Archive for the 'Senate' Category

Recently in the Senate: Wake up, sleepyheads!

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

H R 2669, the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007, passed in the Senate 49 - 48. Kyl voted Nay, McCain voted Nay.

The motion to invoke cloture and vote on the Levin amendment - To provide for a reduction and transition of United States forces in Iraq - failed 52 - 47 (3/5 needed). Kyl []

McCain, Kyl criticize war funding holdup

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Republicans were able to block an Iraq withdrawl bill after an all-night debate, but theyre pretty cranky about it As quoted over at ThinkProgress:
MCCAIN: What have we done by not passing the Defense Authorization bill? We are not allowing a 3 1/2 percent pay raise to men and women in the military. We’re not modernizing []

Kyl puts snag in 9/11 bill

Monday, July 16th, 2007

From The Hill:
Legislation to implement recommendations of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks hit another snag yesterday when Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) objected to moving the bill to a joint House-Senate conference committee.
The bill appeared to be moving to conference this week after Senate Republicans dropped their objections and House Democrats []

Kyl roundup

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Rep. Russell Peaces calls himself a brokenhearted Kyl fan: Who do you trust anymore when your heroes go south on you? You feel violated. Its like all of a sudden you learn that your best buddy has been dating your wife. [Arizona Republic]
Dorgans emphasis on capturing bin Laden, Kyl said, was illustrative of the Democrats []

McCain roundup

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

But that is, sadly, just what John McCain is: the wrong man for the times. Perversely so, almost. [foxnews.com]
McCain is like Luke Skywalker, and [t]hese obituaries could well prove premature. [CQ Weekly]
And in Iowa, for example, internal polls by Republicans show his support plummeting as he became increasingly identified with the immigration bill. [Jim Lehrer []

Republic to Kyl: Let Open Government Act go to vote

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

The Republics editorial board finally addresses their beloved Senators no-longer-secret hold of the Open Government Act, however tamely:
You cannot arm yourself with knowledge when a public-records request languishes for 20 years. The Open Government Act would deliver knowledge more quickly to the public. Kyl should stand with the people and let this bill go to []

Kyl roundup

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Even from 2,000 miles away, Sen. Jon Kyl sounded like a man who had stuck his neck on the line - and had his head chopped offIt was a brawl that included threatening, middle-of-the-night calls to the unlisted number of his Capitol-area home. [Tucson Citizen]
Kyl is one of two Senators who will voluntarily release his []

Novak on McCain: Any further campaigning could be considered futile

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Ralph Novak on John McCains ailing campaign:
McCains futures contract has plummeted in just one week from around $12 to $4. He led Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) by just 70 cents on July 3.

Bullhead City mayor blasts AZ delegation for not funding bridge

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

From the Mohave Daily News:
Bullhead City Council Member Sam Medrano blasted Arizona senators John McCain and Jon Kyl at Tuesdays City Council meeting.
He was referring to comments made by Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury at Woodburys recent annual Town Hall meeting in Laughlin.
A second bridge is years away from becoming a reality and Woodbury placed []

McCain campaign left with $2 million

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Its over, folks. The McCain campaign is down to $2 million on hand and has laid off half its staff
Who will he throw his support behind?

Kyl roundup: Wake of immigration bill dept.

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Kyl owns Lucent-Alcatel stock, a company that has significant investments in Iran. [Media Matters]
The sheriffs who appeared in Kyls no amnesty ad last fall are still pretty ok with him. [The Arizona Republic]
On the London terror-by-car situation: Weve been a victim of our own success, to some extent. Because we havent been attacked, people become []

Kyls response to immigration bill block

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

In the LA Times:
But even some of the presidents allies acknowledged the toll the administrations failures have had on the cause of immigration reform. Americans dont think we can control our borders, we can win a war, we can issue passports, we can solve other problems, said Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, the third-ranking Republican in []

Today in the Senate

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

S. 1639, the immigration reform bill, failed to make cloture and reach the Senate floor for a vote by 43 - 53. Kyl and McCain both voted Yea, which would have moved the bill forward.
Various House members reacted to the bills failure, ranging from disappointment to relief. The Republic has the story.

Earlier, the Senate rejected []

Romney all schadenfreudey over SCOTUS smackdown

Monday, June 25th, 2007

From CBS News:
Today the Supreme Court struck down restrictions on ads funded by corporations and unions running within two months of an election. The decision should have little partisan impact: Many corporations would favor Republicans and most unions would favor Democrats.
The ruling, which overturned a key provision of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance overhaul, may not []

McCain considering dropping out if things dont change?

Monday, June 25th, 2007

So says anonymous newspaper source!
FORMER US presidential frontrunner John McCain may drop out of the 2008 race by September if his fundraising dries up and his poll ratings continue to drop, Republican insiders say.
The speculation, vigorously denied by Senator McCains camp, is sweeping Republican circles after a disastrous few weeks in which he has clashed []

Today in the Senate: Fuel security

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Inhofe of Oklahoma amendment to CLEAN Energy Act of 2007: To improve domestic fuels security. Failed 43 - 52. Kyl voted Yea, McCain did not vote.

Amnesty killing McCains bid?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

The Washington Times seems to think so:
Sen. John McCains presidential campaign is showing signs of unraveling, with a continuing slide in the polls, voters irritation over his support of what they called amnesty for illegal aliens and his decision to pull out of the Iowa straw poll.
Party fundraisers say potential McCain donors are hanging []

Today in the Senate

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Bayh of Indiana amendment to the Clean Energy Act of 2007: To provide for the publication and implementation of an action plan to reduce the quantity of oil used annually in the United States. Passed 63 - 30. Kyl voted Nay, McCain did not vote.

Kyl seeks to delay patent reform bill

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

From PC World:
A group of five Republican senators is seeking a delay in legislation, supported by several large tech vendors, that would overhaul the U.S. patent system.
The five, including Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sam Brownback of Kansas, have asked for more hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee moves ahead with the Patent Reform []

Today in the Senate: The Gonzales no-confidence vote

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Cloture motion to bring H.R. 6, CLEAN Energy Act of 2007, up for a vote. Passed 91 - 0. Kyl voted Yea, McCain did not vote.

Motion to invoke cloture on the no-confidence vote for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Rejected 53 - 38 - 1 (3/5 required). Kyl voted Nay, McCain did not vote.
Kyl called the []