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He’s entitled to some latitude considering the complexity of the political environment we are entering into, the goal is to win the majority back. I don’t really care what the tactics are. I do care what the results is. If this helps achieve that result, I’m fine with it.
Found on CNN 7 months ago
We’ve been talking about (the legislation) for two years and never been able to get to consensus on that.
Found on CNN 10 months ago
There was an agreement between Jon Tester and( the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Jerry) Moran for two amendment votes when this bill passed, senator Schumer would not allow those votes to occur. And what we're hoping for is there will be a negotiation to eliminate some of the mandatory spending in the bill and then the bill can pass. But this is a cloture vote to provoke a conversation. But I expect it ultimately to pass in some form or another.
Saudi Arabia has a history of surreptitious and at times malign behavior in Saudi Arabia attempts to influence American public policy and freedom of speech in our own country, in 2016, the Saudi government used shell nonprofits to trick several American veterans into lobbying on its behalf against the Justice Against State Sponsors of Terrorism Act( P.L. 114 – 222). In 2018, Saudi Arabian operatives murdered U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside its own consulate. In this 2014 file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a news conference in Manama, Bahrain. ( AP).
Democrats pushed for an assault weapons ban, I said no. They tried to get a new three-week mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases, I said no. Universal background checks, magazine bans, licensing requirements, the list goes on and on and on. And I said no, no, 1,000 times no, so, you might ask,' What is on the table ?' More mental health resources, more support for John Cornyn schools, and making sure that violent criminals and the mentally ill can not buy a firearm.
This legislation stands zero chance of being passed by the Senate - zero. It combines some of the most radical proposals from the far left in one massive bill that fails to address the needs of our country, rather than discuss the humanitarian crisis at the border, our Democratic colleagues have chosen to hold a hearing on a dead-on-arrival bill, and they know it.
Senate GOP leadership's really not material, the articles of impeachment are like an indictment in a criminal case, so that would be the issue before Senate GOP. As much as there might be a temptation to bring in other matters, I think it would be a disservice to the President's own defense to get bogged down in things that really aren't before Senate GOP.
Judge Garland's extensive legal experience makes him well-suited to lead the Department of Justice, and I appreciated his commitment to keep politics out of the Justice Department. That is my number one criterion for who should be the next Head of the Department of Justice as Attorney General, i think both sides should support a depoliticized Justice Department, and that's what I hope Judge Garland, once confirmed, will deliver.
Nancy Pelosi choice's Nancy Pelosi choice because once Nancy Pelosi sends the article of impeachment over, it displaces all other business, if Nancy Pelosi wants to delay the confirmation of President Biden nominees to Cabinet positions and prevent Biden InaugurationHere from asking for and receiving additional Covid-19 relief, that would be one way to do it, so President Biden nominees have a big decision to make.
She certainly seems like a very talented person, very smart, i asked her about her consulting agreements and I said for me, transparency was absolutely required, and I didn't want people working in sensitive national security positions that had been working for our adversaries and that would bring conflicts of interest. So I think she tried to assure me that that was not the case for her.
There comes a time when you have to realize that, despite your best efforts, you’ve been unsuccessful, that’s sort of the nature of these elections. You’ve got to have a winner. You’ve got to have a loser.
Found on Reuters 2 years ago
You lost me when you ... took the acts of a few misguided, perhaps malicious individuals, and ascribed that to all Americans, not just our 800,000 police officers, our 18,000 police departments.
Found on FOX News 3 years ago
The NSA has indicated they think on balance that the phone program isn't worth it, given their other priorities.
Found on Reuters 3 years ago
The story everyone wants to write is that this is all about Donald Trump. But I don't buy that. Obviously, all the Republicans won in Kentucky except for Matt Bevin. He had personal problems. So, I don't agree that this is a bellwether on what's going to happen in( 2020), i mean suburbs, we've got to worry about the suburbs. We got slaughtered in the suburbs in Texas in 2018.
The whole idea that presidents -- whether it's President President Donald Trump, President President Sanders or President Sanders -- can declare an emergency and somehow usurp the separation of powers and get into the business of appropriating money for specific projects without Congress being involved, is a serious constitutional question.
