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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:02 am 
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So, about that bill. Looks like Mitch is having a weird case of flip-floppery, since all Nancy's asking him to do is pass the same Senate bill they did before Toddler-in-Chief threw his tantrum. I guess now that his diapered boss has soiled himself, he's had a change of heart.

A few GOPers are breaking ranks. May not be enough. Definitely not enough to over-ride a veto.

Look, I would keep telling the media the message. Democrats do support funding border security, and we are funding that. What the BLOTUS claims he keeps asking for. We are not supporting his phantasmagorical indescribable unbuildable wall ... but if he wants funding for security, we're providing it, so it's time to once again stop refusing yes for an answer. :roll:

I also would keep pointing out that while the shutdown continues, border and TSA agents are working without pay, as are many other folks at Homeland Security, if they haven't been furloughed.

One guy introduced two bills to end the electoral college, and block a president from pardoning himself. Nice ideas. Suspect they'll go as far as Sherman's articles of impeachment.

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So, about that bill. Looks like Mitch is having a weird case of flip-floppery, since all Nancy's asking him to do is pass the same Senate bill they did before Toddler-in-Chief threw his tantrum. I guess now that his diapered boss has soiled himself, he's had a change of heart.

A few GOPers are breaking ranks. May not be enough. Definitely not enough to over-ride a veto.

Look, I would keep telling the media the message. Democrats do support funding border security, and we are funding that. What the BLOTUS claims he keeps asking for. We are not supporting his phantasmagorical indescribable unbuildable wall ... but if he wants funding for security, we're providing it, so it's time to once again stop refusing yes for an answer. :roll:

I also would keep pointing out that while the shutdown continues, border and TSA agents are working without pay, as are many other folks at Homeland Security, if they haven't been furloughed.

One guy introduced two bills to end the electoral college, and block a president from pardoning himself. Nice ideas. Suspect they'll go as far as Sherman's articles of impeachment.


Very encouraging...but still a lot of uncertainties. McConnell knows Trump is being an infantile schmuck, but will he really push Senate Republicans to pass the same bill? He must know that if he does...Trump will look even the bigger fool continuing to suggest that this shut down is all because of Schumer and Pelosi. What does he do when his own party has passed the same bill to end the shutdown. Would Trump ever fold his hand? Even with this sort of pressure?

And...what does this new word for "the wall" mean? Is Trump backpeddaling when he begins calling it a "barrier" as he did yesterday. A barrier could be a sign on a post for chris's sake. A big sign with a "just following orders" good little nazi border patrol agent standing next to it. (Learnt that straight out of Adolph Eichmann.)

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I become more convinced daily that McConnell is a Russian asset.

Passing those bills the first day so he could kill them in the Senate was an act of genius. It shows who's for good government and who isn't. We knew that already, but it's worth reminding the public from time to time.

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I become more convinced daily that McConnell is a Russian asset.

Passing those bills the first day so he could kill them in the Senate was an act of genius. It shows who's for good government and who isn't. We knew that already, but it's worth reminding the public from time to time.

Think of the stuff I took HOLY HELL for just a year ago, here and elsewhere.

Putin is a murderous dictator was one of the things I said that I was attacked over. That McConnell and rump and the rest are all russian assets traitors etc is something I have said for a long time, glad everyone is catching up.

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Now is the time to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump

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The Framers of the Constitution designed a remedy to address such a constitutional crisis: impeachment. Through the impeachment clause, they sought to ensure that we would have the power, through our elected representatives in Congress, to protect the country by removing a lawless president from the Oval Office.

We already have overwhelming evidence that the president has committed impeachable offenses, including, just to name a few: obstructing justice; violating the emoluments clause; abusing the pardon power; directing or seeking to direct law enforcement to prosecute political adversaries for improper purposes; advocating illegal violence and undermining equal protection of the laws; ordering the cruel and unconstitutional imprisonment of children and their families at the southern border; and conspiring to illegally influence the 2016 election through a series of hush money payments..............

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House Democrats propose major campaign finance reforms in first bill of session
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House Democrats on Friday officially unveiled the For the People Act, a bill meant to, in part, reduce the influence of money on politics.

During Friday’s press conference, Democrats appeared to label wealthy political donors and “special interests” as an existential threat to American democracy and argued big money is a major reason why Americans are always so disappointed with Congress.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) cited the political influence of the National Rifle Association as to why generally-popular background checks on gun sales haven’t been passed, and the pharmaceutical industry and its “army of lobbyists” as to why bills to curb prescription drug costs were defeated.

