The Senate took an important step towards reforming the nation’s broken drug laws and fixing our out of control spending on prisons. In a bipartisan 13-5 vote the Senate Judiciary committee decided to send the Smarter Sentencing Act to the full Senate.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday January 30, 2014 1:17 pm|
|By: DSWright Monday September 23, 2013 6:41 am|
Last week the Republican controlled House passed a continuing resolution that funded all parts of the federal government minus Obamacare. The bill is likely to be killed in the Senate and even more likely to be vetoed by President Obama. But as the bill moves to the Senate, two Senators – Mike Lee and Ted Cruz – have apparently bucked Senate GOP leadership and promised to filibuster any bill that would strip out the defund Obamacare provision of the House bill. Needless to say GOP leadership in the Senate was not thrilled and according to Fox News Host Chris Wallace GOP leaders are sending out opposition research on Cruz.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 31, 2013 1:05 pm|
Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) threat to shut down the government unless President Obama defunds Obamacare is stupid, doomed and unworkable. In case Lee’s inability to properly defend the threat or several Senate Republicans calling it a bad idea are not enough proof that this plan is doomed, there is a new report by the Congressional Research Service which highlights a massive practical problem with it.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 29, 2013 3:08 pm|
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) came remarkably close to admitting his threat to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded is an empty one, made to score political points. On Fox News Sunday Lee basically acknowledged Republicans are not prepared to actually shut down the government to push their agenda.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 26, 2013 8:30 am|
One of the political issues to emerge on Capitol Hill is a threat by a handful of Senate Republicans to shutdown federal government unless President Obama agrees to defund Obamacare. From the Huffington Post:
|By: David Dayen Wednesday March 14, 2012 12:15 pm|
It looks like Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have backed down on their obstruction of judicial confirmations. But it’s a little unclear; what we know is that McConnell and Harry Reid reached a deal that will allow the judges to get a vote. However, the JOBS Act, the financial market IPO deregulation bill which McConnell sought prior to the judicial issues, will get a vote first, and it’s not clear all the GOP Senators are on board.
|By: David Dayen Monday March 12, 2012 2:55 pm|
We heard that Harry Reid would make a last stand to deal with the crisis in the federal judiciary, and now we’re getting it. Today, Reid announced he would spend the next two weeks seeking to confirm 17 federal judges who received unanimous or near-unanimous votes out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
|By: Nancy Altman Monday April 18, 2011 12:30 pm|
The Social Security Solvency and Sustainability Act slashes benefits drastically but continues to require workers to pay the same level of contributions specified under current law. Workers’ paystubs would continue to show that they were contributing to Social Security, but that would be only partly true. Workers would be contributing $6.2 trillion more than what would be needed.
Graham, Lee, and Paul propose to “borrow” those excess contributions, all $6.2 trillion worth, the way a school yard bully borrows –with no intention ever of repaying the money. Like school yard bullies, the three Senators even bragged about the fraud. Their press release announcing their proposal describes “What the plan accomplishes,” and lists as the very first accomplishment, “Reduces debt held by the public by $6.2 trillion by 2085.” How can they reduce the debt held by the public? By “borrowing” $6.2 trillion from Social Security’s Trust Funds with no intention of ever paying as much as a penny back.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 30, 2011 4:25 pm|
By threatening to filibuster the bill, Lee is basically requiring it to get at least 60 votes in the Senate, giving other Senate Republicans leverage to make more “reasonable” hostage demands.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 22, 2010 8:20 am|
Primary runoffs feature today in North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi. Utah also hosts a primary, but it is similar to a runoff, thanks to a dual convention/primary system that eliminates many candidates at the convention. Here’s a run-down of the races and expected outcomes.