Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said people aren’t taking President Obama’s 2015 budget seriously because “it’s not a very serious document.”
Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) slammed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for scheduling a vote on President Obama’s nominee to lead arms control and international security at the State Department.
“President Obama appears to have decided to subvert the Senate in his effort to make dangerous reductions to our nuclear stockpile in an effort to burnish his legacy,” the senators said Monday. “We will continue to raise these issues on every relevant nominee and in every setting possible because such policies are dangerous and will make Americans less safe.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY.) called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to overturn a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to allow a powerful painkiller to enter the market in a form that can be abused.
“It is baffling that at the same time policy makers and law enforcement officials are waging a war on the growing prescription drug crisis, we are essentially rolling out the welcome mat to a new, more powerful, and easily abused super-drug,” Schumer said Monday.
Monday’s snowstorm could delay Senate work on the reauthorization of the Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program.
A procedural vote on the bipartisan bill was expected Wednesday, after the Senate completed work on several executive and judicial nominees. But because of the snowstorm, votes on the nominations won’t start until Wednesday afternoon.
Snowstorm knocks Senate's work back an additional day.
Pat Toomey ripped Debo Adegbile for his role in the defense of a convicted police shooter.
Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) slammed the National Security Agency after reports that its surveillance program capture images from users’ webcams.
“We are extremely troubled by today's press report that a very large number of individuals — including law-abiding Americans — may have had private videos of themselves and their families intercepted and stored without any suspicion of wrongdoing,” the senators said in a joint statement Friday.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called for the cancellation of an Esquire show “Friday Night Tykes.”
He said the show encourages “violent competitiveness” among child football players in Texas.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday praised the Tea Party for its work over the last five years, and said Tea Party activists are a throwback to early Americans who helped throw off British rule.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set up a procedural vote for next week on a bill to increase access to childcare.
Reid said because the bill has bipartisan support, he hoped the procedural vote to end debate on a motion to proceed wouldn’t be necessary next Wednesday.