“The overwhelming influence of money and special interests is a cancer in our democracy that needs to be removed,” Nadler said.

Along with mandating automatic voter registration, eliminating partisan gerrymandering and requiring Presidents to disclose tax returns, the bill puts a big focus on making campaign finance more transparent and less dominated by big money.

The Big Changes

The bill would require politically-active “dark money” 501(c)(4) nonprofits to disclose donors that contribute more than $10,000 and task the IRS with creating new rules for nonprofit political spending. It would prohibit the use of shell companies to funnel money to campaigns and super PACs and ban campaign contributions and independent expenditures from corporations with significant foreign ownership.

In an extraordinary passage, the bill declares that the Constitution should be amended to overturn both the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision that helped unleash unprecedented amounts of outside spending and the 1976 Buckley v. Valeo decision that prohibited Congress from setting election spending limits. A separate, bipartisan constitutional amendment released Friday formally calls for a repeal of the two decisions.

The bill attempts to crack down on digital ad spending, which has so far been almost entirely unregulated, by creating a public database that discloses all political digital ad purchases totaling more than $500 and by preventing foreign individuals from purchasing digital political ads.

As part of the push to reduce the political influence of wealthy donors, the bill would provide a government-funded six-to-one match on contributions under $200 given to congressional and presidential candidates.

The bill proposes several changes to the FEC, including reducing its number of members from six to five to prevent partisan deadlock and attempts to define “coordination” between super PACs and candidates. Although such coordination is illegal, it is not enforced by the FEC and difficult to prove under its current definition.

The bill also requires inaugural committees to disclose their spending. President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee is reportedly under investigation for alleged improper spending.

Among a series of ethics reforms, the bill prevents senior government officials from lobbying their former agencies for two years and bans members of Congress from serving on for-profit boards.

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Ted Deutch Leads the Charge for a Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance Reform
https://www.floridadaily.com/ted-deutch ... ce-reform/

With Democrats now controlling the U.S. House, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., pointing to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United, is leading the charge for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance reform.

On Thursday, Deutch joined U.S. Reps. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Jamie Raskin, D-Mary., and John Katko, R-NY, to unveil what they are dubbing the “Democracy for All Amendment.” Thursday marked the first day of Democratic control of the House.

“The Democracy for All Amendment affirms the right of states and the federal government to pass laws that regulate spending in elections, reversing the concentration of political influence held by the wealthiest Americans and large corporations capable of spending millions of dollars in our elections. This legislation comes days before the ninth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in the Citizens United case,” Deutch’s office insisted.

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The 1st bill faces a turtle in the Senate and a Trump veto, but is amazing, and I would love to see both those guys justify blocking it. "Well, elections in this country are rigged ... but I just want to make sure they're rigged the way I prefer they be rigged" -- Agent Orange. :roll:

The 2nd bill -- loves ya, Rep. Deutsch, but we all know that amendment doesn't stand a ghost's chance in hell, you know the drill, supermajorities in both chambers, and 3/4 of the states must ratify ... too bad, we agree it needs to be done.

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Dems change House rules to allow lawmakers to wear religious headwear

The newly Democratic-controlled House overhauled a 181-year-old rule that banned hats from the floor to accommodate lawmakers who wear religious headwear.

The ban was lifted in a provision included in a rules package that the House passed in a 234-197 vote on Thursday.

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Dems change House rules to allow lawmakers to wear religious headwear

The newly Democratic-controlled House overhauled a 181-year-old rule that banned hats from the floor to accommodate lawmakers who wear religious headwear.

The ban was lifted in a provision included in a rules package that the House passed in a 234-197 vote on Thursday.

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Sen. Sanders, Rep. Cummings introduce bill to lower U.S. drug prices

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And this is why America voted for the Blue Tsunami very soon U.S. Senate you're next. :D

House Dems announce sweeping investigation of drug pricing

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced a sweeping investigation Monday of the pharmaceutical industry’s pricing practices, jockeying for the upper hand with the Trump administration on an issue that concerns Americans across the political spectrum.

Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said he’s sent letters to 12 major drugmakers seeking detailed information and documents about pricing practices for brand-name drugs to treat diseases including cancer, diabetes, kidney failure and nerve pain.

