The Senate on Thursday morning confirmed an Obama administration nominee to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), after Republicans talked through the night to protest the Democratic decision to prevent filibusters against nominations.
Today, the House will make progress on a two-year budget deal, a one-month farm bill extension, a three-month "doc fix," and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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.
Republicans forced Democrats to use all 30 hours of debate on the nomination.
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.
He's against the deal because it raises discretionary spending above sequester levels.
The Senate leader is pushing Republicans to yield time on President Obama's nominees.
The House measure would provide doctors with a 0.5 percent payment update through March.