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01.18.17

Wilbur Ross ‘Will Do A Superb Job’ As Commerce Secretary

'Will Use His Decades Of Experience To Put American Jobs In The Best Position Possible To Flourish' COMMERCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JOHN THUNE (R-SD): "Mr. Ross spent his career revitalizing struggling businesses and he understands the ability of our nation's job creators to compete when given a level playing field and commonsense relief from federal red tape. His optimism about U.S. production and manufacturing will refresh Americans who have felt left behind or told they can't compete." (Sen. Thu… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Dr. Tom Price ‘An Excellent Choice’ For HHS Secretary

'Healthcare Is Not An Academic Exercise For [Dr.] Price. It Is Not A Distant Policy Or Political Debate. It Is A Passion And One He Has Dedicated His Life To Improving' FORMER HHS SECRETARIES: 'Price's Unique Expertise Makes Him More Than Qualified To Serve As Secretary Of The Department Of Health And Human Services' FORMER HHS SECRETARIES TOMMY THOMPSON and MICHEAL LEAVITT: "As former HHS Secretary's, we personally know the immense responsibilities that come with leading the vast and comple… Continue Reading


01.17.17

Scott Pruitt ‘More Than Qualified To Lead EPA’

Pruitt 'Will Strike The Right Balance Between Protecting Our Land, Air And Water While Respecting The Rights Of Property Owners And Entrepreneurs' "The Oklahoma attorney general is likely to be confirmed, only needing 50 votes in the upper chamber, and has already earned the support of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)." ("Five Things To Watch In Round 2 Of Trump Confirmation Fights," The Hill, 1/17/17) "Dem Manchin lauds Trump's EPA pick: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) lauded President-elect Donald Tr… Continue Reading


01.17.17

Betsy DeVos ‘Puts Children At The Forefront’

'DeVos Has A Real Compassion For Children And A Proven Record Of Championing Reforms To Improve Literacy And Learning In Our Nation' 20 GOVERNORS: 'Betsy DeVos Will Fight To Streamline The Federal Education Bureaucracy, Return Authority Back To States And Local School Boards' 20 Governors: "As governors, we know the conditions placed on local schools by the federal government. While state and local governments bear the chief responsibility for funding our K-12 systems, we take issue with man… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Obamacare Chaos Hurting American Families

'The Law Hasn't Just Failed To Live Up To Its Promises, It Is Actively Collapsing, And The Status Quo Is Unsustainable' '[T]he Vast Majority Of Our Citizens Know The Truth: Obamacare Just Doesn't Work.' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[T]he pain Americans are experiencing is deeply personal, the betrayal middle-class families are feeling is clearly palpable, and - unless we do something soon - Americans will continue to lose their health plans. They'll continue to get stuck … Continue Reading


01.11.17

Betsy DeVos: A Leader In The Fight ‘To Expand Education Opportunities For Children’

'A Reformer' With 'A Long Commitment To Improving Education Who Is Unafraid To Challenge The Status Quo' SENATE HELP COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN): "Betsy DeVos is an excellent choice. The Senate's education committee will move swiftly in January to consider her nomination. Betsy has worked for years to improve educational opportunities for all children. As secretary, she will be able to implement the new law fixing No Child Left Behind just as Congress wrote it, reversing the trend… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Sessions’ Strong Record On Civil Rights

'Prosecuted The KKK,' 'Focused On Solving The Fires' At Black Churches, Won 'Hard-Fought Victory For Civil Rights' On Drug Sentencing Which 'Unfairly Impact[s] Minority Communities' REP. MARTHA ROBY (R-AL): "I'm sharing these photos that my staff member took in Selma during the 50th Anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday,' showing Senator Sessions joining arms with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis and other leaders to cross the Edmund-Pettus Bridge. That was an important day for Alabama, and Senator S… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Democrats: Gen. Kelly ‘A Man Of Steady Leadership’

'I'm A Huge Fan,' He 'Has Served Our Country With Distinction' Gen. John Kelly "…a seasoned commander with personal experience of the costs of war in charge of protecting the nation's borders. Blunt-spoken and popular with military personnel, General Kelly, 66, rose to run the United States Southern Command, which… exposed him to immigration, drug trafficking and other cross-border problems over a sprawling area that encompasses 32 countries in the Caribbean, Central America and S… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Dems On Sessions: ‘A Man Of His Word’

'He Is Always A Gentleman,' 'Wonderful To Work With,' 'We've Relied On Him,' 'A Great U.S. Attorney,' 'Treated [Me] With Great Dignity' FORMER-SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN (D-CT), Democratic Nominee For Vice-President: "I always found Jeff to be an honorable and trustworthy person, a smart and good lawyer, and a thoughtful and open-minded listener… I believe that he will be a principled, fair, and capable Attorney General. If I were in the Senate today, I would vote 'aye' on his nomination." (For… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Rex Tillerson: An ‘Excellent Choice’ For Secretary Of State

Former Cabinet Officials Praise Tillerson As 'A Person Of Great Integrity Whose Only Goal In Office Would Be To Protect And Advance The Interests Of The United States' Former Secretaries Of State: Tillerson Has 'Remarkable And Broad International Experience' And 'Demonstrated … Management And Negotiating Skills' FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE JAMES A. BAKER III: "Rex Tillerson, who is a friend of mine, is an excellent choice to head the State Department and has an opportunity to be a very … Continue Reading


