Thursday, January 24, 2019 Senate votes. Now what? Posted By Max Brantley on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 4:43 PM click to enlarge The U.S. Senate, as expected, defeated competing proposals to reopen government. The Democratic proposal drew more votes. Talk continues of a possible House compromise from Democrats. Best/worst news of the day was Trump's billionaire Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross going all Marie Antoinette and saying he couldn't see a need for food banks for federal workers. Can't they just get a bank loan to tide them over? Trump losing six Republicans in the Senate vote wasn't good for him either. Sen. Tom Cotton voted against Trump's bill. Even only temporary safe harbor for immigrants was too much for Terrible Tom to stomach. Tags: shutdown, Senate votes, Wilbur Ross, Image … [Read more...] about Senate votes. Now what?
U.S. Donald Trump It's a tough time for President Donald Trump. Beset by investigations, allegations and rumors on all sides, two pivotal votes this week will also undermine the last base of support he retains in Congress—the Republican-majority Senate. On Wednesday, the Senate voted to denounce U.S. support of the Saudi Arabian-led Gulf coalition prosecuting the ongoing four-year war in Yemen, while on Thursday senators are set to vote down the president’s declaration of a national emergency over the southern border. The votes will force Trump to use the first vetoes of his presidency—and twice in just one week. But wary Republican lawmakers are already trying to soothe the sting they are delivering to the commander-in-chief, who has in the past warned party faithful against breaking with the White House. According to Politico, Trump spent time Wednesday speaking to Republican senators both in person and on the phone, requesting they back him but saying he … [Read more...] about GOP Senators Voting Against Trump Try to Placate President: It’s Not in ‘Any Way a Slight on Him’
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) The Maine Senate has given its initial approval to a bill to ban single-use plastic bags. The Senate voted 24-11 Tuesday to ban single-use plastic bags statewide. The House voted 91-52 Thursday last week. The bill faces another round of legislative action in both chambers. Retailers support Maine's bill to allow stores to provide recyclable paper bags for at least 5 cents. California and New York have similar bans and states including Massachusetts have recently considering such bills. Democratic Sen. Brownie Carson says the legislation follows extensive negotiation with retailer groups who say a statewide law is better than a patchwork of local laws. Several dozen Maine municipalities already ban single-use plastic bags. Earlier this month, Maine became the first state to ban single-use food and drink foam containers. (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) … [Read more...] about Maine Senate votes to ban single-use plastic bags
The Senate voted tonight to authorize the Senate Intelligence committee to release a transcript of the committee's interview with W. Samuel Patten. Patten, an associate of Manafort's, had pleaded guilty to one count of failing to register as a foreign agent. The prosecution in the special counsel's case against Manafort in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia requested a copy of the interview with Patten conducted by the Committee. Patten was charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agents for Ukranians. Patten was a business associate of Konstantin Kilimnik, a man U.S. authorities said has ties to Russian intelligence. Kilimnik worked closely with Manafort, who was found guilty last month of eight financial counts. Kilimnik also is a co-defendant in a pending case against Manafort in Washington that accuses them both of witness tampering. Court documents don't refer to Kilimnik by name, but said Patten worked with a Russian national on lobbying and … [Read more...] about Senate votes to authorize Intel Committee to produce documents related to Paul Manafort
Updated 11:33 am CDT, Friday, September 14, 2018 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri lawmakers' work during a special session (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Missouri lawmakers have passed a bill to expand treatment courts. Senators voted 29-0 in favor of the bill during a special session Friday. The bill now heads to Gov. Mike Parson. Lawmakers passed a wide-ranging bill with a similar provision during their annual legislative session that ended in May. But Parson vetoed it, saying it appeared to unconstitutionally address a variety of other issues. Parson called the special session to give lawmakers a chance to pass a narrower version of the bill. The measure passed Friday only deals with treatment courts. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing Driver accused of hospitalizing 4 in VIA bus stop crash asks for forgiveness Media: San Antonio Express-News Blaze closes major S.A. highway in both directions Media: TXDOT Fly through … [Read more...] about The Latest: Missouri Senate votes to expand treatment courts