Tag Archives: US Senate

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)


Schilling on Warren: Senator "Lieawatha" represents "everything we hate about politics"

Source: Fox News

"Former baseball star Curt Schilling is reportedly planning to run for Senate in Massachusetts against incumbent Elizabeth Warren, and he's wasting no time attacking his would-be opponent. Warren, a favorite politician among the liberal activists, represents 'everything we hate about politics,' the former Red Sox pitcher said during an radio interview on the Larry O'Connor show. Schilling thinks he could be successful against Warren because of the 'disconnect' between the politics of average voters in Massachusetts and the senator's left-wing beliefs." [editor's note: If Massachusetts voters only have Schilling and Warren to choose from, assisted suicide facilities should be set up at the polling place entrances so they can put themselves out of their misery instead – TLK] (02/07/17)


DeVos nomination stands at 50-50

Source: Politico

"Betsy DeVos has no votes to spare heading into a looming confirmation vote next week. Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday they will vote against the Education Department nominee. That could very well mean a 50-50 standoff on the Senate floor — and Vice President Mike Pence being called in to put DeVos over the top. Republicans have a 52-48 majority, and no Democrats are expected to support the prospective education chief." (02/01/17)


US Senate Republicans vote to suspend committee rules, advance Mnuchin, Price nominations

Source: CNN

"Senate Republicans took an extraordinary step Wednesday to move forward with two of President Donald Trump's top Cabinet nominees after confronting a boycott from Democrats across the aisle. Republican lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee …. gathered for the second day in a row with Democrats on the committee refusing to show up. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, pointing to the 'extraordinary circumstances' of the meeting, allowed the Republicans on the committee to vote to suspend the rules of the committee. Hatch said the Senate Parliamentarian approved of the procedural maneuver. Under the rules, it is required that at least one Democrat be present for the panel to vote to send a nominee to the Senate floor. … With the committee rules suspended, the 14 Republicans in the room voted Wednesday morning to move the Mnuchin and Price nominations to the full Senate." (02/01/17)


Educrat lobby claims more than 1 million emails against DeVos confirmation

Source: Washington Post

"The National Education Association, the nation's largest labor union, says that more than 1 million people have used an online form during the past three weeks to email their senators to urge opposition to Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee for education secretary. More than 40,000 people have called senators using a hotline the union set up to access the switchboard at the U.S. Capitol, NEA officials said." [editor's note: The Republicans have been promising to eliminate the Department of Education since 1980. They control the White House and both houses of Congress. What's their excuse this time? Why aren't they shutting DoE down instead of picking a new department chief? – TLK] (01/26/17)


MO: NASCAR driver Carl Edwards not ruling out 2018 Senate run

Source: Fox News

"NASCAR champ Carl Edwards seems to be open to trading his driver’s seat for a spot in the U.S. Senate. The 37-year-old didn’t exactly rule out challenging Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat whose second term in office expires in 2018. 'I believe firmly in the principles that the U.S. was founded upon. If I could help, I definitely would consider it,' he texted to the Associated Press on Wednesday. Edwards’ statement comes after Terry Smith, a political science professor at Columbia College, speculated in a Wednesday piece for KBIA’s Talking Politics that Edwards will challenge McCaskill next year." (01/26/17)