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Every woman legislator that I know takes a thick briefing book home every single night, and I remember (former Tennessee Republican) Sen. Fred Thompson … once saying to one of our male colleagues: ‘Susan has a secret. She prepares.’.
Found on CNN 4 months ago
That alone, however, is not disqualifying.
No matter where you fall on the ideological spectrum, anyone who has watched several of the last Supreme Court confirmation hearings would reach the conclusion that the process is broken, part of the reason is that, in recent years, the process has increasingly moved away from what I believe to be appropriate for evaluating a Supreme Court nominee.
I do think it's a positive sign that Democrats are now willing to debate, as you know, initially Sen. Schumer poo-pooed the idea of focusing on the Electoral Count Act.
Instead of preventing a dangerous situation, President Trump created one.
Found on CNN 1 year ago
I can't speak for my colleagues. But I certainly am committed to keeping the legislative filibuster in place, and I think most Republicans are, i'll give you a good example of that. President Trump repeatedly called upon the Republican Senate to do away with the filibuster, because he was frustrated that his complete agenda was not getting enacted and the process was slow.
Crimes motivated by bias against race, national origin, and other characteristics cannot be tolerated, our amendment both denounces those acts and marshals additional resources toward addressing and stopping these horrible crimes.
I think it's pretty obvious from the vote today that it is extraordinarily unlikely that the president will be convicted. Just do the math.
There is a right way and a wrong way for the incumbent President to pursue The President-elect rights to contest what The President-elect perceives as election irregularities.
I made it very clear, yes, that I did not think there should be a vote prior to the election.
I don't know what John Cornyn thinking was, but we have always had a controlled transition between administrations. And I'm certain that if there's a change in administrations, that we have the calmness as well. It's fundamental to our democracy.
This is a really important issue, and the coronavirus has really shined a light on it.
I care deeply about that position and believe that the person needs experience in the intelligence community, which, regrettably, Ambassador Grenell does not have.
I care deeply about that position and believe that the person needs experience in Intelligence Community, which, regrettably, Richard Grenell does not have.
I don't like this chain of events, the President weighs in, all of a sudden, Justice comes back and says,' Change the deal.' I think most people in America would look at that and say,' Hmm, that just doesn't look right.' And I think they're right.
But hopefully the senators are not going to be letting a -- quoting a CBS report which Adam himself said( he) didn't know if that was accurate in making a decision for the country in whether the President has committed high crimes and misdemeanors, i can't believe the President's misbehavior would be ignored because of something like that.
I've worked very hard to make sure we vote on witnesses and documents at the appropriate stage of the trial. ... I tend to like information and would anticipate I would vote for more.
Her position has been that the trial should follow the Clinton model as much as possible.
As you can see from these descriptions, the emphasis is on litigators, the emphasis is on comfort level in the courtroom. The emphasis is on making the strongest possible case to protect and defend our Constitution to seek the truth for the American people.
I'm very proud of the managers that we have, i believe that they bring to this case in the United States Senate great patriotism, great respect for the constitution of the Susan Collins, great comfort level in a courtroom, great commitment, again, to the Constitution.
I wonder why The White House did not put The White House into the record and The White House's only now being revealed.
We're still talking, and I think the discussions have been going well.
Every senator has to decide on House Democrats or her own how to approach it. That would not be the approach that I've taken.
I think this was an example of a very unpopular incumbent governor.
This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone, i dont know who this is, and this never happened.
Found on FOX News 3 years ago
I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent.
They did not seem to think that there were problems at the agency.
One has to question what has happened to (the FAA's safety) commitment - whether resource shortages have caused the agency to be too deferential to the aircraft manufacturer and whether it is really wise in the case of Boeing to have allowed the company to certify 96% of its own work.
I don't know how you investigate.
I never said there shouldn't be an investigation.
The Alabama law is a terrible law — The Alabama law's very extreme — The Alabama law essentially bans all abortions. I can't imagine that any justice could find that to be consistent with the previous precedents.
I obviously don't know what the conversation entailed, nor do I know whether Kim Jong Un came up with specific evidence to support that statement, i personally find that statement extremely hard to believe.
