ㅤ"Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who is up for reelection in 2020, is staying on as Senate Democratic whip. While Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will keep her position as assistant Democratic Leader."
ㅤ"The end result will give Republicans at least a 52-seat majority starting in January, with the potential to add additional seats in the coming weeks."
ㅤFull story at The Hill. Posted here on 11/7/18. See "senate, republicans."
ㅤ"Republicans had captured two Democrat-held Senate seats Tuesday night, ensuring they would keep control of the chamber and giving them the ability to confirm President Trump’s nominees."
ㅤFull story at The Washington Times. Posted here on 11/6/18. See "republicans, senate."
ㅤ"Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and businessman Mike Braun are statistically tied in Indiana’s widely watched Senate race, according to a poll released Monday by the Indianapolis Business Journal.
ㅤOf likely voters surveyed, 41 percent back Donnelly in his bid for a second Senate term, while 40 percent said they support Braun. Libertarian candidate Lucy Brenton receives 8 percent of the vote.
ㅤDonnelly’s 1-point lead is well within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points."
ㅤFull story at The Hill. Posted here on 10/23/18. See "joe donnelly, indiana, senate."
ㅤ"A Statewide St. Petersburg survey released on Sunday revealed Republican Rick Scott with a slight lead in the heated Florida U.S. Senate race over his Democrat challenger Bill Nelson.
ㅤForty-eight-point-six percent of likely Florida voters stated they would support Rick Scott in the general election in November, while 48.3 percent say they will support Bill Nelson."
ㅤFull story at Breitbart. Posted here on 10/23/18. See "florida, senate, rick scott."
ㅤ"North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer has increased his lead over Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in his race to win over her U.S. Senate seat, leading the incumbent by more than a dozen points since her vote against President Trump’s Supreme Court pick Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh."
ㅤFull story at The Washington Times. Posted here on 10/23/18. See "north dakota, heidi heitkamp, senate."
ㅤ"The defense and health appropriations bills, in particular, are a lightning rod for controversial, partisan amendments from both sides.
ㅤBut leadership made a deal earlier this year to avoid attacking so-called ‘poison pill’ proposals, which would threaten bipartisan support, to the funding bills.
ㅤThe Senate, for example, rejected an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to cut off federal funding from Planned Parenthood. They also didn’t take up amendments tied to the administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policies or a bipartisan proposal that would have reined in Trump’s ability to revoke security clearances."
ㅤFull story at The Hill – 8/23/18. See "planned parenthood, senate, spending bill."
ㅤ”The Labor-HHS spending bill, as it’s known, is the biggest domestic spending appropriations bill passed by Congress, and it usually languishes until the end of the year because of partisan fights over the cost of social programs.
ㅤBut McConnell wants to move it to the floor in August, along with a bill funding the Defense Department, a top Republican priority, months earlier than in recent years.
‘We have an agreement with the Democrats to take up in a few weeks a combination of Labor[-HHS] and Defense,’ McConnell told reporters on Tuesday.
ㅤ’Our hope is by the end of August the Senate will approve nine of 12 appropriations bills, which means 90 percent of the funding of the federal government — from the Senate point of view — will be done through the regular order before we get to Labor Day,’ he added.”ㅤ
Full story at The Hill, image from snoopn4pnuts(.com) – 7/31/18. See “spending, mcconnell, senate.”ㅤHomeㅤOptionsㅤ
ㅤ”The fast pace comes as Republicans have increasingly pointed to their ability to confirm Trump’s nominees as a key reason they should keep control of the Senate heading into the midterm election.”
ㅤô¿ô …I often need to remind myself that in the long run, conservatives are winning. Liberals are losers and they must remain losers in November!
Full story…at The Hill, image from thehill(.com) – 5/1/18.
Tags: senate, senate republicans, senators, us-congress, circuit court picks. 𑗉𑗉
ㅤ"I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits. I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts." — the President
Full story…at Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller, image from youtube(.com) – 4/30/18.
Tags: congress, house, house republicans, senate, senate republicans, senators, us-congress, term limits. 𑗉𑗉
ㅤ"The Senate Rules and Administration Committee on a party-line 10-9 vote passed a resolution on Wednesday from Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) that would substantially cut down on the amount of debate time needed for hundreds of nominations…"
Full story…at The Hill, image from thehill(.com) – 4/25/18.
Tags: senate, senate republicans, senators, us-congress, senate rules. 𑗉
ㅤô¿ô …Scumbags. Not a single one of them cited the Republicans’ FAILURE to pass healthcare reform, which the real reason they have slim chance of being re-elected.
