“Democrats are looking back to the last time they took control of the House for lessons on what may work this year,…“
Coons finally arrived. However, Isakson was still in Georgia. The vote to report Pompeo out of committee with a favorable recommendation would be 10-10.
By rule, ties fail. But Corker forged ahead, declaring that Isakson, despite his absence was “aye by proxy.” So 11-10. Still, committee rules forbid proxy votes on behalf of absent senators if they impact the outcome of a roll call tally. So there was a conundrum.
If they oppose the nominee they should vote no! That’s how congress works!
„In voting to recommend Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted against diplomacy today, and for a foreign policy even more inclined towards war,“ Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action said in a statement following the vote. „Pompeo’s record of warmongering, climate denial, and Islamophobia speaks for itself.“
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is about to reject Mike Pompeo’s nomination as secretary of State, a rebuke with few precedents in modern American history — and he is all but certain to assume leadership of the State Department, anyway.
The FCC voted to kill net neutrality and let ISPs like Comcast ruin the web with throttling, censorship, and new fees. Congress has 60 legislative days to overrule them and save the Internet using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), but we still need #OneMoreVote to win in the Senate. Can you write Congress now?
Administration and congressional officials said the hawkish Mr. Bolton is not expected to defer to the defense secretary; already, neoconservative members of the Republican foreign policy establishment have started to air concerns that Mr. Mattis is ceding strategic territory to Iran and Russia in Syria.
Mr. Mattis is widely viewed by global leaders as the strongest and perhaps most credible voice on foreign policy in an administration that has been rocked by firings and resignations among senior presidential advisers.
„For too long, Congress has given presidents a blank check to wage war. We’ve let the 9/11 and Iraq War authorizations get stretched to justify wars against multiple terrorist groups in over a dozen countries, from Niger to the Philippines,“ Kaine said. „Our proposal finally repeals those authorizations and makes Congress do its job by weighing in on where, when and with who we are at war.“
The Democratic support ranges from full-throated endorsements to tepid backing, but most Democrats running for the Senate in 2018 for now back the strikes.
In a briefing after Trump’s announcement, Secretary of Defense Mattis argued that the President relied on his Article II powers under the Constitution to authorize the strike. This is the same authority Trump claimed to authorize his 2017 attack.
“To see what is under one’s nose,” George Orwell wrote in 1946, “requires a constant struggle.” Orwell didn’t add that trying to point out what is under our noses can turn one into a kind of Ancient Mariner at whose approach both friend and foe are tempted to flee.
But here goes: Trump did not have the authority to order any kind of strike on Syria. Congressional authorization was needed before any use of force against Syria; Friday’s attack was unconstitutional.
Yet hours later, Trump did attack Syria ― without consulting Congress.
(12.4.2018) – President Trump jested about a constitutional amendment that would allow him to serve more than two terms as president today
– Suggested that Congress repeal the Twenty-Second Amendment so he could rival Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four terms in office
– FDR was elected to four, four-year terms but he died in office after 12 years
– Trump joked last month at a closed-door fundraiser that he’d like to be ‚president for life‘ like China’s Xi Jinping, who’d just greatly expanded his powers
– Comment set off alarm bells, because he’s also praised multiple authoritarians
April 13, 2018, 3:05 PM EDT
The U.S. Congress will play a clear role if President Donald Trump decides to strike Syria for using chemical weapons: bystander.
Use of chemical weapons is horrific. But our Constitution does not allow @POTUS to attack a country–which has not attacked the US–without Congressional approval.
Barbara Lee is still right: The president has no authority to strike Syria without congressional authorization.
WASHINGTON, DC (April 12, 2018) – U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (GA-04) released the following statement in advance of demonstrations scheduled to take place on Friday within the territory of Gaza. The Members of Congress are urging Gaza protesters to carry out their right to assembly nonviolently, while also calling on members of Israel Defense Forces to exercise utmost restraint in the use of deadly force and to fully comply with international law.
The senate proved they know NOTHING Facebook. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.