Hypothetically, I would hope that we would hear the truth from Michael Cohen, and that Michael Cohen would be asked the same questions Michael Cohen was asked the last time to see what the answers are this time.
If its a clean disapproval resolution, I will support it.
I don't believe that shutdowns are ever justified -- and I wish this never happened, this caused real harm to federal employees... and to our economy at large.
PELOSI, SCHUMER MOCKED ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH ANGRY PARENTS MEMES AFTER THEIR PRIME TIME TRUMP REBUTTAL Sources tell Fox News that Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardnerremains worried about whether an extended shutdown and dysfunction in Washington could hurt the U.S.s credit rating, which is based on factors that include politics, monetary policy, economic indicators, and externalities. The county last lost its top-notch credit status in 2011 after Standard and Poors lowered it from AAA to AA +, amid a showdown over the debt ceiling. Gardner, a first-term senator, is up for re-election in 2020, and The Colorado Sun has said his seat is among the most vulnerable in Senate Minority. A poll conducted late last yearfound that Gardners favorability rating hovers near 43 percent. Hillary Clinton bested Trump by five percentage points during the 2016 presidential race in Colorado. Another Republican senator facing a tough re-election bid in 2020 in a state that went for Clinton in 2016, Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins, said Wednesday that Susan Collins had asked Trump at lunch to consider a compromise to end the shutdown. IN FIRST-EVER PRIME TIME OVAL OFFICE ADDRESS, TRUMP OFFERS COMPROMISE, LAMENTS BORDER CRISIS I suggested that we take a look at the package that we put together last February and brought to the floor as a possible compromise.
Boy, we can't have government shut down. It's never good, how many times do we have to learn that ?
We have to get all the facts and I'm going to wait until Mr. Mueller concludes his investigation. I've not reviewed the filings that you've referred to, i don't know that it changes things much.
Yet let me hasten to add I am very distressed to learn that she herself has been a victim of one of these pipe bombs. I just think everybody needs to step back and reassess their rhetoric and urge people to remember that we are all Americans, that we should be working together, and that there is no excuse for such rhetoric, i believe all of us in public life need to model better behavior.
Too often nowadays people tune into networks that just reinforce what they already think rather than broadening their exposure to alternative viewpoints, we seem to have lost not only a sense of comity but also community in this country, which is very troubling, and we somehow have to restore civil debate.
I believe all of us in public life need to model better behavior.
Their vision of a more perfect union does not exist today, and if anything, we appear to be moving farther away from it.
I found Dr. Ford's testimony to be heart-wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe that Susan Collins believes what Susan Collins testified to, but we also had a case where Judge Kavanaugh came forward and said,' I'm 100 percent certain that this did not happen,' so here you have two people who are each 100 percent certain of what they're saying under pain of perjury. So then I had to look at the other evidence, and was there corroborating evidence, and that's why I pushed hard for the FBI to do a supplemental background investigation.
Some of the allegations levied against Judge Kavanaugh illustrate why the presumption of innocence is so important, i am thinking in particular not of the allegations raised by Professor Blasey Ford, but of the allegation that, when Blasey Ford was Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh drugged multiple girls and used their weakened state to facilitate gang rape.
My fervent hope is that Judge Kavanaugh will work to lessen the divisions in The Supreme Court so we have far fewer 5-4 decisions and so that public confidence in our judiciary and our highest court is restored.
I'm not going to draw conclusions before I'm finished reading.
It appears to be a very thorough investigation.
Obviously I take it seriously and believe that it should be investigated by Judiciary Committee, my understanding is the committee's investigators have already made a request.
I'm pleased that the committee mark up for this week has been canceled and there will be a public hearing and both Mark Judge Judge Kavanaugh and Professor Ford will be testifying under oath, in a public hearing, next Monday. It's exactly the outcome I'm hoped for and advocated for.
I am going to miss the fact that he was so much fun.
It seems to me the prosecution built a pretty strong case so I'm not really surprised at those convictions.
We are at about 1-million-plus( pages) right now.
It will be very difficult for anyone to argue that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s not qualified for the job. Judge Brett Kavanaugh clearly is qualified for the job, but there are other issues involving judicial temperament and Judge Brett Kavanaugh... judicial philosophy that also will play into my decision.
