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The purpose of this page will be to compile Fark threads dealing with the dumpster fire that is the 115th U.S. Congress.

This page is for the month of June, 2017
For previous months, please see the archive

BackgroundEdit

This section will provide background information about the members of the 115th U.S. Congress, or their party affiliation, etc. any information to give a basic overview of the 115th U.S. Congress that does not necessarily need a Fark-related thread.

  • date first called into session: January 3, 2017
  • date Americans can first expect relief: January 3, 2019
    • elections November 6, 2018
  • to read about all the Fark threads on the legislative crap they're up to click here, for outstanding individual achievements in assholery, click here, for "oversight hearings" click here and for confirmation hearings click here

Congresscritters and how to contact themEdit

Current Pending BillsEdit

CommitteesEdit

SenateEdit

HouseEdit

Committee Hearings and MeetingsEdit

SenateEdit

HouseEdit

Congressional RecordEdit

Congress in GeneralEdit

Separation of PowersEdit

  1. (5/10/2017) Rare sighting of a headline that asks a question and the answer is "Oh, hell yes" Headline asks: Is this a Constitutional Crisis? Politico asks legal experts to size up the Comey firingTemplate:ComeyTemplate:Constcrss

Congressional LegislationEdit

to view legislation introduced or debated by and for state legislations, please click here

GeneralEdit

  1. (5/19/2017) Imagine if your entire party's agenda was at risk because the president you blindly support for fear of losing power or becoming victim to his bouts of mental illness and willingly ignore his treason.chair of the Senate Finance committee, Senator Orrin Hatch (R UT): "Everything affects our work right now. The more controversy we have the more difficult it is to do things" gopgov{{}}

Repeal of MedicareEdit

Overturning Obama-era RegulationsEdit

FCC privacy regulationsEdit

Repeal ESSAEdit

Every Student Succeeds Act

Ratify NATO confirmation for MontenegroEdit

Sell ISP information to advertisersEdit

Senate Joint Resolution 34

Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 (HR 372)Edit

repeal McCarran-Ferguson special exemption from federal antitrust laws

Drug-testing unemployment applicantsEdit

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces ActEdit

repeal Alaska National Wildlife Refuges RuleEdit

allows shooting bears and wolves from aircraft and killing cubs and pups in their dens, even during hibernation

Net NeutralityEdit

  1. (5/18/2017) There needs to be a bill passed that protects the internet Template:Goodlaw

Repeal of ACAEdit

  1. Background
  2. Backlash
  3. Repeal
  4. Replacement
  5. "Repair"
    1. Rescinding coal miners health benefits

House v. PriceEdit

formerly known as House v. Burwell

  • US District Judge Collyer sided with the lawmakers
    • "Congress authorized reduced cost-sharing but did not appropriate monies for it"
    • funds in question are separate from the tax credits for premiums
  • did not take any immediate action to stop the spending
  • the question of the House’s "standing" will remain an issue
  1. (5/20/2017) In other news, Trump still trying to destroy Obamacare Trump told aides that he wants to end the payments to insurers because he doesn't gain anything by continuing them; White House has told Congress it will continue payments through May but no commitment has been made beyond that; polls show the public would blame the administration and the GOP-controlled Congress if the markets collapsedTemplate:SubzTemplate:Mavrk

DonTCareEdit

  1. (5/1/2017) Trump sabotages the Republican Obamacare-replacement negotiations "Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it. I said, 'Has to be.'"Template:Last
  2. (5/2/2017) With a margin of 22 votes in the House, and 20 moderate House republicans already on record as "no" votes, and 24 more undecided-including several of the Whips; the chances of Ryan actually kicking the football THIS time? Not looking good Template:Gopgov
  3. (5/6/2017) Americans now see health care as a right, not a privilege, and this is going to be a problem for politicians Template:Human
  4. (5/6/2017) The House passing their healthcare bill might have actually delayed tax reform 📎Template:Rconc
  5. (5/6/2017) Living well might be the best revenge, but mailing your ashes to your GOP Representative is pretty good too Template:Protest
  6. (5/7/2017) WHOA, even Star Trek's Deanna Troi is calling Paul Ryan's spokeswoman a 'lying sack of sh*t' for Trumpcare lie Strong tweeted, "While we’re setting the record straight: AHCA was posted online a month ago, went through 4 committees, & has been scored by CBO — twice"
  7. (5/7/2017) Paul Ryan in 2009 - "I don't think we should pass bills that we haven't read and that we don't know what they cost... that's not good democracy." Paul Ryan in 2017 - "This is a kind of bogus attack from the left" 👌Template:HypoTemplate:Tidf
  8. (5/9/2017) GOP congressman has moment of clarity by saying they shouldn't have celebrated taking people's healthcare away then goes full derp by making up that Dems were singing and dancing over it Rep. Mike Gallagher (R WI 8th): "I just would urge both sides to just lay down the traditional kind of political weapons if we can because this is a really complex topic and we need serious people working together to fix it"
  9. (5/14/2017) Two Americas: Those who can spend billions on teeth whitening and the millions who rely on charity clinics to treat painful teeth and are forced to have them all pulled when they cannot afford root canals Template:GoppolTemplate:Gap
  10. (5/14/2017) "I am done having children, why the hell should I pay for maternity care? 
  11. (5/18/2017) 6 million with pre-existing conditions could get stuck with special Freedom Premium pricing if the new GOP health care plan go through House version will allow states to opt out of main provisions of the ACA: requiring health insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions and limits how much more people can be charged based on age and health statusTemplate:Stigg
  12. (5/18/2017) Trumpscare hasn't been passed to the Senate yet because Paul Ryan is an idiot Rep. Greg Walden (R OR 2nd), House Energy and Commerce Committee chair: "We've got to wait for the CBO score ...[to prove that you meet the reconciliation test"]; before the President can sign DonTCare it must pass the Senate, to pass the Senate with a simple majority, it must conform with rules for reconciliation, which it cannot do without a CBO score, which the House didn't get before voting, which means the House may have to vote on a new, revised bill that takes into consideration the CBO score before the bill can go to the Senate, then the President
  13. (5/20/2017) In other news, Trump still trying to destroy Obamacare Trump told aides that he wants to end the payments to insurers because he doesn't gain anything by continuing them; White House has told Congress it will continue payments through May but no commitment has been made beyond that; polls show the public would blame the administration and the GOP-controlled Congress if the markets collapsedTemplate:SubzTemplate:Mavrk

Senate versionEdit

  1. (5/16/2017) Senate Republicans run into a few snags on Obamacare repeal, one of those being "We haven't made any decisions" instead of allowing states to opt out of the regulations GOP would remove "Essential Health Benefits", then allow states to opt back in if they chooseTemplate:StiggTemplate:Gopref
  2. (5/22/2017) Repealing/replacing Obamacare all comes down to a slow-moving turtle. If he ever wants to come out of his shell, that is it's up to McConnell to write legislation that bridges gaps between Senators and between whatever those Senators finally come up with and the one the House has already passedTemplate:Legis
  3. (5/23/2017) Remember when everyone was saying the Senate will save the American people from the most draconian portions of the House passed TrumpCare bill? Good times, good times David Leonhardt describes in the NYT the strategy House Republicans used and Senate Republicans will copy to push through their healthcare bill: secrecy is the first part of the strategy, distraction the second, followed by the "Upton maneuver" (a superficial improvement that allows backers to claim they had "fixed" their bill) and finally twisting arms of those in the party who don't back the bill but instead listen to their constituentsTemplate:Wk
  4. (5/26/2017) Under Trumpcare, having a high fever once again can be considered a pre-existing condition Vice gives us more horror stories about what DonTCare will do with the concept of pre-existing conditions; a quote from a person interviewed in the article: "I realized the system isn't there to help people get insurance. It's there to help insurance companies make a profit"Template:Goppol

Spending BillEdit

  1. (5/1/2017) Congress on the verge of actually passing a bi-partisan budget, and spites Trump by refusing to fund his wall to boot the 1,600 page bill doesn't include money for the border wall or block funds for "sanctuary cities"; also some monies are contingent on first presenting plans to Congress; Alternate link provided by FarkerTemplate:Chkbal
  2. (5/1/2017) Congress agrees to remain dysfunctional until September Template:Chkbal
    1. (5/2/2017) Congress allocates an extra $120M to fund Trump's vacations over the next six months. Of course, imagine how much more it would cost if he were spending that time trying to govern Template:White
    2. (5/2/2017) Amtrak money, NEA money, BLM money, the ability to bring back as many Cubans (cigars, not people) that you want. Seriously, what the hell did the Republicans get out of this deal? They did a reverse Boehner and gave Democrats 98% of what they wanted HR-244, plus amendmentsTemplate:Chkbal
      1. (5/2/2017) Trump: The US 'needs a good shutdown'. Always start at the top I always say Template:Gopgov
      2. (5/2/2017) Democrats victory in the new spending bill was so lopsided that despite the GOP having the Presidency and majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats now believe they can block Trump's legislative priorities for years to come also, Pence credits Trump for passage of the spending bill, "thanks to the strong leadership of President Donald Trump ... [t]hanks to his direct engagement with members of Congress, we?re seeing real progress"Template:RoseTemplate:Gopgov
  3. (5/3/2017) While Trump claims that the recent budget deal includes a "down payment on the border wall" a keen observer will note that the down payment was in the amount of $0 

