Senate narrowly advances disaster funding on second try

The Senate on Tuesday afternoon narrowly voted to advance a bill to renew sanctions on Myanmar intended by Democratic leadership to serve as a vehicle for a $6.9 billion funding package for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


Cornyn, Menendez pressure Obama to sell fighter planes to Taiwan

Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require the Obama administration to sell 66 F-16 fighter planes to Taiwan, which they said would help Taiwan modernize its air force and help create U.S. jobs at the same time.

The Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act, S. 1539, expresses the sense of Congress that China has been advancing militarily, shifting the balance of power with Taiwan. It also argues that Taiwan's air force is deteriorating and that the U.S. has a legal obligation under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 to provide Taiwan with the ability to defend itself.

"Saying no here would mean granting Communist China substantial sway over American foreign policy, putting us on a very slippery slope," Cornyn said Monday.


Senate to take another swing at disaster funding

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that the Senate will try once again Tuesday afternoon to pass a $6.9 billion bill to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The first attempt to move the bill forward Monday fell short by seven votes of the 60-vote threshold required by Senate rules. Reid’s announcement, however, indicates that a deal was likely struck supplying the legislation with sufficent votes to move forward.


Dems continue to assail GOP over disaster funding vote

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) picked up where Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) left off, following the break Tuesday afternoon, in continuing to hammer Republicans for voting on Monday to halt a $6.9 billion bill to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“[Victims] need to know we won’t play politics with their lives and livelihoods,” Franken said.


McConnell attacks Obama’s jobs plan

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attacked the $447 billion jobs plan President Obama offered to Congress last week, saying it was little more than a ploy for reelection.


Reid hammers GOP for voting down FEMA funding bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hammered Republicans for their overwhelming vote on Monday night to halt a bill that was to be used as a vehicle to move forward a $6.9 billion funding package for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Senate GOP seeks regulatory 'time out'

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and 16 other Senate Republicans on Monday proposed a moratorium on new federal regulations in order to give U.S. companies a "sensible breather" from what she said are rules that are stifling job creation.

"Businesses, our nation's job creators and the engine of any lasting economic growth, have been saying for some time that the lack of jobs is largely due to a climate of uncertainty, most notably the uncertainty and cost created by new Federal regulations," Collins said Monday. "The intent of my bill is to lift the cloud of uncertainty that is causing employers to be cautious and to refrain from creating jobs — jobs our economy desperately needs."