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Democrats Introduce $15 Minimum Wage Bill

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Michigan withdraws from Clean Air Act cases

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........“Under my watch” said Nessel, “Michigan will not be a party to lawsuits that challenge the reasonable regulations aimed at curbing climate change and protecting against exposure to mercury and other toxic substances.”.......

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Democrats Introduce $15 Minimum Wage Bill



I always wonder if they would be introducing the same bill if they had the power to see it become law.

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And if there isn't - WHY will McConnell block them in the Senate?


Surprise surprise. To the shock of no one, they rolled out Hans von Spaskowsky from his sepulcher.

Republicans Claim Democrats’ Voting Rights Bill Is Just A Play To Steal Elections
The first hearing for H.R. 1 raised fears of fraud and child rapist voters, praised long lines and rewrote history.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/vo ... 3e410bcc44

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Democrats invited Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Sarah Turberville, director of the Constitution Project at the Project on Government Oversight, and Adav Noti, director of trial litigation at the Campaign Legal Center, to testify on the need to expand voting rights and enact other provisions of the bill. Republicans invited Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and J. Christian Adams of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, two individuals known for exaggerating the threat of in-person voter fraud.

The decision to invite Adams and von Spakovsky as their sole witnesses was an early indicator that Republicans were prepared to oppose this legislation with discredited, bad faith arguments. By the end of the hearing, GOP lawmakers had derided the bill as an unconstitutional power grab by a corrupt Democratic Party that steals elections and loves child rapists.

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Von Spakovsky and Adams said H.R. 1 was a mishmash of unconstitutional provisions and “bad policy.” But it was their own histories of inflating concerns about voter fraud that came into focus during the hearing.

Both von Spakovsky and Adams were members of Trump’s failed voter fraud commission, which was created to justify the president’s false claims that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election. They have both also made repeated false and unsubstantiated claims about in-person voter fraud in order to support strict voter identification laws and other restrictions on voter registration and access.

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Gupta pointed to a 2018 opinion from a federal judge, a George W. Bush appointee, who said she did not find von Spakovsky’s testimony in a case credible.

“It’s this kind of shading of the truth, shading of the reality of what it takes for lawyers and communities to challenge discriminatory voting practices that is the reason why we need H.R. 1,” Ifill added.

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House Democrats Unveil Social Security Expansion Bill With Unprecedented Support

In less than a decade, mainstream Democrats in Congress have gone from entertaining Social Security cuts to almost universally endorsing the program’s expansion.

With Democrats in charge of the House for the first time since this tidal shift upended party orthodoxy, senior members of Congress are setting the stage for the legislative chamber to increase Social Security benefits, bringing a onetime liberal pipe dream a step closer to law.

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Democrats introduce bill to stop US nuclear first strike
The legislation would almost certainly face a veto by President Donald Trump
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/30/ ... st-strike/

... I'm curious, Trump will almost certainly veto this, but I would love to see his remarks when he does.

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And, the turtle has come out of its shell to bash HR1.

Mitch McConnell says bill to make Election Day a federal holiday is a “power grab” by Democrats
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mitch-mcco ... democrats/

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called efforts by House Democrats to make Election Day a federal holiday a "power grab" by Democrats. McConnell was criticizing H.R. 1, the far-reaching bill that Democrats have made the center of their agenda since taking the House. The bill is focused on voting, campaign finance and ethics reform.

The bill would make Election Day a holiday for federal workers, and would encourage private employers to do the same. McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday that Democrats "want taxpayers on the hook for generous new benefits for federal bureaucrats and government employees," including a "new paid holiday for government workers." These comments were made the week after 800,000 federal employees across the country were finally back to work after 35 days of having been furloughed or forced to work without pay during the government shutdown.

The bill also attempts to dismantle barriers to voting with measures such as automatic voter registration and re-enfranchising felons who have completed their sentences. It would also allow federal workers six days off to work at polling places, which McConnell particularly criticized.

"Just what America needs, a bunch of government workers being paid to go out and work for I assume...our colleagues on the other side, on their campaigns," McConnell theorized, though he cited no evidence. The text of H.R. 1 does not mention campaigns, but allows workers the days off to "provide election administration assistance to a State or unit of local government at a polling place on the date of any election for public office."
McConnell's comments provoked immediate backlash from Democrats, who condemned the Republican leader for expressing opposition to a bill that would allow greater access to the polls.

