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Republican Senator John McCain (AZ) Defends Immigration Reform Plan Before Angry Constituents

February 20, 2013

“One man yelled that only guns would discourage illegal immigration. Another man complained that illegal immigrants should never be able to become citizens or vote. A third man said illegal immigrants were illiterate invaders who wanted free government benefits.”

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): Leaked White House Immigration Reform Bill Draft Proposal is “Counter-Productive”

February 18, 2013

“”There are groups in the House and Senate working together to get this done,” he said, “and when he does things like this, it makes it much more difficult to do that. And that’s why I think this particular move – very counterproductive.”"

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Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer (NY): Bipartisan Agreement Required to Pass Immigration Reform

February 18, 2013

“Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer – one of the “Gang of Eight” senators working toward a bipartisan immigration overhaul on Capitol Hill – said Sunday he was not “upset” with a recently leaked draft of the president’s own immigration bill.”

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Appearing on ‘Meet the Press’, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) Accuses White House of “Massive Cover-Up” on Benghazi

February 18, 2013

“”The information has not been forthcoming,” McCain said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I know that it hasn’t, and I will be glad to send you a list of questions that have not been answered.”"

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U.S. Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg Retires, Won’t Seek Re-Election

February 14, 2013

“The decision by Lautenberg, 89, who has been giving mixed signals for months, marks the end of a political era in New Jersey and one that is likely to set off a fierce primary battle as Democrats, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, jockey for the rare open seat.”

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Republican Senate Filibuster Blocks Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel’s Confirmation

February 14, 2013

“Leading GOP senators pledged to allow a vote when the chamber returns after the President’s Day recess, suggesting the nomination is on pause but not in peril.”

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Two Protesters Dressed as Robin Hood Attend Treasury Secretary Nominee Jack Lew’s Confirmation Hearing

February 14, 2013

“The quiet demonstrators are from a group called The Robin Hood Tax, who advocate adding a new tax on Wall Street transactions.”

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Treasury Secretary Nominee Jack Lew Survives Confirmation Hearing Relatively Unscathed

February 14, 2013

“At a hearing on his nomination, Republicans blasted Lew with questions about his investment in a fund linked to the Cayman Islands and his time at Citigroup, especially a $940,000 bonus he received just before the bank got a taxpayer-funded bailout.”

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Files Motion to Begin Confirmation Debate on Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel

February 13, 2013

“Moreover, Hagel’s nomination has become ensnared in the fight by senior GOP hawks, led by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), to extract more information about the response to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”

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U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Approves Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel’s Nomination

February 12, 2013

“The committee’s 14 Democratic members voted to recommend that the full Senate confirm Mr. Hagel’s nomination, while 11 Republicans voted against it. One Republican, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana wasn’t present for the vote.”

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U.S. Senate Votes to Re-Authorize the Violence Against Women Act

February 12, 2013

“The 78-22 Senate vote to reauthorize the two-decade-old act that has shielded millions of women from abuse and helped reduce national rates of domestic violence turns the focus to the House, where Republican leaders are working to come up with their own version.”

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U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to Vote on Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel on Tuesday

February 11, 2013

“Hagel, 66, a Republican and former Nebraska senator, has been the target of harsh criticism from senators in his own party, who raised questions over whether he is sufficiently supportive of Israel and tough on Iran.”

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Bipartisan U.S. Senate Immigration Reform Bill Calls On Employers to Use Federal E-Verify System

February 11, 2013

“Critics of the database system say it’s too costly for small businesses to use, and it’s a serious constitutional concern.”

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Will Oppose the Nominations of John Brennan and Chuck Hagel

February 11, 2013

“Until there are answers regarding the terrorist attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham plans to block two of President Obama’s top national security nominees.”

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Report: Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Lobbied Against Donating Port Security Equipment to the Dominican Republic to Benefit Dr. Melgen

February 11, 2013

“The intervention with the Department of Homeland Security last month came even though Mr. Menendez has publicly chastised the Obama administration for not doing more to combat the surging drug traffic moving through Dominican ports.”

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