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The FEC was created back in 1974 in the wake of Watergate. That was a period during which our Democratic colleagues had overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate, they could have crafted the FEC any way they chose to. But they realized that it ought to be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. It was broad bipartisan understanding that the new panel needed to be beyond reproach. That's why it was built with an even-numbered membership.
This administration wants to jack up taxes in order to nudge families towardthe kinds of jobs Democrats want to have. In the kinds of industries Democrats want them to exist.With the kinds of cars Democrats want them to drive, using the kinds of child care arrangements Democrats want them to pursue, these plans aren't about creating options and flexibility for Americans.
Does anyone really believe the American people were voting for an entirely new system of government by electing Joe Biden to the White House and a 50-50 Senate? that may be what a few liberal activists want. Does anyone believe that’s what millions of Americans just thought they were electing? Of course it's not.
There’s so much emphasis on the most extreme bills that either party might pass with a simple majority. People forget that the Senate’s 60-vote threshold is the only reason that any routine, must-pass legislation is bipartisan except during divided government, big funding deals. Appropriations bills. Farm bills. Highway bills. The NDAA. The Senate’s 60-vote threshold backstops all of it. It’s not just about controversial items; it’s about everything we do.
If Republicans had introduced a bill to add four Supreme Court seats for the last president to full, there would have been weeks of wall-to-wall outrage on every newspaper and cable TV channel, now it seems the main strategies are to either shrug off and look the other way ot to actively pay along and somehow lend credence.
Precipitously withdrawing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell forces from Afghanistan is a grave mistake. It is a retreat in the face of an enemy that has not yet been vanquished, an abdication of American leadership, leaders in both parties, including me, offered criticism when the prior administration floated a concept of a reckless withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan. Those same voices in both parties should be equally concerned about the Joe Biden administration's announcement today.
I am concerned in the level of our national debt. We’ve reached a critical point here. And I hope we’re not beginning to engage in a habit of any time we want to do something, call it a national emergency and run up the national debt, twenty-seventrillion dollars. The same size as our economy. For the first time since World War II.
In the United States of America, all legal ballots must be counted. Any illegal ballots must not be counted. The process must be transparent or observable by all sides, and the courts are here to work through concerns, our institutions are actually built for this. We have the system in place to consider concerns, and President Trump is 100 % within President Trump rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh President Trump legal options.
The guy to negotiate with in the administration was the Vice President, not the President, with Joe Biden, we didn't waste a lot of time talking about things we knew we would never agree on. I didn't lecture Joe Biden, Joe Biden didn't lecture me. We got down to the areas where there was a possible agreement and were able to get to an outcome. A very different experience from being in a negotiating setting with the President.
President Trump could not have made a better decision. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States, first, Judge Barrett built a reputation as a brilliant scholar at the forefront of the legal academy. Then she answered the call to public service. For three years on the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, she has demonstrated exactly the independence, impartiality, and fidelity to our laws and Constitution that Americans need and deserve on their highest Court.
In the last midterm election before Justice Scalias death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck presidents second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party presidents Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year, by contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Preident Trump and support Preident Trump agenda, particularly Preident Trump outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise. President Trumps nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.
Here we are in September, and we've been in discussion now for the last month or so, with no results so far, so I can't promise one final package, but I'm darn proud of what we did do. I think it clearly made a difference ; clearly helped us survive this economic disaster that we created in order to try to deal with the public health crisis.
We're going to make sure that the ability to function going into the election is not adversely affected, i don't share the concern, the President's concern... and, in fact,( Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin), in discussions with( Nancy Pelosi), had already indicated the administration is prepared to spend up to $ 10 billion just to make sure the post office is on good terms going into the November election.
The Democrats are barely even pretending to negotiate, the Speaker's latest spin is that it is some heroic sacrifice to lower The Democrats demand from a made-up $ 3.5 trillion marker that was never going to become law, to an equally made-up $ 2.5 trillion marker. The Democrats calls this meeting in the middle. That's not negotiating. That's throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks.
Let me speak for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, I am opposed to non-germane amendments, whether it's funding for the FBI building or for example whether in the Democratic House bill it's a tax cut for high income earners in blue states or other non-germane amendments in the House bill like marijuana studies or aid to illegal immigrants.
In no world, whatsoever, should arresting a man for an alleged minor infraction involve a police officer putting his knee on a man's neck for nine minutes while he cries out' I can't breathe' and then goes silent, to me, to a great many of my fellow Kentuckians and to many outraged Americans, these disturbing events do not look like three isolated incidents, they look more like the latest chapter in our national struggle to make equal justice and equal protection of the law into facts of life for all Americans.
