Senate

Beyond the phony war on amnesty

Featured image if the Republican Senators want to put up a fight on Obama’s lawless executie amnesty — a big if — Curt Levey proposes a realistic and obvious plan in today’s Wall Street Journal: “Immigration push back: Don’t confirm his judges” (accessible via Google here). Levey writes; Congress’s approval of unconditional funding for the Department of Homeland Security was an embarrassing setback in Republicans’ struggle to respond to President Obama’s unilateral »

Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton, compare and contrast

Featured image Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton are similar in several respects. Both attended top Ivy League colleges and graduated from Harvard Law School. Both are extremely intelligent. Both were elected to the U.S. Senate as darlings of many conservatives. Neither was shy upon arrival. Both made their initial splash in committee hearings — Cruz when he took on Dianne Feinstein; Cotton when he said the Gitmo detainees can rot in hell. »

Michael Gerson’s misguided attack on the Cotton letter

Featured image Michael Gerson, writing in the Washington Post, joins the chorus of critics of the letter to Iran drafted by Sen. Tom Cotton and signed by 46 of his Republican colleagues. According to Gerson, the worst aspect of the letter — the thing he considers “the real scandal” — is the procedure surrounding it. Gerson notes that the drafter, Cotton, has only two months experience in the Senate. But the letter »

Corker’s Folly

Featured image Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was one of a handful of Republican Senators who didn’t sign the open letter advising Iran that a nuclear agreement wouldn’t bind the next president unless the Senate ratified it. Reportedly, Corker thought the letter would hurt his efforts to gain support from Senate Democrats of his Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which requires the president to submit »

A War of Obama’s Making

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about the letter to Iran’s leaders that was written by Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 47 Senate Republicans. The letter warns Iran that President Obama has no constitutional authority to bind the United States government beyond his term in office. If any agreement is submitted to the Senate and approved as a treaty, then it will have the force of law, but that is not »

Ben Carson For Senate

Featured image Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced today that she will not seek a seventh term. That opens up, I think, a great opportunity for Dr. Ben Carson, who I believe lives in Maryland, having been associated with Johns Hopkins for many years. Dr. Carson has talked about running for president. He is a great guy and a tremendous asset to the Republican Party, but administering the executive branch is not »

Don’t abolish the filibuster

Featured image Charles Krauthammer urges Republicans to abolish the filibuster. He is prompted to advocate this fundamental change for a very narrow purpose — to pass a piece of legislation he expects President Obama to veto. But Krauthammer isn’t talking about an ordinary piece of legislation. He has in mind a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security, minus the immigration service which would be denied funds to implement the »

Is the Senate Minority All-Powerful?

Featured image With regard to the funding of the Department of Homeland Security and President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty orders, we have entered Alice In Wonderland territory. The Republican House has passed an appropriations bill that funds DHS, minus the implementation of Obama’s illegal orders. Senate Republicans have introduced the House bill three times, but each time it has been filibustered by the Democrat minority. If the Democrats continue to filibuster, there is »

The case against Obama’s Afghan pull-out plan solidifies

Featured image Yesterday, General John Campbell, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, delivered upbeat testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee about the effects of our military effort in that country. Campbell documented the extraordinary progress Afghanistan has made on numerous fronts in the 13 years since the U.S. toppled the Taliban. I don’t think there’s any dispute about this. Campbell also contended that the present situation is quite »

Is the Fix In On Immigration?

Featured image As I wrote here, Mitch McConnell is giving disquieting signs of throwing in the towel on President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. This is particularly disturbing, given the history: during the lame duck session, the Republican grass roots were clamoring for the House to take immediate action against implementation of the amnesty. Republican leaders in Congress argued that such action would be premature until the GOP controlled the Senate as well »

John Boehner Challenges Senate Democrats To Do Their Jobs

Featured image He actually put it a bit more profanely than that. But first, the context: as I noted yesterday, the House has passed a bill that fully funds the Department of Homeland Security, except for implementation of President Obama’s illegal executive orders on immigration. Mitch McConnell has brought the House measure to the Senate floor three times, but each time it has been filibustered by the Democrats. Now McConnell seems to »

Are Senate Republicans Hanging the House Out to Dry?

Featured image The House of Representatives has passed legislation that fully funds the Department of Homeland Security, except that it withholds funding to implement President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional immigration fiats. Republican leadership in the Senate has tried to bring the House measure up for a vote three times, but each time the Democrats have filibustered it. The department is funded, I believe, through February 27. At that point the money begins »

Senate Democrats Vote to Shut Down Department of Homeland Security

Featured image In a shocking move, Senate Democrats today filibustered all funding for the Department of Homeland Security. They refused to allow the DHS funding bill, which has already passed the House, to be brought up for a vote. This means that funding for DHS, including its many vital national security functions, will soon run out. Why would Democrats vote unanimously to shut down DHS? Because the funding bill excludes the implementation »

Sharyl Attkisson to testify on Lynch confirmation, but why?

Featured image Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, will testify tomorrow before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It should be an interesting day. Coming up with lists of questions to ask Lynch has become a cottage industry. I offered my entry in November: I hope that during Senate confirmation hearings, Lynch will be asked specifically about each issue as to which the Holder DOJ has applied or considered applying disparate impact »

Russian Roulette, anyone?

Featured image Some Republican Senators are contemplating an attempt to change the rules for confirming Supreme Court Justices. Under their proposal, confirmation could occur with only a bare majority, as it now can for lower court judges and cabinet members. Lamar Alexander and Roy Blunt are behind the push for this change. I find no merit in it. Sure, the change would make it easier for a Republican president to have Supreme »

Senator Tom Cotton

Featured image This evening, I attended a reception in honor of Tom Cotton who will be sworn in as a Senator tomorrow by Vice President Joe Biden. Tom now has a beard. Does it make him look more Senatorial? I don’t know. Check out his swearing in on C-SPAN and see what you think. Tom was very gracious as he greeted those of us in the receiving line. Although not a glad-hander, »

Washington Post sings along with Mitch

Featured image The Washington Post’s front page today featured an article with the title “McConnell aims to rein in GOP to help it win White House.” The internet version of the same story is called “New Senate majority leader’s main goal for GOP: Don’t be scary.” The sentiment is not without merit. It’s not in the interest of Republicans or conservatives for a Republican Senate to scare voters. Few would dispute this »