Tag Archives: Senate

The end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

The Senate did something! Something good! I guess the Senate is only 98% broken and not 100% like I thought: The Senate on Saturday struck down the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, bringing to a close a 17-year struggle over a policy that forced thousands of Americans from the […]

Unemployed? Get a job!

Have you been unemployed since the crash of 2008? Are you on Medicaid or Medicare? If so, your situation is gonna get a lot worse: Democratic leaders in the Senate have apparently failed to win enough support to overcome a Republican filibuster of a bill to help the poor, the old and the jobless, despite […]

What Massachusetts really means

It is surprising that the Democrats lost control of Ted Kennedy’s former seat in the Senate. After all, Ted Kennedy was a liberal hero in Massachusetts and around the country. Kennedy’s replacement is Republican Scott Brown. It’s easy to guess his platform: He’s for tax cuts, against spending cuts to offset the tax cuts, against […]

Fault in the health reform debacle

The short answer: the Democrats in the Senate. Let me tell you why. The filibuster In the United States Senate, one Senator can hold up legislation using the filibuster rule. In order to stop a filibuster, it takes 60 votes. Senate tradition held that the filibuster would only be used in extraordinary circumstances. Thanks to Republicans, […]

Health care: Good & bad news

Good news: Health care reform passed the House this weekend. Consumerist has a good summary of what’s in the bill: Insurance mandate – Uninsured Americans will pay a penalty; low-income people exempt. House bill charges a penalty of 2.5% of adjusted gross income: that’s $500 on $20,000, for example. Employer coverage – All employers with […]

There won’t be compromise with Republicans on health care

On Friday, Clint had an excellent roundup of the rightwing idiocy designed to destroy any chance at health care reform. Unfortunately their idiocy is having an effect. According to Republican Senator – and Glenn Beck fan – Chuck Grassley, the Senate has dropped end of life counseling from their proposed bill. This was in response to […]

Your Senator in charge of health reform

I present the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.): He’s looking out for the interests of the average American: As liberal protesters marched outside, Sen. Max Baucus sat down inside a San Francisco mansion for a dinner of chicken cordon bleu and a discussion of landmark health-care legislation under consideration by his […]

Stay classy, morons

I’m still a bit sick, so you’re getting treated to more video goodness: Seriously, how pathetic are the Republican Senators for releasing garbage like that? (To be fair, they do get kudos for using Carl Orff’s ‘O Fortuna’ as the soundtrack.) It’s not like closing Gitmo means releasing convicted terrorists into American cities. What it […]

Tom Daschle worries me … a lot

Update: Daschle has withdrawn as HHS nominee. Former Democratic Senator Tom Daschle is Barack Obama’s pick to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services. We desperately need health care reform in the United States, and Daschle seems likely to fight for the status quo. Back when Tom Daschle was the Senate Majority leader, I […]

Republicans up to old tricks

The nomination of Eric Holder, President Obama’s pick for Attorney General, is stalling because of Senate Republicans. Why the delays? This is the answer from the Huffington Post: Senate Republicans hope to delay a vote on the confirmation of Eric Holder to become attorney general in order to pressure him to say whether he will […]