Senators Write Letter to Harry Reid Opposing Fast Track Authority for TPP and TTIP

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 10:50 am

According to a letter obtained by Firedoglake, 12 United States Senators have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to convey their opposition to the “prospect of renewing Trade Promotion Authority” or fast track authority. Specifically mentioned in the context of that opposition is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Two trade bills that shred national sovereignty as well as labor, environmental, and financial regulations passed in democratic governments.


US Must Not Surrender in Big Brother Arms Race, Senator Argues in Hearing on NSA Surveillance

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 9:35 am

National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander, Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Office of the Director for National Intelligence General Counsel Robert Litt were all witnesses for another Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on surveillance. It attempted to address some of the numerous issues that have been made clear as a result of news stories on documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden—stories which continue to be published.

Senate Democrats Seek Climate Change Vote in Defense Authorization Bill

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 2:00 pm

Now Senate Democrats might actually see climate change as a wedge issue, just a couple years after one of their caucus members literally shot climate change legislation in one of his campaign ads.

Defense-Minded Senators Broach Idea of “Balanced” Solution to Avoid Sequester

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 6:38 am

A curious coalition has come together to petition the Senate leadership of both parties to work on a bipartisan deal to avoid the sequester, the automatic cuts to defense and discretionary spending. Six senators, three in each party, wrote the letter to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. It’s mostly generic, but the identity of those involved does say something about what could come in the lame duck session.

Dem Senators Plan Quixotic All-Nighter for DISCLOSE Act

By: Saturday July 14, 2012 12:00 pm

Clearly word has come down from the upper echelons of the GOP that nobody can cross the aisle on disclosure when the current rules have worked so well for Republican electoral politics. The somewhat pathetic spectacle of McCain’s twist back and forth is an example of that. While this isn’t likely to change, the all-nighter on Monday could at least make a case to the public about who is blocking disclosure of the dark money that increasingly rules our politics.

As Fiscal Slope Negotiations Heat Up, Support for Letting Tax Cuts Expire, From Republicans

By: Monday June 11, 2012 1:30 pm

While Matt Yglesias, I and others were reading tea leaves with different meanings in Providence with Senators on the more liberal side of the spectrum, the ones more interested in using the fiscal slope as an opportunity to put together a massive deficit reduction package were making their move.

Senate Democrats Wrestle with Lame Duck Session Options

By: Monday June 11, 2012 8:45 am

Do Democrats have a plan for dealing with the fiscal “cliff”? Based on interviews I conducted at Netroots Nation with four members of the Senate Democratic caucus — Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Ben Cardin, Jeff Merkley and Sherrod Brown — it seems they have far more than one.

Buffett Rule to Be Filibustered Today

By: Monday April 16, 2012 1:40 pm

Today, the Senate will vote on a motion to proceed to the Buffett rule, formally known as the Paying a Fair Share Act. A filibuster is expected, about 5:30 p.m. ET. This concludes a two-week push by Senate Democratic leaders and the Obama Administration on the bill, and the larger conversation around tax fairness and the need for the rich to pay a higher amount than those in the middle class.

Democrats Gear Up Fight Over Buffett Rule

By: Friday April 6, 2012 11:55 am

Yesterday, Democrats began their media push on the Buffett rule, which Sheldon Whitehouse and Tammy Baldwin have turned into legislation called the Paying a Fair Share Act. The bill would set a minimum 30% effective tax rate for earners making over $1 million.

Senate Democrats Line Up Message Votes on Tax Fairness

By: Sunday January 29, 2012 5:00 pm

I don’t know if anything’s going to get done in Congress in 2012, but one thing is becoming clear – Senate Democrats will try to put Republicans up against the wall on taxes. They already have on the record multiple instances of Republicans voting almost in unison against millionaire’s surtaxes. Now we’ll see votes on fossil fuel subsidies and that alternative minimum corporate tax the President mentioned in the State of the Union and other tax fairness issues.

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