Tag Archives: US Senate

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)


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)