Senate votes to end a Republican filibuster on new Gun Control Bill

no guns sign

This morning the Senate successfully voted to end a Republican filibuster that would have held up debate on a new Gun Control Bill.

68-31, to end a Republican filibuster blocking the start of debate on a new gun control bill, a top priority for President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders.  Sixteen Republicans crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats. Two Democratic senators – Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas – sided with the majority of Republicans. Sixty votes were needed for passage.

Every once in a while common sense does a play a role in government.  Last week 13 Senate Republicans including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a letter informing him their intentions of filibustering any legislation that would “infringe” on the American’s people 2nd Amendment right.

Whatever your belief/stance is concerning gun control having an open debate on the legislation being offered is good for everyone.  Plus this legislation should have a fair shot at being voted on; let the record show where certain senators stand in the debate of gun control.  Let the people see where there elected officials stand!e

Here is something to start thinking about…  Once the Senate comes up with some kind of gun control legislation, what will House Majority Leader John Boehner do?

Will Boehner allow the bill to be debated or will he stuff the bill in a draw to collect dust?  If you were Boehner what would you do???

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

The House will NOT vote on Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

Breezy Point

Breezy Point

House Republicans decided to NOT take up the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill tonight after an all day back and forth over the bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff.

Republicans promised to work on the supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Apparently this is House Republican payback for having to vote on the Senate-passed bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff.  Lawmakers from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (Democrats and Republicans) took to the floor of the House to voice their disappointment.

This is the disgusting side of politics that makes me sick, to think House Republicans like Eric Cantor would go back on a promise they made.  A lot of work has been done to get this disaster bill together, that work will have to be re-done as the new 113th Congress will be sworn in on January 2nd.

This is why congress has some of the lowest approval ratings, SMH!!!

Representative Peter King (R-NY) called this “indefensible” for Congress

“It is disgraceful. It even makes it worse being a Republican.”

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

House will vote on Senate bill w/o amendments to avert Fiscal Cliff

In a move that just makes sense, House Republicans will NOT add amendments to the Senate‘s bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff.  Speaker Boehner will take an up-or-down vote a clean Senate passed bill.  This bill will more than likely need the support of both Democrats and Republicans in the House to pass.

Politico reporting…

The House plans to vote tonight on the Senate-passed bill to avert the fiscal cliff. Passage in the House, which is expected, would clear the bill for law since President Barack Obama has said he will sign the legislation.

The decision to move to an up-or-down vote comes after House Republicans internally rejected a plan to amend the bill with a package of spending cuts. That move would’ve likely killed the bill, allowing taxes to go up on all Americans.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

What will House Republicans do with Senate Bill to avert Fiscal Cliff?

Speaker Boehner

Speaker Boehner

Speaker Boehner is in the difficult position of not only trying to avert the Fiscal Cliff, but he also has to keep in mind how can he retain his speaker role in the House.

Last night the Senate passed a bipartisan deal with a 89-8 vote, yes my Republican friends the senate deal was overwhelmingly supported by both Republicans and Democrats.  House Republicans have come out today stating their disapproval of the bill the senate passed, they are complaining about the lack of spending cuts in the senate’s bill.  This is something Speaker Boehner warned House Republicans what would happen if they failed to come up with a deal a couple of weeks ago, he stated you will be forced to make a difficult decision on a bill that you did not have a say in and will have the pressure of the fiscal cliff to keep in mind.

Speaker Boehner and House Republicans are trying to figure out what to do with the pending deadline (that actually already passed); they have 2 options at this time…

  1. Pass the Senate bill as is with no changes to it, It would prevent middle-class taxes from going up but would raise rates on higher incomes (> $450K (couples) and > $400K (single)). It would also block spending cuts for two months, extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, prevent a 27 percent cut in fees for doctors who treat Medicare patients and prevent a spike in milk prices.  Lawmakers will have to revisit difficult budget questions in just a few weeks.
  2. The House Republicans can attach their proposed spending cuts ($300 Billion) and send the bill back to senate for a vote. This will more than likely require 100% Republican support in the House as Democrats will not support those attached cuts.

For House Republicans the 1st option would be a difficult pill to swallow… At this moment Speaker Boehner has warned House Republicans that if they do decide to amend the senate bill with proposed cuts they will more than likely set themselves up to be held responsible for the United States going over the fiscal cliff as the Senate would not likely support it.  Boehner has told House Republicans if he can get majority support (217 Repubs) to add amendments to the senate bill he will bring that to the floor of the House for a vote.

When House Republicans decided to go home for Christmas they gave up their right to amend anything!

It was the House and Speaker Boehner that decided they would stop working on a deal and wanted the Senate to come up with something.  The chance for a grand bargain deal disappeared when Speaker Boehner and the House left Washington a couple of weeks ago.

