Tag Archives: US Senate

US Senate delays August recess

Source: US News & World Report

"Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that Senate would remain in session for an extra two weeks in order to tackle the growing list of critical items on the to-do list, as well as give his conference more time in their effort to reach a compromise on health care. … Senate Republican leaders have been laboring over legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, for more than a month, since the House managed to push through a bill that eked out a majority but was considered dead-on-arrival in the upper chamber. After delaying plans to hold a vote before the July 4th recess, McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that a revamped version of the legislation would be unveiled on Thursday, with a score expected from the Congressional Budget Office early next week. If that schedule remains in place, the first test votes on a bill that remains deeply divisive within the GOP conference will be held at the end of next week." (07/11/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-07-11/mitch-mcconnell-delays-senate-august-recess-by-two-weeks

US Senate Republicans have new health care fiasco in the works (expect cancellation of next week's vote by Friday)

Source: Washington Post

"Senate leaders are rewriting their health care plan in an effort to vote on it next week, Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said Monday, even as some GOP senators expressed deep pessimism about the prospect of reaching a final agreement. The push for a revised bill comes as Senate Democrats are working to enlist the help of Republican governors to scuttle the current health-care proposal. Some rank-and-file Republicans have suggested their party should negotiate with the minority." (07/10/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-republicans-plan-to-introduce-a-new-health-bill-this-week-vote-next-week/2017/07/10/9c897996-658f-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html

This LP member wishes Austin Petersen the best of luck

Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O'Brien

"Let’s be clear: the Libertarian Party is my only political party. Flirtations with the Ron Paul Revolution aside, I’ve only ever had one party affiliation. I don’t consider most Republicans to be that close to libertarianism. I really don’t — I think elected Republicans are fiscally irresponsible, utterly wrong on foreign policy, and terrible on social issues. I don’t see much they have in common with Libertarians, besides their lip service to the words 'smaller government' and 'low taxes' which none of them seem to actually be interested in acting on — oh, and a little lust for gun rights, unless the gun owner is a black man from Minnesota who gets murdered by a police officer. But, in fairness, I do understand why Libertarians go to the Republican Party to try to impact it." (07/07/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/this-lp-member-wishes-austin-petersen-the-best-of-luck/

Facing GOP opposition, US Senate leaders postpone vote to overhaul ObamaCare

Source: Washington Post

"Facing a rebellion within their own ranks, Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday postponed a vote to overhaul the 2010 Affordable Care Act until after the July 4 recess. The delay, which came after five Senate Republicans said they could not support a move to bring up the bill this week in the wake of a new budget analysis of its impacts, means that lawmakers will be exposed to a barrage of lobbying in their home states in the coming days. The current proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), which would make deep cuts to the Medicaid program while rolling back many of the existing law’s insurance mandates and tax increases, has come under attack from both the left and right." (06/27/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-republicans-scramble-to-keep-alive-plans-to-overhaul-obamacare/2017/06/27/c8ea4c02-5b37-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html

Senate GOP unveils ObamaCare overhaul

Source: ABC News

"Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions. Four conservative GOP senators quickly announced initial opposition to the measure and others were evasive, raising the specter of a jarring rejection by the Republican-controlled body. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated he was open to discussion and seemed determined to muscle the measure through his chamber next week." (06/22/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/ap-sources-senate-gop-health-bill-reshape-obama-48201263

Sessions agrees to testify about Russia in public hearing

Source: NBC News

"Bowing to pressure from Democrats, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to testify in public Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has scheduled a hearing for 2:30 p.m. … Committee members were taken by surprise by Sessions'[s] letter over the weekend offering to appear before the panel investigating Russian hacking, in lieu of what was to be an open appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee. Subsequent reports suggested the intelligence hearing would happen behind closed doors. … Democrats didn't want Sessions to use a secret Intelligence Committee hearing to get out of public testimony over the question of his participating in firing FBI Director James Comey, and over whether he had an undisclosed meeting with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S." (06/12/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/sessions-agrees-testify-about-russia-public-hearing-n771031

Sessions to testify before US Senate panel

Source: CNN

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday that he plans to testify before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday, but it was not immediately clear if he would testify in public or private. The move is a prominent switch from his previous plans to testify publicly on the Justice Department's budget and puts him more directly in the firing line over questions about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States and a federal investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. Sessions had been scheduled to testify Tuesday before the House and Senate subcommittees that oversee his department's budget, but Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will go before them instead, he said Saturday in letters to the chairmen of those subcommittees." (06/10/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/10/politics/sessions-senate-testimony/index.html

Full text: James Comey testimony transcript on Trump and Russia

Source: Politico

[editor's note: Instead of trying to pick a story on the topic that's either unbiased — ha! — or matches my own biases, I'm just going to dump the actual transcript on you. I'm sure there will be plenty of commentary over the next few days. If it's opinion you want, find it there instead of getting spoon-fed it as "news" – TLK] (06/08/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/full-text-james-comey-trump-russia-testimony-239295

James Comey's "shock and awe" testimony

Source: The Atlantic
by Amy Zegart

"Imagine that two years ago, you sequestered a jury of 12 Americans, kept them in a news-free zone, and brought them today to hear former FBI Director James Comey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Chances are that all of them — no matter what their political beliefs — would be stunned and outraged. From the perspective of one of these Americans, Comey dropped bombshell after bombshell: The Russians are mucking around in American democratic elections, trying to change how we think, how we act, how we vote—and they will be back. The attorney general cannot be trusted to ensure impartial enforcement of the law. The president fired the FBI director and then lied about why he did it. Yet by the time Comey said these things in an open hearing, all of it was old news. It should have been more shocking than it was, but on some level, Americans were used to it." (06/08/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/06/comey-testimony-fbi/529746/

Anonymous no more

Source: National Review
by Jim Geraghty

"Washington is abuzz with anticipation of former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday; an open session begins at 10 a.m., followed by a closed session in the afternoon. It will indeed be thrilling and revelatory to hear about a Trump-administration controversy from a named, on-the-record source." (06/05/17)

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448287/james-comey-testimony-trump-russia-investigation