Tag Archives: US Senate

Facing defeat, McConnell pulls Senate GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill from vote

Source: Newsday

“The latest version of the Obamacare repeal bill was pulled from a vote Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the face of certain defeat after at least three Republican senators announced they would vote against it. The collapse of the last-gasp effort by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) served up another setback to McConnell and President Donald Trump, one likely to frustrate supporters expecting them to fulfill their promise to end the Affordable Care Act. McConnell said the Senate would now move on to a federal income tax overhaul, whose principles and outline will be announced Wednesday by Trump, and a federal spending bill for the rest of the fiscal year after the current temporary funding runs out in December. But Graham and Cassidy said they’re not done yet.” (09/26/17)


New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum

Source: The Hill

“A last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare is gaining steam, suggesting lawmakers could face another vote on ending the former president’s signature law later this month. Supporters do not appear to have the 51 votes necessary to pass the bill yet, but pressure is growing on Republicans to back the measure, which could replace much of ObamaCare with block grants for states. … A significant factor giving the measure new momentum is a fast-approaching Sept. 30 deadline. At the end of the month, Republicans will not be able to use rules known as ‘budget reconciliation’ to bypass a Democratic filibuster [sic] in the Senate. If the measure can be filibustered [sic], it has no chances of passing the Senate.” (09/18/17)


CA: Feinstein ducks questions on re-election bid

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein dodged questions Sunday on whether she is planning to mount a re-election run for a fifth term as a U.S. senator in 2018. During an appearance on CNN’s ‘State of the Union,’ Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor and the oldest U.S. senator at age 84, quickly sidestepped a question about whether she was ‘up for another’ six-year term. ‘Well, we will see, won’t we?’ Feinstein told Dana Bash, the show’s host. ‘I’m not going to declare on CNN.’ Feinstein’s political future has been the subject of intensifying (and, at times, divisive) speculation within Democratic circles in recent months, which the senator’s remarks Sunday will likely do little to quell.” (09/17/17)


Rand Paul’s comeback

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has learned his lesson, and it is this: it’s better to be bold. He’s exchanged the mealy-mouthed equivocations of his ill-fated presidential run — when he actually met with Bill Kristol, presumably to negotiate getting a break from his neoconservative nemeses — with a full-on frontal assault against the War Party. As I write, he is standing in the well of the Senate, making the case for his amendment to the Defense Authorization Act that would nullify the Authorization for the Use of Military Force that gave the green light to the Afghan and Iraq wars and subsequent American aggressions.” (09/14/17)


US Senate votes down Paul’s bid to sunset unconstitutional military authorizations

Source: The Hill

“The Senate has rejected a measure from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to sunset two war bills and force a debate on what war powers President Trump should have. Senators voted 61-36 Wednesday to table an amendment from the Kentucky Republican to get rid of the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Paul wanted to attach a six-month sunset of the two war bills to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that is moving through the Senate. The 2001 AUMF was approved the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, while the 2002 AUMF authorized the Iraq War.” [editor’s note: The bills in question were not “war bills.” They were not declarations of war and they specifically SAID they were not declarations of war (that’s what the “war powers reservations clause” means). They were simply unconstitutional “authorizations” for illegal military actions – TLK] (09/13/17)


US Justice Department won’t let FBI officials speak to Senate panel

Source: Bloomberg

“The Justice Department says it will not permit two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey to appear privately before a congressional committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Senate Judiciary Committee had asked in July to interview the two officials, Jim Rybicki and Carl Ghattas, and then agreed to narrow the scope of questioning after the Justice Department initially declined to make the men available. But in a letter this week obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department said it would still not permit the officials to be questioned in order to ‘protect the integrity’ of the investigation being done by special counsel Robert Mueller.” (09/13/17)


Strange money

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sure is popular … in Washington. Elsewhere? Well … In Alabama, a Republican runoff on the 26th pits controversial Judge Roy Moore, who gained national attention fighting to keep a Ten Commandments monument on court grounds, against U.S. Senator Luther Strange, appointed to the office by Governor Robert Bentley. … McConnell has poured nearly $7 million from the Senate Leadership Fund into Strange’s campaign, giving the incumbent what the Birmingham News called ‘a staggering financial edge over Moore.’ And yet the paper’s report also noted that this ‘money advantage has not translated so far into votes.'” (09/08/17)


AL: Controversial appointment clouds US Senate race

Source: ABC News

“Alabama Sen. Luther Strange got his appointment to Congress earlier this year from a governor who later resigned under the cloud of an ethics scandal. The appointment by then-Gov. Robert Bentley gave Strange the advantage of incumbency in the race to replace Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate. It also became his chief liability since Strange, as state attorney general, oversaw the investigation of Bentley. ‘He’s got too many Bentley cooties on him. He can’t wash them off,’ said Kevin Spriggs, a Baldwin County voter. The sex-tainted scandal that ended Bentley’s political career is dragging into the U.S. Senate race as rivals try to capitalize on what they see as Strange’s Achilles heel.” (08/05/17)


GOP Senators threaten to block “skinny” healthcare bill

Source: NBC News

“Support for a pared-down version of an Obamacare repeal bill still doesn’t have the support it needs as the Senate prepares for a long night of voting on health care. Unsatisfied with the so-called ‘skinny’ bill GOP leaders are crafting, some Republican members are threatening to block it unless they have a guarantee that the measure will move into negotiations with the House of Representatives, where it could be fattened up. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., John McCain, R-Ariz., Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Bill Cassidy, R-La. — enough members to kill the legislation should they vote against it — held a last-minute news conference laying out their demands. … House Speaker Paul Ryan has not given his guarantee that they would go to conference. Other options include an informal conference that leaves Democrats out of the process or that the House just vote on whatever the Senate passes. ” (07/27/17)


US Senate rejects full Obamacare repeal without replacement

Source: CNN

“The Senate rejected a proposal from Republican lawmakers to repeal Obamacare on Wednesday, marking a significant milestone in the Republican Party’s years-long political crusade to gut former President Barack Obama’s legacy health care law. The vote was 45-55, with seven Republicans opposing the measure. The failed effort was a remarkable contrast from less than two years ago, when a Republican-controlled House and Senate passed an identical measure and sent it to Obama. He vetoed the bill.” (07/26/17)