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The Attorney General nominee was voted out of committee and will go to the floor of the Senate next week with enough votes to be confirmed. The GOP has been trying to lever the President on immigration issues by holding up the confirmation.

Schedule for Monday, March 2, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, March 2, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.240, DHS appropriations.

Prior to adjourning on Friday, the Senate passed H.R.33, as amended with a substitute amendment (SA#268) that contains a 7 day CR to fund the Department of Homeland Security through March 6, 2015.

The House Message with respect to H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations, was laid before the Senate.

We expect Senator McConnell to file cloture at 3:30pm on Monday, March 2 on the consolidated motion to go to conference. Under the expedited rule for going to conference, once cloture has been filed, there would be 2 hours for debate equally divided prior to a cloture vote. That would result in a cloture vote at 5:30pm on Monday (60 vote threshold) and, if cloture is invoked, an immediate vote on the motion (majority vote threshold).

The consolidated motion to go to conference includes the following motions:

1)      Motion to insist upon the Senate amendment;

2)      Motion to agree to a request by the House for a committee of conferees; and

3)      Motion to authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees.

The next vote is expected at 5:30pm on Monday, which will be a cloture vote on the motion to agree to the House request to go to a conference on the DHS appropriations bill.

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THE UNITED STATES SENATE HAS NO CONFIRMATION HEARINGS SCHEDULED FRIDAY 2/27.


PRESIDENT'S NOMINATIONS TODAY: (These nominations require Senate confirmation.)

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:
  • Stan Meiburg - Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Stuart F. Delery - Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice
  • Rich Julius - Member, Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board

PRESIDENT'S APPOINTMENTS TODAY and recent days: (These appointments take effect immediately without Senate confirmation.)

President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Joseph P. Riley, Jr. -Member, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • Tiffany Dena Loftin - Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
  • Jim W. Balsiger - United States Commissioner, International Pacific Halibut Commission
  • Gordon “Jeff” Fassett - Federal Commissioner, Red River Compact Commission
  • Mark Scarano - Alternate Federal Cochairperson, Northern Border Regional Commission

 

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Resumes of Obama Appointments

 

SENATE FILIBUSTER - this process in the United States Senate allows one Senator of either party to stop a particular piece of legislation or a nomination of the President. There is no authorization for this process in the Constitution - it operates because of a Senate rule which allows it. It began and for has lasted generations under both parties as a way to protect the segregation of black people in the south. It prevented legislation or appointments that might have weakened or ended slavery.

BLUE SLIPS FROM SENATORS DESIGNED TO SLOW CONFIRMATION TAKING OVER FOR FILIBUSTER 1-5-14

Individual Senators from a state are given the specific opportunity to comment on Presidential federal judge nominations. If those comments are even slightly unfriendly - the nomination has very little chance of being confirmed. It becomes really complicated when there is a fight among the two Senators of a state over the nomination. That problem exists at the moment in some of the southern states where a nominee may be the wrong brand of conservative for the sitting Senators. 1-6-14.

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RECESS APPOINTMENT ISSUES: The President has been confronted by a number of lawsuits which seek to declare some appointments he made as recess appointments are unconstitutional. The issue is what constitutes the Senate being in recess - in other words the constitutional definition of "recess" in this case. Several courts have ruled against the President - although the case in in front of the Supreme Court at this point. The obvious effort by the White House is to shake loose confirmations in the Senate in the face of a major shutdown of government by the Republicans in an effort to make the President weaker. That strategy in general has been to force the stoppage of confirmations for purely political purposes by the GOP. That fight has now begun to get more forceful and serious - and more threatening to the general safety of the country. 5-22-2013 1:00 am.

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     John Isaacson, page owner, graduated from Washington University Law School - He was involved in Missouri state politics as campaign manager for Governor and as state Republican Campaign Chairman in 1963-1964. Isaacson was an Air Force Intelligence Officer in Europe during the Berlin Crisis under John Kennedy - President Nixon appointed him to serve on the President's Commission for the Observance of the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations, serving on the China Subcommittee which recommended the admission of China to the United Nations. His political experience includes meetings with Presidents Harry Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Ford. He enjoyed a long personal friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt and Edna Gellhorn, the founder of The League of Women Voters. Isaacson has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Near and Far East.  He now lives in western Montana near the Rocky Mountain Continental Divide in Butte Montana, the "Richest Hill on Earth."

 

 

1-13-14 Why present filibuster policy in the Senate ignores and violates Constitutional mandate of majority vote rule:

The Constitution says that votes in the Congress will be determined by a majority of those present and voting. Almost from the beginning of the Senate more than 200 years ago, Senators have said that the Senate rules can be put into control of the number of votes required to pass legislation or to confirm nominations of the President.

The Senators have taken a pompous and arrogant position that their votes do not have to follow the Constitution. Both political parties have supported the filibuster in various forms over the years. Its primary use since the Civil War has been to prevent legislation that weakened segregation laws. Now the same process is used by the minority part or minority voting groups to block legislation.

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