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06.05.18

Dem Obstruction Hits Century Mark

Senate Democrats Have Already Forced 100 Cloture Votes On President Trump's Nominees In His First Two Years Vs. 24 Combined For The Previous 6 Presidents In Theirs Number of cloture votes taken in the Senate on executive and judicial nominations in the first two years of a president's term: Notes: Includes judicial nominees and failed cloture votes. Excludes cloture motions waived or vitiated. Trump: Through June 5, 2018. Includes 2 cloture votes on the nomination of Justice Gorsuch an… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Continuing To Produce For The American People

A Growing List Of Achievements By The 115th Congress SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "One bill after another, one confirmation after another, the Senate continues to produce major accomplishments that will directly improve the lives of the American people." (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 5/24/2018) With More To Come, Here's A Look At Some Of The Legislative Highlights Of The 115th Congress TAX REFORM: Reformed America's tax code for the first time in 31 years - putting … Continue Reading


05.22.18

‘More Choice And Fewer Barriers To Care’ For Veterans

The VA Mission Act 'Fulfills The President's Commitment To Provide Veterans With More Choice' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The VA MISSION Act is a major milestone in an ongoing effort by Chairman Isakson and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs to ensure our nation fulfills its promises to our men and women in uniform … What Sen. Isakson and his colleagues have put together is one of the most comprehensive reform packages for veterans' healthcare since the VA was crea… Continue Reading


05.21.18

16 Obama Regulations Bite The Dust

'Yet Another Onerous Regulation Is Now Headed To The Wastebasket' The Congressional Review Act has been used 17 times to overturn rules and regulations. Sixteen of them have been enacted during the 115th Congress. ("Congressional Review Act FAQs," U.S. Government Accountability Office Website, Accessed 5/21/2018) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Earlier today, President Trump signed into law a Congressional Review Act resolution that repealed a particularly egregious bit of o… Continue Reading


05.16.18

VA MISSION Act: ‘Historic Veterans Legislation’

'Major VA Overhaul' 'Delivers On A Key Campaign Promise For The President' "The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation paving the way for a major overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the way veterans access health care in the private sector … The measure's passage by vote of 92-5 represents a significant bipartisan legislative victory for President Trump, who is expected to sign the bill into law within days. It also delivers on a key campaign promise fo… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Gina Haspel: ‘The Right Person To Lead The CIA’

'She Is A Person Of High Integrity With Valuable Frontline And Executive Experience As A Career Intelligence Officer' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "This morning, our colleagues on the Intelligence Committee finished their consideration of Gina Haspel's nomination to be CIA director and reported her nomination favorably with bipartisan support. Senators heard about her thirty-plus years of CIA experience, spanning sensitive operations from the Cold War to the Global War on T… Continue Reading


05.16.18

21 Circuit Court Judges Confirmed

'Trump's Judicial Picks Could Shape The Direction Of The U.S. Court System For Decades' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "We were all in a celebratory mood as a result of having approved the 21st circuit judge just a few moments ago. That means that [nearly] one-eighth of the circuit judges in America have been appointed by Donald Trump and confirmed by this Republican Senate. So we think we're making dramatic progress on that front …" (Sen. McConnell, Press Conference, 5/1… Continue Reading


05.15.18

A Pair Of ‘Exceedingly Qualified’ Judicial Nominees

Senate Confirms 18th And 19th Court Of Appeals Nominees This Congress SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm two more of President Trump's fine circuit court nominees. Michael Scudder and Amy St. Eve -- both of Illinois, both exceedingly qualified, and both carrying the bipartisan support of the Judiciary Committee." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 5/15/2018) "Legal observers have praised President Donald Trump's two most-recent nominees to th… Continue Reading


05.11.18

Tax Reform Has Indiana Off To The Races

'In The Last Six Months, It's Been Unbelievable, Really Unbelievable What's Going On' PRESIDENT TRUMP: "[W]e're going to discuss our massive tax cuts that are growing paychecks all over our country. They're creating jobs and expanding the American Dream. Just like we said would happen … And now, because of our tax cuts, you can keep more of your hard-earned money." (Pres. Trump, "Remarks by President Trump on Tax Cuts for American Workers," 4/12/2018) "President Trump and Vice Pres… Continue Reading


05.11.18

‘Good News For Middle-Class Workers and Families’

Unemployment Rate At 17-Year Low, Small Business Optimism On The Rise SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "It seems that every day brings another piece of good news for middle-class workers and families … For eight years, Democrats operated from the left-wing premise that businesses need to lose in order for workers to win…. Fortunately, Republicans have taken a different approach -- one that doesn't assume that Washington bureaucrats know best. We know that American… Continue Reading


05.10.18

What Changed, Dems?