I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade.
North Korea has a long history of cheating on agreements that it's made with previous administrations.
I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law.
It is inconsistent with our American values to separate these children from their parents.
No, I will not, i would advise the president to focus on the coming year's appropriations and not try to relitigate.
Found on Reuters 5 years ago
What happened [in Florida] is not only so horrific a tragedy, but it also has happened far too many times in this country.
The first major overhaul of our tax code since 1986, this legislation will provide tax relief to working families, encourage the creation of jobs right here in America and spur economic growth that will benefit all Americans.
I have always believed that Alexander/Murray (the bipartisan CSR plan) would be addressed at the end of the day.
Our job is not done.
I am confident that we will do a good job, i do think it would help if we brought in an experienced former prosecutor or an experienced investigator, and I have made that recommendation to both the chairman and the vice chairman.
He needs to ask for advice from his advisers and he needs to listen to that advice. We're four months into this new administration, little over that, and he needs to right the ship. We cannot have this constant chaos and serious questions being raised virtually every single day. It is distracting from the ability to work on certain issues like health care reform, and the administration needs to get its house in order.
Clearly, the administration needs to take stock of its operations and the President needs to do a far better job of understanding the differences among the three branches of government -- what's appropriate, what isn't appropriate, he needs to ask for advice from his advisers and he needs to listen to that advice. We're four months into this new administration, little over that, and he needs to right the ship. We cannot have this constant chaos and serious questions being raised virtually every single day. It is distracting from the ability to work on certain issues like health care reform, and the administration needs to get its house in order.
I don't think that's a good strategy at all.
We have no idea whether or not there are tapes but if there are tapes then they should be turned over, that issue was settled many years ago when the Supreme Court ruled in 1974 that the tapes that President (Richard) Nixon had should be turned over to Congress.
It certainly shows a breakdown in communications that is troubling because the president is commander in chief and (Defense) Secretary (James) Mattis apparently, according to press reports — I haven't an official briefing on it yet — told him that this carrier and the destroyers were headed towards North Korea as a show of force when in fact they were headed in the completely opposite direction to Australia, and it's troubling if we don't know where our assets are. It's also so surprising. Every time I have seen that map that shows where our naval assets are, believe me, the Pentagon knows exactly where they are. So I suspect there was some sort of just terrible miscommunication but it should not have occurred.
I'm troubled by it, it seems to me that if a child is brought here by his parents that that child really didn't have any say in the decision to come here. I don't support illegal immigration. But that isn't the child's fault. And as I understand the details of yesterday's deportation, this individual who's in his 20s now, was brought here when he was 9 years old. And it is his parents who were at fault, not him.
And I would try to heal the state and bring people back together, which I think is important, as well.
In the Senate, I now have significant seniority and that allows me to do a lot.
I think it's extremely unlikely, regrettably.
Well we have the opportunity to change the bill, i know that the House and Senate don't always see eye to eye and I suspect this will be one of those times.
I don't know yet. It's too early to say, what I do think that it would be helpful for us to do on the intelligence committee is to have a public hearing, where we can hear from some Russian experts.
There should be personal meetings like we usually do, the Senate works best when we follow the normal order.
I believe the Senate Judiciary Committee should hold a hearing, that would be the normal course.
He was leading the government shutdown, it was a disaster in every way.
I’m not sure Ted has developed relationships in the Senate, some of his rhetoric toward the Republican leader has not been conducive.
For my part, it's clear that the president can send up a nominee -- regardless of where he is before he leaves office, it is the duty of the Senate, under the Constitution, to give our advice and give our consent or withhold our consent. I believe we should follow the regular order and give careful consideration to any nominee that the president may send to the Senate.
The sudden, aggressive price hikes for a variety of drugs used widely for decades affect patients and health care providers and the overall cost of health care.
According to press reports, the Iranians themselves would also be responsible for photographs and environmental sampling of Parchin, a large military installation where nuclear work is suspected to have been conducted and may still be underway.
Our time would be better spent on passing bills that fix the many significant flaws in the law, rather than passing a repeal bill that’s going to be vetoed.
Found on Reuters 8 years ago
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