senators in politics

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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.

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Senate Republicans have approved an Obamacare “repeal resolution”

  • Republicans in the Senate have voted on a budget process that they’re terming the Affordable Care Act “repeal resolution,” according to CNN. 
  • The Senate reached a 51-48 decision, voting along party lines, at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
  • “This resolution will set the stage for true legislative relief from Obamacare that Americans have long demanded while ensuring a stable transition,” Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said. “
  • The vote is a definitive sign that Republicans intend to make good on their promise to repeal the ACA.
  • Though it still remains unclear whether they have any ideas for what will replace it. Read more
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Wondering what a call to Congress actually sounds like? We got you.

If you’re on this website (or a human alive today) there’s a really good chance you’re afraid to call your Senator/Representative because you don’t know how the phone call will go. We’re trying to remove some of the mystery around calling your elected representative to show you a few different examples of first time callers leaving a comment with their Congressional office. It’s so easy!

On this call, you see Victoria learning that sometimes you have to call a few different offices to get through. You should also know that if you’re not calling from a big state like New York or California, you’re much less likely to have this problem. Either way, on average even the long calls take less than five minutes. Just make sure you call during standard work hours. Take a bathroom break to make the call if you have to. Promise it won’t take too long.

Read more about how to call your congressional representative here.

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Tammy Duckworth wins Senate seat in Illinois

Democrat Tammy Duckworth has won the Illinois Senate race, beating out Republican incumbent Mark Kirk, the Associated Press reported at 9:03 p.m. Duckworth’s lead surged after Kirk attacked her family’s history of military service. Duckworth, an Army combat pilot who lost both of her legs in Iraq, talked about her Thai heritage and pointed out that her family’s military service dated back to the American Revolution. Read more

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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.

“A woman”.

“A woman” with two male Senators.

This “woman” is Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

A picture of three United States Senators, only two of which are recognized as such.

Is it a mistake?
Yes.

Is it an honest mistake?
Maybe.

But it’s on the Capitol steps during a Presidential inauguration and they assumed it’s just “a woman” with two powerful men in that very exclusive space.

They assumed she was no one and didn’t bother to find out any different.

A day after Senate Republicans invoked a conduct rule to end Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s speech against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general, a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King urging the Senate to reject Sessions’ nomination as a federal judge is gaining new prominence.

Warren was reading aloud from the letter by King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., when she was interrupted by the presiding chair of the Senate, who warned her of breaking Rule 19, which forbids members from imputing to a colleague “any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”

The warning mentioned Warren’s earlier quote of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who had called Sessions, then a U.S. attorney, a disgrace. But it was King’s letter that — more than 10 minutes after Warren finished reading it aloud Tuesday night — prompted Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call her out of order. That resulted in Warren being silenced on the Senate floor.

In his objection, McConnell cited King’s accusation that Sessions had used “the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”

Read Coretta Scott King’s Letter That Got Sen. Elizabeth Warren Silenced

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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Senate confirms DeVos as secretary of education

By CAITLIN EMMA and KIMBERLY HEFLING

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday cast a historic tie-breaking vote in the Senate to seal Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as the next Education secretary, ending an unusually contentious fight over a Cabinet post that has traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support.

The 51-50 vote to confirm DeVos comes after the billionaire philanthropist and GOP mega-donor unexpectedly emerged as the most contentious of any of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

Read more here

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These are the 21 women making history by serving in the US Senate

Contrary to popular opinion, thanks to a number of important victories this November there will be a record 21 female senators serving in the upper house in 2017. And that’s not the only way women are making history in the U.S. Capitol. The incoming Senate will also seat a record number of women of color.

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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