GOP Congress Votes Climate Is Changing, Not Humans’ Fault

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 6:51 am

2014 was the hottest year ever: — New York Magazine (@NYMag) January 17, 2015 If you needed more evidence that people in DC are wastes of time and space you got it yesterday when the Senate voted to affirm that the climate was, in fact, changing but not that it was due to [...]

Climate Change Policies Dead In The Water With New Congress

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 7:58 am

#TOSunEditorial: Time to say yes to #KeystoneXL — Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) November 6, 2014 Much has been made of the fact that immigration reform is going to have a tough time getting through Congress now that Republicans have taken control of both chambers, but an issue that appears to have even less of [...]

Judicial Nominations Likely Dead for the Year After Senate GOP Filibuster

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 6:18 am

Senate Republicans believe that no more judicial nominees should be confirmed for the balance of the year until the elections, citing something called the Thurmond rule, which sets an arbitrary deadline for election-year confirmations. Senate Democrats don’t believe that has been reached yet and want to continue to get judges confirmed, citing the low percentage [...]

Republicans Seek Elimination of EPA Regulations on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 9:51 am

Fred Upton (R-MI), the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has released his bill which would block the EPA from implementing greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act. This bill will likely get a vote in the House when they return to session. Rep. Fred Upton (R. Mich.), chair of the House [...]

The Stupidity of the Intra-GOP Earmark Debate

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 11:59 am

I can’t imagine anything as silly as this down to the wire battle over earmarks, which don’t account for one percent of the federal budget, they account for zero percent. The appropriations would be exactly the same with or without earmarks. All that would change is where they get directed. And the best part is, [...]

EPA Sets Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 10:33 am

The EPA has actually been moving forward on greenhouse gas emission regulations, mindful that they are the last defense for any legitimate reduction in carbon over the near term. Yesterday, they issued a guidance to power producers preliminary to the new rules. While they emphasized that their future decisions would include cost and feasability, they [...]

Republicans Don’t Want Americans to Know What Chemicals Go into Their Ground and Water

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 8:45 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid added to his energy/oil spill response bill a measure from Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey that would force companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) to disclose the chemicals used to extract natural gas from rocks. This mere act of disclosure has put Republicans up in arms: Republicans are wary [...]

Rotating Villains: Inhofe Blocks Liability Cap Increase Today

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 8:31 am

Bob Menendez and the Democrats plan to call for unanimous consent to bring up their Oil Company Bailout Prevention Liability Act during this week, daring Republicans to stand with their corporate paymasters and stop them. Last time out, Lisa Murkowski was designated the defender of Big Oil. Today, it’s James Inhofe. Menendez tried Tuesday morning [...]

Friends, Romans, Senators: Lend Me Your Earmarks

By: Friday March 12, 2010 11:33 am

You knew that this sanctimony about earmarks, which remains a side issue at best and a made-up issue at worst, would hit a brick wall in the Senate, and a bipartisan brick wall, at that. Appropriators simply dig steering contracts to their preferred source rather than giving up that power over to the executive branch. [...]

Second Cloture Vote Passed

By: Tuesday December 22, 2009 6:35 am

This morning, at the earliest possible time allowed by Senate rules (around 7:30AM), the Senate passed the manager’s amendment to the health care bill by a 60-39 score. Nobody voted yes on cloture and against the final bill. After that was complete, the Senate moved to a cloture vote on the substitute amendment to the [...]

Meanwhile, In Copenhagen…

By: Monday December 21, 2009 9:02 am

Given the mass of news about health care, I haven’t gotten to the final accord in Copenhagen, which wrapped up climate talks on Saturday amid high drama and much frustration. In a way, the debates mirrored one another to an extent. To recap, President Obama flew in to Copenhagen on Friday, and, after some last-minute [...]

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