ㅤCongress also failed to fund the border wall, pass immigration reform or provide country-wide infrastructure funding. They did manage to pass the biggest spending bill in GOP history, which included funding for planned parenthood, funding for New York City infrastructure and a huge increase in defense spending to please the egomaniac John McCain.
ㅤThen these pussies have the gall to claim President Trump made them quit before being defeated.
Full story…at The Hill, image from onionstatic(.com) – 4/8/18.
Tags: congress, house, house republicans, senate, senate republicans, senators, us-congress. 𑗉
ㅤ”Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky claimed Tuesday on ‘Fox & Friends’ that Congress will only call for votes if they already know the outcome in advance.”
ㅤô¿ô …I think this has been been going on among legislatures from their inception. The trouble these days is getting honest feedback in social media and the polls about their trial balloons.
Full story at The Daily Caller, image from dailycaller(.com) – 4/3/18.
Tags: congress, house, house republicans, senate, senate republicans, senators, us-congress, rand paul. 𑗉
ㅤ”Senators voted 65-32 on the measure, well over the simple majority needed to approve it, despite late drama after the bill easily cleared the House on Thursday afternoon. It now goes to the White House where Trump is expected to sign it.”
Full story at The Hill, image from thehill(.com) – 3/23/18.
Tags: senate, senate republicans, senators, us-congress. 𑗉
ㅤ”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is moving to banking reform legislation — not gun control or other responses to the high school shooting in Florida — next week in the Senate.
ㅤMcConnell has filed a motion to have a procedural vote Tuesday on legislation sponsored by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). After that, McConnell hopes to move to legislation addressing sex trafficking, according to GOP sources.
ㅤLegislation addressing the Florida high school shooting, the subject of contentious conversations between President Trump and GOP lawmakers at a White House meeting televised live on cable news Wednesday, will wait.”
Full story at The Hill, image from bridgeporttxhistorical(.org) – 3/1/18.
ㅤTags: senate, senate republicans, senators, us-congress.
ㅤ”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) hailed it as a breakthrough after months of partisan fighting that stalled spending legislation and caused a three-day shutdown last month.”
Full story at The Hill, image from thehill(.com) – 2/7/18.
ㅤTags: budget, senate, mcconnell, schumer, debt ceiling.
ㅤ”The default assumption that the next time Democrats control Congress and the White House they’ll kill the filibuster is prompting a growing number of conservatives to argue in favor of striking first.”
Full story at The Washington Examiner, image from slidesharecdn.com
(tags cruz, senate, senate republicans, senators, ted cruz, us-congress, filibuster, conservatives) – 1/26/18
ㅤ”The three-week funding bill still needs to pass on a final up-or-down vote, but that is a formality now that the Senate has voted to end dilatory debate. The House is expected to approve the bill quickly.”
ㅤô¿ô …The federal government had a snow day.
Full story at The Hill, image from thehill.com
(tags chuck schumer, mcconnell, mitch mcconnell, schumer, senate, senate republicans, senators, u.s. congress) – 1/22/18
ㅤ”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday promised to take up an immigration bill protecting an estimated 800,000 Dreamers from deportation and allow an open amendment process if Democrats agree to reopen the government.
ㅤThe Senate will vote at noon on a three-week funding resolution to end the government shutdown that began at midnight Saturday. The legislation includes an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
ㅤDemocrats have been pressing McConnell for a vote on the Dreamers legislation, and it is unclear whether his latest commitments will be enough to win them over.
ㅤWith some Republicans expected to vote against the bill, nearly a dozen Democratic votes will likely be needed to clear a 60-vote procedural hurdle.”
Full story at The Hill, image from pinterest.com
(tags daca, democratic party, democratic socialists, democrats, dreamers, mcconnell, mitch mcconnell, progressives, senate, senate republicans, senators, socialists, u.s. congress) – 1/22/18
ㅤ”The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote at 1 a.m. Monday on a three-week stopgap measure to reopen the government.
ㅤSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had warned earlier that he would force a procedural vote if senators could not reach an agreement. Absent a deal, 1 a.m. is the earliest the Senate would be able to hold such a vote.
ㅤSen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he thinks negotiators could be close to a breakthrough, but immigration issues are still a sticking point.”
Full story at The Hill, image from thehill.com
(tags senate, senate republicans, senators, u.s. congress, stopgap, shutdown, government shutdown) – 1/21/18
ㅤ”Congress has missed a midnight deadline to prevent a government shutdown, though efforts to quickly end a shutdown appear to be underway.”