Tag Archives: US Senate

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)


US Senate confirms Haley as UN ambassador

Source: The Hill

"South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's nomination to serve as U.N. ambassador easily cleared the Senate on Tuesday. The final vote was 96-4, with Democratic Sens. Chris Coons (Del.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Tom Udall (N.M.) and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) voting against her. The Senate vote came hours after the Foreign Relations Committee approved the pick, 19-2." (01/24/17)


US Senate approves budget resolution in first step toward repealing Obamacare

Source: New York Daily News

"The Senate passed a budget measure early Thursday that puts into motion a longtime Republican pledge to repeal Obamacare as soon as Donald Trump takes office — a move critics claim could leave millions of Americans uninsured. Only one Republican voted against the nonbinding budget resolution that paves the way to repeal President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act as early as next month. … The House is expected to vote on the resolution Friday, but many congressmen and women, including Republicans, have voiced concerns over moving forward without a replacement plan on the table." (01/12/17)


Carson defends record, tangles with Warren at confirmation hearing

Source: Fox News

"Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who's had an illustrious career in medicine but little formal background in housing policy, defended his qualifications Thursday to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as he sought Senate approval during his confirmation hearing. … Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent him a letter earlier this week with 35 questions ranging from whether he saw veteran homelessness as a HUD priority to whether he believed the 'scientific consensus that the earth is warming due to C02 and other greenhouse gas emissions.' In one of the few tense moments Thursday, Warren grilled Carson on issues unrelated to his resume — on Donald Trump and his family's real estate interests." [editor's note: Warren knows all about real estate interests … she used to flip houses for a quick profit, contra the "affordable housing" lines she mouths these days – TLK] (01/12/17)


Alabama Republican congresscritter plays "war on whites" card

Source: The Hill

"Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said accusations of racism against Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, stem from Democrats' ongoing 'war on whites.' 'It's really about political power and racial division and what I refer to, on occasion, as the 'war on whites," he said on WBHP 800 Alabama radio …. Brooks was answering a question about criticism of Sessions's record on civil rights, which is under fresh scrutiny while he undergoes Senate confirmation hearings." (01/11/17)