Democrats

State of the Union Address: President Obama Criticizes Using the Debt Ceiling as a Bargaining Tool

February 13, 2013

“Let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep the people’s government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Calls for Tax Reform

February 13, 2013

“To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we should do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Proposes Raising Minimum Wage to $9 an Hour

February 13, 2013

“President Barack Obama wants an increase in the minimum hourly wage from the current $7.25 to $9 by the end of 2015. Obama also proposes the minimum wage be required to keep pace with inflation.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Proposes Medicare Reforms, Including Making Wealthy Seniors Pay More

February 13, 2013

“”And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.”"

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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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President Obama State of the Union Address Excerpt: Job Creation Without Increasing the Deficit

February 12, 2013

“The president said his proposals to increase spending on manufacturing, infrastructure and clean-energy technologies would be fully paid for, though he did not specify in the excerpts how he would offset the cost of his proposals.”

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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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President Obama to Announce a Troop Reduction in Afghanistan During his State of the Union Address

February 12, 2013

“The highly anticipated announcement on the next phase of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal will cut the size of the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by more than half by a year from now.”

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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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Preview of President Obama’s State of the Union Address

February 11, 2013

“He’ll pay lip service to bipartisanship, but don’t expect anything like the call for peaceful collaboration that defined his first address to a joint session of Congress in 2009, they say.”

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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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Peter Baker: President Obama Cast as Present-Day President Bush

February 11, 2013

“But in broad terms, the conversation generated by the confirmation hearing of John O. Brennan, his nominee for C.I.A. director, underscored the degree to which Mr. Obama has embraced some of Mr. Bush’s approach to counterterrorism.”

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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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Treasury Secretary Nominee Jack Lew’s Cayman Islands Investment Fund Raises Questions

February 9, 2013

“The investment has been in public documents for years and drew no attention when Mr. Lew was confirmed to be deputy secretary of state in 2009 and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in 2010.”

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