April 18, 2013

Weekly News Highlights

Will Senate Republicans Approve Perez Nomination?
Mr. Perez
According to Senator Grassley (R-IA), “Mr. Perez will have a lot of questions to answer this week as the Senate considers his nomination, Not only was he the ringleader of the quid pro quo deal that ensured the taxpayer would not be able to recover hundreds of millions of dollars, but he has been misleading and less than forthcoming with our committees and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.” 
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Joe Manchin, Pat Toomey and the Gun Registry 
As reported by the Heritage Foundation, Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have rushed to cobble together some gun control legislation, providing another chance that Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid can jam it through the Senate before anybody can read and decipher it. Due to the sloppy drafting of the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin (“STM”) legislation, and hopefully not to the intent of the Senators, the legislation could lead to starting a federal gun registry.
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Setting the Record Straight on Judicial Nominations 
A press release from Senator Barrasso (R-WY): President Obama and his political allies are again falsely charging obstructionism on the confirmation of judicial nominations. Some have gone so far as to suggest the purported stall in confirmation rates warrants changes to long standing Senate rules. The facts simply do not support the allegations.
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The Nuclear Option
Roll Call reports that, [Harry Reid (D-NV)] said that while he was “happy” with the modest rules changes adopted in January on a bipartisan basis, the number of pending judicial nominations led him to warn his colleagues of the potential for the chamber’s rules to be modified at any point in the year, not just at the opening of a new Congress
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