SENATE VOTE TODAY ON GUN BILL DEBATE
“You are not going to believe this. Did you hear what Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell just said about one of the most respected women in American history leading the Democratic ticket in 2016?
He called it, and I quote: “A rerun of the Golden Girls.” Seriously?
Now, this is not some fringe element of the GOP talking. This is the top Republican in the U.S. Senate — who, I might add, is five years older than the woman he mocked. And we cannot let it stand.
Let’s send the message to Mitch McConnell and his allies: This is 2013, not 1913.
Let’s fight back against the GOP’s outrageous comments and policies by defeating them in this election.
Let’s do it today.” [Quote]
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The sour senator above is Mitch McConnell. He is minority leader in the Senate and he has used the filibuster over 300 times to block Senator Harry Reid who is Majority Leader of the Senate. It is Harry who should be making news as he guides legislation through that body and into law. Mitch McConnell failed decisively in his personal and party war on Barack Obama. Although the President won the election, Mitch labors on unchanged.
Mitch McConnell runs for re-election in 2014 and may be opposed by activist Ashley Judd. Please urge her to run. In the meantime, join me as I shine a light on Mitch McConnell to keep everyone abreast of Mitch’s bad behavior and encourage them to fight the continued use of the filibuster in the Senate. You can click the link on the menu above or click HERE to read my latest newspaper, “Shining a Light on Mitch McConnell.” PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO GET A DAILY COPY IN YOUR INBOX. THANKS!
Mitch McConnell is Dead Wrong
Federal deficits must be brought down, but Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are wrong to say we do not need to raise more revenue. The truth is that federal revenue today at 15.8 percent of GDP is lower than 60 years ago. While corporate profits are at an all-time high, corporate income tax revenue as a percentage of GDP is near a record low. “Sen. McConnell is dead wrong. Instead of cutting programs for working families, the elderly and the sick, we need to ask profitable corporations for additional revenue as part of the solution to our deficit crisis,” Bernie said.
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By Travis Waldron on Sep 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm
Yesterday, ThinkProgress published a report detailing Republican Congressional leadership’s opposition to infrastructure investments even as structural deficiencies in bridges and roadways persist in their home states. Among those is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, where 34 percent of bridges are considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
The Sherman Minton Bridge, one of three major bridges spanning the Ohio River between Louisville, KY and southern Indiana, was among the Kentucky bridges listed as deficient. And last night, the Sherman Minton Bridge was closed after further deficiencies, including cracks, were found in a load-bearing part of its structure. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports:
The Sherman Minton Bridge was closed late Friday afternoon and will remain shut down indefinitely after officials discovered cracks in the span.
Will Wingfield, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said officials “do not have an estimate” on how long it will take to repair and reopen the bridge, which carries Interstate 64 traffic across the Ohio River.
But whatever changes to Senate rules the Nevada Democrat decides to pursue, Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Tom Udall of New Mexico told reporters they expect any package would garner the votes need to move on the floor, either using the constitutional or nuclear option of changing the rules with a simple majority or a bipartisan deal with a higher threshold.
“Most serious reforms of the rules occur because a leader has 51 votes behind them, and that’s where Harry is now,” Merkley told reporters. “That is what enables him to negotiate. On the other hand, if the negotiations succeed … that’s great. It would be wonderful to have a bipartisan agreement.”
“I think he has a real instinct as to what will make this place work better, and so I’m of the opinion that when he gets to that final point,” the caucus will back him up with at least 51 votes, Udall said.
Ashley Judd appears to be inching closer to a run for office. After reports first surfaced in December that the Double Jeopardy actress was mulling a run for Senate in her home state of Kentucky, Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth confirmed she is seriously considering a move into politics. FULL ARTICLE
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