Monitor Russian SanctionsEdit




GOP Infrastructure PlanEdit

MAR-A-LAGO ActEdit

Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act

Compel President to release his taxesEdit

BudgetEdit

  1. (5/6/2017) The House passing their healthcare bill might have actually delayed tax reform 📎Template:Rconc
  2. (5/14/2017) The leopards are still feeding on the poor House Republicans are looking to cut $400 billion in spending through a budget reconciliation process to evade Democratic filibusters in the SenateTemplate:PmedcTemplate:Stigg
  3. (5/22/2017) Trump to touch the third rail of politics. What could possibly go wrong? the President's proposed budget includes cuts to Medicare as well as giving states new power to limit a range of benefitsTemplate:Goalp
  4. (5/22/2017) Huge cuts to food stamps and Medicaid are part of Donald Trump's proposed budget, because you know you can't get something for nothing chair of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Conaway said: "We think it's wrongheaded ... Production agriculture is in the worst slump since the depression ... They need this safety net"Template:Cut
  5. (5/22/2017) Trump team drops most idiotic and DOA budget proposal ever while the boss is off suffering bouts of exhaustion in the desert Digby's take on the Trump administration's unveiling of its budget proposal (it's as much a shonda as it is unorthodox)Template:Gopgov
  6. (5/23/2017) The people who will be hit hardest by Trump's budget are those who voted for him Politico headline: "Trump releases budget hitting his own voters hardest: The president's proposal for next year's federal spending calls for more than $1 trillion in cuts to social programs, including farm aid."🐆Template:RubesTemplate:Backeff
  7. (5/23/2017) Congressional Republicans are not looking kindly on Trump's proposed $5.8 billion cut to NIH including big hits to the cancer, Alzheimer's and infectious disease research. Which makes sense as they are mostly elderly men who keep dubious company Rep. Tom Cole (R OK 4th) looked at the proposal and declared: "I don’t think it’s a wise choice"Template:CutsTemplate:Rxrsch
  8. (5/26/2017) Trump's infrastructure plan. Hope you have toll money to pull over at the rest stop allow Gary Cohn to explain the Trump "asset recycling" program: "Instead of people in cities and states and municipalities coming to us and saying, 'Please give us money to build a project,' and not knowing if it will get maintained, and not knowing if it will get built, we say, 'Hey, take a project you have right now, sell it off, privatize it, we know it will get maintained, and we'll reward you for privatizing it' ... The bigger the thing you privatize, the more money we’ll give you."; in other words local governments are being asked to relinquish profitable assets to private corporations but retain money-losing assets🌉Template:Unown

Continuing ResolutionEdit

DeficitEdit

Tax CutsEdit

The HONEST ActEdit

Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act

  • would prohibit the EPA from writing any regulation that uses science that is not publicly available

President's Tax "Reform" ProposalEdit

  1. (5/15/2017) Now even the Republicans are screwing with Trump: Tax reform proposal gives him the steep reduction in corporate tax rates he asked for, but pays for it by nixing the "business interest" tax deduction that's critical to Trump's business empire Politico headline: "GOP plans could kill one of Trump's favorite tax breaks: House Republicans want the $1 trillion that would raise to finance a deep cut in the corporate tax rate, one of the centerpieces of their tax-overhaul plans."📎Template:Cook
  2. (5/26/2017) Fmr. Speaker of the House Boehner says that GOP tax reform is just a bunch of happy talk thanks to a President that seems to be learning on the job how to be President Boehner delivered the keynote address at financial services giant KPMG’s annual Global Energy Conference; in addition to deflating his party's tax agenda, he burst liberal bubbles as well: "Talk of impeachment is the best way to rile up Trump supporters ... [r]emember, impeachment is not a legal process; it’s a political process"Template:GoptxrTemplate:Meat
    1. (5/26/2017) Boehner pops up to call Trump presidency a "complete disaster" repeat of thread #9604364Template:Pete

College For All Act 2017Edit

JASTAEdit

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which allows relatives of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for their deaths

  1. (5/23/2017) The Saudis gave Trump $360b in deals hoping Trump would rescind the 9/11 lawsuit law. Unfortunately, they are about to learn what Americans already know, the man is not so much a deal maker, as he is a promise breaker Saudis are convinced the man they consider the ultimate salesman will make a deal to end the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which allows relatives of 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom for their deaths; reflecting a view heard widely among Saudis, social researcher and writer, Mohammed Alhamza said: "If Trump supports the JASTA, he will lose the relationship with Saudi Arabia"Template:NegotTemplate:Saud

Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017Edit

  1. (5/26/2017) GOP votes to undo pesticide protections for nation's waterways the bill, HR 953, prohibits the EPA or any state from requiring a permit for discharging a pesticide from a point source into navigable waters if the discharge is approved under FIFRA; this bill allows exemptions from this prohibitionTemplate:ToxTemplate:GopenvTemplate:TrojanTemplate:Stigg


Congressional Votes on LegislationEdit

for confirmation votes on nominees, please see the confirmation section below

GeneralEdit

DonTCareEdit

  1. (5/4/2017) House to vote tomorrow to end Obamacare. You better get busy living and die quickly There will not be a new CBO report before Thursday's vote on the legislationTemplate:Goppol
    1. (5/4/2017) Have you ever been a victim of sexual assault? According to the GOP, you now have a pre-existing medical condition Template:GoppolTemplate:Stigg
      1. (5/5/2017) By defining rape as a pre-existing condition, the GOP has put victims in the difficult position: report your assault and lose your insurance or stay silent and keep it Template:FnbTemplate:Stigg
  2. (5/4/2017) Will the House pass the ACHA on the third try? Will the Freedom Caucus split because they hate popular things? Will the Democrats force the moderate GOP's hand? Ginger, get the popcorn. THIS is your House ACHA Vote Thread Live threadTemplate:Goppol
  3. (5/4/2017) Obamacare flatlines Template:GoppolTemplate:Stigg
    1. (5/4/2017) Republican tells Dem Rep she's being 'hysterical' after powerful statement against 'Trumpcare' bill Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D TX 18th) called TrumpCare "the mother of all bombs" of healthcare being dropped on the American people" and said of the Republicans who voted for it, "may God have mercy on your souls"; in reply, Rep. Doug Collins (R GA 9th) said, "if I had to defend Obamacare, I'd probably go into hysterics, too"Template:Stigg
  4. (5/4/2017) The good news: House did cut out provision exempting members of Congress and their staffers from some of the most radical changes to their health care law. The bad news: Being a spineless, corrupt lick-spittle is not a pre-existing condition 
  5. (5/5/2017) "Republican members of Congress cheering the passage of their revised health care bill is like claiming victory in a football game at the end of the first quarter" Template:Goppol
    1. (5/5/2017) House Republicans gather for their Democratic opponents' 2018 campaign photo 😂Template:Stunt
    2. (5/5/2017) Here's a list of who voted for or against Don'tCare so you can start planning your challenge for their seat Template:HrollTemplate:Goppol
    3. (5/5/2017) When even the Washington Post is calling for torches and pitchforks against the GOP, you done goofed Template:Goppol
  6. (5/5/2017) If you like your asthma you can keep it under the Republican healthcare plan...for a small extra fee of $4,000 Template:GoppolTemplate:Stigg
  7. (5/5/2017) People losing health insurance because of pre-existing conditions is "a legitimate issue, but it's a very discrete issue". As in, we will be able to literally count every single person who dies as a discrete and individual murder Template:GoppolTemplate:Apol
    1. (5/5/2017) Your genes are now a pre-existing condition Template:Stigg
  8. (5/5/2017) The NY Times still labors under the assumption that voters pay attention to policy and not stigginit to the libs Template:RevTemplate:Bts

FillibusterEdit

is this still a thing anymore?


