Archive for the 'Senate' Category

Omnibus spending bill is made of FAIL

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The New York Times has a great picture of John McCain looking Very Concerned.

Senate Republicans blocked a $410 billion omnibus spending measure on Thursday night, forcing Congressional Democrats to prepare a stopgap budget resolution to keep the federal government from shutting down.
The ability of the diminished minority to delay the bill signaled growing unease [...]

What?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Jon Kyl tries to give DC to Maryland, fails 30 67.
Oh, McCain was a Yea, too.

McCain being all mavrick again

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

The Hill:
Four months after he lost his bid for the White House, no one in the Senate really knows what to make of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
This week McCain tried to strip most of the earmarks from a pending $410 billion omnibus spending bill.
The effort failed. While the former GOP presidential candidate managed to rally [...]

Kyl sponsoring controversial film

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

AP:
Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona is hosting a film screening at the Capitol on Thursday for a far-right Dutch lawmaker who claims that Islam inspires terrorism.
Kyl is sponsoring the event for Geert Wilders, who was denied entry to London earlier this month because British officials said he posed a threat to public order.
Wilders 15-minute [...]

Congress Republicans missing Obama in Mesa; most not invited

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

East Valley Tribune:
The states two senators Republicans John McCain and Jon Kyl both plan to miss the event at Dobson High School. They say they were neither invited nor informed of the presidents visit to their home turf in time to alter their plans and show up for the speech.
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer [...]

Kyl, McCain explain vote against stimulus

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Jon Kyl and John McCain co-authored this editorial for the Arizona Republic:
Proponents of the so-called economic stimulus bill have argued that legislation is necessary to stimulate our economy. We agree. The nation needs legislation that creates jobs, fixes our housing crisis, and puts us on a path toward economic recovery.
Unfortunately, the legislation Congress passed on [...]

Online gambling community still pissed at Kyl

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Gambling911:
In a briefing with several of his colleagues, Republican Arizona Senator Jon Kyl called the Obama Economic Stimulus bill a stinking, bloated, quivering pile of liberal pork. Yet amazingly it was Jon Kyl who had no objections to sticking a bit of his own pork in of all things a port security [...]

Kyl, McCain, other border-state Senators fight border fence mandate

Friday, February 13th, 2009

CNS News:
The fact that the government has built only 32 of the 700 miles-of double-layer fencing that Congress initially mandated in 2006 is partly the result of the amendment that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) slipped into the omnibus appropriations bill enacted in December 2007.
“There was certainly some bureaucratic wiggle room, and they used it,” [...]

Kyl kills expansion of assistance for workers who lose jobs to overseas sources

Friday, February 13th, 2009

ICTSD:
The Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, programme, which offers training and income support for workers who lose their jobs because of factory shifts overseas or increased competition from imports, will get an additional two years’ worth of funding under the Senate version of the bill. But the lawmakers failed to include an amendment that would [...]

Kyl silent on tax survey; McCain responds

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Politico asked 99 senators about their taxes. Here were Jon Kyl and John McCains answers.
SEN. JON KYL (R-Ariz.)
1. Do you prepare your own taxes? Has not responded.
2. If not, who does? Has not responded.
3. Have you or the IRS ever discovered an error on a tax [...]

Kyl advises Republicans on stimulus: Be brave here

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

AzCentral:
Sen. Jon Kyl, the chambers second-most-powerful Republican, joined fellow Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in voting against the measure. Kyl called for House and Senate negotiators to trim the package as they seek common ground. Both Kyl and McCain believe the package is bloated and dangerous to the economy.
Be brave here; be courageous, Kyl advised [...]

Kyl already vetting possible Bader Ginsburg replacement

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Fox News:
The woman who would be confirmed as solicitor general in the Obama administration got some pointed questioning Tuesday from senators who may be asked to vote for her for another post Supreme Court justice.
Elena Kagan, the Harvard Law School Dean and friend of President Obama, is rumored to be on the short list [...]

Is that the right expenditure for stimulus money?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Jon Kyl was in the spotlight a lot today. Here he is, quoted in Swamp Politics:
And the other aspect is what the money is spent on. President Obama said that all of the earmarks should be stripped from the legislation. Have they been? No. Im just going to cite a few of them.
Heres a [...]

Kyl becoming a leading opposition voice

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Whatever the reason, Jon Kyl is being increasingly cited as the voice of the opposition, especially on the stimulus package. This AFP article is but one of many that pits Kyl against Obama and congressional Dems a sign of things to come in 2012?
The Senate late Saturday (Sunday in Manila) wrapped up debate on [...]

Kyl: Govt rebates dont work

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Arizona Guardian:
Bailout flameout: Give credit to the Guardian Angels hiking buddy, U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, for consistency. While discussing President Barack Obamas plans for the latest bailout package, Kyl pointed out that the personal tax rebate former President George W. Bush pushed through Congress last year didnt do a whit to prop up the economy. [...]

Poor, poor CEOs

Friday, February 6th, 2009

HuffPo:
Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) blamed the tone deaf bankers for creating the political environment that allows Obama to call for a cap.
Because of their excesses, very bad things begin to happen, like the United States government telling a company what it can pay its employees. Thats not a good thing in America, Kyl [...]

Dionne on Kyl

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Liberal commentator E.J. Dionne:
And Republicans who in one breath say they want more tax cuts declare in the next that they are against the tax cuts Obama has actually proposed. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona said of Obamas $500 refundable tax credit: Calling a rebate to people who dont pay income taxes a tax cut [...]

Today in Congress: DTV and Death in Custody

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Senate
John McCains amendment to prohibit the applicability of Buy American requirements in the stimulus bill to the utilization of funds provided by the Act failed 31 65. The Senate is still working on the stimulus.
House
S 352, the DTV Delay Act, passed the House 264 158. The bills purpose is to postpone the DTV [...]

Still more Kyl on Stimulus stories

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Kyl and other Republicans are supporting their own version of the stimulus. [The Hill]
Rather than spend $1.3 trillion on this bill, we should be providing tax incentives that will create jobs. [MSNBC]
Were going to have to see some significant reductions in the wasteful Washington spending before we know that this is something that will actually [...]

Kyl roundup

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Despite all his concerns, Kyl voted to confirm Eric Holder as AG. [AP]
Kyl on Daschle: “I just wonder if President Bush had nominated these people, what folks would be saying about that.” [The Right Perspective]
On the stimulus: “[T]here are so many things you can make fun of in this bill.” [ABS-CBN]

I think you have to [...]