On January 12, 2016, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act — a bill that would have given Congress the authority to audit the Federal Reserve — fell 7 votes shy of clearing the 60-vote threshold needed to advance out of the chamber. The vote was 53-44.
The 44 senators who voted “No” are all Democrats.
Spearheaded by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the bill, if passed, would have expanded oversight over the central bank and, for the first time, empowered the Government Accountability Office to audit the Federal Reserve.
This was how the 2016 presidential candidates who are senators voted (source: The Daily Signal):
Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voted “Yes”.
Ted Cruz (R-TX) initially said he would vote “Yes,” but ended up not voting.
Polling data had shown Trump with a lead in Iowa for weeks. LifeNews attributes Cruz’s win over Trump to the former’s pro-life record.
According to ThinkProgess, less than a week before the Iowa caucus, Cruz gave the hundreds of Iowans at a rally a list of his pro-life actions as U.S. Senator and former Texas solicitor general, including efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood, enact parental notification laws, and prohibit partial-birth abortion. Cruz aimed some of his comments specifically at Trump, whom some question about the sincerity of his pro-life stance. Cruz said: “Every candidate in a Republican primary says they’re pro-life. That’s what you say in a Republican primary, regardless of the facts. The question we ought to ask is, don’t tell me that you’re pro-life. Show me. When have you stood up and fought to defend the right to life?”
9 days before the Iowa Caucus, on Jan. 23, 2016, Trump finally outlined his pro-life stance in an op/ed in Washington Examiner. He said America has gone astray because we have moved away from many of this country’s founding principles, most notably the right to life. He said he is pro-life with exceptions only for the very rarest abortions:
“Let me be clear — I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.”
The 10 candidates were selected for the debate based on their rankings in public opinion polls.
The individual who uploaded the video to YouTube warned that “I had to chop out about 45 seconds of some parts of where Trump spoke because Univision filed a copyright claim on this video claiming they owned the video, when they clearly don’t…they are only doing it because of Trump.”
Ominously, Trump said he’s not ruling out running as a third party candidate if he’s not the Republican Party’s nominee.
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In his sarcastic post of April 20, “Coyote Ugly,” our Trail Dust made reference to 2016 presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton and her husband having “received massive amounts of bribe money from China’s bellicose military leaders and a variety of oil-rich, Christian-hating muslims, including the muslim brotherhood.”
The timing of Clinton Cash is problematic for multi-millionaire Hillary as she begins a campaign to position herself as a “champion for everyday Americans.”
Schweizer writes mainly in the voice of a neutral journalist and meticulously documents his sources, including tax records and government documents, while leaving little doubt about his view of the Clintons. Schweizer is a research fellow at the prestigious Hoover Institution; the founder and president of the Government Accountability Institute, a team of investigative researchers and journalists committed to investigating and exposing cronyism, misuse of taxpayer monies, and other governmental corruption or malfeasance; and a former speechwriting consultant to President George W. Bush.
The book, an advance copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, asserts that foreign entities who made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Bill Clinton through high speaking fees, received favors in return from the State Department via then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the words of Schweizer:
“We will see a pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favorable U.S. policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds.”
The New York Times points out that although Hillary’s campaign aides have, in the past, been “adept in swatting down critical books as conservative propaganda,” Schweizer’s Clinton Cash “is potentially more unsettling, both because of its focused reporting and because major news organizations including The [New York] Times, The Washington Post and Fox News have exclusive agreements with the author to pursue the story lines found in the book.”
Additionally, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including Rand Paul and Marco Rubio who have also entered the 2016 presidential ring, have been briefed on the book’s findings, and its contents have already made their way into several of the Republican presidential candidates’ campaigns.
In the wake of news of Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash, the Clinton Foundation belatedly revised its policy to prohibit “donations” by countries in the Middle East (read: oil-rich Arabs and Muslims) and to allow donations from countries like Germany, Canada, the Netherlands and Britain.
Ironically, Clinton Cash will be released the same day Bill and Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Global Initiative gathering with donors in the Islamic North African country of Morocco, the culmination of a foundation trip to several African nations. (A chapter in Clinton Cash is titled “Warlord Economics: The Clintons Do Africa.”)
NY Daily News: Republicans are closer than ever to having a frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rising to the top among the GOP contenders.
Christie shines through as the favorite with 24% support among Republicans and GOP-leaning Independents, according to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday.
Support for the outspoken Republican, who was reelected in November to a second term as governor of the Garden State, jumped from 17% when the last CNN poll was released in September.
Whether or not he will run is the biggest question on the minds of Republicans hoping to take the White House in 2016, since the 51-year-old is touted as the closest thing to a savior the conservative movement will get.
Christie remains demure on his presidential ambitions, saying that only he hopes Washington is watching the success of his policies in New Jersey.
In the new CNN poll, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul came second with 13% support. His numbers were steady since the last survey result.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), who was Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick in 2012, posted the third highest support at 11%. His popularity took a tumble from the September poll, when 16% named him as their favorite.
Texas Tea Party darling, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were also listed among the top five picks for the Republican presidential race.
Results reflect responses from a telephone survey of 843 American adults from November 18-20.
For the Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary “What difference does it make?”Clinton dominates as the preferred candidate, with an eye-popping 63% of Democrats saying they would vote Clinton.
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At about 2:15 pm today. the Senate will take its first votes on S. 744 — the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform amnesty bill for the estimated 11 million people who had illegally entered and living in the United States.
S 744 is objectionable on many grounds, one of which is its financial costs that America can ill afford, given our nearly $17 TRILLION federal government debt. Heritage Foundation has a study that shows S 744 will cost already beleaguered taxpayers at least $6.3 trillion over the lives of the illegal aliens given amnesty, should the bill becomes law.