Stop playing games House Republicans, pass the Senate bill which is not the ultimate deal but it gets us past the fiscal cliff and then re-focused on reducing spending.

**Update**

Signs are that the House Repubs will take a vote on the Senate’s bill as is; no amendment with spending cuts!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

House Republicans Oppose Senate Bill to Avert Fiscal Cliff…

According to Politico….

House Republicans are overwhelmingly opposed to the Senate’s bill to avert the fiscal cliff, making it nearly certain that Speaker John Boehner’s chamber will amend the legislation and send it back to the Senate — a potentially serious blow to a package that appeared well on its way to becoming law. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the No. 2 House Republican, told GOP lawmakers that he was opposed to the legislation in its current form. Republicans are chiefly concerned with the lack of spending cuts in the tax bill.

Technically We Are Going Over the Fiscal Cliff

According to Politico…

The House is not scheduled to vote on any fiscal cliff package on New Year’s Eve, so the United States is technically going over the fiscal cliff, but perhaps only for a day or two if the White House and congressional leaders can win enough support for passage of a tax package already being negotiated between Senate leaders and the White House. Timing for House and Senate votes remained unclear with just a few hours to spare before 2012 ends.

Talking Points Tuesdays – 9 hour filibuster by Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders

Bravo Senator Bernie Sanders for your efforts Friday (12/10/2010), as I stated in a previous post (F-A-Natic Fridays – Democrats Still Willing to Fight….) Bernie Sanders told MSNBC’s Ed Schulze that he would do what he could do to block President Obama’s Tax Deal with Republicans.  Not sure how many people took Bernie serious but on 12/10/2010 took the floor of the Senate to plead his case to Senate and Americans watching that particular why the extending the tax cuts for the rich were wrong.

For the record this was technically not a true filibuster…

A true filibuster, would be blocking Republicans from conducting business or speaking.

“take as long as I can to explain to the American people the fact that we have got to do a lot better than this agreement provides.” – Senator Bernie Sanders

At 10:25 am Sanders started his explanation with the following statement,

“How can I get by on one house?”

“I need five houses, ten houses! I need three jet planes to take me all over the world! Sorry, American people. We’ve got the money, we’ve got the power, we’ve got the lobbyists here and on Wall Street. Tough luck. That’s the world, get used to it. Rich get richer. Middle class shrinks.”

His opening statement lasted 2 hours, then with the help of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) the trio were able to stretch the discussion for the next 9 hours!  I can’t say enough about the efforts of the 3 Democrat senators; for the most part they knew that this tax deal would more than likely be passed by the Senate (it would eventually pass a test vote, opening the door for final passage).  All I can offer is my gratitude as I fully support their opposition to this tax deal.

Someone had to take a stand and ask the question WHEN IS ENOUGH ACTUALLY ENOUGH???

Thank You Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, and Mary Landrieu for standing up for the people and asking that question…

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!


Militant Mondays – Senate Test Vote Passes Tax Deal….

President Barack Obama

President Obama received some good news today after a rough couple of days where he has received a ton of criticism from his base (Democrats); including me (check my posts from last week).  Today Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) was able to bring a test vote to the floor of the Senate on Obama’s Tax Deal.

President Obama’s Tax Deal with GOP:

The GOP got around $95 billion in tax cuts for wealthy Americans and $30 billion in estate tax cuts. Democrats got $120 billion in payroll-tax cuts, $40 billion in refundable tax credits (Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and education tax credits), $56 billion in unemployment insurance, and, depending on how you count it, about $180 billion (two-year cost) or $30 billion (10-year cost) in new tax incentives for businesses to invest. – via Ezra Klein (Washington Post)

The deal received the 60 votes (super majority) needed to avoid any possible filibuster.  Obama said the following after the vote,

“I recognize that folks on both sides of the political spectrum are unhappy with certain parts of the package. And I understand those concerns. I share some of them,” he said.

However, he said, “Taken as a whole, the bill that the Senate will allow to proceed does some very good things for America’s economy and the American people.” – via Miami Herald

Senators spoke afterwards about reluctantly voting in favor for the Tax Deal as they feel they cannot afford to let the tax cuts expire for the Middle Class as well as not implement the tax credits, payroll-tax cuts, and not extend unemployment benefits.  The consensus is that it is better to accept that tax cuts for the rich and have unpaid for unemployment benefits than to risk a double-dip recession.

Now all eyes are on the House of Representatives; once the Senate officially votes in favor of the deal it will be sent to the House for approval.  House Democrats have already voted in favor of a resolution stating they will not support the Tax Deal in its current form.  At the end of the day this deal will pass but i foresee that there will have to be some kind of tweaks to the deal.  I don’t believe there will be any major changes but there will be some, Democrats in the House will have to save face after all the grand standing they have done over the past week.

