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News From The Hill

By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press


House Democrats’ frustration with what they feel is an under-appreciative White House blew into the open Wednesday.  Democrats have been boiling for four days over comments by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, who suggested his party could lose control of the House this fall.  House Democrats planned to vent their frustrations with the White House’s political strategy during a Wednesday meeting with President Obama.  Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said the White House and House Democrats were plainly not on the same page. 

Nearly a quarter of the House’s Democrats wrote their leadership on Wednesday, urging them to pay more attention to reducing deficit spending.  Fifty-eight Democrats, led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to pressure them to restrain federal spending.  “Failure to put in place and properly enforce budget enforcement mechanisms that cut and restrain the growth in federal spending will only make the tough, necessary decisions harder to achieve in the future,” Schiff wrote in a letter to the leaders. 

Let me see if I got this right, the same Democrats that voted for all the legislation that created the debt is now saying we have to be more fiscally responsible?  I’m sure the fact that November is beginning to get large in the windshield has nothing to do with this.

Two Republican senators announced Wednesday they will attempt to amend legislation to prevent the Obama administration from suing Arizona over its controversial immigration law.   “States like Arizona shouldn’t be prosecuted for protecting their citizens when the federal government fails to do so,” said DeMint said in a statement. “The federal government is rewarding illegal behavior and encouraging many more to enter our nation illegally when they refuse to enforce our laws.”

 Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and David Vitter (La.) said they would try to attach the language to small-business legislation set to be debated on the Senate floor next week. 

You’d expect the Arizona Senator, John McCain, to be a part of this, wouldn’t you?

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) announced Monday he will vote for Wall Street reform Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said Wednesday that he would oppose Democrats’ campaign finance reform bill.  “…my election to the U.S. Senate sent a message that the American people are tired of the politics-as-usual mentality, and want to restore real checks and balances in Washington,” Brown wrote. “Unfortunately, the Disclose Act does not do enough to require transparency, accountability and fair play. Therefore, I cannot support the Disclose Act.” 

So was he for it before he was against it?  And you wonder why your head is spinning?

Senate Republicans have delayed the Judiciary Committee vote on Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court for one week.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking Republican on the panel, said the move is a protest against her record on military recruiting while serving as Harvard law school dean, her lack of judicial experience and her work on a partial-birth-abortion memo as a mid-level aide at the Clinton White House.

Senate Judiciary Committee rules allow any senator to delay action on a bill or nomination until the next meeting or for one week, whichever is later.  Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) granted the request but said the delay was unnecessary and assured the panel the vote would take place July 20. 

There’s little chance that she’ll not be approved.

The Pentagon is “seriously planning” for the possibility that Congress will not pass emergency war funding before lawmakers head to the August recess, said Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell.   The Pentagon is developing an “emergency plan” to deal with the lack of supplemental funds for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Morrell said at a press briefing Wednesday.  “So, absent more drastic action, we project that certain Army and Marine Corps accounts will run dry in August,” he added.

The funding of our military, much like the enforcement of our immigration laws, has become a political football.

Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.), who was once Crist’s chief of staff, formally endorsed Republican Marco Rubio on Monday.  LeMieux told the conservative blog The Shark Tank that he was “disappointed” in Crist’s decision to leave the GOP primary. “I’m supporting Marco Rubio, I’m a Republican,” he said. “We need folks who are going to be strong conservative voices and Marco’s going to do that.”   

Wondering what took him so long?


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