Today’s Senate cloture vote broke the filibuster on the bill that extends the Bush era tax cuts, with 64 Senators voting “yes” as of 4:30 p.m., surpassing the necessary 60 votes. The bill can now move forward for a passage vote, expected to take place tomorrow.
In a revealing interview on CBS’s "60 Minutes," incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner presented both a tough and yet sensitive leader to host Lesley Stahl. In his discussion with Stahl, Boehner explicitly outlined how he intends to move forward in the 112th Congress, and proved unafraid to reveal a softer, teary-eyed side, joining the ranks of other leading politicians such as Bob Dole and Hillary Clinton who have shed a tear on camera.
Texas Republican Representative Ron Paul has been dubbed “Dr. No” for his consistent record of voting against legislation that he has called unconstitutional, at times serving as the only “no” vote in the entire House of Representatives. Paul’s position on a variety of issues has even been unpopular in his own party, which he accuses of losing sight of true conservative values.
The media response to the appointment of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to the chairmanship of the House Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee has been swift and — somewhat surprisingly — mostly positive. Perhaps it is due to the fact that public opinion has been turning against the Federal Reserve, Paul’s longtime target that is overseen by his subcommittee.
As a lame-duck Congress winds down and a small army of Democratic legislators prepare to vacate their offices in Washington, U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is quietly pushing a bill that would legalize online gambling.