Koch is pronounced like “coke,” which is a reference to “cocaine,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “a bitter crystalline alkaloid C17H21NO4 obtained from coca leaves that is used especially in the form of its hydrochloride medically as a topical anesthetic and illicitly for its euphoric effects and that may result in a compulsive psychological need.” The Senate majority leader continues his war on the Republican mega donors Charles and David Koch.
“Is unemployment insurance going to turn an election? No. But it’s helping drive the conversation away from Obamacare,” one national Democrat said.
“We’re going to wait and see how this plays out,” Reid says. Many Democrats aren’t saying how they’d vote.
Harry Reid went nuclear today. What does that actually mean?
Update: A major rules change in the Senate today, with support from 52 Democrats. Republicans accuse Democrats of creating a “fake fight.”
On a 64-32 vote, the Senate sends the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the House, where Speaker John Boehner opposes the legislation. “I think it’s important for the Senate as an institution,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says of Thursday’s vote.
“We’d like to have as broad a coalition as possible in order to create as much momentum as possible for the House to say, ‘Well, this really does merit taking this up,’” Sen. Jeff Merkley says of his efforts to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushes House to act after expected Senate passage Thursday.
Coming vote will be the first time Senate has voted on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act since 1996. Seven Republicans joined 54 Senate Democrats in the 61-30 vote to prevent any filibuster of the bill.
UPDATE: Harry Reid dropped the bomb. Maybe you heard about filibustering in the Senate and the threat of a “nuclear option,” and maybe you’re still a little bit confused about what it all means. Sit back and let the cast of Mean Girls walk you through the finer points.
Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to move on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act tonight, a Democratic leadership aide says. Update: Reid filed the cloture petition Thursday night.
“Leader Reid informed Leader McConnell that the Senate will consider ENDA next week,” a Human Rights Campaign spokesman says.
Sen. Paul said he will hold Janet Yellen’s nomination for chairman of the Federal Reserve until the Senate votes on the Federal Transparency Act.
And his academic record. “He’s a very big man, physically.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to announce the coming floor consideration of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday, his office says.
Shutdown humor from the Senate Majority Leader.
The government shutdown is crushing consumer confidence and making it harder for retailers to plan their businesses. The National Retail Federation says more than 10% of Americans work in retail and related fields.
Taxation Without Representation, except in the District of Columbia.
The Senate Majority Leader’s office Vined Republicans saying “I object” over and over and over.
House leaders have plans for a stand-alone bill that they hope will force Democrats into negotiations.
“I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own,” he said.
“By that time there was nothing Senator Cruz could do to delay the Wednesday cloture vote, so Senator Reid did not object,” said Reid’s spokesman. A “fake filibuster”?
The Senate’s top Democrat made the case for intervening in Syria Monday.
As his re-election campaign kicks off, the Republican Leader in the Senate tries to ignore his opponents and remind supporters he’s really close to being in charge. “This is not just an election about who gets to be Senator from Kentucky, this is about who sets the agenda for America,” he said.
“Russia has stabbed us in the back,” Schumer says.
The Senate Majority Leader was not pleased with his colleagues’ lack of decorum during debate on a transportation spending bill. And he let them know it.
“While we’re on the subject of nominations…”
Senior Hill aides describe Harry Reid’s strategy.