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08.01.19

Senate Accomplishments In The 116th Congress

Accomplishments Of The 116th Senate Include: TRANSFORMING THE COURTS: Confirmed 13 of President Trump's circuit court nominees and 46 of his district court nominees for a total of 43 and 99 since 2017, respectively. BUDGET AGREEMENT: Passed a bipartisan deal setting government funding levels for the next two years that secures funding increases to support our troops, rebuild and modernize our military, and support the VA Mission Act to provide timely access and care for our nation's v… Continue Reading


07.11.19

New Judges ‘Making An Important Difference For The Country’

The Senate Has Now Confirmed More Nominees To The 9th Circuit Than Any Other Appellate Court, 'Altering The Historically Liberal Bench' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "All week, the Senate has continued our productivity in overcoming partisan opposition and confirming the president's well-qualified nominees for important offices. We've confirmed the newest judge on the Ninth Circuit. And yesterday we confirmed three district judges by overwhelming bipartisan margins: 78 to 15&he… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Twice As Many Confirmations In Half The Time

A Clear Necessity: Since The Rules Change Last Month, The Senate Has Confirmed 45 Nominees In 21 Days, While Before It Took 48 Days To Confirm 23 Nominees SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "After two years of systematic heel-dragging from our friends across the aisle, even on the least controversial nominations, the modest reform the Senate adopted last month is helping us get back on track…. [Previously, these nominees] would've tied up the floor for days before being co… Continue Reading


05.16.19

40

'Setting Our Court System In The Right Direction With Good, Solid Nominations' "The Senate confirmed its 40th circuit court judge on Wednesday, filling nearly a quarter of the circuit court system with conservative appointments under President Trump." (The New York Times, 5/15/2019) "[Kenneth] Lee is the latest in a series of young conservative jurists and administration appointees who have sailed through the Senate …" (The New York Times, 5/15/2019) "Many of the president's c… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Obstruction For Obstruction’s Sake

Over The Last Two Years, Democrats Have Slow-Walked Scores Of Uncontroversial Nominees And Forced Needless Cloture Votes 'To Eat Up Floor Time' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The real crisis here is the administration itself below the Cabinet level has an enormous number of vacancies…. Once we get to cloture on a number of these nominees they aren't even controversial. So it's pretty obvious the whole purpose is just to eat up floor time." (Politico, 2/13/2019) SEN. … Continue Reading


02.05.19

Neomi Rao: ‘Uniquely Qualified For The D.C. Circuit’

Neomi Rao Is 'A Prolific Scholar' And Well-Known 'Expert On Administrative Law' Whose Former Colleagues Say She Would 'Serve On The Federal Bench With The Very Highest Distinction' The American Bar Association Rates Rao As 'Well Qualified' "The American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has completed its evaluation of the professional qualifications of Neomi J. Rao, whom the President has nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Colum… Continue Reading


11.16.18

A Long List Of Accomplishments

'[T]he Coast Guard Legislation Was Just The Very Latest Installment In A Long List Of Bipartisan Successes Passed By This Senate' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[This week], we passed legislation to reauthorize the Coast Guard by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. The Senate took action to reaffirm the critical security, interdiction, and rescue missions that keep Americans safe, and to streamline duplicative regulations at the same time. The provision to clarify the regul… Continue Reading


10.10.18

List Of Accomplishments Keeps Growing

Water Infrastructure, FAA Reauthorization, And Landmark Opioids Bill Are Latest Additions To The Accomplishments Of The 115th Congress SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Earlier this year, the president challenged us to seriously address our nation's crumbling infrastructure. In Congress, we've wasted no time on working to tackle this challenge in a bipartisan way. Here are just a few highlights. The funding bill for fiscal year 2018 included a $21 billion increase in infrastruc… Continue Reading


10.04.18

Never Enough

Democrats Demanded Another FBI Investigation, Got Another FBI Investigation, And Now Say It Wasn't Enough SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "This is now the seventh time the FBI has thoroughly reviewed Judge Kavanaugh's background." (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 10/04/2018) SEN. McCONNELL: "Our Democratic colleagues have made it abundantly clear they will never, ever be satisfied. Not ever." (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 10/03/2018) SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): "It will never be enoug… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Dems Embrace Avenatti Circus Allegations

Senate Democrats 'Including … The Democratic Leader Have Tried To Get Judge Kavanaugh To Withdraw From This Process Because Of These Uncorroborated And Sometimes Ridiculous Allegations' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[T]his mudslide has been actively embraced, urged on, and capitalized upon by Democrats inside this chamber and organized far-left special interests outside it. It hasn't been about getting to the truth or giving anyone a fair hearing. It has seemingly be… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Julie Swetnick’s ‘Credibility Issues’

'NBC News Was Unable To Independently Corroborate Swetnick's Claims,' And 'There Are Things That She Told Us On Camera That Differ From Her Written Statement' While Swetnick's Ex-Boyfriend Says 'She's Not Credible At All' RICHARD VINNECCY, Swetnick's Ex-Boyfriend: "Never, never once [did] she mention that to me. We used to talk just about everything, and she never once mentioned that at all." (Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle," 10/01/2018) 'Does [Julie Swetnick] Have Credibility Issues?' … Continue Reading


