Tag: senate

Gina Haspel Confirmation Grilling

 Gina Haspel is set to face off with senators today in what is expected to be a bruising re-litigation of the use of harsh interrogation techniques during the George W. Bush administration.  Haspel is set to be grilled by the Senate Intelligence Committee not only about her role in the use of the techniques, but also…

House Approves $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill, Sending It To Senate

The House passed the $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday, approving the massive package to fund the federal government through September. The 2,232-page bill was released late Wednesday after congressional negotiators finalized its terms. The proposal increases spending on the military and border protection and provides $1.6 billion for President Trump’s proposed border wall, but it…

CBO: Under ‘Skinny Repeal’ Bill, 16 Million Could Be Uninsured

Senate Republicans’ “skinny repeal” bill to undo ObamaCare’s individual and employer mandates could result in 16 million Americans losing their health insurance, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in a report issued Wednesday. The full contents of the “skinny bill” remain unclear, because it won’t be released until after a voting session that is expected…

GOP Sen. Susan Collins Says She’ll Vote To Block Health Bill

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) tweeted Monday evening that she will vote no on a motion to proceed on the Senate health-care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Collins made the announcement a few hours after the Congressional Budget Office released its preliminary analysis of the Republicans’ proposal, estimating that in 10 years, 22 million more…

Coats, Rogers, Rosenstein & McCabe Testify At Senate Intel

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will all testify before the Senate intelligence committee 24 hours before the Comey hearing. Rosenstein, Coats, Rogers, & McCabe testifying today @10:00AM EDT WATCH LIVE “Director Coats said he’d be happy…

Watch Stephen Colbert Talks Gun Control [VIDEO]

Stephen Colbert told the audience “We all have jobs to do,” “I’m doing my job right now and I’ve got these cameras here to prove it. After the attacks in Orlando, I thought, maybe the government might do their job and pass any kind of law. Even a fig leaf to justify their existence.” “They…

Marco Rubio Running For Senate Re-Election [VIDEO]

Multiple sources report Sen. Marco Rubio will announce his re-election bid Wednesday. The move would be a reversal of a pledge he made a year ago, when he decided to run for president or return to his once-private life. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks of his plans to re-enter the Senate race. A source…

Stewart Is Back To Shame Congress Over #WorstResponders [VIDEO]

Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show for the first time since passing the torch to new host Trevor Noah in August to provide an update on a cause he has been supporting for years: Funding healthcare for 9/11 first responders. Stewart popped up in the second half of the show (“Are you lost?” new…

Senate fails to save PATRIOT Act, Portions Expired at Midnight

Key provisions of the PATRIOT ACT have expired, at least for a few days. Key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act expired at midnight after the Senate adjourned after failing to reach a new agreement during a rare Sunday session to extend law. The Senate did vote to advance the USA Freedom Act, a House-passed…

Jon Stewart: The Chronicles of Gridlock in Washington [VIDEO]

The GOP promised action and a break in the gridlock once they took over the Senate (and House), but now the do nothing congress is worse than ever and John Boehner is still bad at his job. President Obama’s executive order on immigration reform has Republican leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell struggling to galvanize…

GOP Threaten To Defund Homeland Security Dept. Over Immigration

The GOP have a new thing they hate, it used to be just Obamacare, ACA as it’s know as, now it’s immigration, and more specifically President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The republican house have tied the funding of the agency known as DHS, created under Bush to keep America safe, to The President’s immigration…

Senate passes debt-ceiling plan in blow to conservatives

The Senate voted Wednesday to avert at least one chronic Washington political crisis for at least a year. With a snowstorm bearing down on the capital, it approved a House-passed measure that allows the government to borrow more money to pay its bills through March 2015. The White House signaled that President Barack Obama would…

Farm bill ends subsidies, cuts food stamps

A group of bipartisan lawmakers on Monday agreed to a deal on a farm bill that would end direct subsidies to farms in favor of crop insurance. The deal could trim as much as $90 a month from food stamps for 850,000 recipients. The farm bill would last five years and needs to pass both…

Senate Confirms Comey As FBI Director

The Senate on Monday confirmed James Comey as the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a 93-1 vote. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., voted “no,” becoming the first senator to vote against an FBI director since the death of J. Edgar Hoover in 1972. Two senators — Oregon Democrats Jeff Merkley and Ron…

Father Of Slain Sandy Hook Child Pleads For Gun Control

The cold-blooded murder of 20 first graders in Newtown, Conn., sent a chill through every home in America and changed, as nothing else could, the national debate over gun violence. Today, the Senate heard testimony on a bill that would ban assault weapons, including the AR-15, the gun that was used at Sandy Hook Elementary…

Geraldo Rivera Drops Hints On Fox Over Republican New Jersey Senate Run

The Fox News host Geraldo Rivera continued a media tease over a potential US Senate run on Friday, telling viewers that his brand of modern Republicanism could prove a tonic for the party. Appearing on Fox and Friends, Rivera said he could “very well” stand in his home state, New Jersey, in 2014. New Jersey…

Scott Brown Not Seeking Kerry’s Senate Seat

Democrats’ worries about losing the Senate seat formerly held by incoming Secretary of State John Kerry were eased Friday when former Sen. Scott Brown confirmed he will not run in a special election. The decision likely means the Senate seat will stay in the hands of Democrats, who control 55 seats in the 100-seat upper…

Gabrielle Giffords To Senate On Gun Control: ‘You Must Act’

JUST IN: Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords addressed a U.S. Senate committee hearing on gun control, saying “speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something.” Giffords continued: “It will be hard, but the time is now. You…