The Leader Board

03.16.16

Give The People A Voice

SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader: "The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the Court's direction…The American people may well elect a President who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next President may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filling o… Continue Reading


03.11.16

Whistling Past The Obamacare Co-Op Graveyard

'For Every Dollar That HHS Sent Them Over This Period, The Failed CO-Ops Lost About $1.65' PRESIDENT OBAMA: "[T]here's been a lot of political noise surrounding the Affordable Care Act, so people haven't always known what's true and what's not. . . [T]he Affordable Care Act works. . . . And the Affordable Care Act is saving money." (Pres. Obama, Remarks by the President on the Healthy Communities Challenge, 3/03/2016) New Report: 'Alerted To Weaknesses,' HHS 'Continued To Disburse Loa… Continue Reading


03.11.16

Senate Responds to 'Urgent Drug Crisis'

'A Similar Bill Introduced In 2014 Never Made It To The Senate Floor' SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY (R-IA): "[T]he Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act . . . passed today with [an] overwhelming bipartisan vote. This legislation reflects the Senate at its finest, working in a bipartisan way, to address an awful epidemic that's gripping our country. . . Real lives will be saved because of the leadership of this bipartisan group." (Sen. Grassley, Congressional Record, S. 1417, 3/10/2016) SEN. ROB P… Continue Reading


03.08.16

‘Doubled’: Former Gitmo Prisoners ‘Suspected Of Rejoining Militants’

Obama Administration Bemoans: They're 'Not Supposed To Be Doing That' 'The Number Of Former Guantanamo Bay Prison Inmates Who Are Suspected Of Having Returned To Fighting For Militants Doubled' "The number of former Guantanamo Bay prison inmates who are suspected of having returned to fighting for militants doubled to 12 in the six months through January, the Obama administration said on Monday. . . According to figures released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Democrats ‘Dangerously Politicizing’ Opioids

Substance Abuse Prevention Groups Urge Democrats 'To Move The Legislation In A '"Bipartisan Fashion"' 'Sen. Chuck Schumer … Dangerously Politicizing The Issue' "Senate Democrats and drug policy groups pushing for a strong response to the heroin epidemic are growing increasingly concerned that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is dangerously politicizing the issue, risking what has been steady, if slow, bipartisan progress." ("Junk Politics: Dems, Drug Policy Groups Worried Schumer Is Polit… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Five Supreme Court Myths Democrats Know To Be False

MYTH #1: 'In 1988 … President Reagan Put Forward The Nomination Of Anthony Kennedy To Be A Supreme Court Justice ' SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "In 1988, in the last year of his Presidency, President Reagan put forward the nomination of Anthony Kennedy to be a Supreme Court Justice. That was in the last year of his term." (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.927, 2/23/16) FACT: Kennedy Was Nominated In 1987, After The Democrat-Led Senate Defeated Robert Bork's Nomination, To Fill A Vacancy Th… Continue Reading


02.29.16

Combating Opioid Addiction

'Bipartisan Legislation … Designed To Fight Prescription Opioid Abuse And Heroin Use' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[T]here are steps we can take today to help families impacted by drug abuse - and keep more families from ever going through it to begin with. . . [The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)] has garnered a great deal of support from both sides because of its provisions to expand prevention and educational efforts, strengthen prescription-drug monitoring progra… Continue Reading


02.24.16

The Senate: ‘A Real Check, Not A Rubberstamp’

SEN. SCHUMER: 'The Founding Fathers… Wanted The Senate, In Its Infinite Wisdom, To Be A Check-A Real Check, Not A Rubberstamp' SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): 'The Founding Fathers… wanted the Senate, in its infinite wisdom, to be a check-a real check, not a rubberstamp' "…the longer I am around, the more I respect the wisdom of our Founding Fathers. In their infinite wisdom, they wanted judges to interpret law, not make it; they wanted the Senate, in its infinite wisdom, to … Continue Reading


02.24.16

‘Last-Ditch Gitmo Plan Falls Flat’

'Plan Leaves Everyone Unhappy', 'Virtually No One Is Impressed' Lacking In Specifics, 'The Plan Was A Nonstarter' "Virtually no one is impressed with President Barack Obama's latest plan to close Guantanamo Bay" ("Obama's Gitmo Plan Leaves Everyone Unhappy," Politico, 2/23/16) "The administration struggled on Tuesday to explain why it had ignored Congress's demand for specifics . . ." ("Obama's Gitmo Plan Leaves Everyone Unhappy," Politico, 2/23/16) "President Obama's plan to shutte… Continue Reading


02.23.16

‘There Are People In Gitmo Who Are So Dangerous That We Cannot Transfer Them’

SEC DEF: 'We're Not Going To Be Able To Close Gitmo By Magically Making Safe Everybody Who's In There' SEC DEF: 'There Are People In Gitmo Who Are So Dangerous That We Cannot Transfer Them' SEC. OF DEFENSE ASH CARTER: "[T]here are people in Gitmo who are so dangerous that we cannot transfer them to the custody of another government no matter how much we trust that government. I can't assure the president that it would be safe to do that. ... We're not going to be able to close Gitmo by magi… Continue Reading


