Twenty-six Republicans sided with Democrats on March 22 when the Senate voted 75-24 in favor of a non-binding but instructive resolution allowing states to collect sales taxes from internet companies doing business outside the states, overriding an important Supreme Court case along the way.
Concerned lawmakers and activists across America from all points on the political spectrum have for months been seeking an explanation about the Obama administration apparently stockpiling weapons of war for domestic use. Estimates suggest, for example, that the federal government has committed to purchasing up to two billion rounds of ammunition over several years while rolling out dozens of armored vehicles known as MRAPs on U.S. soil. Meanwhile, the controversial Department of Homeland Security and its boss Janet Napolitano are refusing to provide real answers.
An amendment sponsored by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to keep the US out of the UN Arms Trade Treaty was approved by the Senate early Saturday morning.
After four years of operating without a federal budget, Senate Democrats unveiled a budget last week that ultimately calls for a $1 trillion increase in new taxes over the next 10 years, while simultaneously increasing spending. The Democrats’ budget has been heavily criticized because it is projected to raise the national debt by approximately $4 trillion. While the Democrats contend that their plan will include approximately $1.85 trillion in deficit reduction, further analysis of the budget reveals that the Democrats have double counted the savings in their proposed budget.
By a party line vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senator Dianne Feinstein's "assault weapons" ban on Thursday.
The underlying assumptions of Rep. Paul Ryan's new budget to be unveiled on Tuesday, which include repealing ObamaCare and replacing Medicare, make his promise that the federal budget will be balanced in 10 years highly suspect.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) filibustered the nomination of John Brennan for nearly 13 hours, challenging the president's authority to kill Americans on American soil without due process of law.
During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, several prominent lawyers testified in favor of the constitutionality of targeted killing of Americans.
The pushback against a national registry of law-abiding gun owners appears to be more than sufficient to kill any such legislation from being enacted, at least for the time being.
Some Senate Republicans, backed by their leadership, are proposing a plan to avoid mandated sequestration cuts by letting President Obama decide what to cut.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) threatened to filibuster the confirmation vote of John Brennan unless Brennan provides clear answers to the senator's questions regarding the prosecution of the drone war.