Rep. Schultz pushes for background checks for guns

Florida representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz joined Parkland parents, whose children died in the Douglas high school mass shooting to call on Senate Republicans to take on a gun background check bill passed by the house. (Aug 15)

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Senate Judiciary Committee engages in fiery battle

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a controversial immigration bill Thursday, as chairman Lindsey Graham upended the rules to muscle through the detention bill that Democrats oppose. (Aug. 1)

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McConnell takes wait and see approach to Ratcliffe

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is joining his fellow Republicans in taking a wait-and-see approach to President Donald Trump’s nominee for national intelligence director, saying that he doesn’t know him. (July 30)

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Republicans and Democrats: 2 takes on Mueller

House Republicans and Democrats had very different reactions to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday. House Democrats said there’s still a case to be made to the country. Republicans said Democrats need to move on. (July 25)

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Republicans downplay Mueller testimony

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he doesn’t intend to watch Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Sen. Lindsey Graham says he doesn’t think the testimony will change public opinion. (July 23)

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GOP Senators react to Trump’s racist statements

Two Senate Republicans insist President Donald Trump’s tweets against four congresswomen of color were not racist. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday the comments were more about “narcissism.” (July 17)

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House Democrats Have Come to an Agreement, Trump is Racist

Republicans aren’t all thrilled about President Trump’s latest racist remarks — but what was beyond the pale for most of them was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling them racist on the House floor.

GOP lawmakers on both sides of Capitol Hill grudgingly defended the president’s tweets and comments that their four nonwhite Democratic colleagues should “go back” to where they came from, that they “hate our country” and claims that they’re “pro-terrorist” on Tuesday.

Those unwilling to defend the comments mostly ducked and dodged questions, diving for elevators to avoid reporters. And even those who offered tepid criticism weren’t eager to do anything about it.

But they furiously sprang into action when Pelosi described the “president’s racist tweets” on the House floor, forcing a vote to get her words stricken from the Congressional Record as they claimed it was banned by House rules.

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Dems, GOP quarrel over border migrant conditions

Democrats and Republicans clashed at a House hearing Friday over who’s to blame for squalid conditions facing migrants detained at the southern border. Democrats accused Donald Trump of cruelty while Republicans said they were playing politics. (July 12)

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Dem show faces of those hurt if ACA is overturned

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came to the Capitol steps to show the faces of Americans who would be hurt if the Trump administration and Republicans succeed in efforts to overturn the ACA. (July 9)

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Republican Senators Killed a Bill By Running Away From the Police

A climate change bill was pronounced dead in Oregon Tuesday, without anybody ever voting on it.

Last Thursday, the Oregon Senate was supposed to vote on HB 2020, a bill aimed at capping greenhouse gas emissions. Senate Republicans opposed the bill, but they were outnumbered on the floor. Even if each of them voted against it, it would almost certainly pass.

So instead of voting on the bill, they fled the state.

Oregon’s state constitution requires that a majority of senators be present for a vote to be held. So Senate Republicans calculated that if they could lay low until the current legislative session ended, the bill might die on its own.

Gov. Kate Brown was not amused by this tactic and sent Oregon State Troopers after them, in an attempt to bring them back and force them to vote.

Sen. Tim Knopp (R-Bend), in an interview at his cabin hideout in an undisclosed location in Idaho, maintained that the actions of his party were a political protest.

“18 percent of my constituents say that they would support increased gas taxes and increase natural gas prices to heat their homes and so on, and [support] losses in manufacturing jobs,” said Knopp. “But the majority of the constituents we represent don’t. So we’re doing the best job we can to represent them.”

Sen. James Manning Jr. (D-Eugene) disagreed. Speaking on Monday, he said that his colleagues across the aisle were sending a message to Oregonians that Republicans are “willing to jeopardize your livelihood… all under the guise that is one bill.”

On Tuesday morning, six days into the Republican walk out, Senate President Peter Courtney announced that the bill was effectively dead.

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