The House Budget chief cited Dem control of the White House and Senate in pushing his plan.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) questioned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) priorities Thursday after the leader waited until the end of the year to bring up the defense authorization bill.
“One has to wonder about the priorities of the party and the majority leader,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “Isn’t that a commentary that my friends on the other side and the majority leader on how they feel about our service members?”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday swore in the newest member of the House, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), who won former Rep. Ed Markey's seat this week.
Earlier Thursday morning, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said President Obama’s and the Queen of England don’t have the power to legislate unilaterally.
“[Obama] doesn’t have the power to legislate on his own … anymore than the Queen of England has the right to legislate here,” Lee said during a Republicans “talk-a-thon" against executive nominees.
Senate Republicans used their arguments against ObamaCare to continue debate against President Obama’s executive and judicial nominees Thursday morning.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday the Senate rule change to filibuster rules will result is “fire breathing liberals” confirmed to serve as judges across the country.
“The pressure from the [Democratic] conference to pick the most hard noise, fire breathing liberal is going to be intense and it will change the judiciary forever,” Graham said on the Senate floor. “Shame on you.”
Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D) and Chris Murphy (D) used the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy to call for congressional action on gun-control reforms.
On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman killed 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and six of their educators.
Murphy said members of Congress should feel “embarrassment and shame” for letting a year pass without passing any new gun-control measures.
The Senate leader is pushing Republicans to yield time on President Obama's nominees.
Reid said Democrats will push for an extension when the Senate returns in January.
Reid has exempted some staff from enrolling in ObamaCare.