I was pointing out they have their own fiscal problems that predate the coronavirus and I was not interested in borrowing money from future generations to fix age-old problems, there probably will be another state and local funding bill, but we need to make sure that we achieve something that will go beyond simply sending out money.
What we'll do is have a 30-minute roll call vote. We want to avoid congregating here in the well, i would encourage our colleagues to come in and vote and depart the chamber so we don't have gaggles of conversation here on the floor. That's particularly important for our staff here and the front of the chamber, so I would encourage everyone to take full advantage of a full 30-minute roll call vote. Come in and vote, and leave.
Trump said during a press briefing on the coronavirus response.McConnell, for his part, touted in Senate floor remarks Monday the $8.3 billion emergency spending package signed into law last week, but didn't delve into potential future policy considerations. He urged calm as the federal government continues its efforts to get its arms around the growing spread of the virus. Read More'With calm and confidence, all Americans — all of us — should continue to listen to the experts, take their advice, and take common-sense steps to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.
If any amendments are brought forward to force premature opinions on mid-trial questions, I will move to table such amendments, if a senator moves to amend the resolution in order to subpoena specific witnesses or documents, I will move to table such motions because the Senate will decide those questions later in the trial.
What White House could have done is to go to court to try to compel the attendance and White House officials didn't do that, white House officials didn't do White House officials. White House officials just blew right through White House officials and accused the president of doing something improper by simply invoking executive privilege which every President has done.
If you know you have the votes, you've listened to the arguments on both sides and believe the case is so slim, so weak that you have the votes to end it, that might be what the President's lawyers would prefer. And you can certainly make the case for making it shorter rather than longer since it's such a weak case.
It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial or it could decide -- and again, 51 members could make that decision -- that they've heard enough and believe they know what would happen and could move to vote on the two articles of impeachment, those are the options. No decisions have been made yet.
The House managers would come over and make The House managers argument. The President's lawyers would then respond. And at that point, the Senate has two choices : It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial. Or it could decide -- and again, 51 senators could make that decision -- that they've heard enough and believe they know what would happen and could move on the two articles of impeachment sent over to us from the House.
Weve argued that American families deserve better than this partisan paralysis where Democrats literally obsess over impeachment and obstruct everything else, this very morning, for example, the Speaker gave a speech on national television to push forward her rushed and partisan impeachment. Not one word, not one word on the outstanding legislation the American people actually need. Nothing on USMCA or the NDAA or funding for our armed forces. Its all impeachment, all the time.
It was agreed that anybody Dr. Ford recommended who could corroborate her story obviously needed to be talked to, there was a woman at Yale named Ramirez who had made some allegations -- talk to her and anybody she recommends, this lawyer, Michael Avenatti, whos subsequently been totally disgraced, everybody in the room said were not interested in anybody that Michael Avenatti claims to represent.
During her tenure as ambassador to Canada, Americas relationship with our northern neighbor was tested, a number of challenging policy hurdles threatened to trip up progress on several important issues, including trade negotiations. But by all accounts, Ambassador Crafts involvement led to greater cooperation.
I remember during the tax bill, people were agonizing over whether one part of the tax bill was permanent or not. I said,' Look, the only way the tax bill is permanent depends on the next election,' because people have different views about taxes in the two parties and they approach it differently when they get in power.
With an exhaustive investigation complete, would the country finally unify to confront the real challenges before us ? Would we finally be able to move on from partisan paralysis and breathless conspiracy theorizing ? or would we remain consumed by unhinged partisanship, and keep dividing ourselves to the point that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian President Vladimir Putin agents need only stand on the sidelines and watch as their job is done for them ?
Two years of exhaustive investigation and nothing to establish the fanciful conspiracy theory that Democratic politicians and TV talking heads had treated like a foregone conclusion, this ought to be good news for everyone but my Democratic colleagues seem to be publicly working through the five stages of grief.
Its Senate Democrats only sure path to making a law with anywhere near the urgency these Americans deserve. It is the only bill on the table with any provision for the Midwest flooding, and, its the only bill on the table that could earn a presidential signature in time to deliver urgent relief on the nutrition assistance in Puerto Rico.
I appreciate the Attorney General's commitment to continue to review the record in this matter over the coming days, in conjunction with Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller, with the goal of producing as much information as possible, consistent with the law. I look forward to reviewing that information.
