Senators Write Letter To Harry Reid Opposing Fast Track Authority For TPP and TTIP

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 9:55 am

According to a letter obtained by Firedoglake, 12 United States Senators have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to convey their opposition to the “prospect of renewing Trade Promotion Authority” or fast track authority. Specifically mentioned in the context of that opposition is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment [...]

Senate Democrats Seek Climate Change Vote in Defense Authorization Bill

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 9:15 am

Now Senate Democrats might actually see climate change as a wedge issue, just a couple years after one of their caucus members literally shot climate change legislation in one of his campaign ads.

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 [...]

Dem Senators Plan Quixotic All-Nighter for DISCLOSE Act

By: Saturday July 14, 2012 8:40 am

On Monday, the Senate will vote – and fail – on a measure to increase transparency in campaign finance. The DISCLOSE Act, which was fashioned in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling but which failed to become law by one vote in 2010, would require large organizations spending over $10,000 on any activities [...]

As Fiscal Slope Negotiations Heat Up, Support for Letting Tax Cuts Expire, From Republicans

By: Monday June 11, 2012 12:50 pm

It’s a testament to the mixed signals of the Democratic Party on taxes and the end-of-the-year fiscal situation that Matt Yglesias can talk to the same Senator on the same weekend as I and get a completely different impression. He basically saw no appetite for letting the Bush tax cuts expire completely and then coming [...]

Senate Democrats Wrestle with Lame Duck Session Options

By: Monday June 11, 2012 6:55 am

Do Democrats have a plan for dealing with the fiscal “cliff”? ¬†Based on interviews I conducted at Netroots Nation with four members of the Senate Democratic caucus — Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Ben Cardin, Jeff Merkley and Sherrod Brown –¬† it seems they have far more than one. The end-of-the-year fiscal measures, totaling up to $7 [...]

Buffett Rule to Be Filibustered Today

By: Monday April 16, 2012 10:56 am

Today, the Senate will vote on a motion to proceed to the Buffett rule, formally known as the Paying a Fair Share Act. This concludes a two-week push by Senate Democratic leaders and the Obama Administration on the bill, and the larger conversation around tax fairness and the need for the rich to pay a [...]

Democrats Gear Up Fight Over Buffett Rule

By: Friday April 6, 2012 7:35 am

Yesterday, Democrats began their media push on the Buffett rule, which Sheldon Whitehouse and Tammy Baldwin have turned into legislation called the Paying a Fair Share Act. The bill would set a minimum 30% effective tax rate for earners making over $1 million. The revenue increase from the bill is actually kind of small. CBO [...]

Holder Responds to Homework Assignment on Judicial Review by Federal Judge

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 11:10 am

Attorney General Eric Holder has responded to a conservative judge’s demand for a three-page paper on the Administration’s commitment to judicial review. The response can be seen here. The first notable thing is that Eric Holder himself signed the letter. The judge, Jerry Smith, asked DoJ lawyer Dana Lydia Kaersvang, who was arguing in front [...]

Whitehouse to Introduce Buffett Rule Legislation on Wednesday

By: Monday January 30, 2012 10:27 am

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse plans to introduce the “Paying a Fair Share Act” on Wednesday. The bill follows the contours of what President Obama laid out as “the Buffett rule” in his State of the Union address. The bill would set a second alternative minimum tax for millionaires, essentially, at 30%. So after taxpayers with over [...]

Senate Democrats Line Up Message Votes on Tax Fairness

By: Friday January 27, 2012 11:35 am

I don’t know if anything’s going to get done in Congress in 2012, but one thing is becoming clear – Senate Democrats will try to put Republicans up against the wall on taxes. They already have on the record multiple instances of Republicans voting almost in unison against millionaire’s surtaxes. Now we’ll see votes on [...]

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