Defense-Minded Senators Broach Idea of “Balanced” Solution to Avoid Sequester

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 6:16 am

A curious coalition has come together to petition the Senate leadership of both parties to work on a bipartisan deal to avoid the sequester, the automatic cuts to defense and discretionary spending. Six senators, three in each party, wrote the letter to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. It’s mostly generic, but the identity of those [...]

Democrats Plan Vote on Blunt Amendment, to Trap Republicans in Their Birth Control Rhetoric

By: Friday February 24, 2012 9:35 am

Senate Democrats plan to allow a vote next week on an amendment to the surface transportation bill by Republican Roy Blunt, which would expand “conscience protections” in the Affordable Care Act. While Blunt views it as giving religiously affiliated employers the ability to opt out of coverage where they have a moral objection, which has [...]

McCaskill Leads Democratic Rush Toward Austerity

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 11:08 am

The Obama Administration called for a 5-year spending freeze in the State of the Union. Republicans have advanced rollbacks to 2008 levels in their early budget projections. And there are outliers like Rand Paul and Michele Bachmann as well. But now, Democrats are threatening to tip the balance over to the side of austerity by [...]

Shaheen Flips, Will Co-Sponsor Audit The Fed Amendment

By: Tuesday May 4, 2010 12:10 pm

I don’t really see how the White House will stop the audit the Fed amendment from passing if even Senators who voted against a similar amendment last year are flipping to support. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will co-sponsor an amendment that would require government auditors to open up the books at the Federal Reserve. Shaheen [...]

Republicans Now Obstructing Confirmed Nominees

By: Thursday April 22, 2010 2:01 pm

In case you didn’t think that Republicans have a strategy of delaying and obstructing everything, consider this story: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) took to the Senate floor on Thursday to blast Republicans for blocking confirmation of nominees who were actually confirmed earlier in the day. The first-term senator castigated anonymous holds on five U.S. Attorney [...]

Unemployment Extension Passes Cloture Vote 85-2

By: Monday November 2, 2009 3:30 pm

About a half-hour ago, the Senate voted to clear a procedural hurdle and end debate on a bill that would extend unemployment benefits by at least 14 weeks in all states. The vote was a lopsided 85-2, with only Kit Bond (R-MO) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) voting no. Interestingly, South Carolina has one of the [...]

Senators Demand Up Or Down Vote On Unemployment Insurance Extension

By: Monday October 26, 2009 3:23 pm

In a conference call with reporters today, three Democratic Senators charged Republicans with obstructionism in all aspects of public policy, particularly stopping the Senate from passing a bill that would extend unemployment to millions of Americans, at a time when 7,000 Americans a day are losing their benefits. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) [...]

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