Congressional OversightEdit

Congressional Oversight in GeneralEdit

  1. (5/22/2017) This is not Trump's Watergate. This is Trump's Watergate on amphetamines "A wounded president and paralyzed government pose a great enticement for foreign aggressors to strike. The chaos Trump creates will begin to affect markets ... The country requires a functioning chief executive and commander in chief. We will not have one as long as Trump remains in office."Template:FireTemplate:Gopgov
  2. (5/26/2017) Comey knew BUT HER EMAILS was Russian disinformation but went with it anyway FTFA: "Sources close to Comey tell CNN he felt that it didn't matter if the information was accurate, because his big fear was that if the Russians released the information publicly, there would be no way for law enforcement and intelligence officials to discredit it without burning intelligence sources and methods."Template:Bcf

Congressional InvestigatorsEdit

  1. (5/18/2017) Hey kids what time is it? Time for more undisclosed Russian contact during the campaign between April and November, 2016 Trump campaign operatives made at least 18 undisclosed calls and emails with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties; White House declined to comment; Flynn's lawyer declined to comment; Russian foreign ministry official in Moscow declined to comment but, referred Reuters to the Trump administration; spokesman for the Russian embassy in Washington, "We do not comment on our daily contacts with the local interlocutors"Template:Drip

Congressional Requests for InformationEdit

Speier-Mattis-MacStravic lettersEdit

communications between Rep. Jackie Speier (D CA 14th), Defense Secretary James Mattis and acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, James MacStravic

  • in February, Speier wrote Mattis about the appearance that the President of the United States will financially benefit from this deal [the DoD leasing space in Trump Tower] with Mattis
  • on March 3, MacStravic wrote Speier that
    • the White House Military Office "requested approval to lease space in the Trump Tower for personnel assigned to support the President when at his private residence"
    • the residence in question was privately owned and negotiations "have been with the owner?s representatives only."
    • MacStravic was "temporarily performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics"
      • as such he would have to approve "an annual rental in excess of $1 million"
  1. (5/5/2017) New essay question for the FARK Law GED exam: Is it an emolument if a Trump tenant sublets to the DoD? Show your work/argument to the right Template:Trump
    1. (5/6/2017) Taxpayers to pay over $1million/year to rent an apartment from Trump Tower NY for the "nuclear football." Bonus: DOD unaware how Trump might benefit Template:Trump

Chaffetz, DeSantis letters to Session and TillersonEdit

  • all documents relating to the January 16, 2016, prisoner exchange agreement with Iran
    • including the negotiations that preceded it
  • all information about the 21 Iranian-born men for whom the US dropped convictions or charges and international arrest warrants
  • information about whether State and Justice department officials delayed or blocked efforts to lure Iranian suspects to US-friendly countries so they could be arrested
  • information about all individuals and entities whose cases or convictions were dropped
    • also any information "for whom any enforcement action was modified or cancelled in connection with the [swap], and indicate the action taken and how it was modified or cancelled"
  • "any Iranian national or entity investigated for, charged with, or convicted of engaging in violations of export controls, terrorism, arms sales, nonproliferation, money laundering, or other financial crimes, from January 1, 2013, to the present"
  • to "make your staff available for a briefing on these issues no later than May 25"
  1. (5/6/2017) House Oversight Panel has nothing better to do than its job, will investigate the Iran deal Template:IrnTemplate:Ghazi😺

13 Senators letters to Session, Tillerson and MnuchinEdit

  • Letter signed by:
    • Senator David Perdue of Georgia
    • Senator Thom Tillis (R NC)
    • Senator James Inhofe (R OK)
    • Senator John Boozman (R AK)
    • Senator Ben Sasse (R NE)
    • Senator Roger Wicker (R MS)
    • Senator Johnny Isakson (R GA)
    • Senator Marco Rubio (R FL)
    • Senator Ted Cruz (R TX)
    • Senator Mike Lee (R UT)
    • Senator Mike Rounds (R SD)
    • Senator Tim Scott (R SC)
    • Senator Luther Strange (R AL)
  • "respectfully request a report or an in-person briefing to Congress on this investigation at your earliest convenience"
  • letter included a list of questions they wanted answered
  1. (5/6/2017) House Oversight Panel has nothing better to do than its job, will investigate the Iran deal Template:IrnTemplate:Ghazi😺

Murray, Cantwell and 9 other Senators letter to DoJ IG HorowitzEdit

to Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General, US Department of Justice

  • also signed:
    • Senator Martin Heinrich (D NM)
    • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D MA)
    • Senator Richard Blumenthal (D CT)
    • Senator Ron Wyden (D OR)
    • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D NY)
    • Senator Jack Reed (D RI)
    • Senator Tammy Duckworth (D IL)
    • Senator Edward Markey (D MA)
    • Senator Tom Udall (D NM)
  1. (5/18/2017) Washington State Senators demand investigation into Jeff Beauregard Sessions' possible violations of recusal, suspected involvement in the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg Senators Murray and Cantwell and 9 other Democratic Senators wrote a letter (pdf showing signatures) to the Inspector General of the DoJ asking for an inquiry into, among other concerns, three questions spelled out that they want answers to: To what extent is Attorney General Sessions required to recuse himself from investigations into matters related to the Trump campaign under 28 C.F.R. § 45.2, or any other relevant rules and regulations?; What was the scope of Attorney General Sessions’ publicly announced March 2, 2017 recusal?; What is the timeline of Attorney General Sessions’ involvement in the removal of F.B.I. Director James Comey? Did his involvement in Director Comey’s termination violate his recusal agreement or requirements, or other DOJ rules, regulations, and precedents?Template:OversTemplate:Comey

House Science Committee letter to the PresidentEdit

  • members of the Science Committee asking the President to ignore false science
  • date May 18, 2017
  • signed:
    • Rep. Don Beyer (D VA 8th)
    • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D OR 1st)
    • Rep. Mark Takano (D CA 41st)
    • Rep. Bill Foster (D IL 11th)
    • Rep. Jerry McNerney (D CA 9th)
    • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D CA 19th)
    • Rep. Jacky Rosen (D NV 3rd)
  1. (5/19/2017) The House Science Committee had to write Trump a letter begging him to stop falling for fake news and actually try out some real sources once in his administration The letter Rep. Beyer wrote, co-signed by 6 other representatives (Rep. Bonamici, Rep. Takano, Rep. Foster, Rep. McNerney, Rep. Lofgren and Rep. Rosen): "Until the OSTP is adequately staffed and the director position filled by a qualified, objective scientist who understands the difference between alternative news peddled on alt-right websites and legitimate well-vetted scientific facts, we fear that you will continue to be vulnerable to misinformation and fake news"Template:Gull🍼

Reports from CBOEdit

Congressional Budget Office

  1. (5/7/2017) WHOA, even Star Trek's Deanna Troi is calling Paul Ryan's spokeswoman a 'lying sack of sh*t' for Trumpcare lie Strong tweeted, "While we’re setting the record straight: AHCA was posted online a month ago, went through 4 committees, & has been scored by CBO — twice"
  2. (5/18/2017) Trumpscare hasn't been passed to the Senate yet because Paul Ryan is an idiot Rep. Greg Walden (R OR 2nd), House Energy and Commerce Committee chair: "We've got to wait for the CBO score ...[to prove that you meet the reconciliation test"]; before the President can sign DonTCare it must pass the Senate, to pass the Senate with a simple majority, it must conform with rules for reconciliation, which it cannot do without a CBO score, which the House didn't get before voting, which means the House may have to vote on a new, revised bill that takes into consideration the CBO score before the bill can go to the Senate, then the President
  3. (5/22/2017) Trump to touch the third rail of politics. What could possibly go wrong? the President's proposed budget includes cuts to Medicare as well as giving states new power to limit a range of benefitsTemplate:Goalp
  4. (5/22/2017) Repealing/replacing Obamacare all comes down to a slow-moving turtle. If he ever wants to come out of his shell, that is it's up to McConnell to write legislation that bridges gaps between Senators and between whatever those Senators finally come up with and the one the House has already passedTemplate:Legis
  5. (5/24/2017) The CBO scoring of the house lack of health care bill (AKA TrumpDontCare) is due out Wed. afternoon. Anyone want to set the over/under on the number of people who will lose health coverage Yahoo News headline: "CBO score could roil Senate health care negotiations"Template:Legis
  6. (5/24/2017) CBO score on TrumpCare 2.0 is in: 23 million uninsured, mild deficit reduction, America not great again Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate for HR 1628 (American Health Care Act of 2017), May 24, 2017Template:CbodcrTemplate:Legis
  7. (5/25/2017) Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) tears up when reporters get him to read CBO analysis of AHCA indicating it would undermine preexisting conditions protections. Apparently reading is painful the section of the CBO report that surprised Rep. Meadows: "... the waivers in those states would have another effect: Community-rated premiums would rise over time, and people who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive non-group health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all -- despite the additional funding that would be available under H.R. 1628 to help reduce premiums"Template:Cbodcr🌅
  8. (5/25/2017) Newt Gingrich says we should just abolish the CBO because of course he does someone (Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo) asked Newt Gingrich what his opinion is; he wants to get rid of the CBO, White House daily briefings and asked if he would be President Trump's Chief of Staff, "major changes in the White House [are] for President Trump to decide"

No Report from CBOEdit

  1. (5/4/2017) House to vote tomorrow to end Obamacare. You better get busy living and die quickly There will not be a new CBO report before Thursday's vote on the legislationTemplate:Goppol

CRSEdit

Congressional Research Service; known as Congress's think tank, is a public policy research arm of the US Congress