01.09.17

Sen. Sessions’ Long Distinguished Record Is Clear

'Senators Know Sessions' … Personally As One Of Their Own' "Senators know Sessions' voting record and positions very well, said Durbin, the Senate's No. 2 Democratic leader. They also know him personally as one of their own, which Durbin acknowledged could make the difference…" (Bloomberg, 1/9/17) "[Office of Government Ethics] has released the ethics agreements and financial disclosures for … Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the attorney general nominee…" ("Senators Gea… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Georgians On Dr. Tom Price For HHS: ‘An Exceptional Choice’

Those Who Know Dr. Price And Have Worked With Him For Years Call Him 'One Of The Finest People In Washington' And Laud His 'Depth Of Experience In Healthcare' Senior Peach State Politicians: Dr. Price Is 'A Serious Man' Who 'Is A True Leader In Congress And An Exceptional Choice' ATLANTA MAYOR KASIM REED (D): "He's a serious man. . . [H]e's a serious person who will study 20 hours a day, who will know the rules, who will know his membership, who is a strong vote-counter. Those are all things… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Obamacare: Real Problems For Real People

'The First Day Of The New Congress Set In Motion The Republican Majority's Promise To Repeal … Obamacare' "Republican U.S. Senator Mike Enzi introduced on Tuesday a resolution allowing for the repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health insurance program... The move by the Senate's budget committee chairman on the first day of the new Congress set in motion the Republican majority's promise to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, as its first major legislative… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Dr. Tom Price: ‘A Strong And Credible Advocate For American Patients’

As The First Physician To Lead HHS In Over 20 Years, Health Care Advocates Say Dr. Price 'Provides A Depth Of Experience' And 'Will Provide A Much Needed Medical Perspective' SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ORRIN HATCH (R-UT): "American middle-class families have been financially devastated by Obamacare, and righting the wrongs of the misguided law is a top priority for the new Republican Congress and administration. Congressman Price has been selected for this crucial HHS post because of his… Continue Reading


01.04.17

Don’t We Need Nine?

Senate Dem: 'The Consequences Of The Supreme Court Being Without All Nine Justices For So Long Can Hardly Be Overstated' SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "It's hard for me to imagine a nominee [for the Supreme Court] that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support. So you're right." RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC: "So you will do your best to hold the seat open." SCHUMER: "Absolutely." (The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, 1/3/2017) SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: 'We Need That Ninth … Continue Reading


01.04.17

Dem Resistance To Reality

Dems 'Failure To Accept The Election Defeat' Leads To Quixotic Attempt To Stall Nearly All Cabinet Nominations "The progressive Donald Trump doomsday clock is still at a minute to midnight even as the President-elect has named a string of mainstream cabinet nominees, and Senate Democrats are signaling that they plan to fight nearly all of them. They're even calling themselves 'the resistance,' which does accurately capture the combination of melodrama and failure to accept the election defeat.… Continue Reading


01.03.17

Dems On Nominees: ‘We Owe Deference To A President’

'Our Role Is Not To Substitute Our Judgment For The President' FLASHBACK: President Barack Obama - Original 2009 Cabinet Nominations The Cabinet includes the Vice President, and the heads of fifteen executive departments subject to Senate confirmation. There are also an additional seven Cabinet-ranked officials, six of whom are Senate confirmed. (The White House Chief of Staff is not). Regarding President Obama's first-term Cabinet members: Seven were confirmed on January 20, 2009, the … Continue Reading


12.19.16

Key Former Justice Dept. Officials Support Sessions

Former U.S. Attorneys: His 'Inviolable Promise To Treat All People Equally Under The Law' Leave Us In 'No Doubt That Senator Sessions Can Do The Job Well' Former Assistant Attorneys General: 'We Are Pleased To Endorse [Jeff Sessions'] Nomination And Do So Without Reservation' FORMER U.S. ATTORNEYS: 'We, The Signatories Below, Are All Former United States Attorneys … Who Write To Support The Confirmation Of Senator Jeff Sessions As Attorney General Of The United States' LETTER FROM 10… Continue Reading


12.15.16

‘The Attorney General Position Must Be Filled Swiftly’

Senate Dems Previously: 'This Position Is Too Important For Any Kind Of Political Games' "Historically, the Senate began hearings before Inauguration Day for every attorney general nominee from a newly elected president since Dwight Eisenhower..." ("Democrats To Give Trump Cabinet Picks The Garland Treatment," Politico, 12/05/2016) FLASHBACK Top Dem: 'We Should All Be Able To Agree That Confirming The Top Law Enforcement Position Should Be An Urgent Priority Of The Senate' SEN. DIANNE FEI… Continue Reading


12.14.16

Obamacare Spiraling Out Of Control

'Vast Majority Of Americans Want To See The Law Changed' PRESIDENT OBAMA: 'Real Problems,' 'There Are Going To Be People Who Are Hurt' PRESIDENT OBAMA: "…there are going to be people who are hurt by premium increases or a lack of competition and choice." (President Obama, Remarks, Miami, FL, 10/20/16) "President Barack Obama said his signature health-care law has 'real problems'…" (Bloomberg, 10/3/16) FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON on the consequences of Obamacare: "It's t… Continue Reading

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