Well it's extremely awkward to be talking about such private matters on TV. I thought Brett Kavanaugh did well and did what Brett Kavanaugh needed to do, brett Kavanaugh made the point that Brett Kavanaugh's not going away. Brett Kavanaugh's not going to let someone falsely smear Brett Kavanaugh reputation and ruin Brett Kavanaugh life.
Judge Kavanaugh is an exceptionally qualified jurist who will be a fair and impartial arbiter of the law and will not legislate from the bench, throughout his tenure, Judge Kavanaugh has served with a high moral standard and demonstrated a clear commitment to faithfully interpreting the Constitution.
Judge Kavanaugh is an exceptionally-qualified jurist who will be a fair and impartial arbiter of the law and will not legislate from the bench, throughout his tenure, Judge Kavanaugh has served with a high moral standard and demonstrated a clear commitment to faithfully interpreting the Constitution.
We need to do the hard work to build that consensus because right now we don't have it because obviously some people want to do more -- like Sen. Durbin and Sen. Virginia Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott and some people have some questions about the prison reform bill itself, and we need to address all of that.
I don't think we know exactly what happened, other than some 17-year-old boy that nobody predicted would have done something like this took his father's shotgun and pistol and murdered these poor, poor kids. So, I'm not sure we know what legislation we need to pass, although obviously we need to work hard and find ways to stop things like that from happening.
Of course it has something to do with guns, but it mainly has something to do with who's pulling the trigger and people with mental health and mental health crises, people who can't legally purchase firearms and possess them because they're felons or otherwise have a disqualifying record -- there's a lot of things we need to keep looking at.
It is no coincidence that these shootings mostly happen at public schools or soft targets, and the shooters are usually male teenagers who attended those schools, can we succeed in making our schools a safe place for mothers and fathers to send their children and where they're confident that everything humanly possible is being done to protect them ?
I think the President tends to conflate collusion and meddling, and fairly there is overwhelming evidence in meddling and no evidence in collusion, i think The ICA by and large was well done. I do think they dropped the ball with respect to crediting the Steele dossier -- I think it gave rise to a lot of rumors and gave rise to a lot of unverified information, which should not have been part of it.
I'm sure John Cornyn's thinking about how long it takes to process a nomination, do the appropriate background checks, that sort of thing, maybe that's what John Cornyn's thinking. But we'll just have to wait and see. I assure you that if there's a vacancy, Senator( Mitch) McConnell and Senator Grassley will make that a priority.
Well, I am glad he is considering retaliatory action. Because White House officials have seen that red lines that go unenforced just encourage further provocative action by Assad, so it is unconventional, to be sure. Something I doubt any other president would have done. I don't think it caused any harm because I know Assad and Russians are expecting something to happen.
I support the constitutional carry, because I view it kind of like a driver’s license, but I think it’s a mistake to try to combine this with the fix NICS background check. We have good bipartisan support for that. … But if we start trying to add other things to it, then I think we risk not doing anything which has sort of been the fate of a lot of the legislation we’ve tried in the past. So, I’d like to do the fix NICS, and then we can move on from there.
The only way that happens is when we are forced to govern by consensus. That is, build sufficient votes in order to have some stability and durability of the laws we pass. Things like Medicare and Social Security, those were controversial in their day, but there was bipartisan consensus that supported them and that's why they remain today.
What the president needs to do is focus on his job and his job is not to intervene in state and local affairs under our constitutional scheme so frankly I think his involvement in this is unwelcomed, this ought to be a choice made by local officials at the local level held accountable by their own voters.
I think no matter who is elected president of the United States in November, it's important we maintain the Republican majority in the United States Senate. The Supreme Court vacancy, if nothing else, ought to cause people to reach that conclusion, so whatever people need to do in their individual races on order to maintain that majority, I wholeheartedly support.
The weeks, months and years of silence about a loved-one's well-being are unbearable, and we need to do more to help those here in the U.S. waiting for answers and to ensure some unity of effort by the Federal Government, too frequently, the suffering families of hostages were left in the dark, unsure who in government was working exclusively to ensure the safe return home of their loved ones.
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