There’s not a clear end in sight to the fight over the Patriot Act and surveillance programs. “We’re gonna run the clock and they are going to have to either try to work with us or we’ll be here all weekend.”
Most GOP senators won’t be “standing with Rand” as Paul launched into what will likely be a very long floor speech on Wednesday to fight the Patriot Act.
The Arizona senator says Ukraine announced his appointment to a semi-official government position before he cleared it under Senate rules.
The Alabama senator voted to move forward with debate on fast-track trade authority, but remains opposed to the deal.
Aides in both offices confirm the two senators are coordinating their efforts to stop a straight reauthorization of the Patriot Act.
It’s been almost three months since Obama asked for a new authorization for the use of military force and there’s been little movement on the issue “We’re going to do one thing at a time,” said Sen. Bob Corker.
Expect the Senate floor to look more like a Republican presidential debate stage in the coming weeks, with candidates Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz facing off over the size and scope of the government’s domestic surveillance program.
Every major Republican is hitting the state up for money and endorsements right now. But, at least for now, donors, operatives, and lawmakers are in a freeze while the state’s senior senator eyes running for president.
“No one should ever confuse me with a partisan; I’m clearly an ideologue,” says Thomas Massie, the libertarian, gun-rights stalwart, MIT grad who is a surprising bipartisan.
It seems probable that most people like Justin Amash and Mark Sanford will endorse Rand Paul — but they are careful to say they haven’t yet. “We all want to sort of wait and see who is viable, who is putting together a decent campaign.”
“Once cloture was invoked it was clear she would be confirmed,” a Cruz aide said.
BuzzFeed News reports on the apocalyptic warnings, arm-twisting, classified briefings, and secret phone calls the Obama administration is using to break the progressive coalition fighting them on trade deals.
Polite optimism rules the day as two of Florida’s favored sons run for president. But get ready for the unavoidable conflict underneath it all — Rubio certainly was on Monday.
The Florida senator spent a lot of time in the caucus state last year — but has only been once since November and has yet to announce a big hire.
The Florida senator has introduced more than 20 amendments to Republican budget that frame big pieces of his foreign (more defense spending, pro-Israel) and domestic policy (school choice, an Obamacare change, middle-class economics) agenda.
Cruz laid it out very clearly on Monday morning: He is running to be the social conservative candidate — the kind a Christian college student body would vote for. The largely enthused crowd had a few pockets of dissent.
First, Mike Huckabee. Then the world.
The Arizona Republican wants to live up to Tom Coburn’s legacy and get back to what started his rise to the Senate in the first place. “They’ll come after him with knives,” Coburn says.
The “Progressive Coalition For American Jobs,” run by former Obama campaign staffers, purports to represent the progressive left on the trade deal that the progressive left hates.
Senior Capitol Hill aides say the Clinton camp has not made a coordinated outreach effort to brief Democrats on how to handle questions or defend Clinton.