Tag Archives: senate

#NDAA TwitterBomb Monday Night

Today – Monday, January 30, 2012 – starting at 7pm Eastern, Twitter users are encouraged to participate in a “TwitterBomb” for the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA. The NDAA allows for the unlawful, indefinite detention of American citizens, and has been mostly ignored by the media and politicians.  Only two Presidential candidates oppose this… Read More »

Congress To Attempt Self Policing… Really!

Would you trust your 7 year old child to “self-regulate” their sugar intake the day after Halloween?  Just leave your child with a gigantic bowl of candy, and tell them to use their own discretion.  Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?  Members of Congress are now claiming that they will try something akin to that. Congress doesn’t… Read More »

Debt Ceiling Debate: Round 2

. Congress is fresh off the ‘Great Debt Debate of 2011′, and wasting no time in kicking off Round 2 of this fight.  Today, the US Senate rejected a bill that would have prevented raising the Debt Ceiling by another $1.2 Trillion. CNN.com has reported: A procedural motion to move forward with the bill was… Read More »

Senator Kirk Faces Long Journey After Stroke

United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) suffered a stroke on January 21st.  He told an internist that he was “seeing white flecks, numbness in his left arm and unusual sensations in his left leg”.   Kirk underwent a successful three-hour surgery to remove a piece of his skull to relieve the pressure on his brain.   However,… Read More »

Sen. Nelson to retire – democrat majority in question

On Tuesday senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) will announce his retirement from Congress which may make it even more difficult for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold on to the majority he has enjoyed for so long. Nelson’s seat was already in trouble as republicans have mounted a successful campaign for his challenger Attorney General… Read More »

House and Senate pass 2-month Social Security Revenue Cut

Using a procedure known as unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the 2-month payroll tax holiday that President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have been demanding. The procedure makes it possible to pass legislation without a quorum present in the chamber. The legislation passes as long as not one single member… Read More »

House Rejects Senate's 2 Month Payroll Tax Cut Extension

The fight continues this Tuesday as the House of Representatives voted down the Senates 2 month payroll tax cut extension. It would have extended the tax cut and unemployment benefits for two months. Passing 229 to 193, the vote calls for a negotiating committee for the two chambers to resolve their differences. Seven Republicans joined… Read More »

Senate vs The House Over Payroll Tax Cut

As it stands, Americans face the uncertainty of whether or not they will be giving more of their money to federal government at the beginning of next year. Earlier today Speaker Boehner said the House will block the Senate deal stating “A two-month extension creates uncertainty and will cause problems for people who are trying… Read More »

Short-Term Payroll Tax Cut Extension Passes In Senate

On Saturday the Senate agreed overwhelmingly 89-10 to pass a two month payroll tax cut extension. The short term deal is a result of the inability Democrats and Republicans to agree on how to fund a long term extension. Also agreed on was to extend long-term unemployment benefits for another two months. The legislation will… Read More »

Senate Approves Defense Bill – Awaits President's Signature

By a vote of 86-13, the Senate voted to approve the $662 Billion Defense spending bill. It passed keeping language allowing for the indefinite detention of suspected terrorist by the military. For weeks the White House said it would veto the  bill unless the language pertaining to detention was changed. According to Fox News, there… Read More »

Senate Votes To Keep Indefinite Detention Provision In Military Bill

Earlier today the Senate voted to keep a provision in S.1253 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 which would give the President authority, using the military, to indefinitely detain suspected terror suspects. This includes not only oversees, but in the United States, to include American citizens.  The provision’s sponsors are Arizona Republican Sen.… Read More »