  1. (5/25/2017) GOP frustrated by slow pace of Trump staffing. America frustrated by slow pace of days until next election Senator Inhofe believes it's a "good idea" to bypass the Senate's rigorous confirmation process because temporary appointees may be more partisan and willing to implement Trump's agenda; federal law allows temporary officials to serve without Senate approval for up to 210 days (in some cases up to 420 days); As of May 20, 35 of the 94 Trump nominees had been confirmed of the more than 550 that requiring Senate confirmation; GOP lawmakers claim the delay is due to clearing people through the Office of Government EthicsTemplate:GopgovTemplate:MicroTemplate:Trip

Gang of EightEdit

a group of eight Congress people who are notified in classified briefings of any change or developments in Trump-Russia investigation

  1. (5/19/2017) Is he gone? OK...commencing Operation Friday News Dump a current White House official has been identified as a significant person of interest in the law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaignTemplate:Noose
    1. (5/20/2017) It can only be JAAAREEED Independent UK headline: "Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner 'person of interest' in Russia investigation"; linked article includes a source, Yashar Ali of New York magazine, who tweeted: "It's jared Kushner have confirmed this with four people. I'm not speculating"; speculation about the identity arose after the Washington Post published this story ("Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say")Template:Noose

Upcoming Comey TestimonyEdit

  1. (5/13/2017) James Comey declines to testify... unless it's in public Template:ComeyTemplate:Willtest
  2. (5/17/2017) Comey: "I'll testify, but only publicly." Sen. Lindsey Graham (R): "Sounds good to me. When can you get here?" uncertain if the invitation was for a hearing before the full Judiciary Committee or the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, which has jurisdiction over the FBI and is chaired by GrahamTemplate:WilltestTemplate:Comey


No OversightEdit

House CommitteesEdit

House Agriculture CommitteeEdit

House Armed Services CommitteeEdit

House Budget CommitteeEdit

  1. (5/14/2017) The leopards are still feeding on the poor House Republicans are looking to cut $400 billion in spending through a budget reconciliation process to evade Democratic filibusters in the SenateTemplate:PmedcTemplate:Stigg

House Committee on Energy and CommerceEdit

House Foreign Affairs CommitteeEdit

  1. (5/6/2017) House Oversight Panel has nothing better to do than its job, will investigate the Iran deal Template:IrnTemplate:Ghazi😺

House Intelligence CommitteeEdit

  1. (5/19/2017) "Recusal." You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means Daily News headline: "House Intel chair Devin Nunes still reviewing Russia intelligence"Template:Rino

Hearings for Russia Investigation Task ForceEdit

"Open and Closed Hearings for Russia Investigation Task Force"

  • full committee
  • May 23, 2017
  • Witness
    • John Brennan, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  1. (5/23/2017) Will Flynn be brought up? Will Republicans demand to know why the president keeps leaking...uh, I mean those damn leakers. What were we talking about? THIS is your former CIA Director Brennan testimony on Russiagate (10am start) test{{}}Template:Cspan
    1. (5/23/2017) Brennan: Russia may have successfully recruited Trump campaign aides by the time John Brennan stepped down as CIA director on Jan. 20, 2017: "I had unresolved questions in my mind about whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting U.S. persons ... to work on their behalf"; CIA gathers intelligence but does not investigate crimes; evidence collected by the CIA was passed on to the FBITemplate:Noose
    2. (6/1/2017) [http://fark.com/comments/9610843

Brexit party now linked to Trump-Russia collusion Guardian headline: "Nigel Farage is 'person of interest' in FBI investigation into Trump and Russia"] an unnamed source explained why Farage was a person of interest: "One of the things the intelligence investigators have been looking at is points of contact and persons involved ... if you triangulate Russia, WikiLeaks, Assange and Trump associates the person who comes up with the most hits is Nigel Farage"; Farage has met: Trump, Bannon, members of Jeff Sessions' staff, Stone (who has had contact with Guccifer 2.0), Alexander Yakovenko (Russian ambassador to the UK), and has made several appearances at RT events >>brexit{{}}Template:DripTemplate:Noose

House Judiciary CommitteeEdit

  1. (5/22/2017) Thanks to Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Articles of Impeachment drafting process may already be underway in the House Judiciary Committee wish{{}}

House Oversight and Government Reform CommitteeEdit

  1. (5/6/2017) House Oversight Panel has nothing better to do than its job, will investigate the Iran deal Template:IrnTemplate:Ghazi😺
  2. (5/17/2017) Not wanting to be left in the dust by the Senate, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) invites former FBI Director James Comey to testify before the House Oversight Committee Template:WilltestTemplate:Comey
  3. (5/11/2017) Man oh man oh Chaffetz House Oversight Committee chair, Rep. Chaffetz, requested the Department of Justice's inspector general review Trump's decision to fire ComeyTemplate:AcfTemplate:Noose
  4. (5/19/2017) Next week, Comey will break his silence, Trump told CNN's Erin Burnett asked Rep. Will Hurd (R TX 23rd) if Comey will testify before his committee: "I'm pretty confident he is. And that hearing may be as soon as the 24th of May."Template:WilltestTemplate:Comey
  5. (5/19/2017) Comey isn't the only one who kept memos the full November 18, 2016 letter Rep. Cummings sent to Vice President-Elect Pence (pdf), Trump transition team's email acknowledgement of receipt of both letters: "Dear Ranking Member Cummings, Thank you very much for your letters of November 15 and November 18, 2016 and we appreciate you taking the time to contact the President-elect and his incoming administration. We look forward to working with Congress once the President-elect takes the oath of office on January 20, 2017 and will review your letter carefully. Sincerely, Office of Legislative Affairs President-Elect Transition Team"; (November 15, 2016 letter from Rep. Cummings sent to "designated Chief of Staff" Reince Priebus (pdf) regarding "recent press reports indicating that Mr. Trump may seek to obtain security clearances for his children to obtain access to classified national security information")Template:NooseTemplate:Pprfuck
  6. (5/26/2017) Comey's notes won't go to Congress. Yet the DoJ did not provide requested documents regarding former FBI director Comey's communications with President Trump to the House Oversight Committee, so chair Chaffetz extended the deadline to June 8, 2017; with Mueller in mind, the FBI is "undertaking appropriate consultation to ensure all relevant interests implicated by your request are properly evaluated. We will update this response as soon as possible."Template:ComemoTemplate:Overs

House Ways and Means CommitteeEdit

Tax Reform Spectacular & Job Extravaganza!Edit

the Greatest Show in Congress!

  • Hearing on How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs
  • May 18, 2017
  • Witnesses
    • John J. Stephens, Senior Executive VP and CFO, AT&T Inc.
    • Zachary Mottl, Chief Alignment Officer, Atlas Tool Works, Inc.
    • David N. Farr, chair and CEO, Emerson Electric Co.
    • Douglas L. Peterson, President and CEO, S&P Global Inc.
    • Steven Rattner, chair, Willett Advisors LLC
  1. (5/19/2017) "Hey everyone, look over here: tax reform. We got tax reform right here. C'mon guys, pay attention. Why won't anyone pay attention?" Rep. Brady and Speaker Ryan started the GOP's weekly conference press briefing with comments about the need for tax reform and it seems everyone else in the GOP had to talk about tax reform too; Brady's committee (House Ways and Means) held a hearing on it, so did the Senate Banking Committee, with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifying about it; then Brady went to an event hosted by Politico to talk about it; Senator McConnell went on TV to talk about it; Mnuchin and the President's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, held meetings with members of Congress to talk about it; then Mnuchin and VP Pence talked about it with the US Chamber of Commerce📎Template:Ntsh😺


Joint House-Senate CommitteesEdit

Joint Committee on TaxationEdit

StaffEdit

  1. (5/24/2017) CBO score on TrumpCare 2.0 is in: 23 million uninsured, mild deficit reduction, America not great again Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate for HR 1628 (American Health Care Act of 2017), May 24, 2017Template:CbodcrTemplate:Legis


Senate CommitteesEdit

Full SenateEdit

    1. (5/12/2017) Sacrificial lamb will address the Senate on Comey's retaliatory termination a Rosenstein briefing before the entire Senate will likely be closed and partially classified; "My caucus still believes that Attorney General Sessions must be made available to the Senate in a similar capacity ... I hope that the majority leader [McConnell] comes to the right decision and grants our request to question Mr. Sessions"Template:Comey

Senate Armed Services CommitteeEdit

Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban AffairsEdit

Senate Banking Policy Update, May 18, 2017Edit

  1. (5/18/2017) This will be a massive disappointment to the two people who actually thought Trump would break up the big banks Senate Banking chair, Mike Crapo (R ID): "[T]he notion of an absolute Glass-Steagall, which was what he discussed today, is not something I think the administration has ever said that they supported."Template:Glass
  2. (5/19/2017) "Hey everyone, look over here: tax reform. We got tax reform right here. C'mon guys, pay attention. Why won't anyone pay attention?" Rep. Brady and Speaker Ryan started the GOP's weekly conference press briefing with comments about the need for tax reform and it seems everyone else in the GOP had to talk about tax reform too; Brady's committee (House Ways and Means) held a hearing on it, so did the Senate Banking Committee, with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifying about it; then Brady went to an event hosted by Politico to talk about it; Senator McConnell went on TV to talk about it; Mnuchin and the President's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, held meetings with members of Congress to talk about it; then Mnuchin and VP Pence talked about it with the US Chamber of Commerce📎Template:Ntsh😺