02.22.16

The Biden Standard

SEN. JOE BIDEN: 'Action On A Supreme Court Nomination Must Be Put Off Until After The Election Campaign Is Over' SEN. JOE BIDEN (D-DE), Then-Judiciary Committee Chairman: "…it is my view that if a Supreme Court Justice resigns tomorrow, or within the next several weeks, or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not - and not - name a nominee until after the November election is completed." (Sen. Bid… Continue Reading


02.19.16

The Reid Standard

'Nowhere In [The Constitution] Does It Say The Senate Has A Duty To Give Presidential Nominees A Vote' REID: 'The Senate Is Not A Rubber Stamp For The Executive Branch' SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "The duties of the Senate are set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Nowhere in that document does it say the Senate has a duty to give Presidential nominees a vote. It says appointments shall be made with the advice and consent of the Senate. That is very different than saying every nominee receives a vo… Continue Reading


02.16.16

The Schumer Standard

'I Will Do Everything In My Power To Prevent' More Bush Nominees From Joining The Supreme Court SCHUMER: 'We Should Reverse The Presumption Of Confirmation' SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY), JULY 2007: "[F]or the rest of this President's term and if there is another Republican elected with the same selection criteria let me say this: We should reverse the presumption of confirmation. The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice Stevens replaced by another Ro… Continue Reading


02.12.16

‘A Great Day For American Consumers’

Ending Years Of Temporary Extensions, 'Mark[ing] An Enormous Win For Taxpayers And Consumers' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The Internet is a resource used daily by Americans of all ages, across our country. Students use it to research school projects and papers. Entrepreneurs use it to help run their businesses and come up with new ideas. Families use it to manage their busy schedules and stay in touch with relatives. It's important that they be able to do all of this without the worry of t… Continue Reading


02.11.16

‘Prolific Senate’ Notches Another Win For Hard-Working Americans

The 'Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act' Added To The Stack Of Significant Legislation Passed By Congress Solving 'Big, Entrenched Problems' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I think many Americans would agree with this statement: The Internet should remain open and free - politicians should certainly not try to tax it. Congress passed a temporary ban on Internet taxes in 1998. It was an important, bipartisan win for the American people. Congress has since voted eight times to reauthorize that tem… Continue Reading


02.10.16

‘A Major Setback’ For Pres. Obama’s Anti-Coal Regs

Supreme Court Order Shows Obama EPA's Anti-Coal Regulations 'Could Be In Legal Jeopardy' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Last year I called on governors to hold off submitting plans mandated under the President's regressive federal energy regulations until courts could determine whether the regulations were even legal. Today's Supreme Court order to halt those regulations-regulations that attack the middle class and won't even have a meaningful impact on global carbon emissions-is just the latest… Continue Reading


02.09.16

President Obama’s North Korea Policy ‘Has Failed’

'As The Kim Regime Builds Its Arsenal,' 'Renewed Concerns About The [Obama] Administration's Policy Of 'Strategic Patience'' SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR BOB CORKER (R-TN): "This week the U.S. Senate will join the U.S. House of Representatives in passing legislation that sends a strong bipartisan message: North Korea is a serious threat to U.S. national security and our current approach is a failure... The Senate bill represents the best of our bipartisan foreign policy tradition a… Continue Reading


02.05.16

President Obama’s Energy Tax

Latest Democrat Scheme Could 'Could Add As Much As 25 Cents A Gallon To The Cost Of Gasoline' "President Barack Obama will propose a $10 per barrel tax on oil in his fiscal 2017 budget plan…" ("Obama $10-Per-Barrel Oil Tax Lands With Thud in Congress," Bloomberg News, 2/04/2016) If Enacted, 'Consumers Will … Pay The Price' For 'Trickle Down' Tax On Gas "Obama's $10 oil tax proposal would cost motorists" ("Obama's $10 Oil Tax Proposal Would Cost Motorists," USA Today, 2/05/201… Continue Reading


02.04.16

Dems: ‘Bipartisan Energy Bill’ ‘Critical’ To Their States, Nation

Dem Senator: 'I Truly Believe That This Bipartisan Bill Will Bring Us One Step Closer To Achieving U.S. Energy Independence' DEMS: 'This Bipartisan Package Includes Common-Sense Provisions,' 'Integral To Growing And Sustaining Our Energy Economy,' 'A Milestone' SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "Today the Senate will begin consideration of a bipartisan bill that makes progress doable on this important goal. We have long sought to pass a number of priorities included in this bill. ... When Democrats w… Continue Reading


02.02.16

Obamacare Repeal Fight Continues

`Serious Concerns' About Obamacare Sustainability Continue To Pile Up "Tuesday's vote [in the House]… will be the first attempt to override President Obama's veto of a measure to overturn his signature legislative accomplishment." ("This Week: Congress Takes Up Obamacare Repeal, Energy Fight," The Hill, 2/1/16) 'GOP Congressional Leaders Fulfilled A Longtime Pledge To Voters And Rank-And-File Members' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Americans are intimately familiar with the painful r… Continue Reading

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