So much for our 4th Amendment constitutional rights!
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says S 744 only makes our current immigration problems “worse.” Sadly, he holds the minority opinion as he was one of only five Senate Judiciary Members who opposed S. 744’s exit from committee.
You should also know just what kind of heces Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) is made of.
In a Spanish-language interview Sunday with the network Univision, Rubio, the leading Republican on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform group, stated unequivocally that legalization of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants must happen BEFORE any new border security or internal enforcement measures are in place.
In other words, amnesty before border security — the same illogical route taken by previous “immigration reform” efforts which resulted in even more illegals pouring into the United States across the unsecured borders.
RINO Sen. John McCain was one of the sponsors of the National Defense Authorization Act that gives “authority” to the president and military to arrest and indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without charge or trial.
So it really shouldn’t surprise us that he favors capitulation on raising our national debt ceiling — yet again — and is bawling about conservatives Republicans “pushing too far.”
A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and Tea Partyers broke into full view Thursday, with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of overplaying their hands and tempting Democrats to change Senate rules that protect the minority party.
Tactics for dealing with the government’s budget and debt became the latest quarrel In a string of them between McCain —sometimes joined by other traditionalist Republicans —and Tea Party champions such as Ted Cruzof Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida.
Those four won Senate seats by defying the party establishment, and are shaking up the tradition-bound Senate with no-compromise, no-apology stands on key issues like debt and deficits, government spending and the use of drones in the war on terrorism.
McCain himself has defied Republican orthodoxy at times. But he was the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, and he now is among those who say a minority party will accomplish little in the Senate if it can’t find ways to cut deals with the majority.
Cruz, who like Paul is weighing a 2016 presidential bid, renewed his taunts of the party establishment in a speech Thursday on the Senate floor. The more accommodating Republicans, he said, are in cahoots with Democrats to raise the government’s borrowing limit by disabling the GOP’s ability to mount a filibuster threat that could be used to extract spending cuts from Democrats and the White House
[…] Earlier in the day, Lee angered McCain with similar remarks. Lee said Republicans should block a House-Senate conference designed to resolve budget differences because it might ease the Democrats’ effort to raise the government’s borrowing limit. That rankled the sometimes cantankerous McCain, of Arizona. He said the Tea Partyers’ tactics could embolden Democrats who are threatening to change Senate rules that now allow the minority party — or even just one senator— to block various actions.
“That would be the most disastrous outcome that I could ever imagine,” McCain said.
For months, Democrats have complained about Republicans blocking or delaying confirmation of top White House nominees, including some federal judges. Democrats say the impasse over a budget conference is further evidence of a small group of senators in the minority abusing their powers to block actions that in the past would have gone forward after a few speeches.
Supporters of the Tea Party-backed lawmakers say the ongoing IRS and Benghazi controversies have vindicated their sharply partisan, uncompromising views. Republicans cite the controversies as examples of Democratic overreach and obfuscation.
This week’s budget quarrel follows a high-profile split between Tea Partyers and champions of a big defense program over drone attacks, and an intra-GOP disagreement over gun control tactics.It involves an obscure procedural battle and arcane rules governing the congressional budget process. Democrats want to set up an official House-Senate negotiating committee to iron out the gaping differences between the budget plans passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House.
Cruz, Lee and others say they fear House and Senate leaders will use the budget measure to engineer a scenario in which an increase in the government’s borrowing cap could pass the 100-member Senate by a simple majority instead of the 60 votes typically need to overpower the minority on an issue.
McCain and others, like Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., note that House Republicans can block any move by Democratic negotiators to engineer a filibuster-free debt limit increase.
“Isn’t it a little bizarre,” McCain said Wednesday. “Basically what we are saying here on this (Republican) side of the aisle is that we don’t trust our colleagues on the other side of the Capitol who are in the majority, Republicans.”
“Let me be clear. I don’t trust the Republicans,” Cruz responded. “And I don’t trust the Democrats. I think a whole lot of Americans likewise don’t trust the Republicans and the Democrats, because it is leadership in both parties that has gotten us in this mess.”
At a Tea Party rally last month in Texas, Cruz taunted fellow Republicans after the Senate rejected a call for background checks on virtually all prospective gun buyers.
Cruz and other Tea Partyers had threatened to filibuster the gun legislation and keep it from coming to the Senate floor for votes. Other Republicans said the smarter political move — which eventually prevailed — was to let the votes take place, and have a few Democrats join Republicans in rejecting the wider background checks. Cruz suggested that Republicans who favored proceeding with the votes were “a bunch of squishes.”
That earned Cruz a rebuke from the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page — gleefully retweeted by McCain. “Would it have been right for us to not even debate in light of the Newtown massacre?” McCain said.
[…] Democrats say the debt ceiling must be raised to pay for expenses already incurred by Congress. Failing to raise the ceiling, they say, would trigger a catastrophic default on U.S. obligations.
McCain scuffled with the tea party senators in March after Paul launched a filibuster to warn of the threat of unmanned drone attacks against U.S. citizens on American soil. McCain referred to newcomers like Paul and Cruz as “wacko birds” and said their fears of drone strikes against Americans were “ridiculous.”
“It has been suggested that we are ‘wacko birds,’” Cruz said Thursday. “I will suggest to my friend from Arizona there may be more wacko birds in the Senate than is suspected.”
The split between McCain, 76, and next-generation, 40-something potential 2016 candidates like Paul, Cruz and Rubio also illustrates the broader GOP drift toward the right. McCain has spent decades in the Senate, mixing a penchant for confrontation with a capacity for bipartisan relationships and legislation; the new generation is feistier and more wary of compromise.