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Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 222: McConnell still holding Flint hostage

It's Friday, September 23, and Day 222 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 191 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy. Show More Summary

Another Government Shutdown Looms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “unveiled legislation to prevent a government shutdown next weekend and provide more than $1 billion to battle the Zika virus. It also would provide $500 million to help Louisiana rebuild from last month’s devastating [...]

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 221: Stupid and venal reign, just 8 days left to fund the government

It's Thursday, September 22, and Day 221 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 190 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy.  What's the Senate doing today? Being as obnoxious as possible. Show More Summary

Judicial Vacancy Hurting Ordinary Americans But Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Care

There is a Judicial crisis in America and Mitch McConnell doesn’t care. Senators are not doing their jobs or fulfilling their Constitutional responsibilities and Senate leaders cite statistics that totally ignore the severity of the crisis. I know Republicans are hesitant, if not vehemently opposed to so much as scheduling a confirmation hearing on Merrick [...]Show More Summary

Government Shutdown Suddenly Looming As Lawmakers Have Trouble Making A Deal

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ? The prospects of a government shutdown suddenly loomed larger Thursday as Republicans in the Senate offered a funding bill that Democrats summarily rejected. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered the measure in...Show More Summary

McConnell unveils stopgap spending bill, anti-Zika funds

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the stopgap measure was "clean" of controversies and he left out internet-related language demanded by Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Democrats immediately criticized the proposal for failing to fund one of their top priorities: money to help Flint, Michigan, repair its lead-tainted water system.

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul clash over bill blocking weapons sales to Saudis

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The U.S. Senate will vote on Wednesday on a measure to block the sale of tanks and other military equipment worth $1.15 billion to Saudi Arabia, but the measure is not expected to pass despite lawmakers’ growing frustration with the longtime U.S. ally. The Senate’s Republican Majority...

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 219: Republicans decide to take a hostage or two

It's Tuesday, September 20, and Day 219 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 188 since Merrick Garland was nominated...Show More Summary

Senate to delay vacation to override Obama veto

President Obama vetoed a bill that allows families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate will take up an expected veto override of legislation that lets families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts before breaking for the elections. “Both of those [...]

Senate Will Delay Vacation to Override Obama Veto

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that the Senate will take up an expected veto override of legislation that lets families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts before breaking for the elections, The Hill reports. The [...]

Senate Republicans foot-dragging on budget vote because they don't want to help Flint, Michigan

Hopes were high last week that the Senate was just going to buckle down and pass a budget deal to send to the House that would keep the government's doors open after September 30. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell even scheduled a cloture vote for yesterday afternoon to get the procedural ball rolling. Show More Summary

Washington Monthly | You Break It, You Own It

Live from Capitol Hill: Martin doesn't sharpen this enough. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and Ted Cruz--and JEB! Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and company too--made a decision to treat Barack Obama not like a President who had adopted John McCain's global warming plan and Mitt Romney's health...

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 215: The Senate isn't in, so here's Harry Reid unloading on Trump

It's Friday, September 16, and Day 215 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 184 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy.  The Senate isn't doing anything today. Show More Summary

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 214: The Senate set to make another dubious record

It's Thursday, September 15, and Day 214 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 183 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy.  It's good news for Flint, Michigan, finally. Show More Summary

Right-wing billionaire on the Supreme Court? Why not, says Trump

Hey Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley—was this what you had in mind when you decided that  Donald Trump should get to pick the next Supreme Court justice? Donald Trump has made it clear he will nominate Peter Thiel to the Supreme Court...Show More Summary

Is Mitch McConnell Attacking Consumer Rights To Protect His Own Wallet?

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Wells Fargo $185 million for the astounding abuse of opening more than two million unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts. Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...Show More Summary

Myanmar’s Leader Has a Longtime Champion in Mitch McConnell

Visiting Washington this week, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will reunite with the majority leader, who has supported her attempts to promote democracy at home for years.

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 211: Water, avoiding a government shutdown take precedence

It's Monday, September 12, and Day 211 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 180 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy.  In actual floor action today, don't expect too much. Show More Summary

Trump Has Failed the Commander-in-Chief Test

Max Boot: Back in July, when Donald Trump suggested that he might not defend NATO allies if they are attacked by Russia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell chalked it up to a "rookie mistake." Well it's now September, and Trump has been running for president for more than a year. Show More Summary

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 208: McConnell plots early exit, which screws Paul Ryan

It's Friday, September 8, and Day 208 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 177 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy.  The Senate is not in today. Show More Summary

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