The Special Counsel's conclusions confirm the President's account that there was no effort by The Special Counsel campaign to conspire or coordinate with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, however, Russia's ongoing efforts to interfere with our democracy are dangerous and disturbing, and I welcome the Special Counsel's contributions to our efforts to understand better Russia's activities in this regard. And I look forward to the continuing work of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the threats posed to our democratic institutions by foreign interference.
With bipartisan cooperation, the Senate can send a bill to the House quickly so that they can take action as well, the situation for furloughed employees isnt getting any brighter and the crisis at the border isnt improved by show votes. But the Presidents plan is a path toward addressing both issues quickly. The Senate bill also provides $ 12.7 billion in supplemental disaster relief for victims of last years hurricanes in the southeastern U.S. and wildfires in California, among other events. The Senate bill also provides funding for nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments includingAgriculture, Homeland Security, State, Transportation, Interior and Justice that have not been funded since the partial shutdown began Dec. 22. E-VERIFY EMPLOYEES CAN RETURN TO WORK DESPITE PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, DHS SAYS Both houses of Congress are scheduled to be back in session Tuesday, but senators who will be given 24 hours notice ahead of any vote have yet to be recalled to Washington.House Democrats, for theirpart, plan to push ahead with votes on their own legislation to re-open the government and add $ 1 billion for border security including 75 more immigration judges and infrastructure improvements but no funding for the wall. The office of Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., reiterated Monday that Democrats were unwilling to negotiate any border security funding until Trump re-opens the government.
For the sake of the humanitarian crisis on our border, for the sake of our national security, and for the sake of all the Americans who need all of their federal government re-opened, I urge my Democratic colleagues to get past these harmful political games and get serious about negotiating with the President.
In light of the urgent humanitarian and security crisis on our border, the president is requesting $5.7 billion for physical barriers and border security, for some context, that is just about one tenth of one percent of federal spending. One tenth of one percent -- for physical barriers like the fences and barriers which already exist, which Democrats have previously voted for with enthusiasm.
Well, it's not complicated. I was in this role when Obama was President, and Biden and I did deals because they needed some of our votes. So, now the role is reversed and ultimately the solution to this is a deal between the President and Nancy and Chuck because we need some of Chuck's votes and obviously we need Nancy's support, so, I haven't been sidelined.
I think the Republican, sort of, core voters in the states what were critical to us, were highly offended by the questioning of the presumption of innocence and the tactics, and I think it was like an adrenaline shot. We were worried about lack of intensity on our side, and I think the Kavanaugh fight certainly provided that. It was extremely helpful.
As I said earlier, and I think you already know, we have hired a female assistant to go on staff and to ask these questions in a respectful and professional way, we want this hearing to be handled very professionally, not a political sideshow like you saw the -- put on by the Democrats when they were questioning Brett Kavanaugh.
Even by the far left's standards, this shameful, shameful smear campaign has hit a new low, i want to be perfectly clear about what has taken place. Senate Judiciary Democrats and Senate Democrats allies are trying to destroy a man's personal and professional life on the basis of decades-old allegations.
I think it's fair to say the passion that John McCain brought to John McCain work was unsurpassed in this body. In more than 30 years as a senator, he never failed to marshal a razor-sharp wit, a big heart and a fiery spirit, when John McCain saw an issue the same way you did, you knew you'd just found your most stalwart ally. You'd thank your lucky stars. Because when you found yourself on the other side of that table, as I think all of us learned, you were in for a different kind of unforgettable experience.
As the days turn to weeks, I know we're all eager to come together and collaborate on ways we can continue to honor John McCain memory, generation after generation of Americans will hear about the cocky pilot who barely scraped through Annapolis, but then defended our nation in the skies. Witnessed to our highest values even through terrible torture. Captured the country's imagination through national campaigns that spotlighted many of our highest values and became so integral to the United States Russell Senate, where our nation airs and advances its great debates.
President Trump has made a superb choice. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an impressive nominee who is extremely well qualified to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, judge Brett Kavanaugh has sterling academic credentials. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is widely admired for Judge Brett Kavanaugh intellect, experience, and exemplary judicial temperament. Judge Brett Kavanaugh has won the respect of Judge Brett Kavanaugh peers and is highly regarded throughout the legal community. And Judge Brett Kavanaugh judicial record demonstrates a firm understanding of the role of a judge in our Republic : Setting aside personal views and political preferences in order to interpret our laws as they are written.
