Senate

Senator John McCain (R-AZ): “Time Is Right” For Immigration Reform

January 27, 2013

“Republican John McCain of the border state of Arizona, said on ABC’s “This Week” program that the group still had hard work ahead but that he was pleased with the progress and that the principles of a comprehensive plan would be put forth this week.”

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Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): Senate Immigration Reform Bill Will Include Pathway to Citizenship

January 27, 2013

“McCain said the outcome of the 2012 election should convince Republicans that a pathway to citizenship should be passed.”

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Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss (GA) to Retire, Won’t Run for Re-Election in 2014

January 25, 2013

“During the recent standoff over the fiscal cliff, he famously was one of the few Republicans who spoke publicly about believing that his hands were not tied by anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist tax pledge.”

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Federal Appeals Court: President Obama’s 3 Recess Appointments to the NLRB “Unconstitutional”

January 25, 2013

“The three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that Mr. Obama did not have the power to bypass the Senate.”

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4 Republican U.S. Senators: Potential U.S.-European Union Free Trade May Harm U.S. Agriculture

January 25, 2013

“Four Republican farm state U.S. senators on Thursday expressed concern that possible free trade talks between the United States and European Union may not dismantle longstanding EU barriers to U.S. pork, beef, poultry and other farm products.”

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Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Expects the Committee To Vote To Confirm John Kerry As Secretary of State By Next Tuesday

January 25, 2013

“Menendez told Reuters he expects the committee to vote to confirm Kerry by Tuesday – possibly as soon as Monday – with a vote by the full Senate soon afterward.”

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Senate Republicans Expected to Challenge Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Nominee Richard Cordray

January 24, 2013

“Cordray will have to face the Senate Banking Committee, which will probably vote along party lines, as he seeks confirmation.”

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Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry: Clean Energy is a Job Creator

January 24, 2013

“He also talked about the importance of getting into the clean energy market, calling it a job creator.”

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During his Confirmation Hearing, Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry Defends Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel

January 24, 2013

“When questioned about Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense, Kerry lent his endorsement, saying Hagel was a “strong patriotic senator and will be a strong secretary of defense.”"

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Questions Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry on the “Unintended Consequences” of Libya

January 24, 2013

“Rubio said that the U.S. reaction in Libya created the conditions for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi because the U.S. turned the operation over to the opposition too quickly.”

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) at John Kerry’s Senate Confirmation Hearing: U.S. Misled on Benghazi

January 24, 2013

“”We were misled when we still haven’t gotten answers why there wasn’t better security at the consulate … or told there was request for a 16-member security force to stay at the consulate but were removed.”"

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Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry Describes Latin America Like Venezuela As “Not As Cooperative”

January 24, 2013

“Kerry said the United States has provided development assistance in Guatemala and entered energy agreements with Brazil. It’s worked with Mexico on anti-narcotics and anti-violence programs. But some outlier states are not as cooperative, he said, namely Venezuela, though he said a transition in leadership might change that.”

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Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry on Iran: It Is Not Hard To Prove A Peaceful Program

January 24, 2013

“”President Obama has stated again and again, he prefers a diplomatic resolution to this challenge, and I will work to give diplomacy every effort to succeed. But no one should mistake our resolve to reduce the nuclear threat.”"

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Uses Display of Assault Weapons to Present Ban

January 24, 2013

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) displayed guns as props during her announcement of her proposed assault weapons ban. However, the guns on display break DC gun laws- as reported by CNN. Sen. Feinstein got special permission and does not have to abide by the law.”

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Formally Proposes Revised Bill to Ban Assault Weapons

January 24, 2013

“Feinstein’s proposal would upgrade an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and also outlaw ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.”

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