MA-Sen: Scott Brown Staffers Greet Elizabeth Warren With Tomahawk Chops and War Whoops

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:21 am

I would guess there is no shortage of Massholes in the greater Boston area willing to smile smugly while delivering a tomahawk chop and the kind of war whoops you would hear on Saturday morning cartoons to make a “joke.” My question is why Scott Brown couldn’t find people not on his staff to do [...]

Democrats Adamant on Senate Version of Violence Against Women Act

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:58 am

Among the loose ends for Congress before the election is the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Though you would think this would be a no-brainer, it got caught up earlier this year in a partisan controversy. Republicans objected to provisions that would have expanded the anti-domestic violence protections to tribal land, undocumented immigrants [...]

Administration Threatens Veto for House Version of Violence Against Women Act

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 8:57 am

Today the House votes on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. This reauthorization has already passed the Senate with 68 votes, but the House version cancelled several protections Senate Democrats added, to apply domestic violence protections to Native Americans, undocumented immigrants and LGBT families. This has drawn a veto threat from the White House, a [...]

Kyl Seeks Big Earmark Three Days After GOP Earmark Ban

By: Wednesday November 24, 2010 8:37 am

I’m surprised it took three whole days for Senate Republicans to break their earmark pledge. Only three days after GOP senators and senators-elect renounced earmarks, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Senate Republican, got himself a whopping $200 million to settle an Arizona Indian tribe’s water rights claim against the government. Kyl slipped the [...]

Lame Duck Update: Pigford/Cobell Settlements, OMB Director Lew Finally Approved

By: Friday November 19, 2010 2:08 pm

An update on the lame duck session, which will pause for the Thanksgiving holiday today, to return November 29: • Moments ago, the Senate finally approved funding for two long-standing settlements: $3.4 billion in the Cobell settlement for Native American trust account holders with the Department of the Interior, and $1.15 billion for black farmers [...]

Cobell/Pigford, Defense Bill Wrangling Underscore Need for Senate Rules Reform

By: Friday August 6, 2010 8:00 am

The Senate made it through a bit of their backlog last night, passing the state fiscal aid bill, confirming Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court and clearing a child nutrition bill and a hastily arranged border security bill. But other items on the calendar remained stalled. Senate Republicans, for the sixth time this year, blocked [...]

Democrats Forcing GOP’s Hand on Black Farmers, Native American Land Trust Settlements

By: Friday July 30, 2010 12:53 pm

In addition to everything else the Senate is up to next week, they’re going to try and shoehorn in a unanimous consent request to once and for all approve the black farmers and Native American settlements, known as Pigford and Cobell, in a standalone vote on Monday. On a conference call with reporters Friday, John [...]

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