politics and senators

One of the things I think you’ll see a lot of conservative Senators and thinkers grapple with is, this bill actually keeps a lot of the structure of the Affordable Care Act in place. As much as it is kind of derided and detested by Republicans, it is proved awfully difficult to write a bill that would get rid of it entirely.
—  Sarah Kliff of Vox.com on the battle over health care
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Senate Republican health care plan has dismal 17% approval, new poll finds

  • The Senate Republican health care plan just got more bad news. A new poll found just 17% of adults approve of the proposed legislation.
  • The poll — which was conducted by Marist University for NPR and PBS — comes after Republicans delayed a vote on the bill on Tuesday amid growing opposition within their own ranks.
  • The survey is unlikely to make the Republican effort to pass the bill any easier. Read more (6/28/17)
theatlantic.com
Neal Katyal: Senate's Obstruction of Merrick Garland 'Was Unforgivable'
The former acting solicitor general said that the Republican blockade against the onetime Supreme Court nominee represented a breakdown of checks and balances.
By Rebecca J. Rosen

From the article:

In March of last year, then-President Barack Obama nominated the federal appeals-court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Spring passed. Summer passed. Fall passed. Senate Republicans, under the leadership of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, refused to hold a hearing to consider him, let alone schedule a vote. In November, Donald Trump was elected president and in short order named his own nominee. Within three months of Trump’s inauguration, the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Court.

Speaking Tuesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the Supreme Court attorney and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal sharply criticized this sequence of events, calling the GOP’s Garland blockade “unforgivable.” Katyal said:

Merrick Garland was the most qualified nominee, not just in our lifetimes but perhaps in the history of the United States Supreme Court. The chief judge of the D.C. Circuit for 20 years, the nation’s second-highest court. Never once been overruled by the Court in his 20 years. He was extraordinary. It was unforgivable, and a really sad thing for our system.

Katyal’s remarks were not couched as a criticism of Gorsuch or of the Supreme Court’s recently completed term. Katyal also noted that he had, in fact, supported Gorsuch’s nomination—despite criticism from some liberal advocates—on the grounds that he believed Gorsuch was qualified for the job. “I was very upset when Republicans voted against our Democratic nominee[s], Justices Kagan and Sotomayor, who I thought were extraordinarily qualified and would be great,” Katyal said. “And I felt like the same yardstick should apply to the other side.”

The Supreme Court just wrapped up its first term with Gorsuch on the bench, and he has already proven himself to be one of the most conservative justices. Katyal said that it’s too early to make judgments about his tenure. “Let’s wait and see. We have a lot of time with Gorsuch on the Court,” he said. But his panelmate at the event, the former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, was ready to make one call: “Well I would imagine Trump is pretty pleased with his nominee at this point,” she said.

freckled-orange  asked:

What advice would you give to young women who want to get into politics?

That’s a fantastic question! When I was campaigning and young girls would find out that I was the first Latina to potentially be elected into the Senate, I heard so much excitement from them. I realized that they looked at me and thought: If she can do it, so can I. And that is just amazing. Because they can! And they should. There are women who were trailblazers for me and that’s why I’ve been successful. Now it’s my turn to open doors for those behind me.

So, if you want it and are willing to work hard – go for it! There’s nothing young girls shouldn’t feel like they can’t do. When women apply for a job, we ask ourselves, “Am I qualified? Do I have the experience? Do I have the education? Do I have the abilities?” We need to stop second-guessing our abilities. We need to stand up and make ourselves heard. Women can be whoever they want to be. In today’s challenging political environment, it’s more important than ever that we have strong, passionate, fierce women working in politics. So, if you are thinking about getting into politics, just do it. But do it for the right reasons: Fighting for the most vulnerable.

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Politicians from the United States and the world react to Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement

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They can’t shut all of us up.

Elizabeth Warren was denied her right to speak on the Senate floor last night when she tried to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King.

The letter was written by Martin Luther King’s widow when Senator Jeff Sessions was nominated to be a judge in the 80’s. It pleaded that he not be allowed to come to power I this way because of all his racist actions and beliefs.

The letter was not allowed to be read in the Senate then and it’s not being allowed now.

Republicans sited a rule that says, basically, that Senators can’t insult each other on the floor. This is ridiculous though as Senator Warren wasn’t insulting him so much as raising concerns about his nomination.

How can we vet nominees if we can’t question negative aspects of them?

The GOP is trying to silence us and bully us into compliance. Do not allow this.

I’ve included a copy of Mrs. King’s letter.

Maybe they can silence Senator Warren on the floor… But they cannot silence a chorus of resistance.

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Senate Republicans censored Elizabeth Warren for quoting Coretta Scott King on Jeff Sessions

  • On Tuesday night, Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the floor of the Senate to give a speech opposing the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general.
  • But Warren’s speech came to an abrupt end when she was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for attempting to read a letter penned in 1986 by Coretta Scott King, activist and wife of MLK, to oppose Sessions’ appointment to a federal judgeship.  
  • McConnell prohibited Warren from reading the letter on the grounds that it “impugned the motives and conduct” of Sen. Sessions. Read more
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking in Syracuse at the New York Democratic State Convention in 1936.

FDR’s satirical rebuke against Republicans who opposed Social Security and the New Deal during the 1936 election.

80 years later the very same Republican Party used the same rhetoric unironically to justify taking away health insurance from 20 million Americans.