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and TransportationEdit

Senate Intelligence CommitteeEdit

  1. (5/5/2017) Carter Page's balls are much bigger than his brain " ... any records I may have saved as a private citizen with limited technology capabilities will be miniscule in comparison to the full database of information which has already been collected under the direction of the Obama Administration during last year's completely unjustified FISA warrant that targeted me for exercising my First Amendment rights, both in 2016 as well as in years prior"Template:PageTemplate:Evad
  2. (5/10/2017) Senate Intelligence Committee asks for all the pertinent financial data from Trump's entire transition team Template:SubpeoTemplate:NooseTemplate:Drip
  3. (5/10/2017) Buy stock in popcorn futures, Mike Flynn has just been subpoenaed Template:SubpeoTemplate:Noose
  4. (5/11/2017) Deputy Attorney General and Comey firing patsy Rod Rosenstein takes a trip to the Senate Intelligence Committee, asks to have a quick chat Template:DripTemplate:ComeyTemplate:Rlgpns
  5. (5/12/2017) Dick Burr might be the last man who can stop Trump 
  6. (5/11/2017) Looks like Trump may be yelling at his TV again "Simply put, you cannot not stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing"
  7. (5/15/2017) The Senate issued a subpoena to the WH for documents about Flynn-that's good, But if the WH ignores the subpoena it's up to the Jeff Sessions-who is also a target of the probe-to enforce it-that's bad. But the subpoena comes with a free frozen yogurt Template:SopTemplate:JudasTemplate:ConstcrssTemplate:Subpeo
  8. (5/18/2017) Senate: "Yeah, we've decided to subpoena you over this whole Russia thing". Flynn: "Yeah? Go fark yourself" (Article Updated: Flynn has actually not responded yet) at first Senate Intelligence Committee chair, Senator Richard Burr (R NC) released a statement that "Gen. Flynn's lawyers said he would not honor the subpoena"; then a few hours later, a clarification, "General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena"Template:Subpeo
  9. (5/20/2017) Comey DO play that Senator Burr, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Warner ranking member, announced that James Comey, the former FBI director, has committed to testify in open session before their committee; the committee will schedule the open hearing after the Memorial Day breakTemplate:WilltestTemplate:Comey
  10. (5/22/2017) Unwilling to take the hit, Flynn pleads the fifth. This will surely anger the orange sith flynn{{}}Template:5th
    1. (5/24/2017) Senate Intelligence Committee to Mike Flynn, we will see your fifth and raise you a pair. A pair of subpoenas on your businesses Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member, Senator Warner explained, "... business does not have a right to take the Fifth. It is a corporation" adding that "all options" to enforce requests were on the table; Senate Intelligence Committee chair, Senator Burr expanded on that thought: "The end of that option is a contempt charge ... That's not our preference today. We would like to hear from Gen. Flynn. We'd like to see his documents. We'd like him to tell his story because he publicly said, 'I've got a story to tell.' We're allowing him that opportunity."Template:SubpeoTemplate:5th
  11. (5/23/2017) Manafort and Stone: Hey Mike, we're neck deep in corruption too, but you don't see us trying to wag our dicks at the Senate The Hill reports that NBC News reports that Paul Manafort and Roger Stone handed over documents requested by the Senate Intelligence CommitteeTemplate:Coop
  12. (5/23/2017) Carter Page announces his future plans to plead the fifth Business Insider headline: "Carter Page: 'I have no intention to plead the Fifth, since I've never done anything wrong'"Template:WilltestTemplate:PageTemplate:5th
  13. (5/25/2017) Investigation to add focus on Jared and his ties to Russia. Seriously, is there ANYONE in the Administration that DOESN'T have ties to Russia? as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner (one in April, 2017 at the Mayflower Hotel with Kislyak and Jeff Sessions and two in December, 2017, the first with Flynn and Kislyak and the second with Vnesheconombank's Gorkov); one of Kushner's attorneys, Jamie Gorelick: "Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry"; Mueller has been cleared by DoJ ethics experts to take over as Special CounselTemplate:NooseTemplate:Willtest
    1. (6/1/2017) The notion that a Senator should have to report a liaison with his Grindr match to the FBI is absurd--J.B. Sessions CNN is reporting that the FBI is joining Congressional investigators in examining the possibility that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have had a third undisclosed meeting with Russians on April 27, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel on the same day then-candidate Trump was delivering his first major foreign policy address; Sessions and Kislyak attended a small VIP reception with organizers, diplomats and others prior to the speech; during the speech, Kislyak listened from the front row while Trump promised to seek better relations with Russia; DoJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores' talking points: (1) there should only be one investigation (Mueller's), (2) the leakers are the problem and what they're revealing should be dismissed and (3) "the then-Senator did not have any private or side conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel."Template:DripTemplate:IgnleakTemplate:IdnrTemplate:Toxapp📰

Request for Information from Carter PageEdit

  • Senate Intelligence Committee is asking Page for
    • records of all his contacts with Russians during the campaign
    • all financial interactions he had with Russia
    • all communications he had with Trump campaign staff
  1. (5/26/2017) Actual Trump team vetting process: 1) Search Google. That's it once joining, several members of the Trump Campaign (including Clovis, Page and Papadopoulos) began to publicly criticize Obama, US policy and US sanctions; Page even praised Putin and promised improved US-Russian relations if Trump were elected; the Trump Campaign National Security Team (TCNST) was hastily formed in the summer of 2016 but not all member's names were made public (known members were: Sessions, Papadopoulos and Page); in 2013 Page had contact with Buryakov, who was later convicted of being a Russian spy, FBI recordings included discussions among Russian operatives about their attempts to recruit Page; by 2016, Page was under surveillance and FBI agents suspected he may have been acting as an agent of the KremlinTemplate:PageTemplate:Drip

Senate Intel, Worldwide Threats Hearing, May 11, 2017Edit

  • "Open Hearing: Worldwide Threats Hearing"
  • May 11, 2017
  • Witnesses
    • Dan Coats
      Director of National Intelligence
    • Michael Pompeo
      Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
    • Admiral Michael Rogers
      Director of the National Security Agency
    • Andrew McCabe
      Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart
      Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
    • Robert Cardillo
      Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  1. (5/11/2017) Will someone bring up the Comey firing? Will anyone question McCabe or Dan Coats about Trump-Russia investigations? Will the hearing actually discuss what it was set out to do? THIS is your Senate Intelligence Hearing Thread (10am start time) Live threadTemplate:Cspan
  2. (5/25/2017) Here at Kaspersky Labs, we are always to be having greatest interest of United and States computer security to our hearts and compassion, fellow comrades directors (and acting directors) of 6 US intelligence agencies (DNI, CIA, NSA, FBI, DIA, NGA) testified before an open hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee that they had concerns about Kaspersky Lab; senior officials from both the FBI and Homeland Security met with the same committee, but in closed session to discuss more about KasperskyTemplate:Leon


Senate Judiciary CommitteeEdit

  1. (5/18/2017) Now that a Special Counsel has taken over the Trump/Russia investigation congress can get back to doing what it loves best, investigating Clinton speaking on FOX News, Senator Lindsey Graham (R SC): "[the appointment of a Special Counsel] pretty much shuts Congress down ... [t]here’s a new front opening here ... I’m on the Judiciary Committee. And I think it’s important that the Judiciary Committee be given any emails that were directed to the Department of Justice by Clinton campaign officials or operatives"
  2. (5/17/2017) Comey: "I'll testify, but only publicly." Sen. Lindsey Graham (R): "Sounds good to me. When can you get here?" uncertain if the invitation was for a hearing before the full Judiciary Committee or the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, which has jurisdiction over the FBI and is chaired by GrahamTemplate:WilltestTemplate:Comey

Senate Judiciary, Religious Hate Crimes HearingEdit

Special Counsel For Religious Discrimination, Civil Rights Division
  1. (5/3/2017) DOJ lawyer: We have no idea why hate crimes are spiking lately. Senator Franken: Gee, ya think maybe hiring Steve Bannon might have sent the wrong message? 