10.02.18

‘It Will Not Take A “Tremendous Amount Of Time”’

Democrats Repeatedly Said They Were Comfortable With An FBI Investigation That Would Not Take Long Dems: 'A Finite Period For An FBI Investigation,' 'No One Is Asking That It Take Longer Than A Week' SENS. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY) and DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): "Now that it appears likely that the Judiciary Committee will hold its hearing on Thursday, September 27th, the FBI has almost a full week to do its work. It will not take a 'tremendous amount of time,' but it is necessary …" (Sen… Continue Reading


09.30.18

Julie Swetnick: ‘She’s Not Credible At All’

'The [Defamation] Suit Also Alleges Swetnick "Engaged In Unwelcome, Sexually Offensive Conduct" While At Webtrends And "Made False And Retaliatory Allegations That Other Co-Workers Had Engaged In Inappropriate Conduct Toward Her"' Julie Swetnick By The Numbers One Defamation Suit Filed Against Her Involving Sexual Harassment Allegations In Oregon One Restraining Order Filed Against Her By Her Ex-Boyfriend In Florida One Sexual Harassment Lawsuit, Where She Was Represented By Debra Katz's… Continue Reading


09.30.18

Dr. Ford’s Lawyer: ‘We’re Going To Object, Mr. Chairman’

SEN. GRAHAM: '[Dr. Ford] Didn't Know That The Committee Was Willing To Go To California Again.' SEN. COTTON: 'They Pointed to Her Lawyers Who…Did Not Tell Her That The Staff Was Willing To Go To California' SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): "I'm shocked not one media outlet is reporting that during the hearing, [Dr. Ford] didn't know that the committee was willing to go to California again. If the shoe were on the other foot, the Republicans had done this, we would be destroyed. We would … Continue Reading


09.30.18

Search And Destroy By Any Means Necessary

Dems: 'Block Kavanaugh,' 'Time Is Critical If You Have Information And Do Not Want to See Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court' SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): "We're at a new standard here. You destroy man's life. You say he's unfit to judge you, because of the way you treated him. We're not going to play that game…My response to Senator Hirono is…you spoke truth. You said the goal was to delay this hearing to draw it out past the midterms, keep this seat open, have it replaced … Continue Reading


09.26.18

Professional Counsel De-Politicizes The Process

Former Biden Chief of Staff: The 'Best Way To Avoid Speech-Making, Repetition, Grandstanding Or Political Bickering Is To Have Expert Counsel Pose The Questions' SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN CHUCK GRASSLEY (R-IA): "The majority members have followed the bipartisan recommendation to hire as staff counsel for the committee an experienced career sex-crimes prosecutor to question the witnesses at Thursday's hearing. The goal is to de-politicize the process and get to the truth, instead of… Continue Reading


09.25.18

Biden On FBI: ‘They Do Not Reach Conclusions’

Then-Judiciary Committee Chairman JOE BIDEN (D-DE) In 1991: The 'FBI Explicitly Does Not, In This Or Any Other Case Reach A Conclusion, Period' SEN. JOE BIDEN (D-DE), then-Judiciary Committee Chairman: "And the last thing I will point out, the next person who refers to an FBI report as being worth anything, obviously doesn't understand anything. FBI explicitly does not, in this or any other case reach a conclusion, period, period." (U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, 10/12/1991) … Continue Reading


09.25.18

Vague, Uncorroborated Allegations

'No Memory,' 'I Have No Idea,' 'Does Not Know Mr. Kavanaugh' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Look -- the American people know that sexual misconduct is gravely serious. They expect this to be treated seriously and addressed promptly. That's precisely what Chairman Grassley has done and is doing. But the American people also insist that vague … and uncorroborated allegations of 30-plus-year-old misconduct -- where all the supposed witnesses either totally deny it or can… Continue Reading


09.25.18

A Brief History Of Dems’ Calls For Delay

A Timeline of Senate Democrats' Varying Calls For Delay Of Senate Consideration Of Judge Kavanaugh's Nomination To The Supreme Court SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The Democrats had already made up their minds and chosen their tactics: delay, obstruct, and resist. Whatever it took -- whatever the truth really was -- they were going to do whatever they could to stop this qualified, experienced, and mainstream nominee." (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 9/24/2018) June 27th: Wait … Continue Reading


09.25.18

Confidentiality Denied

'Top Democratic Sources Told Me, Yes, This Was A Leak By Democrats' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[Democrats] sat on Dr. Ford's letter for seven weeks. They kept it secret. They did nothing. They bid their time. And then they threw Professor Ford's wishes overboard and leaked it to the press…. As I've noted, we know the chain of custody of the letter went through the Democrat side of the Judiciary Committee." (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 9/25/2018) SEN. McCONNELL: "So… Continue Reading

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