We all hoped beyond hope that Senator Reid would fix the filibuster problem that has ground Washington to a halt. Instead, he put his trust in yet one more handshake deal with a charlatan named Mitch McConnell who broke that deal shortly after making it. As result, nominations have been held, filibustered and ground to a standstill. Unable to be confirmed, nominee after nominee has withdrawn forcing the administration to have to start over from scratch. Instead of confirming the best and brightest, rule-by-the-minority is forcing confirmation of the weakest possible progressive candidates possible.
But, good news may, and I say MAY, be on the horizon. Harry seems to be getting a bit agitated and we finally might see him go for his “nuclear” option some time in July:
“Today, Senator McConnell defended the status quo of gridlock and obstruction in Washington, saying ‘there is no real problem here.’ I could not disagree more. Senator McConnell may choose to ignore it, but the problem of gridlock in Washington is real and it needs to be fixed.
Presidents — be they Republican or Democratic — deserve to have the people working for them that they choose. The Senate’s role is to advise and consent. But Republicans have corrupted the Founders’ intent, creating an unreasonable and unworkable standard whereby the weakest of rationales is often cited as sufficient basis for blocking major nominees. Due to Republican obstruction, the de facto threshold for too many nominees to be confirmed has risen from a simple majority to a super-majority of 60 votes. On judicial nominees, Republicans’ obstruction is equally unprecedented…There is no reason to delay qualified nominees for so long except delay itself, and it is little wonder we have a judicial vacancy crisis in this country.
Despite the agreement we reached in January, Republican obstruction on nominees continues unabated. I want to make the Senate work again – that is my commitment.”
How much does it cost to block a bill in the U.S. Senate? What about a bill that’s supported by an overwhelming majority of the American people?
45 Senators voted to block a bill to expand criminal background checks, and the gun lobby spent at least $8,165,490 to support their campaigns.
Check out the receipt for Senator Heller’s vote.
91% of Americans — including 74% of NRA members — support criminal background checks for all gun sales. But Senator Heller ignored the will of his constituents and gave in to the money and influence of the gun lobby. It’s shameful and everyone should know about it. Please share this graphic with your friends and family.
A motion before the Senate this morning that would waive budgetary discipline (because the bill was fully funded) failed to pass and killed S. 3457: Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012, sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The final tally was 58 to 40, and all 40 opponents of the proposal were Republicans.
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) led the opposition to the Veterans Jobs Corps Act by arguing that the bill violated a cap on spending agreed to by Congress last year. Little did it matter to him that the bill was fully-funded or offset by new revenues.
What had been, up until Sen. Session’s objection, a bi-partisan bill, quickly became a partisan exploitation of a technicality to deny thousands of veterans a shot at getting hired as police officers, firefighters and parks workers, among other things.
40 Republicans joined together in locked-step to disrespect our Veterans and defeat the motion that would have allowed the bill to proceed. Is your Senator one of the 40 who seriously disrespected our Veterans on the Senate floor today? Check the link. If so, I sincerely hope you’ll show him or her the same disrespect this November when you head to the polls.
Democrat or Republican, the 99% of us know voters need to do more than vote for the candidate with the most money. Yet 94% of the time that is who wins. Please consider ousting both incumbents (Heller and Berkley) for the U. S. Senate. Money in politics is the problem. If you are a Democrat, consider me, NancyPriceforCongress.com / NancyPrice11 on Twitter or Nancy Price on Facebook. If you are Republican, review your ballot and consider another qualified candidate other than Heller. Nevada is a unique state and ousting both members of Congress for their inability to come together will send a strong message. Revolt with your primary vote.
I ask for your vote … Nancy
Nancy Price for United States Senate
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Sparks, NV 89431