Posts Tagged ‘Senate’

Carly Fiorina: California Job-Outsourcer*

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Who is Carly Fiorina?

* Due to the tragic shooting of Rep. Gifford and 19 other people in Tuscon, I have decided to  retroactively edit this post to say “job-outsourcer” instead of “job-killer.”  I regret the use of those words.


After Financial Reform, Energy Moves Up as Next Major Agenda Item

June 4, 2010 1 comment

With the achievement of financial regulatory reform virtually finished in the Senate, the Senate will now move on to energy as the next big agenda item.  Senate Majority Leader Reid said he wants committee work done on the energy bill before the July 4th recess with floor time for the bill soon after.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) alerted Senate committee chairmen Thursday that he plans to move comprehensive energy legislation in July.

Reid asked the chairmen to recommend legislation to deal with the Gulf oil spill before July 4 so that leaders can include those ideas in the comprehensive energy package.

The BP Gulf Oil Disaster should be seen as a “rock bottom” moment for a nation addicted to oil.  Hopefully, this incident will provide the impetus to pass an energy bill that will move the US to a renewable energy future including a renewable energy supply, a reduction in America’s carbon emmisions, a major push for public transit in all metro areas, and incentives for cleaner cars.  The energy bill will also provide much needed jobs as we transition from a fossil fuel to renewable energy based nation.  Democrats and Republicans should work together to make this future happen.

Financial Regulatory Reform to be Major Agenda Item for April-May Senate Work Period

April 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Fresh off the health care victory, the Senate will now tackle Financial Regulatory Reform, a bill designed to foist tougher rules on Wall Street whose reckless malfeasance almost crashed the world economy last fall.  Sen. Dodd on the Banking Committee already passed their bill, and we are awaiting Sen. Lincoln on the Agriculture Committee to clear derivatives regulation legislation.

Republicans will try to stall this initiative to kingdom come just like they tried to do with health care reform, but this debate promises to be much shorter due to the political danger that some Republicans find themselves in if they are seen as Wall Street flacks.

The Senate plans to finish the financial regulatory reform bill by Memorial Day Recess in late May.  The House of Rep. already passed their version late last year.

This Week in the Senate

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

The Senate is back in session and they will discuss raising the US debt limit.  There’s also nominations to discuss this week.  Most attention will be placed on the MA special election happening tommorrow.

The Coakley campaign is running an ad right now spotlighting President Obama’s support for her candidacy.

Obama to Stump for Coakley in MA Today while Brown Denies Health Insurance to His Own Campaign Workers

January 17, 2010 Leave a comment

President Obama will visit the campus of Northeastern University today in Boston and stump for Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate running to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s term.  A few days ago, the President explained why Coakley should represent the people of Massachusetts:

Meanwhile, back in 2008, Scott Brown peddled birther conspiracy theories suggesting Obama was born out of wedlock with all the implications therein:

Scott Brown also does not provide health insurance to his own campaign workers. No wonder Scott Brown is against health care reform.  He doesn’t think it’s important enough to even insure his own workers.

Democratic US Senate candidate Martha Coakley today highlighted her differences with her opponent, Republican Scott Brown, on health insurance reform by saying that Brown does not pay for health insurance for his campaign workers, while she does.

“We already knew that Scott Brown didn’t want to make health insurance more affordable for Massachusetts families and businesses.  Now we learn that he won’t even make health insurance available for his own staff.  If he won’t stand up for the people he employs, how could we ever trust him to stand up for us?” Coakley said in a statement.

Scott Brown’s people dodged the question when asked by a reporter.

Massachusetts Senate Race Heats Up: Coakley Calls Brown a Republican

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The Coakley campaign launched a tough new ad against Republican Scott Brown criticizing the Massachusetts Republican for wanting to  advance the Republican agenda in Washington to serve Washington Republicans like Republican talk show host Rush Limbaugh, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnel, and House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner.

This Week in the Senate

January 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week until the Senate comes back from recess.   In the meantime, the political world is looking at Massachusetts where the race for Sen. Kennedy’s Senate seat is tighter than expected.  Public Policy Poll (PPP) remarkably found the Republican Scott Brown up by 1 in their latest poll …  A Republican up by 1 … in Massachusetts, hmmm.  In another poll though, a Boston Globe/University of New Hampshire (UNH) poll found the Democrat, Martha Coakley, up by 17.

Like Douglas Adams once wrote, Don’t Panic!  I expect this race to be like the Kennedy vs.Romney race in 1994 where it looked to be a tight race but the Democrat won handily.  However, the one thing that should never happen is for the Democrats to be complacent in this race, and also, Martha Coakley should go after Scott Brown’s reactionary record. Once that’s done, the teabaggers can go back to blaming ACORN for another loss.

The MA special election is Jan. 19th.