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I think we have to have a conversation about whether we can continue to fund law enforcement in states where they are refusing to implement these gun laws.
Found on FOX News 5 days ago
This legislation would prevent Secret Service from undermining the work of the agency watchdog, and stop them from keeping the American people in the dark about things they deserve to know.
Found on CNN 4 months ago
I think next week is critical, my hope is that we'll have a product for both Republicans and House Democrats to look at when we return. And that will give us a sense as to whether we can get this passed. Every day that goes by I'm more optimistic. But I don't think we'll really know until everybody gets back in town.
Guns flow in this country like water, and that's why we have mass shooting after mass shooting, and, you know, spare me the bullshit about mental illness, we don't have any more mental illness than any other country in the world. You can not explain this through a prism of mental illness because... we're not an outlier on mental illness, we're an outlier when it comes to access to firearms and the ability of criminals and very sick people to get their hands on firearms. That's what makes America different.
This is not good policy for the United States Senate to allow Ted Cruz to break us from our transatlantic partners in the middle of a delicate negotiation over the future of US-Russia, and Europe-Russia policy.
Found on CNN 10 months ago
He still needs to answer some questions and concerns, but I am confident he is going to have 50 votes on the floor. This is a mainstream nominee, someone who knows the ATF backwards and forward. It would be a gift to the gun lobby if somebody with that kind of qualification wasn't supported by the Democratic caucus.
My concern is that the pace of activity directed at U.S. forces and the repeated retaliatory strikes against Iranian proxy forces are starting to look like what would qualify as a pattern of hostilities under the War Powers Act, both the Constitution and the War Powers Act require the president to come to Congress for a war declaration under these circumstances.
This is complex, even though it doesn't look like a complex law it is because when you're trying to expand background checks you don't have a lot of good data. You don't know anything about the sales you don't know about. So all these sales that are happening online, at gun shows, without background checks it's hard to draw a law and know how far into that dark universe you're going to get.
I think there's clearly a point coming where we've got to put a bill on the floor -- I think Senator Schumer's been clear about that, we're gon na work this work period and try to come to an agreement, but if we come back in June and we don't have a bipartisan deal then I think we've got to move forward on universal or commercial sales.
Realistically, it's still very much an uphill effort, in part because Republicans are so spooked right now by Donald Trump and his base and the complete irrationality, almost paranoia, of that base when it comes to guns, the slippery slope becomes a cliff. If Donald Trump and his base take one step, it's like the world ends.
In many ways, Chuck Schumer is made for this moment, managing an effective one-seat majority in The Senate is really hard and The Senate requires you to know what every single member of your caucus is thinking on an hour-to-hour basis, because one disgruntled member can potentially upset your agenda.
I think Democrats have coalesced around the idea that if you're going to spend time debating the issue of college athletics, you shouldn't be limited to talking only about endorsement rights, my sense is that if the NCAA wants Congress to solve this issue of NIL, they're going to have to come to the table on a lot of other things as well.
Without Donald Trump on the ballot, I don't know( if) Donald Trump on the ballot's going to give one crap about helping turnout Donald Trump on the ballot base in Georgia, donald Trump could be doing some just batshit crazy things on or around January 5 that could mobilize the same constituency that came out for Joe Biden on Tuesday.
I don't think the White House or the [ intelligence ] agencies have any plans to release additional information -- that will only happen if we build that pressure, and that's why I have started to talk more about what I know, and how it's inconsistent with what the intel agencies have told us to try to create that pressure campaign.
It was disturbing to see Mark Meadows doing that briefing, having been in close contact with the President, and not wearing a mask. Mark Meadows says Mark Meadows had tested negative, but often, those positive results don't show up for several days, so it just doesn't appear to me that the White House has gotten the message.
I am convinced that the Russians are prepared to do anything and everything in order to get this president reelected, and knowing that Chris Murphy is going to be sidelined from at least normal campaigning over the next two weeks, it may mean that that's massive multi-layered octopus-like Russian interference operation is going to ramp up, and I think we all need to be cognizant of that and we all need to be taking steps to try to make the American people understand what is real information from that being proffered by countries like Russia.
This vendor we use in the Senate has been a problem to deal with, they often play games. They often try to use threats of layoffs in order to get more money out of the Architect of the Capitol. So I think it might be time to find a vendor that's not going to use the threats of layoffs as a cajole to try to get more money.
He has essentially ceded the Middle East to Russian interests. He has accomplished more in the undermining of NATO than Russia has in the last 20 years, and he continues to effectively deny that they have an ongoing political operation here in the United States that, by and large, is intended to support President Donald Trump and President Donald Trump allies.
It is no longer justified based on security threats to have this minimal presence because we had even greater security threats confronting our diplomatic personnel for long portions of our time in Iraq, we need to find a way to get our folks back into Baghdad before we lose everything that we have gained in that country.
This is an extraordinary moment. We're seeing our country turn into a banana republic. Republicans better be careful what they wish for because a Democratic president could use the same tools President Donald Trump is to turn the White House into one big extension of his reelection campaign, if that's the direction they take, attacking the whistleblower, trying to coverup this corruption, it's a really, really said day for the country.
This revolving door of American leadership is devastating to our nation's security as our allies now turn to more stable nations -- like China and Russia -- as our foreign policy infrastructure falls apart, john Bolton was the wrong choice and the silver lining to this instability is that there will be fewer people whispering war chants in the president's ear. But no one of any quality is going to take a job in the nation's national security cabinet so long as everyone's head is permanently hovering slightly above the chopping block.
Several days ago some of the president's comments seemed to suggest that he was once again backing away from his commitment to work on background checks legislation, i have been in contact with the White House this week since the president's comments - as late as last night - and I believe that the White House is still committed to trying to work on a comprehensive anti-gun violence proposal that would include strengthening background checks.
President Donald Trump in 2017's been a prosecutor in Connecticut forever, president Donald Trump in 2017's a law-and-order guy, tough-nosed, well-respected. If I were Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, I wouldn't have taken this job, but President Donald Trump in 2017's got a reputation of being apolitical and serious.
The most important thing is to stop the slaughter of civilians in Yemen, i'm upset about Jamal Khashoggi but I'm much more upset about that Congress has allowed thousands of kids to die inside Yemen. We need to end that war and if the resolution doesn't end Chris Murphy participation in the war in Yemen then there are not 50 votes for the final product.
This clearly was n’t handled the way it should have been, i talked to Congresswoman Esty, and I ’m glad Congresswoman Esty acknowledges this. Nobody working in a congressional office or any other setting should feel afraid to come to work. Protecting victims of workplace harassment needs to come first, and the rules of Congress need to change to ensure that happens.
I really do worry that there is a quiet, unintentional message of endorsement that's sent when we do nothing or when all we do is talk, i think when there is not a collective condemnation with policy change from what is supposedly the world's greatest deliberative body that there are very quiet cues that are picked up by people who are contemplating the unthinkable in their mind.
Found on Reuters 6 years ago
I don't think you can say that the Syrian war wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the invasion of Iraq, but we certainly contributed to the ongoing mess in that region and inside Syria because of our occupation, our invasion, which after a set of circumstances, led to the development of ISIS. … I think we have a responsibility.
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