What Do Barack Obama and the Koch Brothers Agree On? The Smarter Sentencing Act

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:00 am

There aren’t many things that Barack Obama, Eric Holder, the Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist, Ted Cruz and Sheldon Whitehouse agree on.

But one of those rare things is the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bill that has support from members of all parties in both houses of Congress — but is currently stuck there for no other reason than partisan gridlock.


Come Saturday Morning: When A Problem Comes Along…

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 6:45 am

When a problem comes along, you must whip it!

Syria Watch, Sept 12 – Let’s Ask Kissinger, He Knows Everything

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 10:15 am

Ben Cardin, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said a vote could happen in the Senate “as early as next week” on a backdoor AUMF being crafted by John McCain’s “Gang of 8.” It would give the President the authorization to take military action if certain conditions are not met. (Don’t sleep yet.) Since members of Congress are still declaring their support/opposition to the use of military force in Congress, we’re going to keep tracking them. We’ll be updating this post with Syria news throughout the day.

Congressional Vote on #Syria Whip Count, Sept 11 – Bombing for Peace

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 7:36 am

The President’s speech last night sounded like it was the product of a speechwriter’s war, where everyone was so anxious to get their own digs in they lost sight of the fact that the parts didn’t really all fit together. But as we start Day 10 of our whip count, we’ll see if any members of Congress found it persuasive.

Congressional Vote on #Syria Whip Count, Sept 9 – Who Was For It Before They Were Against It?

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 7:22 am

As we begin Day 9 of our whip count, the House Armed Services Committee is holding hearings that we’ll be liveblogging, where John Kerry will testify. And members of Congress are coming out of the closet and expressing their opposition to military action in Syria, now that it’s pretty much universally accepted that there will not be a vote.

Congressional Vote on #Syria Whip Count, Sept 9 – Launching Our New Senate Whip Count Page

By: Monday September 9, 2013 3:55 pm

Firedoglake Senate Syria Whip Count Page (**NEW**)

Firedoglake House Syria Whip Count Page

Congress is back on the job today on this, Day 8 of our whip count on the authorization of the use of military force in Congress. As always, I’ll be updating news and totals here throughout the day.

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip Count, Sept 6: What Happens When Nancy Pelosi Drops the Pimp Hand?

By: Friday September 6, 2013 6:50 am

As we begin Day 5 of our whip effort, the dynamics that will shape a final House vote are starting to become clear.

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip Count, Thursday September 5

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 12:45 pm

Things are looking pretty grim today for the pro-bombing camp in Congress. Firedoglake’s latest whip count indicates that there are 94 firm “nay” votes and 99 “lean nay,” which means the world of potential “nay” votes is approaching the magic 217 votes needed to stop passage.

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip List, Wednesday September 4

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 1:30 pm

House leadership tried to create the illusion of “momentum” yesterday with John Boehner and Eric Cantor coming out in favor of authorizing the use of force with Syria, as well as Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen putting aside their concerns about “boots on the ground” and jumping on board.

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip List, Tuesday September 4

By: Tuesday September 3, 2013 9:17 am

The White House is in a bit of a pickle — President Obama feels he needs the support of John McCain and Lindsey Graham to get House Republicans on board, and he may be right. However, McCain and Graham want regime change and a number of Democratic AND Republican votes appear to be contingent upon the language of the authorization being limited to airstrikes and preventing boots on the ground.

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