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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:47 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote


GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner's weakness in the face of rebellious conservatives.

It also again demonstrated his need to rely on Democrats at critical moments as the minority party's agreement to a one-week spending bill helped the speaker get it over the finish line with only hours to spare before a threatened agency shutdown.

President Barack Obama signed the bill shortly before midnight.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., already had bowed to Democrats' demands and stripped the contentious provisions rolling back Obama's immigration policies from his chamber's version of the Homeland Security spending bill.

The two leaders face different, and often competing, challenges as they try to produce the responsible governance they promised voters after November elections, when Republicans won control of the Senate and increased their House majority to the largest in 70 years.

Two months into the new Congress, the severe limits to their powers are confronting Boehner, R-Ohio, and McConnell as they aim to chart a course for the final two years of Obama's presidency. That path could help lead their party back into the White House, and perhaps even produce a few legislative achievements.

"Obviously we're not getting good results, are we? I base everything on results," said Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana, one of the many Republicans frustrated with the GOP's performance, particularly on the Homeland Security bill.

"Our leadership set the stage for this," Fleming said. "Yet we didn't really see much messaging, coordination or communication."

Even though Boehner has large numbers on his side, it's still not enough to ensure he can line up a majority on any given bill, especially on issues such as immigration, education or abortion. The GOP advantage is 245-188 with two vacancies.

A frustrated Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican who heads the House Intelligence Committee chairman, lashed out at "a small group of phony conservative members who have no credible policy proposals and no political strategy to stop Obama's lawlessness" and seem to be "unaware that they can't advance conservatism by playing fantasy football with their voting cards."

McConnell is contending with Senate rules that give important rights to the minority party, which Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada is adept at exploiting.

Republicans hold 54 seats, but that is six short of the 60 needed to ensure passage of most legislation.

Democrats united against and ultimately blocked GOP attempts to use the Homeland Security spending bill as the measure to overturn Obama's immigration directives extending work permits to millions of people in the country illegally.

Many Republicans campaigned for re-election last fall on promises to stop Obama on immigration, and their inability to do so is infuriating to conservatives. That's why 52 of them in the House voted down a three-week agency spending bill Friday night in a humiliating defeat for Boehner and other Republican leaders.

"The problem is there are a whole lot of us, including leadership, who put out statements saying Obama's executive order was illegal, unconstitutional. How do you backtrack off of that?" asked Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla.

GOP leaders regrouped to offer a one-week bill, but it required the blessing of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California. She assured fellow Democrats the vote would pave the way for passage of a full-year bill next week, without the immigration language that has drawn a White House veto threat.

Boehner aides denied that any such assurances had been given.

The chaos was the most high-profile debacle for the GOP so far this year, but not the only one. Earlier in the day, House Republican leaders shelved an education overhaul bill amid conservative opposition. Previously they had retreated on border security legislation and an abortion bill.

In the Senate, McConnell has devoted much of the past two months to debates and votes related to the Homeland Security bill, as well as passage of the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill, which Obama has vetoed.

Along the way, there were lower-profile achievements.

The Senate approved Obama's defense secretary nominee, Ash Carter, on a resounding bipartisan vote. The House passed bills aimed at reining in Obama on taxes and regulation, although the measures are likely to hit a dead end in the Senate, just as they did when Republicans were in charge.

But the GOP majority has been defined as much by infighting among Republicans and between the House and the Senate as by any achievements. That raises questions about Congress' ability to accomplish the many tasks before it, including passing a budget, increasing the nation's borrowing authority and passing a new use of force agreement to battle Islamic State militants.

"The DHS funding fight is the first test of the new Republican Congress, and so far they're failing," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "If the Republicans can't even fund something as simple as Homeland Security, we shudder to think what will happen when it's time to fund the whole government or raise the debt ceiling."
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

               U. S. A  

AIPAC Conference March 1 - 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu speaks to AIPAC then US Congress
AIPAC is not happy Bibi will speak to congress.  WHAT?

AIPAC, America's largest pro-Israel gathering, kicks off in Washington DC.
US Jews have a strong connection to Israel.
Attendees said the rift over Iran is little more than a political spat.
AIPAC executive director Howard Kohr confessed that “there are some serious strains in the relationship.”  
That is an understatement.  
AIPAC attendees hesitated to point the finger at Obama.

