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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


12.13.16

Sen. Sessions ‘A Good Man’

Democrat, Republican Alabamians Praise Sen. Jeff Sessions As 'A Man of the Highest Character And Integrity' SEN. QUINTON ROSS: 'I Know Him Personally… And The Experience Has Been Nothing But Positive' "Alabama state Senator Quinton Ross (D-Montgomery) and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) come from different sides of the political aisle. But as Sessions' hearings near for confirmation to the position of U.S. Attorney General, he'll have Ross' support. Ross, a black man who now holds t… Continue Reading


12.13.16

Obamacare Keeps Getting Worse

'Obamacare Is Getting Less Affordable As Options Dwindle,' 'It's The Craziest Thing In The World' GALLUP: "Americans' assessments of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) … more continuing to disapprove (53%) than approve (42%) of the law. Going forward, the vast majority of Americans want to see the law changed." ("Most Americans Want Changes to Affordable Care Act," Gallup, 11/28/2016) "[I]t is clear that about eight in 10 Americans favor changing the ACA significantly (43%) or replacing it… Continue Reading


12.12.16

114th Congress: Major Wins For The American People

Stack Of Major Legislation Passed By The Republican Senate: 21st Century Cures, Fighting Zika, Combatting Opioids, Water Resources Development Act, FAA Legislation, Infrastructure Improvements, Biotech Labeling, Puerto Rico Restructuring, Modernizing The Toxic Substances Control Act, Trade Secrets, FOIA Updates, North Korean Sanctions & Much More SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): 'I'm incredibly proud of what we've been able to accomplish for our country' "This Congress, the Se… Continue Reading


12.09.16

Dems ‘Bankrupt’ Coal Rhetoric

Dems' Candidate For President: 'Put A Lot Of Coal Miners … Out Of Business' TOP DEMS: 'A War On Coal Is Exactly What's Needed,' 'We're Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners … Out Of Business' HILLARY CLINTON: "We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." ("Why Putting Coal Miners Out Of Work Is A Very Bad Thing To Say In West Virginia," The Washington Post, 5/10/16) "…Obama's new rules are absolutely changing the trajectory of the power indus… Continue Reading


12.08.16

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


12.08.16

Dems On WRDA: ‘I’m Hopeful That This Bill Will ... Quickly Become Law’

Democrat: 'This Is A Win-Win-Win' WRDA Passed the House of Representatives with an overwhelming vote of 360-61. (S. 612, Roll Call Vote #622: Motion agreed to 360-61: R 222-17; D 138-44, 12/08/2016) DEMOCRATS: 'I'm Hopeful That This Bill Will ... Quickly Become Law' SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "Protecting New York's most vital resources - like Lake Ontario and Lake Erie - remains a top priority of mine and I am committed to ensuring we get the highest level of funding for the GLRI progra… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Sen. Sessions’ Leadership On Prison Reform

Sessions Key To 'Pivotal' 'Landmark Law … To Address The Scourge Of Sexual Abuse Behind Bars' PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT OF 2003: Sessions Bill Marked 'A Sea Change In The Awareness Of Sexual Assaults … Against Incarcerated Men And Women' Sen. Sessions was one of the driving forces behind S.1435, the 'Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003' (S.1435, Signed Into Law 9/4/2003) SEN. JEFF SESSIONS (R-AL): "I worked with Senator Kennedy to hammer out legislation that I think is impor… Continue Reading


12.06.16

Obamacare’s Higher Costs

'I'm A Sickness Away … From Going To The Poor House' 'The Vast Majority Of Americans Want To See The Law Changed' GALLUP: "Americans' assessments of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remain relatively unchanged after the Nov. 8 election, with more continuing to disapprove (53%) than approve (42%) of the law. Going forward, the vast majority of Americans want to see the law changed." ("Most Americans Want Changes to Affordable Care Act," Gallup, 11/28/2016) "Since [2012], disapproval ha… Continue Reading

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