Tag Archives: US Senate

Hawley Blocks Quick Vote On Biden DHS Sec Nominee

The Washington Post reports: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) blocked the Senate from giving Biden’s choice for homeland security secretary a quick confirmation, forcing him to go through the full committee vetting process, because of Hawley’s objections to Biden’s immigration policies. There was a desire to have Alejandro N. Mayorkas in place quickly because of the importance of the post. Hawley …

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LIVE VIDEO: Blinken’s Senate Confirmation Hearing

NPR reports: Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, is appearing Tuesday afternoon before a Senate panel to begin his confirmation process. He’s vowing to restore American leadership on the world stage and work for the “greater good.” “Humility and confidence should be the flip sides of America’s leadership coin,” he will tell the Senate Foreign Relations …

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McConnell Says DC Rioters Were “Provoked” By Trump

CNBC News reports: President Donald Trump and others provoked the swarms of his supporters that stormed the U.S. Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people,” McConnell said on the Senate floor, which two weeks earlier had been evacuated after the crowd of rioters invaded …

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Right Wing Publisher Picks Up Josh Hawley’s Book

Fox News reports: Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., will publish his book “The Tyranny of Big Tech” through conservative Regnery Publishing after Simon & Schuster dropped him following the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Regnery announced on Monday. “It’s discouraging to see [Simon & Schuster] cower before the ‘woke mob,’ as Sen. Hawley correctly calls it. Regnery …

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Harris Submits Senate Resignation To California Gov

The Associated Press reports: Kamala Harris has officially resigned from her Senate seat in California she has held since January 3rd, 2017. This due to her presence and role as Vice President of the United States that she will take the oath for in exactly 48 hours. She wrote a Medium article about her previous time as Senator, and what …

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Senator Worries Trump Will Divulge Classified Intel

CNN reports: Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) described the possibility of President Trump divulging classified information after leaving office as a “grave danger.” King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, noted that intelligence briefings are typically given to former presidents as a courtesy rather than a legal requirement. “There’s a grave danger of [Trump] inadvertently or willfully revealing classified information …

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Graham: Pardoning Rioters Would “Destroy Trump”

“There are a lot of people urging the president to pardon folks who participated in defiling the Capitol, the rioters. “I don’t care if you went there and spread flowers on the floor, you breached the security of the Capitol, you interrupted a joint session of Congress. “You tried to intimidate, assault, you should be prosecuted to the fullest extent …

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Rand Paul: If Trump’s Convicted, It’ll Destroy The GOP

The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Rand Paul warned of a mass exodus from the Republican Party if GOP senators come together with Democrats to convict President Trump in a second impeachment trial, even after he leaves office next week. The Kentucky Republican told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he believes one-third of the party will leave if Trump’s conviction …

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“Horrified” Florida Hotel Cancels Hawley Fundraiser

The Hill reports: Loews Hotels said Saturday that it is canceling a planned fundraiser for Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) at one of its properties next month over his objections to the Electoral College results. The hospitality company in a statement suggested that it believes Hawley’s objections in Congress to the election results based on unsupported allegations of widespread voter fraud …

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Manchin: Let’s “Consider” Expelling Cruz And Hawley

The Hill reports: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said that the Senate should consider removing Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) via the 14th Amendment over their objections last week to the Electoral College results. Speaking to PBS’s “Firing Line” Friday night, Manchin said the Senate should explore the option after a violent mob, riled up by President Trump …

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REPORT: Sen. Ted Cruz To Attend Biden Inauguration

Houston’s NBC News affiliate reports: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, sources tell KXAN. Cruz defended President Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent and volunteered to argue Texas’ failed lawsuit challenging election results in four battleground states before the Supreme Court. Calls for Cruz to resign mounted in the …

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James Lankford Sorry For Questioning Election Results

Tulsa World reports: U.S. Sen. James Lankford apologized to Black Tulsans on Thursday for not recognizing that his involvement in questioning presidential election results would offend them. In a letter addressed to “My friends in North Tulsa,” Lankford acknowledges that his actions “caused a firestorm of suspicion among many of my friends, particularly in Black communities around the state. I …

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Graham Pressures GOP Senators Against Impeaching

Politico reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham is leading the charge against President Donald Trump’s impeachment and removal in the Senate, even as the White House remains largely uninvolved. Graham, who just last week said he had had “enough” of Trump’s bid to overturn the election results after he incited a deadly riot at the Capitol, has been calling around to Republican …

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McConnell Rejects Emergency Impeachment Session

The Associated Press reports: If the House impeaches President Donald Trump, a Senate trial on whether to convict him of inciting insurrection seems all but certain to have to wait until President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. That’s the word from a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The spokesman says aides to the Kentucky Republican have told Senate Minority …

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NYT: McConnell Pleased At Dem Move To Impeach

The New York Times reports: Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing that it will make it easier to purge him from the party, according to people familiar with his thinking. The House is voting …

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GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy Posts Photo Of Man Sought For Questioning In Connection To Murder Of Capitol Cop

ABC News reports: Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) released photos of a man wanted in connection to U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick’s death due to injuries sustained during the Capitol riots last week. One of the photos shows a man with a beard in the mob of President Trump’s supporters at the Capitol. In the photo he is wearing a …

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Collins: At First I Thought The Rioters Were Iranians

Sen. Susan Collins writes for the Bangor Daily News: The proceedings began calmly enough. Around 1 p.m., we senators proceeded to the House for a joint session. Soon there was an objection, baseless in my view, to accepting the electoral count from Arizona. We returned to the Senate to begin our two-hour debate with senators, beginning a series of 5-minute …

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Toomey: Trump “Committed Impeachable Offenses”

The Hill reports: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who has played a leading role in opposing efforts to throw out the results of the 2020 election, on Saturday said President Trump has “committed impeachable offenses.” “I do think the president committed impeachable offenses,” said Toomey said during an interview on Fox News’s “The Journal Editorial Report.” Toomey is the top-ranking Republican …

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McConnell Issues Timeline For Second Trump Trial

The Washington Post reports: On the cusp of the second impeachment battle in just over a year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is circulating a memo to Republican senators that outlines how a potential Senate trial would work for President Trump — proceedings that would all but certainly occur after he leaves the White House. In the memo, obtained …

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Houston Paper To Cruz: Resign, Your Lies Cost Lives

From the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle: In Texas, we have our share of politicians who peddle wild conspiracy theories and reckless rhetoric aiming to inflame. Think U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert’s “terror baby” diatribes or his nonsensical vow not to wear a face mask until after he got COVID, which he promptly did. This editorial board tries to hold …

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