To turn a blind eye to the hatred Obama has for Bibi and Israel is dangerous.

Obama mob are terrified Bibi will reveal the TRUTH about IRAN - and be believed.
What if Bibi tells America he threatened to shoot Israeli planes down?

Susan Rice and Samantha Power, both daughters of Satan, will speak to AIPAC.
The 0bama mafia are furious with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

Obama sending Power, Rice to AIPAC
Both Susan Rice and Samantha Power are to address AIPAC,
and both are anti-Israel daughters of Satan.

Pray for Netanyahu

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Bibi Netanyahu address to US Congress

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Netanyahu lands in USA
March 2, 2015  Monday
 -  PM Bibi Netanyahu set to address AIPAC Monday and Congress Tuesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in the USA Sunday.
Bibi will expose details of the looming bad deal Obama made with Iran.

Evil Obama refuses to meet with Netanyahu.  
Obama is furious.  He may be afraid Bibi will tell America he threatened to shoot down the IAF.

Bibi tickets in high demand!
March 2, 2015
 Demand for tickets to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday morning speech to Congress is unprecedented.  10 times more requests than seats.  Netanyahu is expected to address the US nuclear deal with Iran.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iran could nuke New York
March 2, 2015
That's a known FACT, not an empty speech!
Jewish Home party leader Bennett warns Americans Tehran is seeking to target Western cities with nuclear-armed intercontinental missiles.  Iran is developing nuclear warheads and missiles capable of reaching New York, London and Paris.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Congress Speech
MARCH 3, 2015  Full Transcript

Israeli PM Netanyahu Addresses U.S. Congress  
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked   USA removes Iran and Hellzballah from terror list
March 17, 2015  -  James Clapper report to the US Senate removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats
.  Its highly likely Clapper is Muslim.  Clapper lied to Congress about Muslim Brotherhood terrorists

0bama mafia whitewashing Iran, Hezbollah terror threat
March 17, 2015  -  US Intelligence report which appears to downplay the terrorist activities from Iran and its proxy groups has raised questions about what could have motivated the change.  National Intelligence 2015 Worldwide Threat Assessment is disturbing.
Obamites minimize the terror threat of Iran and Hezbollah in an effort to lift sanctions against Iran.  Implying that Iran is responsible makes it easier to hold negotiations over its nuclear program.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obama capitulates to Khamenei
April 4, 2015
DEBKA -  Hizballah supporter paper reported - The West has Capitulated to Iran.  The US has been defeated. Iran’s enemies heard Obama saying: ‘I am at your service, Khamenei.’

US Congress skeptical of Iran deal
April 5, 2015  RESURRECTION day! -   DUH!

No one is ruling out new Iran sanctions, or a measure to require Barfak 0bama to get congressional approval.  But they will hear out briefings when lawmakers return to Washington DC on April 13.  Congress wants a chance to review the details and discuss possible next steps with members.

Sen. Tom Cotton called the interim deal a "list of very dangerous U.S. concessions that will put Iran on the path to a nuclear weapon."  He is a very wise kid!
Sen. Marco Rubio is skeptical of the deal.
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Congress gets oversight of Iran deal
May 8, 2015
-  The US Senate voted for a bipartisan bill that would let Congress review any final deal with Tehran.  Iran would be required to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for relief from the sanctions.  The measure, to be voted on in the House next week, is a watered down version of the original bipartisan bill, which would have subjected the accord to congressional approval.

The only senator to vote against the bill was Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton who objected on the grounds that the legislation does not require a final nuclear agreement to be submitted as a treaty requiring Senate approval.  US Senate passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which would give Congress a 30-day period to review a final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The bill’s next step is a vote in the House of Representatives before it reaches Obama’s desk.
Obama is expected to approve the bill.
Obama is known for being lawless and doing as he pleases, so I do not see this bill as meaningfull.

Geneva-Lausanne nuclear deal w/Iran
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

McConnell running SINate just like Harry Reid  
May 21, 2015
-  I knew McConnell was like Reid.  The PATRIOT Act filibuster that Sen. Rand Paul led proved that McConnell agrees with his predecessor that there shouldn’t be open process or debate when the Senate considers major pieces of legislation.  

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