Washington Weekly Review

January 6, 2017

Don’t We Need Nine?

Senate Dem: ‘The Consequences Of The Supreme Court Being Without All Nine Justices For So Long Can Hardly Be Overstated’

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “It's hard for me to imagine a nominee [for the Supreme Court] that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support. So you're right.” RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC: “So you will do your best to hold the seat open.” SCHUMER: “Absolutely.” (The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, 1/3/2017) 

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: ‘We Need That Ninth Member’... (READ MORE)

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‘The challenges ahead are great and the work to come will be hard, but — just as we heard the voices of the American people in 2014 — we heard their message this last election too. Americans called for change from the last eight years and for hope at long last, and each of us — regardless of party — has a mandate to help and a role to play.’ 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor this week regarding the start of the new Congress:

“Two years ago the American people sent a new majority to the Senate.

“They called for a change in direction.

“They called for the Senate to get to work.

“So we got committees functioning again, we gave members of both parties a say again, and we put the Senate back to work again — and back on the side of the American people.

“Because we did, we were able to get important things done with a president of a different party... (READ MORE)
 
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) today penned an op-ed in FoxNews.com, laying out a conservative vision for the 115th Congress and the Republican Study Committee.

"Congress will repeal ObamaCare, deliver on authentic tax reform, secure our borders, and protect religious liberty," Walker wrote. "Moreover, conservatives will hold the line against proposals that expand government, limit individual freedom and threaten our national security."

"The stakes are high and the decisions we make, the policy we create, and the votes we take should lead to better law that positively impacts all communities," he continued... (READ MORE)
 
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Donald Trump’s nomination of David Friedman as his new U.S. ambassador to Israel is encouraging for Israel and all who support her. It’s about time a U.S. ambassador is appointed who understands Israel’s history, security needs, the hostility surrounding her, and her international legal rights as a sovereign nation.

Whether or not Trump will agree on all points with his future envoy is unknown, as are the final results of the nominee’s confirmation hearing; nevertheless Freidman represents the opening of a new window—and a breath of fresh air for U.S.-Israel relations.

The president-elect’s longtime friend, bankruptcy attorney and more recently, senior campaign advisor, has made it clear that unlike the outgoing administration, Trump will not try to force Israel into political solutions or concessions that violate the will or sovereignty of its government or people, nor will he publicly air disagreements between the partners... (READ MORE)
 
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Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement upon the introduction of the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 5):

“If we want to see better and faster growth within our economy, reforming our regulatory system must be at the center of our nation’s focus. The runaway regulatory state is creating hidden costs on hardworking Americans and small business owners alike. As these costs grow and continue to burden our economy, we are losing jobs and wages to thousands of regulations.

“The Regulatory Accountability Act is a major step to reverse the negative effects regulations are having on our economy. The bill promotes making the regulatory process more transparent for the American people; increases the power of the people’s elected representatives and the courts to stop overreaching new rulemaking; and lets the public have the full say they deserve in the rulemaking process”... (READ MORE)
 
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Trump’s intended nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC):

“After the last eight years of tax and spend policies coming out of the White House, it’s time to get our nation’s fiscal house in order. I look forward to working with Mick to bring regulatory and budget sanity to our nation and our economy”... (READ MORE)

 

 

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