The final vote count was 68–32, legislation now moves to the House.
Bipartisan Senate majority may want to move towards final passage, but House Republicans aren’t in any mood to take up massive immigration bill.
It’s no surprise that most Republicans and Democrats are speaking from the same script on NSA. Because they’re all responsible.
A disappointed party seeks a way to fight its favorite enemy after she leaves the political stage. “I think that some of that thrill is gone” said Adam Graves, the son and senior adviser to Bachmann’s would-be Democratic opponent.
“This is not some major scandal in the order of magnitude like Watergate. That’s absurd” says Rep. Gerry Connolly. Republicans promise to keep the pressure on the Obama Administration.
The divided conference unifies in the wake of Washington scandals — but how long can it really last? “I think there’s a little spring in our step these days, but the real test will be the debt limit,” says Hudson.
“The First Amendment is first for a reason. If the Obama Administration is going after reporters’ phone records, they better have a damned good explanation,” Boehner spokesman says.
Worried rank-and-file Republicans say the speaker seems to be “a bit checked out” as new legislative battles loom. His allies say he’s working behind the scenes to move the conference forward.
He couldn’t afford a forced pay cut. So now he wants to go back to war.
The House speaker sends a memo to his conference during a two-week recess. “The weeks and months ahead will be tremendously important ones for our conference and for our country.”
“There’s going to be a constituent backlash against this thing soon,” Rep. Steve King warns. Citizenship is only one of many landmines in the way of reform.
The call to “embrace and champion” immigration reform in the GOP’s new blueprint gives Boehner the legroom to ignore the Hastert rule and bring a bill to the floor. “Most Republicans get it,” says Sharry.
From Boehner and Cantor to Rove and Ryan, conservative firebrand has nothing nice to say.
In a radio interview, the Fox News host questions the House speaker’s commitment. “But do you want to risk the full faith and credit of the United States government over ObamaCare?” Boehner shoots back.
The highest-ranking Catholic in Congress praises the choice.
Speaker John Boehner doesn’t want to approve anything hastily or with a minority of the Republican vote. But that doesn’t leave many options moving forward.
Rep. Tom Cole thinks thinks his conference’s most conservative members will need to mellow out to get anything done. “Over time I think they’ll get better,” Cole hopes.
“This is not a win for anybody. This is a loss for the American people,” Obama says as cuts are set to begin taking effect.
The Senate’s version of the measure passes with mostly Democratic support. First major policy bill in years heads to Obama’s desk.
“Passing these sort of things has never helped us in the press in the past,” a House Republican aide says. Efforts to maintain a fragile conference equilibrium.
At a time when partisan bickering rules the day, Republicans and Democrats have found one area they can agree on: nobody’s doing anything to stop the sequester.
Speaker of the House gives reporters some sugar.
Today in finger-pointing.
The Speaker saw a winner.
At least for now, and on Twitter, the top two House Republicans are on the same page.
Having served in the New Hampshire National Guard, Morgan made her voice heard on Capitol Hill, in the White House and in the courts. “I’m trying to stand up for all we believe in in this country,” she said of her efforts, including as a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging DOMA.
Freed of the burden of Obama’s reelection and facing a hobbled GOP, Nancy Pelosi is drawing bright lines. A change from 2008 and 2010.
“President Obama created the sequester, and he is entirely responsible for the devastating consequences,” top Boehner aide says.