The GOP Is Pretending to Care About The Deficit Again After Calling Biden’s Infrastructure Plan “A Slush Fund”

Senate Republicans expressed their opposition to President Joe Biden‘s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan in an internal memo, referring to it as a “partisan slush fund” and characterizing it as unnecessary and wasteful, a sign that things are back to normal as Republicans pretend to care about government spending despite the exorbitant price tag during the Trump era when at least one chamber of Congress was always under GOP control. read more

Lindsey Graham is Daring Joe Biden to Bring an Assault Weapon Bill to Senate Floor

Lindsey Graham is blocking coronavirus aid

On Monday, the United States suffered yet another mass shooting. The gunman in the Boulder, Colorado incident was armed with a Ruger AR-556.

As is the norm when a mass shooting occurs, Democrats called for common sense gun reform. Like the stimulus bill, gun control is not only popular with Democratic voters. Polls regularly show support for expanded gun control in the 80’s or 90’s. read more

The First Openly Transgender Nominee has Just Been Confirmed by the Senate

Joe Biden made a number of promises while campaigning for President. He told Americans that he would oversee 100 vaccinations in his first 100 days as President. He did it in only 58 days.

Biden also promised a stimulus plan that would not only get direct payments out to Americans but also fund small businesses and state projects. That bill was passed through congress in early March. read more

How to Fix the Filibuster Without Breaking Congress‬

The filibuster is a historical accident. Many experts believe that it is ruining Congress and hurting democracy.  It allows a small political minority to run roughshod over the majority and stop things that the American people need and want. But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says that if Democrats get rid of it, Republicans will grind everything to a halt and leave a “scored earth Senate.”  Is there any way out of this mess? Norman Ornstein is one of the leading scholars in America on Congress.  He has three ideas for fixing the filibuster without creating a total meltdown in American government. read more

It’s a Trap! Is Using Reconciliation to Pass the Dem Agenda a Giant Mistake?

The Senate is about to use a trick called “reconciliation” to pass Joe Biden’s Covid relief bill.  Many Democrats want to go further and use this arcane rule to pass all kinds of policies that would never otherwise make it through – a rise in the minimum wage, climate policies, infrastructure, etc. But Tori Gorman, a budget expert at the Concord Coalition, says that might be a big mistake. read more

WATCH: Senator Sherrod Brown Shames Steve Mnuchin Right To His Face

While most of the Mid-West swung back to Joe Biden this election season, the state of Ohio stayed red. That make Sherrod Brown’s 7% victory in his 2018 senate race all the more remarkable.

The Ohio Democrat has remained in office the last 13 years largely due to the way he appeals to and protects the state’s workers. And as was on display during a mask-wearing tiff just weeks ago, Brown isn’t afraid to pick a fight. read more

Lindsey Graham’s Democratic Challenger Has Outraised Him in South Carolina Senate Race

Jamie Harrison, a South Carolina Democrat who is challenging incumbent Republican Senator Lindsey Graham for his Senate seat, has outraised him during the first quarter of 2020.

Harrison raised more than $7.3 million in the first quarter of the year. He’d previously raised $3.5 million in the final quarter of 2019. Graham, by contrast, raised $5.6 million. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) required candidates to file their fundraising reports for the first quarter, which ended on March 31, by midnight Wednesday. read more

Mitch McConnell Criticized For Not Allowing Senate To Vote Remotely During Pandemic

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) faces a volley of criticism after telling reporters that he won’t allow senators to vote remotely to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“We’ll not be doing that. There are a number of different ways to avoid getting too many people together,” McConnell told members of the press. “We can deal with the social distancing issue without fundamentally changing Senate rules.” read more