How Can 50 Senate Democrats Vote To Confirm John Brennan, But Not Gina Haspel? "Senate Democrats gave President Trump's CIA nominee Gina Haspel a fierce grilling Wednesday over the post-9/11 'enhanced interrogation' program, which is fair enough. The question is, how many will vote against her - after they voted to confirm President Barack Obama's CIA pick, John Brennan, back in 2013? Brennan, after all, was also deeply involved in the use of waterboarding and other now-controversial techniq… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Michael Brennan: ‘Brilliant, Experienced,’ ‘Fair-Minded’

Fellow Wisconsinites Laud Brennan For His 'Strong Commitment To Justice And The Rule Of Law' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[Michael] Brennan's nomination comes as only the latest distinction in a career marked by impressive legal accomplishments. In both public service and private practice, [he] has developed a reputation for a keen legal mind and an unwavering commitment to the rule of law. According to current and former peers on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Mr. Br… Continue Reading


05.09.18

Bipartisan National Security Leaders Support Gina Haspel

Former Obama Administration Officials: 'I'm Glad It's Gina;' Call Haspel 'An Exceptionally Well-Respected Professional,' 'Capable, Smart, Very Experienced' SEN. RICHARD BURR (R-NC), Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman: "I know Gina personally and she has the right skill set, experience, and judgment to lead one of our nation's most critical agencies. I'm proud of her work, and know that my committee will continue its positive relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency under her le… Continue Reading


05.08.18

‘More Momentum’ On Judges

Senate Considering Six Additional Circuit Court Nominations SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "This week, the Senate will consider another slate of extremely well-qualified nominees for seats on the federal bench. A thoughtful, independent, and expert judiciary is a cornerstone of our constitutional order. It's been the case since the very beginning. Accordingly, the six circuit court nominees we'll now consider have excellent reputations in the legal field, and have demonstrate… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Democrat Obstruction Continues

President Trump's Nominees Have Faced 88 Cloture Votes In First 2 Years Vs. 24 For Previous 6 Presidents Combined In Their First 2 SEN. JOHN THUNE (R-SD): "[T]his really is a new low here in the Senate in terms of nominees." (Sen. Thune, Press Conference, 4/24/2018) SEN. JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY): "It is only partisan politics from the Democrats that are slowing down this entire process to try and prevent President Trump from putting his team together to lead the nation." (Sen. Barrasso, Press C… Continue Reading


04.24.18

15 Circuit Court Judges Confirmed

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "These are men and women who try to interpret laws as written or as the Constitution seems to specify." (Bowling Green Daily News, 4/02/2018) Circuit Court Judges Confirmed In 2018 FIFTEEN: Kyle Duncan of Louisiana confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote 50-47 to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit SEN. BILL CASSIDY (R-LA): "His breadth of experience makes him a great choice…. [Kyle Duncan] has extensive courtroom e… Continue Reading


04.23.18

‘America Will Be Better Off If Mike Pompeo Is Confirmed’

Editorial Pages On Mike Pompeo: 'Solid Knowledge Of The World,' 'A Professional,' 'Has Gained The President's Trust' USA TODAY EDITORS: "Unless a nominee has clear ethical or competency failings, presidents should be accorded wide latitude to select top aides whom they trust and agree with. Pompeo passes that test and merits approval…. Pompeo has a strong record for being tough on Moscow's recent history of malign behavior … Pompeo is no dummy - he graduated from Harvard Law Sc… Continue Reading


04.23.18

‘What Could It Be Other Than Politics?’

Dems Flip-Flop On Pompeo, Once Said 'He Is Smart, Hard-Working And Devoted To Protecting Our Country' '[U]nder Ordinary Times, He Would Be Confirmed Overwhelmingly' "[Democrat S]enators say they are hearing a clamor from their party's base to fight the nomination - and liberal groups want Democrats to increase their opposition to Pompeo …" ("Dems Hedge On Pompeo's Fate, Politico, 4/17/2018) Mike Pompeo was confirmed as CIA Director by a vote of 66-32, with 15 Democrats voting to … Continue Reading


04.20.18

Mike Pompeo, ‘A Highly Qualified Nominee’

Sen. Burr: 'Somebody's Going To Be Hard-Pressed To Show Me Anything That's A Disqualifier Other Than Politics' Sen. Corker: 'We're Much Better As A Nation Having Mike Pompeo As Secretary Of State' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Here is a man who -- through mastery of the daily briefings he receives, counsel on our nation's most sensitive intelligence activities, and proven leadership in returning our CIA to the aggressive gathering of foreign intelligence -- has inspired … Continue Reading


04.19.18

'Are You Kidding Me?'

Overwhelming Bipartisan Support For Secretaries Of State Was A Long-Standing Senate Tradition SEN. BOB CORKER (R-TN), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman: "[M]y Democratic friends, who know that … the base, if you will, on the Left, will view this as a proxy vote in support of Trump, obviously are finding ways to not vote for him. This is very much against any kind of tradition that we've had here…. [A]nd there's nothing in Pompeo's past that, in any way, could possibly… Continue Reading

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