‘Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he doesn’t expect to confirm any of Obama’s circuit court nominees for the remainder of his time in office, a blow to White House efforts to fill empty federal court seats despite working with a Republican-controlled Senate’.
“So far, the only judges we’ve confirmed have been federal district judges that have been signed off on by Republican senators,” McConnell said. Asked if he expects that to be the case through 2016, McConnell said, “I think that’s highly likely, yeah.”
‘If McConnell is serious, that means at least two GOP-backed circuit court nominees are toast’.
‘Beyond them, there are an additional seven circuit court vacancies around the country that don’t yet have nominees. If McConnell’s vow is true, none of those seats will get filled, either’.
‘For some context: President George W. Bush had to work with a Democratic Senate in his final two years in office’.
‘By this point in Bush’s seventh year, the Senate had confirmed 15 of his district court nominees and three circuit court nominees’.
So tell me again there’s no difference between the parties……..
‘Currently 18 nominations are languishing on the Senate floor and many more are bottled up in committee’.
WASHINGTON — ‘When former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) triggered the “nuclear option” to eliminate the filibuster for most nominations in November 2013, the top Senate Republican issued a categorial threat’.
“You’ll regret this,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “And you may regret this a lot sooner than you think.”
‘Seventeen months later McConnell is running the Senate, and he has made good on that promise during the first 100 days of Republican rule’.
“Let me give you some idea. In President [George W.] Bush’s last two years, Democrats took over. By this time we had confirmed 15 — fifteen — of his judges,” Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, told TPM. “That speaks for itself — the Republicans will play partisan politics. Look at Loretta Lynch.”
‘That’s a huge slowdown from Democratic-led Senate over the last two years, which confirmed 132 judges, an average of more than five per month and the highest since the 1970s’.
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/mcconnell-exacts-his-revenge
A vote on the Attorney General should be a simple up or down vote.
But when it comes to Republicans and governing…..nothing is simple.
Let’s hold the Attorney General vote hostage in exchange for Democrats caving in on putting an abortion rider into a Human Trafficing legislation.
Washington (CNN) ‘Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday said he plans to hold up attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s confirmation until the Senate passes a now-controversial human trafficking bill’.
“This will have an impact on the timing of considering a new attorney general,” McConnell told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” “I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can’t finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again.”
Because a women who is kidnapped or lured into forced labor or sex trade and gets pregnant needs to have that baby…….because it’s a gift form God.
Mitch McConnell :
“I think this is a good case of selective outrage. I remember reading about Sen. Robert Byrd when he was the Senate Majority Leader flying to Moscow during the negotiations over the Salt II treaty explaining to the Russians the Senate’s role in treaty ratification, and John Kerry when he was a senator flew to Managua there and met with a communist dictator, Daniel Ortega, and accused the Reagan administration of engaging in terrorism”.
‘Here is how the Chicago Tribune described Byrd’s Moscow trip’ :
“He (Sen. Byrd) said he will deliver a letter from Reagan to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday. The senators, he said, want to help the Reagan-Gorbachev summit meeting, set for November in Geneva, “in every way we can.`”
‘The Kerry trip was more controversial, but it different from what the 47 Republicans did because Kerry was engaged in a self-appointed fact-finding mission’.
‘On the Kerry example, the Boston Globe reported, Within weeks of taking office in 1985, he was off to Nicaragua, accompanied by reporters on a 36-hour, self-appointed fact-finding mission with another freshman, Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa’.
‘Congressional Democrats had accused the White House of exaggerating the communist threat posed by the Sandinista regime’.
‘So the two senators were publicly castigated when — just days after meeting with Daniel Ortega and other leaders of the regime — the Sandinistas climbed aboard a plane to Moscow to cement their Soviet ties.”
From : http://www.politicususa.com/2015/03/15/mitch-mcconnell-acts-criminal-offering-lie-filled-alibi-iran-letter-cnn.html
Mitch McConnell – “I think probably the biggest service the Senate has provided to America is the things it has not passed. Some of the proudest moments I can think of in my career are the things I have stopped.”
‘A growing number of House GOP conservatives are pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday to invoke the “nuclear option” and change the chamber’s rules to pass a bill defunding President Obama’s executive actions on immigration’.(1)
Mitch McConnell on the filibuster – 05/22/2014 :
“I do not favor turning the Senate into a majoritarian institution, even though we would probably have some short-term advantage to doing it,” McConnell said.
“I think the supermajority requirement in the Senate has been important for the country,” he said. “I think probably the biggest service the Senate has provided to America is the things it has not passed. Some of the proudest moments I can think of in my career are the things I have stopped.”(2)
(2) : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/22/mitch-mcconnell-fillibuster_n_5372554.html
2 Years ago……
’90 percent of Americans want expanded background checks on guns’.(1)
‘GOP filibuster kills background checks'(2)
Did the American People ‘deserve’ this Mitch?
‘Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to Democrats successfully filibustering the Keystone XL bill by practically begging Democrats to allow the bill to move forward’.
Mitch McConnell :
“The Keystone jobs bill is a bipartisan infrastructure project the American people deserve”.
From : http://www.politicususa.com/2015/01/27/mitch-mcconnell-begs-senate-democrats-keystone-xl-move.html
The slow cut…..cut….cut….of social programs and basic needs.
‘It took Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner one day to show the American people what this Republican Congress will have in store for them’.
‘Congressional Republicans know that they can’t repeal the ACA, so they are going to try to chip away at the edges of the law in order takeaway health insurance from as many people as possible’.
‘Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have announced that one of the first things that the new Republican controlled Congress will do it take away health insurance from 1 million Americans’.
‘In their Wall Street Journal op-ed McConnell and Boehner wrote’ :
“a proposal to restore the traditional 40-hour definition of full-time employment, removing an arbitrary and destructive government barrier to more hours and better pay created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010”.
‘A return to tradition sounds nice, until one understands what that means. Republicans are trying to take private employer based health insurance away from one million Americans. House Republicans tried this same move in February 2014, and the impact on healthcare was spelled out by the CBO’.
‘The CBO concluded’ :
‘Foremost Group is the source of most of Senator McConnell’s fortune through gifts and inheritance from his in-laws. It is a shadowy corporation, utilizing a complex scheme of shell companies to skip out on millions in taxes annually’.
‘They fly their ships under the flag of Liberia’.
‘James Chao, father of Mitch McConnell’s wife Elaine, has a lot of questions to answer after 40 kilograms of cocaine (about $6.7 million worth) was found on the Ping May, a ship owned by the Foremost Group, a company James Chao founded and led to a tidy fortune’.
‘But was that fortune built on honest movement of legitimate bulk trade goods, or has Mr. Chao been trading in less than legal goods’?
‘The cocaine, found in 40 separate packages, was discovered during a routine inspection hidden among a load of coal bound for Europe from the port of Santa Marta, Columbia onboard the Ping May, one of 15 ships Foremost currently operates, with another 8 under construction’.
‘The final destination for the ship was to be the Netherlands, likely one of the port cities surrounding Amsterdam’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/10/31/mcconnell-cocaine/