Senate

Warren won't support Obama's trade nominee

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced Wednesday that she would not support President Obama’s nominee to head the nation's trade office. 

Warren said Michael Froman has told her that he would not publicly release the text of an Asia-Pacific trade deal that is under negotiation by a dozen nations, including the United States.

"I am voting against Mr. Froman’s nomination,” Warren said on the Senate floor. “We should have a serious conversation about our trade policies, but it all starts with the transparency of our U.S. Trade Representative."

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Sen. Hatch chides Dems for committing 'filibuster fraud'

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Senate Democrats are committing “filibuster fraud” by counting cloture motions as filibusters.

“The majority is committing filibuster fraud, and it’s pathetic,” Hatch said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “It is time to stop the filibuster fraud. A cloture motion is just an attempt to end debate.”

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Senate women: House late-term abortion bill is ‘an outrage’

Senate women joined together Wednesday to condemn the abortion bill passed in the House yesterday as “an outrage.”

“The bill that they passed yesterday is a nonstarter in the Senate, and it’s a nonstarter with the majority women,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said on the floor Wednesday. “It was a charade to appeal to a dwindling base, but it’s a charade that will end here today.”

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McConnell slams Dems for spending millions on ObamaCare 'PR blitz'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized President Obama for launching a “campaign-style PR blitz” to explain the healthcare reform law to the public.

“Americans still don’t like the idea of ObamaCare. Not because they’re unable to understand or because they just haven’t ‘seen the right messaging,’” McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “It’s because they just don’t think the law is going to work as promised.”

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Reid: CBO report proves immigration reform is good for the economy

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) touted the Congressional Budget Office report that the immigration reform bill would reduce the deficit, saying it “boost our national economy and increases our security.”

“This bill certainly is good for the economy,” Reid said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “It’s going over the next two decades to reduce the deficit in America by almost $1 trillion.” 

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Cornyn demands Pentagon cancel contract with Russian arms dealer

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) demanded Tuesday that the Pentagon end its contract with Rosoboronexport, a Russian arms dealer, because it is inadvertently harming Syrians.

“American taxpayers should not be indirectly subsidizing the murder of Syrians,” Cornyn said on the Senate floor. “If the Pentagon keeps this contract it will undermine U.S. support to the Syrian people.”

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Schumer: CBO report is ‘huge momentum boost’ to immigration reform bill

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that the Congressional Budget Office’s report that the comprehensive immigration reform bill reduces the deficit is a “huge momentum boost.”

“This report is a huge momentum boost for immigration reform,” Schumer said on the Senate floor moment after the CBO report was released. “This debunks the idea that immigration reform is anything other than a boon to our economy, and robs the bill’s opponents of one of their last remaining arguments.”

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Senate rejects Vitter amendment on biometric entry-exist system

The Senate voted 36-58 on Tuesday, rejecting an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would have prevented provisional legal status for immigrants until an entry and exit data system is working.

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the amendment dealing with the 40 percent of illegal immigrants that came to the country legally, but overstayed their visa. His amendment would have prevented the government from granting provisional legal status until the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has submits written certification to the president and Congress that the integrated biometric entry and exit data system is fully implemented and functioning at every land, sea and air port of entry.

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