"Voting is a power grab. By citizens," Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, wrote on Twitter in response. "Voting should be easy," he wrote in another tweet.

Some on the left also believed that McConnell was admitting that making voting easier would help Democrats. Liberal commentator David Corn called it a "naked admission," asking, "What does this say about the GOP and its strategy for hanging on to power?"

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And, the turtle has come out of its shell to bash HR1.

Mitch McConnell says bill to make Election Day a federal holiday is a “power grab” by Democrats
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mitch-mcco ... democrats/

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called efforts by House Democrats to make Election Day a federal holiday a "power grab" by Democrats. McConnell was criticizing H.R. 1, the far-reaching bill that Democrats have made the center of their agenda since taking the House. The bill is focused on voting, campaign finance and ethics reform.

The bill would make Election Day a holiday for federal workers, and would encourage private employers to do the same. McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday that Democrats "want taxpayers on the hook for generous new benefits for federal bureaucrats and government employees," including a "new paid holiday for government workers." These comments were made the week after 800,000 federal employees across the country were finally back to work after 35 days of having been furloughed or forced to work without pay during the government shutdown.

The bill also attempts to dismantle barriers to voting with measures such as automatic voter registration and re-enfranchising felons who have completed their sentences. It would also allow federal workers six days off to work at polling places, which McConnell particularly criticized.

"Just what America needs, a bunch of government workers being paid to go out and work for I assume...our colleagues on the other side, on their campaigns," McConnell theorized, though he cited no evidence. The text of H.R. 1 does not mention campaigns, but allows workers the days off to "provide election administration assistance to a State or unit of local government at a polling place on the date of any election for public office."
McConnell's comments provoked immediate backlash from Democrats, who condemned the Republican leader for expressing opposition to a bill that would allow greater access to the polls.

"Voting is a power grab. By citizens," Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, wrote on Twitter in response. "Voting should be easy," he wrote in another tweet.

Some on the left also believed that McConnell was admitting that making voting easier would help Democrats. Liberal commentator David Corn called it a "naked admission," asking, "What does this say about the GOP and its strategy for hanging on to power?"

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Power grab by democrats, which means he is admitting if everyone votes he will lose. always

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House Democrats Unveil Social Security Expansion Bill With Unprecedented Support

In less than a decade, mainstream Democrats in Congress have gone from entertaining Social Security cuts to almost universally endorsing the program’s expansion.

With Democrats in charge of the House for the first time since this tidal shift upended party orthodoxy, senior members of Congress are setting the stage for the legislative chamber to increase Social Security benefits, bringing a onetime liberal pipe dream a step closer to law.

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Yeah, it is, isn't it? :oops:


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My comment was mcconnell is admitting he could NEVER win an election if people voted.

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Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), along with Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Ken Buck (R-Co.) will hold a press conference today at 12:15 p.m. to announce the reintroduction of a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

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Maxine Waters proposes consumer-friendly overhaul of credit reporting industry

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Rep. Maxine Waters on Tuesday called for a consumer-friendly overhaul of the nation’s credit reporting system as she brought the chief executives of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion to testify before her House committee about what she called a “broken system.”

The heads of the three leading credit reporting companies heard bipartisan criticism as Waters, the veteran Los Angeles Democrat, launched her first major legislative initiative as chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee...............cut



............The 199-page bill would reduce how long most negative information stays on credit reports to four years from seven years and require credit reporting companies to remove such items within 45 days of the debt being fully paid or settled.

She wants to restrict credit checks for job applicants to instances in which a credit report is required by federal, state or local law or when it is needed as part of a security clearance. And the bill would shift the burden of removing mistakes on credit reports away from consumers and onto the credit bureaus and financial firms that provide them, as well as provide a new right for consumers to appeal determinations the companies made about disputed information.

Waters has been pushing the legislation for several years and had tried unsuccessfully to get all three CEOs to testify before the committee when she was in the House minority.

After Democrats took over the majority this year and she gained the committee chairmanship, the three executives — Mark Begor of Equifax, Craig Boundy of Experian and James M. Peck of TransUnion — agreed to appear.................


Today, @RashidaTlaib, asked the three CEOs of credit bureaus, “What does a credit score say about the person’s driving history or their potential for accidents?” None of them could answer.

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