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The Dictatorial Senate

Back in November, when Harry Reid’s employed the nuclear option to allow judicial nominees to be confirmed with a simple majority vote, commentators on both sides of the political spectrum had plenty to say about the move. On the right, Reid was criticized for single-handedly uprooting years of Senate tradition and for robbing the minority party of their right to debate. On the left, Reid’s actions were praised as greasing the wheels of government to actually get things accomplished in the face of intractable Republican opposition. Supporters of Reid appealed to a sense of Democracy, arguing that majority should rule and that the sixty-vote threshold is an arcane relic of a different time.

03/25/2014
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Another Dumb Thing McConnell Supported: The Light-Bulb Ban

Among the many dumb and harmful things Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has voted for over the decades -- and there are some doozies, for example, adding trillions to the national debt, creating the unneeded and unaffordable Medicare Part D prescription drug entitlement (2003, Roll Call Vote 457), and, even more outrageously, funding Obamacare (2013, RCV 206) -- one of the dumbest has to be the light-bulb ban (2007, RCV 430).

03/21/2014
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Setting the Record Straight on McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a bone to pick with the tea party. Speaking in an interview not too long ago, he groused that conservatives under the tea party label are ruining the Republican brand and that their continued influence poses unacceptable risks to the upcoming elections in 2014.

03/18/2014
The McConnell Mechanism: Congress Makes Obama a King for Three Months
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The McConnell Mechanism: Congress Makes Obama a King for Three Months

Congress made President Obama a temporary king the other day. And the crown was placed upon his head by none other than the Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell. No joke. On October 16th, Congress passed, and the following day the president signed into law, a bill (H.R.2775) to temporarily suspend the U.S. Government's statutory debt limit and also temporarily shift Congress's borrowing power to the president.

10/18/2013
No Deal: Details of the McConnell and Boehner Capitulation Plans
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No Deal: Details of the McConnell and Boehner Capitulation Plans

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10/15/2013
Ten Republicans Working to Fund Obamacare
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Ten Republicans Working to Fund Obamacare

With Sen. Ted Cruz fighting Obamacare this week “until he can’t stand,” it is a timely occasion to remember which Republicans have been working with Democrats to knock Sen. Cruz down. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) The second-term former MTV star complained on Friday that he and his friends in the House had “kept a lid on our anger” at Sen. Cruz, explaining, “we were the punching bag and bullied by some of these Senate conservatives.”

09/25/2013
Republicans Want to Give Obama More Power? Why Do We Lose Elections?
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Republicans Want to Give Obama More Power? Why Do We Lose Elections?

In the constant stream of pixels, ions, electrons and hot air that passes by at a constant and overwhelming rate that is akin to the speed of light, two articles caught my attention on Wednesday. The latest waste of attention is on the looming sequester cuts that are set to hit on Friday, that would have the 'devastating' effect of cutting $85 Billion in budget increases from a non-budget that is already over a trillion in the hole.

02/27/2013
Key Vote NO on H.R.8 "Fiscal Cliff" Tax and Spending Hikes
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Key Vote NO on H.R.8 "Fiscal Cliff" Tax and Spending Hikes

Key Vote NO on H.R. 8, the “Fiscal Cliff” Tax Hikes and Sequester Postponement Bill  Dear FreedomWorks member,  As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to vote against H.R. 8, the McConnell-Obama bill to raise taxes and postpone the promised sequester savings. 

01/01/2013
Key Vote NO on "Fiscal Cliff" Tax and Spending Hikes
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Key Vote NO on "Fiscal Cliff" Tax and Spending Hikes

Key Vote NO on “Fiscal Cliff” Tax Hikes and Sequester Postponement  Dear FreedomWorks member,  As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your state’s two U.S. Senators and urge them to vote against the McConnell-Obama bill to raise taxes and postpone the promised sequester savings. 

12/31/2012
The Great Debt Ceiling Debate Begins (Get Your Scorecard Here)
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The Great Debt Ceiling Debate Begins (Get Your Scorecard Here)

The Great Debt Ceiling Debate of 2011 has begun, and FreedomWorks has published this handy scorecard to help you follow the action and weigh in. Here, on one page, is where all the key players stand: 

05/19/2011

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