Yesterday’s Congressional Embarrassments, Explained

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 12:40 pm

Today should be a bit better; the Senate will probably confirm two nominees to vacancies at the Federal Reserve after having rejected other nominees for these positions previously.


Obama Sides With GOP Against Reid in Battle Over Nuclear Regulator

By: Friday April 20, 2012 2:30 pm

In a move that could be seen as election-year expedience, a friendly nod to the nuclear industry, or a sign of a coming battle with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the Obama administration announced Thursday that it would nominate Kristine Svinicki for a second term on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Reid had gone public just a day earlier with his objections to Commissioner Svinicki getting another five-year appointment when her tenure expires at the end of June.

Murkowski Has Remorse Over Supporting Blunt Amendment

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 1:20 pm

Apparently, Lisa Murkowski was unprepared for the impact of her voting for the rule to have employers dictate the health care choices of half the nation’s population. Whatever religious freedom case conservatives wanted to make when putting the power of health care decisions in the hands of employers and taking them away from women has been thoroughly discredited. Murkowski almost certainly knew that at the time – she admitted in an interview that the language was “overbroad” – and still voted for it.

Senators Stake Out Positions for Blunt Amendment Vote Tomorrow

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 3:50 pm

Harry Reid has scheduled a vote on the Blunt amendment, which would allow employers to refuse insurance mandates on virtually any medical service simply by stating a moral objection to the practice, for tomorrow. Reid actually introduced the amendment himself when the Republicans wouldn’t.

Joe Miller Loses Challenge to Sen. Murkowski’s Election Victory in Alaska Supreme Court

By: Thursday December 23, 2010 8:14 am

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled against Miller’s bid yesterday to challenge the Senate election, where Murkowski won as a write-in candidate. Miller has until Monday to decide whether to take his case to federal district court, and Judge Ralph Beistline, who is holding up certification of the election until Miller exhausts his options.

Votes In Hand for DADT Repeal as Murkowski, Scott Brown Pledge Support of Standalone

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 4:15 pm

The votes for cloture exist. It’s just a matter of finding the time on the Senate calendar, where DADT repeal competes with the START treaty and a host of other bills. The wrangling over the omnibus or some other government funding measure will loom large as well.

Deja – ever damn time – vu

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 1:30 am

DADT has one last chance and suddenly it is looking up…you know what that usually means.

Pelosi, Obama Endorse Standalone Bill to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

By: Friday December 10, 2010 11:45 am

Nancy Pelosi released a statement last night on the failure of the defense authorization bill, which included a legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She also said that she would work to pass a standalone legislative repeal by the end of the legislative session. The President endorsed the move as well, urging the Senate to revisit repeal in the lame duck session.

Standalone DADT Repeal Bill Readied

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 4:15 pm

Senate leadership has planned a vote on a free-standing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell legislative repeal, unencumbered by the defense authorization bill, to come to the floor sometime in the lame duck session, perhaps next week. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins are co-sponsoring the bill, which will have the same language as what was in the defense authorization bill. Harry Reid will co-sponsor as well, and they will use Rule 14 to bypass the Senate Armed Services Committee and bring it directly to the floor.

Scott Brown Announces Support for Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

By: Friday December 3, 2010 12:30 pm

Bob Gates successfully convinced Brown on the implementation process, which should concern people a bit, especially as Gates might not be around to do the implementation. Gates did say that he would not “slow-walk” things, but what about his successor? What if a President Palin reaches office without implementation in place, and she just never certifies it? I don’t know if that’s likely, but it’s something to watch.

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