McConnell Gushes Over Sinema’s Push to Hand GOP Even More Filibuster Power

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., heaped praise on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Monday after she resisted her party’s calls to reform the filibuster and helped Republicans block much of President Joe Biden’s first-term agenda. The Republican leader appeared alongside Sinema at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, touting the Democrat as “extraordinarily effective” and a “genuine moderate.” At one point McConnell lauded her as “the most effective first-term senator I’ve seen in my time in the Senate.” “She is today what we have too few of in the Democratic Party, a genuine, moderate, and a dealmaker,” McConnell…

Big Business Lobby Backs Manchin Effort to Salvage Fossil Fuel Permitting Deal

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest corporate lobbying organization, endorsed federal permitting reforms on Monday as Sen. Joe Manchin made his last-ditch push to salvage a proposed overhaul that has drawn fierce opposition from grassroots climate groups, frontline communities, and Democratic lawmakers. Ahead of an expected procedural vote on Tuesday, the Chamber’s Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley said in a statement that Manchin (D-W.Va.) “has crafted thoughtful legislation that makes material improvements to the permitting process and can pass Congress right now.” Bradley added that the Chamber, which has a long history of lobbying…

Sinema Says Filibuster Should Be Expanded to Make It Harder to Confirm Judges

At an event with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) on Monday, embattled conservative Democrat Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona) said that she wants to expand the use of the filibuster, an arcane Senate rule that she’s used as an excuse to block her own party’s legislative efforts over the past two years. In a speech, Sinema emphasized her commitment to keeping the anti-democratic filibuster in an event on the supposed importance of bipartisanship at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. She said, falsely, that the filibuster increases bipartisanship and that it should be expanded for that reason, although opponents…

Mitch McConnell’s Condemnation of Debt Relief Is Dripping With Hypocrisy

Often in this society, when a scam is exposed, one must peel it layer by layer like an onion to reveal the stinky green, tear-inducing nubbin at the core. This week’s lesson in “How We Get Screwed Everywhere We Turn” finds us confronting the sticky wicket of student loan debt, and the problem some people have with the idea that other people might get something that helps them. This is the deal as I have always been given to understand it: If you can, you excel at school. You nail the grades and the extracurriculars, assembling a dossier of achievement…

GOP Lawmakers Consider Next Moves on Abortion, Including Nationwide Bans

If Republicans win control of Congress in this year’s midterm races, it’s not a matter of if they’ll pursue a national ban on abortion, but rather, how far such a ban would go. Currently, there are no federal laws restricting people from seeking abortions. When the Supreme Court ruled last month to overturn abortion rights protections established in Roe v. Wade, however, several state laws restricting abortion that were on the books from before that ruling was made went into effect, as well as “trigger laws” that could only be enforced if Roe was overturned. Now, GOP lawmakers are discussing…

Warren Slams McConnell for Saying Labor Shortage Is Due to the Stimulus Checks

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is facing widespread criticism for his recent assertion that the so-called labor shortage in the U.S. is the result of the stimulus checks that were sent out over a year ago. At an event in Kentucky on Tuesday, McConnell said that the $3,400 in direct aid sent out to American taxpayers over the past two years has been holding people back from working — a misleading statement in several respects, especially considering the fact that unemployment is currently quite low, with some states documenting record low unemployment over the past few months. “You’ve got…

Biden Reportedly Cuts Deal With Mitch McConnell to Nominate Anti-Abortion Judge

President Joe Biden has reportedly struck a deal with Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to nominate an anti-abortion lawyer to a lifetime federal judgeship in Kentucky, news that comes less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to abortion. According to Louisville’s Courier-Journal, Biden has agreed to nominate Republican attorney Chad Meredith once there’s a federal court vacancy in Kentucky, where abortion was outlawed immediately following the high court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Friday. In exchange, McConnell (R-Ky.) has purportedly agreed not to obstruct the president’s future judicial nominations…

“No Child Should Go Hungry”: Democrats Push to Extend Universal School Meals

Democrats in both chambers of Congress are urging House and Senate leadership to help extend a school lunch waiver program that’s kept millions of children from going hungry over the past two years. In a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last Friday, a group of nine Democrats led by Rep. Katie Porter (D-California) asked the Democratic leader to schedule a vote to extend waivers for school meals for this week, ahead of the program’s scheduled expiration date on June 30. “With higher food costs forcing families to stretch their budgets, free school meals can bring down costs for…

Trump’s Post-Election Vengeance Campaign Has Split the Republican Party in Two

The Trump wing of the Republican Party (and by “wing” I mean three-quarters of the bird) has continued its post-election vengeance tour apace, stopping recently at the Republican National Committee (RNC) to pummel two of the party’s far right congresspeople for being insufficiently loyal to Donald Trump. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger have been dealing with this Trumpian agita for a while now, but the RNC forcefully took it to a whole new gear. “Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger crossed a line,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement denouncing the recalcitrant duo. “They chose to join…

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