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Sanders mounting filibuster now against tax cut deal

By | 12.10.10 | 2:25 pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is mounting a filibuster in the U.S. Senate right now against the Bush tax cuts deal brokered by President Obama and congressional Republicans. He has been speaking since 10:25 a.m. EST against the tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, and his office writes that More…

What does Kirk’s early Senate entry mean for the DREAM Act?

By | 11.04.10 | 5:13 pm

Mark Kirk, the Republican senator-elect from Illinois, could be sworn in as early as Nov. 29 due to special circumstances regarding his seat, which used to belong to President Obama but was handed over to Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) when Obama took office. Kirk will serve in the More…

Advocates Say Midterms Might Breathe Fresh Life Into the DISCLOSE Act

By | 10.04.10 | 4:42 pm

While there’s certainly no longer any chance that the DISCLOSE Act, which fell short of overcoming a GOP filibuster by just one vote the other week in the Senate, will have the chance to unmask the donors behind the large nonprofits, unions and business leagues spending millions in the More…

Obama vs. the GOP on DREAM Act

By | 09.27.10 | 8:43 am

Obama chided Republicans Saturday for filibustering the defense authorization bill that could have included the DREAM Act and other reform-minded measures like a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Obama said he hoped Republicans would “come to their senses” on the DREAM Act after the November elections.

Snowe and Collins Vote ‘No’ On DISCLOSE Act

By | 09.23.10 | 2:40 pm

The vote’s not over yet, but it might as well be.

What Was Lost in the Defense Bill Filibuster

By | 09.22.10 | 9:18 am

Most of the stories about the Republican filibuster yesterday of the defense authorization bill have focused on two amendments it squashed: a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and a planned addition of the DREAM Act, which would provide legal status to some young people in More…

More Senators Refuse Tax Increase for the Rich

By | 09.13.10 | 2:55 pm

Senate Democrats, back to business this week, are blasting out some snazzy graphics regarding the Bush tax cuts.

Voinovich a Yes on Small Business, Giving It the Votes For Passage

By | 09.10.10 | 9:53 am

Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) has decided to vote yes for the small-business bill, a deficit-neutral package of tax breaks that has been held up for months in the Senate. With Voinovich willing to cross the aisle, Democrats have the 60 votes necessary to defeat a Republican filibuster More…

Democrats Against Tax Increases

By | 09.09.10 | 3:51 pm

At Talking Points Memo, Brian Beutler reports that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is not interested in raising taxes on households making more than $250,000 a year or individuals making more than $200,000, as the White House wants. Without Nelson, the most moderate Democrat, the White House proposal becomes untenable More…