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, Russian Interference, 2016 Election HearingEdit

former Acting Attorney General
    • James Clapper
former Director of National Intelligence
  1. (5/3/2017) Will Comey admit the Steele dossier is all true? Will Grassley be an assley? Will we ever get to the bottom of this? THIS is your "Comey's 🎵 testify, testify, come on down and testify🎵" Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing thread (10am ET start time) Live threadTemplate:Cspan
  2. (5/8/2017) One of Trump's fired-for-no-reason White House employees may be coming back to haunt him or at least testify against him former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to testify before Senate Judiciary subcommittee about possible Russian interference in the 2016 POTUS electionTemplate:HauntTemplate:Upnext
    1. (5/8/2017) Will Yates tell us that Trump knew about Flynn's crookedness long before he was fired? Will Clapper admit the Russians won? Will Trump live tweet during the hearing? THIS Is your Senate Judiciary Hearing on Russian Interference thread (2:30 start) Live thread
    2. (5/9/2017) Trump goes on Twitter tantrum after Sally Yates humiliates him and the entire GOP 💣
    3. (5/9/2017) Trump claims the story of his collusion with Russia is a 'total hoax.' Well, I guess that settles it, then. Someone hit the lights 💣
    4. (5/10/2017) A short summation of yesterday's Senate Hearing, with commentary Eric Garland's TweetStorm of Yates and Clapper testimony before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, Monday, May 8, 2017Template:Rev

Oversight of the Federal Bureau of InvestigationEdit

director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  1. (5/4/2017) Internet searches for the word "nauseous" spiked after Comey used the word incorrectly in his testimony when he meant "nauseated" Template:2016e

Senate Judiciary, Border Wall Boogaloo!Edit

the Most Realistic Slap in the Face for Congress!

  1. (5/24/2017) Trump budget will only cover first 60 miles of Mexico wall, on track to cost $50 billion overallWhite House budget director Mick Mulvaney insisted: "We are absolutely dead serious about the wall"; acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Ronald Vitiello [http://bit.ly/2qld5Gc testified: "There are limits to the laws of physics. There are places where a wall or fence would not be appropriate"] wall{{}}


Trump-Russia Independent CommissionEdit

to investigate allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians

  1. (5/10/2017) And the first Republican Senator calling for a special investigation has hit the White House Senator John McCain (R AZ): Trump's decision to fire Comey "only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee"Template:Acf
  2. (5/12/2017) Look, I know it's the weekend and all, but the time has come for a special prosecutor. Possibly several. Do your part, call or write your Representative and tell them to call for a special prosecutor. (LGT House Directory) Find your Rep. Get involved LGT House Directory; Fark Request a Special Counsel under the DoJTemplate:Engag
  3. (5/12/2017) The first domino falls Rep. Justin Amash (R MI 3rd), "My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia."Template:Noose
  4. (5/13/2017) Bernie Sanders shows why he was America's best choice for President as he breaks down the intent of the Russia Investigation, the character of Donald Trump, and the need for an independently appointed Special Council Template:Comey


Confirmation HearingsEdit

Confirmation Hearings in GeneralEdit

  1. (5/26/2017) Senate GOP: Democrats can't pay us back for blocking all of Obama's judicial nominations if we disallow blocking judicial nominees home-state "blue slip" refers to the physical blue slips of paper the two senators representing the state from where a judge is being nominated must turn in for the nomination to advance to a committee hearing; Republicans withheld blue slips and that is what created the current vacancies; FTFA: "Republicans fear that Senate Democrats will now give them a taste of their own medicine"Template:Bts


NomineesEdit

Nominee for Director of the FBIEdit

  1. (5/10/2017) Mitch McConnell's most pressing concern after learning Comey got fired by President Trump? "We need a fair and timely confirmation process to fill the FBI director's position" Template:Acf

Green for Army SecretaryEdit

state Senator Dr. Mark Green (R, TN, 22nd); retired Army flight surgeon; West Point grad; insane religious zealot

  1. (5/5/2017) Trump's pick for Army Secretary drops out after people find out that he's an insane religious zealot 🐑Template:Oot

Clovis for USDA Undersecretary REEEdit

Undersecretary of Research, Education and Economics

  • Sam Clovis: national co-chair, policy director, Trump campaign; economics professor, Morningside College
  1. (5/13/2017) BUSTED: Trump's expected pick for top USDA scientist is not a scientist may have recruited Carter Page for Trump administration]Template:HorseTemplate:Deny

Gingrich for US Ambassador to the VaticanEdit

Callista Gingrich, bird-wife of former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich

  1. (5/15/2017) Why is Donald Trump's selection of a human-owl hybrid as Vatican ambassador so controversial? Callista Gingrich is Trump's for US Ambassador to the VaticanTemplate:Horse

Branstad for US Ambassador to ChinaEdit

Terry Branstad, former Iowa Governor

  1. (5/23/2017) Senate confirms Terry Branstad, the governor who ruined Iowa, as ambassador to China Chinese President Xi Jinping has called Branstad an "old friend" after decades of dealings on agricultural tradeTemplate:Usambchina}}Template:Qual



Judicial NomineesEdit

Special Addresses to CongressEdit

Congressional StaffEdit

Special ElectionsEdit

GeorgiaEdit

  • 6th Congressional District
    to fill seat of Tom Price who is now Secretary of Health and Human Services
  1. (5/2/2017) GOP: Hmm, there are still women we've not yet alienated Template:RodTemplate:Meat😺
  2. (5/6/2017) The most expensive House race in history belongs to Georgia's special election 
  3. (5/23/2017) Are Democrats preparing for a wave election? (No) The Hill wonders if the Democrats will glop the House and look to the special elections is Montana and Georgia as some kind of indicatorTemplate:FssTemplate:DemsTemplate:2018e

Democrat Joel OssoffEdit

Republican Karen HandelEdit

MontanaEdit

  • At-large Congressional District
    to fill seat of Ryan Zinke, who is now Secretary of the Interior
  1. (5/23/2017) Are Democrats preparing for a wave election? (No) The Hill wonders if the Democrats will glop the House and look to the special elections is Montana and Georgia as some kind of indicatorTemplate:FssTemplate:DemsTemplate:2018e
  2. (5/25/2017) Will Quist pull off the upset? Will Gianforte bodyslam his competition? When did our elections turn into WWE events? ...-Oh, right, Trump. THIS is your Montana Congressional Special Election discussion thread (Results roll in 10pm ET) 
    1. (5/26/2017) The most Republican thing ever just happened in Montana Huffington Post headline: "Montana Republican Wins Special U.S. House Race Despite Assault Charge"; Gianforte defeated Quist 50.7%-43.5%
    2. (5/26/2017) Hey, you know that Montana election that was a referendum on Trump according to the Democrats? It's no longer a referendum on Trump to them because the Republican won. Now it's a referendum on Trump according to Republicans the effect of those whirlwind events may never be entirely known: by the time the alleged assault occured, about 73% of the absentee vote was already inTemplate:Spin

Greg Gianforte (R)Edit

  1. (5/5/2017) GOP House candidate to voters: I can't say how I'd vote on TrumpCare, since I haven't seen the bill. The same candidate to GOP lobbyists: TrumpCare is great 👟
  2. (5/24/2017) Greg Gianforte closes out his campaign for Montana's lone congressional seat by body slamming a reporter, then cutting a heel promo in front of everyone Guardian political reporter, Ben Jacobs was allegedly "body-slammed" by Greg Gianforte, Republican candidate for Montana's at-large district after asking about Gianforte's party's healthcare plan; the incident was witnessed and recorded on audio by 3 FOX News employees; Gallatin county sheriff's office charged Gianforte with misdemeanour assault; on 28 April, 2017 Jacobs reported on Gianforte's financial ties to Russian companies sanctioned by the US💥Template:Murcn🏪
    1. (5/25/2017) Greg Gianforte's post-"body slam" statement exposed as a blatant lie. Fark: By Fox News FOX News reporter Alicia Acuna reports what she saw in Gianforte's Bozeman, Montana headquarters💥Template:Murcn
    2. (5/24/2017) Republicans: We thought we had this Montana special election locked with our amount of crazy there, it's a lot "closer than it should be" during his last speech before the election, GOP candidate Greg Giangorte said: "This race is closer than it should be"
    3. (5/25/2017) Montana Republican Congressional candidate who bodyslammed reporter today cited for "misdemeanor assault" by sheriff. A misdemeanor "citation" rather than a felony arrest? Sounds like the white decision was made here Speaker Ryan said: "There is no time that a physical altercation should occur with the press"; the President who previously recorded a robocall in support of Gianforte, calling him a "wonderful guy" had "no comment" regarding the alleged assaultTemplate:Boys💥Template:Murcn
    4. (5/25/2017) On literal eve of election, Montana newspaper that had previously endorsed Republican Congressional candidate and amateur wrestler Greg Gianforte explicitly un-endorses said Greg Gianforte Missoulian unendorses Gianforte after alleged assault: "... there is no doubt that Gianforte committed an act of terrible judgment that, if it doesn't land him in jail, also shouldn't land him in the U.S. House of Representatives"💥Template:MurcnTemplate:Undors
    5. (5/25/2017) Don Lemon stunned that someone thinks the Montana Slam wasn't Trump's fault arguing with Paris Dennard, Lemon quoted Trump during campaign ([the media are] "the enemy of the American people") and added, "If you think that that doesn't have anything to do with it, then you are sadly, sadly mistaken, my friend"💥Template:Murcn📰
    6. (5/26/2017) Sandy Rios defends Greg Gianforte's assault of a reporter, saying it was excusable because the reporter was "a girly man" American Family Association's Sandy Rios's family-friendly response to the alleged assault: "I?m sure Ben Jacobs is probably delighted about what he caused to happen"💥Template:MansTemplate:MurcnTemplate:Btv
    7. (5/26/2017) Montana NBC affiliate refused to cover Gianforte body slam because they had no reliable source for story, despite numerous outlets reporting on it. To be fair, it surprised many that Fox News was the original source and that it reported it accurately KECI news director Julie Weindel was unyielding in her refusal to share (with the national network) any footage she may have had access to, or run a report on the incident; KECI was purchased by Sinclair Broadcast Group in April, 2017; Sinclair requires its stations to run stories that lean right and signed a deal with the Trump2016 campaign to broadcast interviews with Trump across all of its networkTemplate:OrwellTemplate:Mono
    8. (5/25/2017) Rep Duncan Hunter (R-CA) says that GOP Congressional candidate Gregg Gianforte's assault on a reporter is absolutely unacceptable for a would-be public official, you know, "Unless the reporter deserved it" FTFA: "Hunter stressed that he didn't know all the details of what happened: "I did not read the story. I just saw the headline.""💥Template:ApolTemplate:MurcnTemplate:Btv
    9. (5/26/2017) Sentient bowtie controlling Tucker Carlson denounces Montana GOP congressional candidate for bodyslamming reporter, then goes on to explain that it's all liberals' fault for saying so many mean things about Trump FOX News headline: "'The Left Has Gone Insane': Tucker on Progressives' Use of Political Violence"Template:Bowtie💥Template:Librul
    10. (5/26/2017) "If you get a body part close to Trump, he thinks it's a gift" Seth Meyers takes A Closer Look at handshakes and bodyslams💥Template:Viop

