Here is video of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at today’s Senate Hearing on Gun Control where in just 10 minutes, he dismantled the proposed “Assault Weapons Ban” being pushed by Barack Obama and the Democrats. Cruz methodically revealed how the plan would not reduce gun violence, and would not make American citizens safer.
Here is video of National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s statement this morning at a Senate Hearing on Capitol Hill. LaPierre stood up for the 2nd Amendment Rights of all Americans.
LaPierre pressed for armed security in every school in America, and made it clear additional restrictions on law-abiding citizens will not make people safer. He summed it up perfectly:
“Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals, nor do we believe that Government should dictate what we can lawfully own and use to protect our families.”
Bloomberg News is reporting that, as of right now, there is not enough support in the U.S. Senate to pass the Democrats’ “Assault Weapons Ban.” In fact, Bloomberg finds there is not even enough support to get to a simple-majority of 51-votes, much less the needed 60 votes to bring the bill up for a full vote by the Senate:
BLOOMBERG: A proposed ban on sales of assault weapons would be defeated in the U.S. Senate today unless some members changed their current views, based on a Bloomberg review of recent lawmaker statements and interviews.
At least six of the 55 senators who caucus with Democrats have recently expressed skepticism or outright opposition to a ban, the review found. That means Democrats wouldn’t have a simple 51-vote majority to pass the measure, let alone the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster to bring it to a floor vote.
A ban on the military-style weapons is among the legislative goals President Barack Obama outlined in his recommendations to Congress on curbing gun violence after the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School slaughter of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut. Vice President Joe Biden said today it will take “persuasion and information” to garner the necessary support in Congress to enact the White House package. . . . Read More
Here is a great new video from the House Republican Conference that tells Harry Reid and Senate Democrats, “No Budget, No Pay!”
It has been more than three years since the U.S. Senate passed a budget, and House Republicans just agreed to a brief increase in the debt-ceiling (3 months) with the stipulation that Senate Democrats would do their job and pass a budget. By contrast, the Republican-led House of Representatives has passed a budget EVERY YEAR.
Joe was a real deal today. This is the third post of the day on our esteemed Vice-President’s refinement on display at the swearing-in of U.S. Senators at the U.S. Capitol.
First it was “Spread your legs, you’re going to get frisked” when being photographed with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and her family. Then it was “Let me know if you need help with your pecs.” Now, we also find out during the same meet and greet time with Senators as they were sworn-in, Biden really warmly greeted the wife of Sen. Angus King.
Wonder what happened during the other swearings-in?
And even more from our esteemed Vice-President, at today’s swearing-in of U.S. Senators.
Joe strikes again!
While posing for a photo with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and her family following her swearing-in as a U.S. Senator today, Joe Biden actually said, “Spread your legs – you’re going to be frisked.” He made the remark after the photographer asked one of the family members to “drop your hands” for the photo.
Here is video of Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday announcing his decision to appoint Hawaii’s Democratic Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to replace late Sen. Daniel Inouye in the U.S. Senate. The appointment appears to be controversial among Democrats because Inouye, in a letter shortly before his death, reportedly requested that Democratic Rep. Colleen Hanabusa be tapped to replace him upon his death.
Would love to know backstory of Abercrombie-Inouye relationship. Stunning decision not to honor Inouye’s choice for HI SEN.— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) December 27, 2012
As Sen. John Kerry prepares to become the next Secretary of State of the United States, actor Ben Affleck has made it clear that he is not going to run for Kerry’s vacated U.S. Senate Seat. Some Democrats had hoped Affleck would make a run for office:
Via Facebook: I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office. Right now it’s a privilege to spend my time working with Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), supporting our veterans, drawing attention to the great many who go hungry in the U.S. everyday and using filmmaking to entertain and foster discussion about issues like our relationship to Iran.
We are about to get a great Secretary of State and there are some phenomenal candidates in Massachusetts for his Senate seat. I look forward to an amazing campaign.
Happy Holidays to All.
Here is video from Boston’s WBZ-TV analyzing the 2013 U.S. Senate race to replace Sen. John Kerry if he becomes the next Secretary of State, as most believe he will. Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick would name an temporary replacement, but only until a special election could take place.
This report says former 1988 Democratic Presidential Nominee Michael Dukakis says he will not be the interim pick to replace Kerry. Reports yesterday indicated he would be the likely choice.
Here is video of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announcing her appointment of GOP Rep. Tim Scott to replace Sen. Jim DeMint as U.S. Senator. DeMint is leaving the Senate to lead the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Scott will assume DeMint’s Senate seat, and will stand for election in 2014.