Category Archives: U.S. Senate

**UPDATED: Republicans block teacher, first responder jobs bill with help from 2 Dems, Lieberman

In the end, two Democrats and Joe Lieberman voted with Republicans to filibuster a bite sized version of President Obama’s jobs bill.

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Job killers: conservative Dems vote with GOP to kill Obama’s jobs bill in Senate

In the end, it’s important to remember that Congress exists, and that not all Democrats are the kind of Democrat that shares progressive values and goals.

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**UPDATED: Barack Obama and the myth of the progressive ‘majorities’

To progressives who complain about Barack Obama “squandering” the progressive majorities he supposedly had going for him when he was elected president, I refer you to the following chart (from Wikipedia):

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Senate Republicans block bill to end oil company subsidies, Dems to tee up millionaire’s tax next

Senate Republicans, and three Democrats, filibuster a Democratic attempt to kill $21 billion in oil industry subsidies. Republicans will push today for a vote expanding drilling instead.

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Kaine makes it official: he’ll run for VA Senate

Roll Call reports Tim Kaine has given the White House what it wants in Virginia: his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

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Arizona’s Kyl to join other old guard Senators in retirement

The Arizona Republic is reporting that Jon Kyl, the number two Republican in the U.S. Senate, will not seek a fourth term in 2012. Kyl joins Kay Bailey Hutchinson and a handful of “blue dog” Democrats in thinning out the … Continue reading

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111th Congress ends with a Christmas miracle

The 111th Congress ended Wednesday with a flurry of legislation and bill signings, capping what historians are already calling the most productive Congress — and certainly the most productive lame duck session, in generations. Together with an active, tenacious president, … Continue reading

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The suddenly not-so-lame, lame duck Senate **UPDATE**

UPDATE: Republican Senators are now conceding the START treaty is likely to be ratified this week. After two years in which it seemed the United States Senate couldn’t get anything done, suddenly, in the lame duck session, the 111th Senate … Continue reading

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America Held Hostage: 9/11 first responders bill can pass, but only if corps can offshore jobs

The GOP hostage crisis continues, only this time, the ones holding the guns are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who have ordered their lackeys in the U.S. Senate to effectively kill first responders who were sickened rescuing people from the … Continue reading

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Dysfunctional Body Politic: on the Senate docket today: DREAM, START, DADT

President Obama is pressing for a second lame duck win Saturday with a vote on the new START treaty in the endlessly dysfunctional Senate. The Senate is also expected to take up the DREAM Act (which proponents expect will likely … Continue reading

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