Rob Quist (D)Edit

Mark Wicks (L)Edit

Members of CongressEdit

Congressional Members in GeneralEdit

  1. (5/5/2017) The AHCA is likely to be a major job killer. For GOP incumbents Template:GoppolTemplate:Data
  2. (5/10/2017) What's gonna happen on the Senate floor? This is your Democratic Insurgency thread #1. Action kicks off at 9:30AM EDT (link fixed) Live threadTemplate:Cspan

MeetingsEdit

  1. (5/19/2017) "Hey everyone, look over here: tax reform. We got tax reform right here. C'mon guys, pay attention. Why won't anyone pay attention?" Rep. Brady and Speaker Ryan started the GOP's weekly conference press briefing with comments about the need for tax reform and it seems everyone else in the GOP had to talk about tax reform too; Brady's committee (House Ways and Means) held a hearing on it, so did the Senate Banking Committee, with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifying about it; then Brady went to an event hosted by Politico to talk about it; Senator McConnell went on TV to talk about it; Mnuchin and the President's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, held meetings with members of Congress to talk about it; then Mnuchin and VP Pence talked about it with the US Chamber of Commerce📎Template:Ntsh😺

CaucusesEdit

Congressional Black CaucusEdit

  1. (5/6/2017) Ummmm ... yes, President Trump, white people are allowed to go to HBCUs White House spokesman: "President Trump has identified certain provisions [which may] conflict with his constitutional authority and duties ... [he] will interpret those provisions consistent with the Constitution"Template:SignsTemplate:AffacTemplate:Kylem

House Freedom CaucusEdit

  1. (5/5/2017) If you like your asthma you can keep it under the Republican healthcare plan...for a small extra fee of $4,000 Template:GoppolTemplate:Stigg
  2. (5/14/2017) The leopards are still feeding on the poor House Republicans are looking to cut $400 billion in spending through a budget reconciliation process to evade Democratic filibusters in the SenateTemplate:PmedcTemplate:Stigg

Rep. Mark Meadows (R NC 11th)Edit

chair, Freedom Caucus

Republican CaucusEdit

Tuesday GroupEdit

informal caucus of about 50 moderate Republican representatives

  1. (5/10/2017) Let's see the score on how the GOP is reacting to news of Comey's termination. Livid: None Yet. Angry: 3 Skeptical: 6 Accepting: 6 Enthusiastic: 3 Angry: Flake (AZ), Comstock (VA), McCain (AZ), Curbelo (FL); Skeptical: Amash (MI), Sasse (NE), Lankford (OK), Burr (NC), Gowdy (SC), Corker (TN); Accepting: McConnell (KY), Tillis (NC), DeSantis (FL), Graham (SC), Banks (IN), Collins (ME), Rubio (FL); Enthusiastic: Roy Blunt (MO), Grassley (IA), Cornyn (TX)Template:ComeyTemplate:Svy
  2. (5/14/2017) The leopards are still feeding on the poor House Republicans are looking to cut $400 billion in spending through a budget reconciliation process to evade Democratic filibusters in the SenateTemplate:PmedcTemplate:Stigg
  3. (5/15/2017) Clapper tells Tapper why the country's going down the crapper James Clapper told Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union", Sunday May 14, 2017: "[O]ur institutions are under assault externally ... the Russian interference in our election system. And I think as well, our institutions are under assault internally"; Tapper asked Clapper if "internally" indicated Trump. "Exactly," Clapper replied adding, "I hope [congressional Republicans will] speak up"Template:Sop
  4. (5/18/2017) Republicans get the silent treatment from President Trump leaving them no way to defend him amid his growing crisis, many seem relieved Politico subheadline: "The White House has done little damage control, leaving GOP lawmakers with no way to defend the president"Template:ComeyTemplate:PsecbTemplate:Trip
  5. (5/19/2017) Imagine if your entire party's agenda was at risk because the president you blindly support for fear of losing power or becoming victim to his bouts of mental illness and willingly ignore his treason.chair of the Senate Finance committee, Senator Orrin Hatch (R UT): "Everything affects our work right now. The more controversy we have the more difficult it is to do things" gopgov{{}}

GOP health care working groupsEdit

  • dismantling Medicaid
  • dismantling Obamacare regulations
  1. (5/16/2017) Senate Republicans run into a few snags on Obamacare repeal, one of those being "We haven't made any decisions" instead of allowing states to opt out of the regulations GOP would remove "Essential Health Benefits", then allow states to opt back in if they chooseTemplate:StiggTemplate:Gopref

Republican Study CommitteeEdit

caucus of conservative House members of the Republican Party

  1. (5/25/2017) While Trump's away, Pence tries a cunning plan. Let's see how that worked out for him Pence thought he could get House members to abandon Speaker Ryan's tax plan for the President's tax reform proposal, but it only made divisions among House members worse📎

House Democratic CaucusEdit

  1. (5/18/2017) House Democrats are raising record breaking amounts of money going into the 2018 midterms. Thanks Trump DCCC raised $20 million in online contributions (January-May 18, 2017); average contribution is $18; $19.7 million was raised during 2015Template:2018eTemplate:Dems

Senate Democratic CaucusEdit

  1. (5/26/2017) Democrats plan to make 2020 the year of "HELL NO, TRUMP" apparently the Trump trainwreck isn't keeping Politico busy enough to stay away from guessing which Democrat(s) will be running in 2020; their guesses: based on Senator's votes against Trump nominees: Gillibrand of New York, Harris of California, Warren of Massachusetts, Booker of New Jersey, Merkley of Oregon and Vermont independent SandersTemplate:TfeTemplate:2020c


