's replacement for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia." (03/20/17)


US Senate confirms Carson as HUD secretary

Source: Fox News

"Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was confirmed by the Senate Thursday to become housing secretary in the Trump administration. Carson, a former Republican presidential candidate who battled Trump for the GOP nomination, was confirmed for the Cabinet position by a 58 to 41 vote. In his role as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, Carson will lead more than 8,300 employees and handle an annual budget of nearly $47 billion." (03/02/17)


Idiot US pols continue trying to queer improved Iran relations with security theatrics

Source: US News & World Report

"U.S. Republican senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanctions on Iran, accusing it of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles and acting to 'destabilise' the Middle East, a U.S. senator said Sunday. 'I think it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they’ve done outside the nuclear program,' Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the Munich Security Conference." (02/19/17)


US Senate confirms Mulvaney as budget czar

Source: The State

"The U.S. Senate voted 51-49 to confirm U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina as President Trump’s new budget chief Thursday, less than two weeks before the president is expected to present a pared-down 'skinny' budget to Congress. Mulvaney, known as a fiscal hard-liner, was confirmed despite the opposition of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who cited the S.C. Republican's inability to remember voting for a defense spending cut when questioned at his confirmation hearing. 'Mulvaney has spent his last six years in the House of Representatives pitting the national debt against our military,' said McCain, the Armed Services Committee chairman." [editor's note: McCain says that like it's something other than a sterling recommendation … – TLK] (02/16/17)


US Senate confirms Trump's picks for Treasury, VA

Source: Fox News

"The Senate confirmed former Goldman Sachs financier Steven Mnuchin as President Donald Trump's Treasury secretary Monday, despite objections by Democrats who charged that Mnuchin had made much of his fortune by foreclosing on struggling homeowners during the financial crisis. Mnuchin was confirmed 53-47, with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin joining all 52 Republicans to vote in the affirmative. Moments later, physician David Shulkin was unanimously confirmed as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Mnuchin and Shulkin bring the total of confirmed members of Trump's Cabinet to eight, joining the secretaries of State, Defense, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Attorney General." (02/13/17)


US Senate confirms Sessions as Attorney General

Source: The Hill

"The Senate voted Wednesday night to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general, capping a vicious debate that left Democrats and Republicans alike seething at times. No Republicans went against Sessions in the 52-47 vote. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat to back Sessions." (02/08/17)


US Senate: Republicans vote to silence Warren in Sessions confirmation debate

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"The words were those of Coretta Scott King, widow of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But they resulted in a rarely invoked Senate rule being used to formally silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. On the Senate floor Tuesday, Warren read from a letter Scott King wrote in 1986, when she objected to President Reagan's ultimately unsuccessful nomination of then-U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions to a federal district court seat. … 'I call the senator to order under the provisions of Rule 19,' [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell said after interrupting Warren's speech, in which he said she had 'impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama.'" (02/08/17)


Pence casts tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos as US Secretary of Education

Source: CNN

"Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote Tuesday to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next education secretary after the Senate was evenly divided over the controversial pick. The 51-50 vote ends Trump's toughest confirmation battle yet. Senate Democrats debated through the night and into Tuesday morning in a last-ditch attempt to derail DeVos, buoyed by support from Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine." (02/07/17)