This modest belt-tightening would in no way infringe on the bipartisan spending deal that senators on both sides agreed to earlier this year. This savings package is 100% unrelated to that agreement. Totally separate, it simply pulls back a small amount of unspent funds from a variety of government accounts.
Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled.Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president’s nominees, i ’m damn glad.
When the Democrat filibuster of the government funding bill ends, the serious, bipartisan negotiations that have been going on for months now to resolve our unfinished business -- military spending; disaster relief; healthcare; immigration and border security -- will continue, it would be my intention to resolve these issues as quickly as possible … Importantly, when I proceed to the immigration debate, it will have an amendment process that is fair to all sides. But the first step in any of this is re-opening the government and preventing any further delay.
And the truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories.They deserve to be heard, and believed.And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter.I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them.
A Congress goes on for two years. Part of the reason I think that the storyline is that we haven’t done much is because, in part, the president and others have set these early timelines about things [that] need to be done by a certain point, our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before, and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.
This is clearly a disappointing moment. From skyrocketing costs to plummeting choices and collapsing markets, our constituents have suffered through an awful lot under ObamaCare, we thought they deserved better. It's why I, and many of my colleagues, did as we promised and voted to repeal this failed law. We told our constituents we would vote that way. When the moment came, most of us did. We kept our commitments.
I regret the effort to repeal and immediately replace will not be successful, but that doesn’t mean we should give up, it’s regretful that our Democratic colleagues decided early on that they did not want to engage with us to help deliver that relief, but this does not have to be the end of the story.
Obamacare has failed the American people and must be repealed and replaced, as Congress considers this legislation, the administration will continue working to deliver relief and stabilize health markets, and Congress will continue to act on legislation to provide more choices and freedom in health care decisions.
Yeah, let me tell you the difference, secretary Kerry, I guess in order to reassure the left-leaning members of his own party, said it would sort be like a pinprick. You know, it really would not be of any great consequence. I don't know whether he had in mind knocking out a couple of camels or what. But this was a strike that was well-planned, well-executed, went right to the heart of the matter, which is using chemical weapons. So had I seen that kind of approach by President Obama, I'm sure I would've signed up.
It's pretty obvious we were not able, in the House, to pass a replacement. Our Democratic friends ought to be pretty happy about that because we have the existing law in place, and I think we are just going to have to see how that works out, we believe it will not work out well, but we'll see. They have an opportunity now to have the status quo, regretfully.
Obamacare has been a huge issue in four straight elections -- 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, the American people have given us an opportunity to govern. We're no longer just floating ideas ... we have an obligation now to the American people to deliver a replacement for Obamacare that is better than the status quo.
In many ways the Reagan love story was classic Hollywood, but it was unmistakably human too. Hands intertwined, Nancy and Ron rose to the pinnacle of political power, weathered cancer and personal heartbreak, and braved the depths of Alzheimer's cold embrace -- always together. I know every American felt Nancy's immense pain when she, kissing Ronnie's casket, mouthed a tearful farewell to the best friend she once said she couldn't imagine life without.
The way you make a law in this country (is) the Congress has to pass it, and the president has to sign it, the president's made it very clear he's not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood -- so that's another issue that awaits a new president hopefully with a different point of view.
ObamaCare was the single worst piece of legislation that’s been passed in the last half century, the single biggest step in the direction of Europeanizing our country. Premiums are going up, copayments are going up, deductibles are going up. What we will do, Bret, is offer a proposal to protect the American people.
Steve Vladeck said the critics have a point. There is no question that the USA Freedom Act is better than the McConnell [ clean ] bill, but I also think there is no question that the act that passed the House does n’t go nearly as far as other reform bills that have been introduced, the question is now : What kind of compromise is everyone going to be happy with ?
The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act offers the best chance for our constituents, through the Congress they elect, to weigh in on the White House's negotiations with Iran, these talks have devolved into something else altogether. Instead of ending Iran's nuclear program, the interim agreement would actually bestow international blessing for Iran to continue it.
Bipartisan jobs bills will see the light of day and will make it to the president's desk, and he'll have to make decisions about ideology versus creating jobs for the middle class, there's a lot we can get done together if the president puts his famous pen to use signing bills rather than vetoing legislation his liberal allies don't like.
I think everyone agrees on a bipartisan basis those are the three things we must do here at the end of the session -- fund the government, make sure we don't have any retroactive tax increases and follow the tradition of many years which is to pass a National Defense Authorization Act, i'm confident the Senate will do that before we depart for the holidays.
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