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Did Bernie Sanders get Republican employers to agree with Medicare for all?

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) likely gave Republicans attempting to overturn Obamacare heartburn during a recent full committee hearing of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension. It turns out that all three witnesses saw merit to Sen. Show More Summary

Republican Senator Kills the "Kill-Bertha" Bill

13 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Washington State Legislature Senator Curtis King (R-Yakima), Kill-Bertha-bill-killer. Rawr! To recap: On Monday, two Republican state senators, Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) and Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) floated a bill that would mandate the Bertha tunnel's demise. Show More Summary

Democrats to McConnell: Fund Homeland Security, don't target immigrants

14 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Senate Democrats are setting the terms of the debate on the funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. They don't want any of the anti-immigrant riders that House Republicans attached to that bill, reports Seung Min Kim. In...Show More Summary

A Northwest Passage to Nuclear Energy

Interesting doings in Washington state: The bills by Republican Sen. Sharon Brown go to a public hearing before the Senate Environment, Energy & Telecommunications Committee on Tuesday. Four committee members also belong to a House-Senate task force studying whether nuclear power should be expanded in Washington. Show More Summary

Bevin Announces Bid for Kentucky Governor

Matt Bevin (R), who lost a Republican Senate primary loss to Mitch McConnell (R), “launched another statewide race Tuesday, this time for Kentucky governor,” National Journal reports. “Bevin’s unexpected and late entry—he officially joined the race less than two hours [...] The post Bevin Announces Bid for Kentucky Governor appeared first on Political Wire.

Governor Inslee Opposes Kill-Bertha Bill

16 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Washington State Department of Transportation Governor Inslee used to be all-smiles about the deep-bore tunnel project. Now he's facing flack from Senate Republicans. On Monday, we caught wind that Senate Republicans Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale)...Show More Summary

Keystone Pipeline Stopped By Senate Filibuster

Democrats are pressing Mitch McConnell to keep the debate going. “Like” us on Facebook Now read this:Republicans Block Amendment Requiring Steel for Keystone XL Pipeline To Be Made In America (Jan 21, 2015) Keystone XL Rides Shotgun On State Of The Union Night (Jan 21, 2015) Time For President Obama To Trade Keystone Pipeline For [...]

Republicans Can Do No Wrong

And the award for this week's best Christie Apologist goes to......State Senator Sam Thompson (R - Old Bridge) This week, Senator Thompson declared that now is the time for Christie to prove himself if the governor wants to pursue the White House. Show More Summary

McConnell only gets four Democratic votes on losing cloture motion to fast-track Keystone XL

21 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Tar sands bitumen would be moved through the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas. Just four Senate Democrats voted Monday with the Republicans for cloture on a bill that would have approved Keystone XL pipeline. The bill would have transferred authority from the president over the pipeline to Congress. Show More Summary

If You Think the GOP Is "Refocusing" on the Wealth Gap, I've Got A Bridge To Sell You

The New York Times reported last week that in the closed-door Republican Senate Caucus retreat, Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell "encouraged the Republican troops to refocus policy on the stagnant middle class." That would be...Show More Summary

Alabama Politician Threatens To Out Colleague Having Affairs

State Rep. Patricia Todd doesn’t want to stand by while so-called “family values” politicians oppose gay marriage while not respecting their own. Please “like” Liberaland on Facebook Now read this:Republican State Senator Says He Shouldn’t Have DUI Charge Because He’s In Office (Jan 25, 2015) Joni Ernst’s Family Received Hundreds Of Thousands In Farm Subsidies [...]

Senate Democrats Filibuster G.O.P. Attempt to Force Keystone Vote

Senate Democrats prevented Republicans from ending debate on the Keystone pipeline bill, although it is almost guaranteed to pass.

Senate Republicans Float Bill to Kill Bertha

Washington State Department of Transportation Bertha's rescue pit, uploaded January 16. The Senate Repblicans' bill cites concerns about the rescue pit as reason to kill Bertha for good. We didn't see this one coming. According to the...Show More Summary

Democrats block Keystone bill in setback for Senate Republicans

Swift Senate passage of legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline ran into trouble Monday after Democrats temporarily blocked the measure from advancing.

Mandatory Ultrasound, Other Anti-Choice Bills Introduced in U.S. Congress

Republicans in Congress last week introduced three new anti-abortion bills in the House and one in the Senate, one of which would force a woman to have a medically unnecessary ultrasound before receiving abortion care. Image: Shutterstock The post Mandatory Ultrasound, Other Anti-Choice Bills Introduced in U.S. Congress appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Russian Roulette, anyone

(Paul Mirengoff) Some Republican Senators are contemplating an attempt to change the rules for confirming Supreme Court Justices. Under their proposal, confirmation could occur with only a bare majority, as it now can for lower court judges and cabinet members. Show More Summary

Rubio's Week Ahead: Ditch D.C., Deny Science

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has ambitious plans this week. As the Senate wrestles with the Republicans' Keystone XL pipeline legislation, Rubio will be skipping town to bolster his presidential bid. This legislation has implications for fossil-fuel dependence and climate change. Show More Summary

Saying the Quiet Parts Loud

Well, they’re being honest, you have to give them that: Senate Republicans revealed this week that they have eliminated the phrase “civil rights and human rights” from the title of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee charged with overseeing those issues. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee this month and announced the […]

Texas Senator Ted Cruz Moves Forward With Bill To Ban American ISIS Fighters From Returning To The U.S. [Video]

On Friday, Jan. 23, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz filed for new legislation to ban American citizens who leave the country to fight overseas with the Islamic State (IS) and any other terrorist groups that may pose a significant threat to the United States. Show More Summary

Senate Republicans nix civil rights and human rights

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) Until last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee had a subcommittee on "the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights." Now, it just has a Subcommittee on the Constitution. Because screw civil rights and human rights. Show More Summary

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