GOP Senators Release More Serious Obamacare Alternatives

By: Monday January 27, 2014 6:30 pm

I’m left questioning how much these senators are really committed to this proposal because if they were willing to actually negotiate with Democrats back in 2010 they probably could have gotten a lot of these provision in exchange for their votes.


If Debt Ceiling Is No Big Deal Why Is it Leverage?

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 2:04 pm

A new tactic among Republicans who are trying to avoid blame for possibly hitting the debt ceiling is to pretend the debt ceiling is no big deal.

NC Sen: Endangered Burr Neck-and-Neck with Likely Dem Opponent, Says New Poll

By: Tuesday May 11, 2010 12:25 pm

For a long time, Richard Burr (R-NC) has been viewed as the most endangered incumbent Republican Senator, and the news for him has just gotten worse. A new PPP poll has him statistically tied with likely Democratic challenger, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

Kay Hagan Voted for Audit the Fed, But Will Now Oppose

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 11:35 am

JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon sits on the board of the NY Federal Reserve. He knows what the Fed is doing. But Hagan says Congress can’t be trusted with that information because they would leak like a seive and the markets would crash. In the short span of a year, she has decided she doesn’t want anyone to tell her anything, and that we should just trust Jamie Dimon to do the right thing.

That’s. . . delightful.

Burr, McCaskill Flip-Flop for Wall Street on Audit the Fed

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 8:35 am

Richard Burr and Claire McCaskill are signaling that they will flip-flop on Audit the Fed in order to protect Wall Street’s secret bailouts from scrutiny.

Will Amendments to FinReg Require 60-Vote Threshold?

By: Wednesday April 28, 2010 6:00 pm

The real question is about the majority vote for amendments. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) told blogger Mike Stark today that every amendment would need 60 votes. That would be a subversion of democracy; it’s exactly what was determined for health care, to protect the bill. There is no deal, bipartisan or otherwise, to protect on Wall Street reform, and the majority should be allowed to decide the components of the bill. That’s what Jeff Merkley told me yesterday, that a process without open, majority-vote amendments would be a “travesty for democracy.”

The State of Play on Wall Street Reform

By: Friday April 23, 2010 4:20 pm

Here’s where we’re at on the Wall Street reform, with a vote on a motion to proceed expected Monday: we have positives on some fronts, negatives on others, and the Republicans still acting like spoiled children. Business as usual.

North Carolina’s Burr Hands Election Issue to Opponents, Votes Against Short-Term UI Extension

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 7:15 pm

It’s simply amazing that Burr would gift-wrap this vote for his opponents in a year when he’s facing difficult re-election prospects.

Employee Free Choice: Beware of the Big Lie Bill

By: Thursday February 26, 2009 1:35 pm

Opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act in Congress made their Big Lie into a bill Wednesday, when Republicans John DeMint (S.C.) and Mike Enzi (Wyo.) introduced the so-called Secret Ballot Protection Act.

Before we go further, let’s clear up the bill’s false implication right now:

The Employee Free Choice Act would not—repeat after me—would not, take away the secret ballot National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election process if workers seeking to form a union wanted to use it.

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