At the end of the day this deal will PASS…

I will continue to say that I am not happy with this deal but I will have to live with it; almost all economist and business experts say that the tax cuts in combination with the pay-roll tax and tax incentives for the business will spur a necessary economic growth that will continue an upward trend for an economy that has been slowly growing.  I can only hope that the President will stand by his word and fight in 2012 to make sure the tax cuts expire for the rich (and possibly the middle class).  The President is banking on that he will have a stronger economy and a lower unemployment rate on his side to pressure Republicans into being fiscally responsible.

I hope Obama is right, ultimately he has decided to “kick the can” of ending unpaid for taxes and really attacking our national deficit down the road to 2012.  I just hope it will not be too late… what would help is if the President would take a serious look at the findings of the Debt Commission.  We need a strong plan going into the next 10 years on how we are going to reduce the deficit; right now China and other nations we are borrowing from cannot be happy with the United States potentially adding another $1 trillion dollars to the deficit.  If the U.S. economy fails the World Economy fails…

So President Obama you stated a week or so ago that you would dare Republicans to challenge, well I hope you are up for it because it will not only be Republicans challenging you!!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Sen Repubs block extend tax cuts for those making under $1-million

According to White House correspondent Mark Knoller Senate Republicans have also voted against extending tax cuts for people making under $1 million dollars. So far today Senate Democrats and President Obama are 0 for 2 when it comes to permanent extension of Middle Class tax cuts.

Mark Knoller noted that the president stated it was, “absolutely essential” to middle class families & the economy that their taxes don’t go up on January 1st.

President Obama also said,

“it makes no sense to hold tax cuts for the middle class hostage to permanent tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.”

Obama says, “it is simply wrong” to give tax breaks to the wealthy while denying extended unemployment benefits to unemployed millions (via Mark Knoller).

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Senate Republicans block extension of Middle Class tax cuts

In not so shocking news Senate Republicans successfully blocked the permanent extension of the Middle/Working Class tax cuts.  This will be 1 of 4 test votes Democrats in the Senate will attempt to see what version of the bill will garner the most votes.

The following versions of the legislation will also be tested:

  1. Senator Schumer (D-NY) has proposed a middle/working  class tax cuts where the cap would be raised to $1 million dollars.  Meaning if you make less than or equal to $1 million you will receive a permanent tax cut.
  2. Senator McConnell (R-KY) make tax cuts for upper wealthy and middle/working class permanent
  3. Permanently pass middle/working class tax cuts and temporarily pass tax cuts for upper wealthy fo the next 2-3 years.

Word is the Senate will vote on Senator Schumer’ proposal next and that is als expected to be voted down by Republicans.  The only plan that will more than likely to receive the most support from Republicans will Senator McConnell’s proposal of permanent extension of tax cuts for both Rich and Middle Cass (#2).  That proposal will also fail as it will not have the necessary support from Democrats as they do not support tax cuts for the Uber Rich.

The only proposal that will more than likely have enough support from both sides of the aisle will be the 3rd proposal listed above:

Permanently pass middle/working class tax cuts and temporarily pass tax cuts for upper wealthy for the next 2-3 years. 

This plan will also be reluctantly be supported by President Obama; he campaigned back in 2008 on letting the Bush Era Tax Cuts expire for he Upper 2% wealthy.  Letting those tax cuts expire will bring revenue of $700 billion over the next 10 years.  That money could be used to pay down our spiraling out of control National Debt ($13 trillion dollars)

The next couple of days will be interesting in the senate as there will be heavy negotiations to include an extension of unemployment benefits that will soon expire for 2 million Americans at the end of the year. 

Republicans are hell-bent on doing whatever it takes to stop President Obama even if that means hurting the nation.  tax cuts fo the Middle/Working class would have more of a positive impact on our economy than any tax cut for the Upper 2%  wealthy.  Extending the tax cut for the rich will set this country back as we will have to borrow $700 Billion dollars from the Chinese so tat the RICH CAN GET RICHER!!

So while Republicans campaigned on lowering the National Debt, in this case lowering the debt is not important when it comes to making sure the Uber Rich can make more money while the rest of the nation suffers.

Republicans will hold unemployment benefits and tax cuts for the Middle Class hostage so the rich can save more money t put into their savings.  It’s very simple folks the Middle Class (you and me) drives this economy…

NOT DIDDY!!!  

Update:  According to White House correspondent Mark Knoller The Senate has also voted against the Senator Schumer’s proposal:

  • Senator Schumer (D-NY) has proposed a middle/working  class tax cuts where the cap would be raised to $1 million dollars.  Meaning if you make less than or equal to $1 million you will receive a permanent tax cut.
  • As always….

    If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!