Obedient GOPEdit

Rep. Paul Ryan (R WI 4th)Edit

Speaker of the House

  1. (5/2/2017) With a margin of 22 votes in the House, and 20 moderate House republicans already on record as "no" votes, and 24 more undecided-including several of the Whips; the chances of Ryan actually kicking the football THIS time? Not looking good Template:Gopgov
  2. (5/6/2017) Paul Ryan obliviously poses with protester wearing anti-Trumpcare 'Go f*ck yourself' shirt Twitter account Minnysconsin posted someone in a shirt that said, "Repeal and go f*ck yourself--GOP"Template:OotTemplate:Ptotest
  3. (5/7/2017) Paul Ryan in 2009 - "I don't think we should pass bills that we haven't read and that we don't know what they cost... that's not good democracy." Paul Ryan in 2017 - "This is a kind of bogus attack from the left" 👌Template:HypoTemplate:Tidf
  4. (5/9/2017) House Speaker Paul Ryan will stop by a Harlem charter school today. Let's see how many boos he gets from traditional city public school protesters outside Ryan is scheduled to visit Harlem Success Academy Charter School on W. 118th St., New York; Ivanka Trump visited same school in February, 2017Template:Stunt
  5. (5/17/2017) Finally, a McCarthy makes a meaningful Russia accusation in a recording of a meeting that was meant to be kept secret, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R CA 23rd), House Majority Leader, was heard saying, "There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,? McCarthy (R-Calif.), then House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R WI 1st) instructed his Republican lieutenants to keep the conversation private, saying: "No leaks. .?.?. This is how we know we?re a real family here."
    1. (5/19/2017) So, about McCarthy's little "joke" that Putin pays Rohrabacher and Trump? Turns out the FBI has been making the same joke since 2012. Without the joke in 2012, an FBI agent warned Rep. Rohrabacher that Russian spies were trying to recruit him as an "agent of influence"; Rohrabacher said he appreciated the warning but needed no reminder, "Any time you meet a Russian member of their Foreign Ministry or the Russian government, you assume those people have something to do with Russian intelligence"; LEOs did not think that Rohrabacher was actively working with Russian intelligence, rather that he was being targeted as someone the Russian government might be able to use to steer Washington policy making; no evidence showing Rohrabacher was ever paid by the RussiansTemplate:Noose
  6. (5/18/2017) Trumpscare hasn't been passed to the Senate yet because Paul Ryan is an idiot Rep. Greg Walden (R OR 2nd), House Energy and Commerce Committee chair: "We've got to wait for the CBO score ...[to prove that you meet the reconciliation test"]; before the President can sign DonTCare it must pass the Senate, to pass the Senate with a simple majority, it must conform with rules for reconciliation, which it cannot do without a CBO score, which the House didn't get before voting, which means the House may have to vote on a new, revised bill that takes into consideration the CBO score before the bill can go to the Senate, then the President
  7. (5/19/2017) Yes The Hill headline: "Will McConnell and Ryan put party over country in defense of Trump?"Template:Gopval
  8. (5/19/2017) "Hey everyone, look over here: tax reform. We got tax reform right here. C'mon guys, pay attention. Why won't anyone pay attention?" Rep. Brady and Speaker Ryan started the GOP's weekly conference press briefing with comments about the need for tax reform and it seems everyone else in the GOP had to talk about tax reform too; Brady's committee (House Ways and Means) held a hearing on it, so did the Senate Banking Committee, with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifying about it; then Brady went to an event hosted by Politico to talk about it; Senator McConnell went on TV to talk about it; Mnuchin and the President's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, held meetings with members of Congress to talk about it; then Mnuchin and VP Pence talked about it with the US Chamber of Commerce📎Template:Ntsh😺

AshLee StrongEdit

spokeswoman for Speaker of the House, Rep. Ryan

  1. (5/7/2017) WHOA, even Star Trek's Deanna Troi is calling Paul Ryan's spokeswoman a 'lying sack of sh*t' for Trumpcare lie Strong tweeted, "While we’re setting the record straight: AHCA was posted online a month ago, went through 4 committees, & has been scored by CBO — twice"

Doug AndresEdit

spokesman for Speaker of the House, Rep. Ryan

  1. (5/16/2017) Republicans concerned quoted in the article as expressing concern about the President disclosing intel to the Russians are: Senator Corker, Senator McCain; Senator Graham would not comment; Speaker Ryan released a statement through a spokesmanTemplate:PsecbTemplate:Apol

Senator Mitch McConnell (R KY)Edit

Senate Majority Leader

  1. (5/10/2017) Mitch McConnell's most pressing concern after learning Comey got fired by President Trump? "We need a fair and timely confirmation process to fill the FBI director's position" Template:Acf
  2. (5/10/2017) McConnell rejects calls to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the administration in the wake of Comey's firing. At least we THINK that's what he said, he's kinda hard to understand when his head is tucked into his shell like that "Today we'll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation, which could only serve to impede the current work being done"Template:SopTemplate:Gopgov
  3. (5/12/2017) Sacrificial lamb will address the Senate on Comey's retaliatory termination a Rosenstein briefing before the entire Senate will likely be closed and partially classified; Senator Schumer: "My caucus still believes that Attorney General Sessions must be made available to the Senate in a similar capacity ... I hope that the majority leader [McConnell] comes to the right decision and grants our request to question Mr. Sessions"Template:Comey
  4. (5/12/2017) McConnell promises women can take part in healthcare meetings, as long as they are Republican, dress nicely, and don't talk too much Template:Magn
  5. (5/19/2017) Yes The Hill headline: "Will McConnell and Ryan put party over country in defense of Trump?"Template:Gopval
  6. (5/19/2017) "Hey everyone, look over here: tax reform. We got tax reform right here. C'mon guys, pay attention. Why won't anyone pay attention?" Rep. Brady and Speaker Ryan started the GOP's weekly conference press briefing with comments about the need for tax reform and it seems everyone else in the GOP had to talk about tax reform too; Brady's committee (House Ways and Means) held a hearing on it, so did the Senate Banking Committee, with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifying about it; then Brady went to an event hosted by Politico to talk about it; Senator McConnell went on TV to talk about it; Mnuchin and the President's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, held meetings with members of Congress to talk about it; then Mnuchin and VP Pence talked about it with the US Chamber of Commerce📎Template:Ntsh😺

Senate Leadership FundEdit

Super PAC "spin-off of the GOP mega-group American Crossroads"; executive director Steven Law

  1. (5/22/2017) Add Mitch McConnell to the "guess who else took Russian money" list the link goes to a tweet from Albert Ruiz showing page 14 of 58 of a Schedule A FEC Form 3X for the super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) showing that SLF received $1 million from Access Industries, Inc.Template:TurtleTemplate:CitznuTemplate:Noose
  2. (5/22/2017) Repealing/replacing Obamacare all comes down to a slow-moving turtle. If he ever wants to come out of his shell, that is it's up to McConnell to write legislation that bridges gaps between Senators and between whatever those Senators finally come up with and the one the House has already passedTemplate:Legis

Steven LawEdit

executive director, Senate Leadership Fund; former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R KY)

  1. (5/22/2017) Add Mitch McConnell to the "guess who else took Russian money" list the link goes to a tweet from Albert Ruiz showing page 14 of 58 of a Schedule A FEC Form 3X for the super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) showing that SLF received $1 million from Access Industries, Inc.Template:TurtleTemplate:CitznuTemplate:Noose

Senator John Cornyn (R TX)Edit

Majority Whip

  1. (5/2/2017) Democrats victory in the new spending bill was so lopsided that despite the GOP having the Presidency and majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats now believe they can block Trump's legislative priorities for years to come also, Pence credits Trump for passage of the spending bill, "thanks to the strong leadership of President Donald Trump ... [t]hanks to his direct engagement with members of Congress, we're seeing real progress"Template:RoseTemplate:Gopgov
  2. (5/13/2017) Four people interviewed for FBI job. Let's see, there's Larry, Curly, Moe, and who's the fourth stooge? AG Sessions and deputy AG Rod Rosenstein will interview: Andrew McCabe, current acting FBI Director; Alice Fisher, former DoJ criminal division chief; Michael Garcia, a New York state appeals court judge; John Cornyn, GOP senator from TexasTemplate:ComeyTemplate:Crony
    1. (5/15/2017) Donald Trump releases list of candidates for the next FBI director. Apparently the three prerequisites he's looking for is the ability to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil 11 candidates under consideration: Senator John Cornyn (R TX); Rep. Trey Gowdy (R SC 4th); former Rep. Mike Rogers (R MI 8th), FBI special agent based in Chicago in the 1990s; Ray Kelly, former commissioner of the NYPD; J. Michael Luttig, general counsel for Boeing Corp, former judge, 4th Circuit US Court of Appeals; Larry Thompson, former Deputy Attorney General, held several high-level positions at PepsiCo; Paul Abbate, Executive Assistant Director, FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch; Alice Fisher, former assistant attorney general, Criminal Division of the Justice Department; Andrew McCabe, former deputy director, FBI, acting director, FBI; Michael Garcia, former associate judge, New York Court of Appeals; John Suthers, mayor, Colorado Springs, former US attorneyTemplate:Comey

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R CA 23)Edit

House Majority Leader

  1. (5/4/2017) House to vote tomorrow to end Obamacare. You better get busy living and die quickly There will not be a new CBO report before Thursday's vote on the legislationTemplate:Goppol
  2. (5/4/2017) The good news: House did cut out provision exempting members of Congress and their staffers from some of the most radical changes to their health care law. The bad news: Being a spineless, corrupt lick-spittle is not a pre-existing condition 

Senator Richard Burr (R NC)Edit

chair, Senate Intelligence Committee

Senator Chuck Grassley (R IA)Edit

chair, Senate Judiciary Committee

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R UT 3rd)Edit

chair, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

  1. (5/4/2017) Jason Chaffetz targets the most important issue in DC: Obama's pension. Yeah, good thing the shadow of Russia isn't still hanging over the Trump White House or anything President Obama is expected to receive $400k for an upcoming speech to investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald; Chaffetz wants to reintroduce the "Presidential Allowance Modernization Act," which would cap a president's pension at $200,000 a year and phased out pensions if they earned $400,000 or more from other sources; Obama vetoed Chaffetz's first versionTemplate:StiggTemplate:UppTemplate:Legis😺Template:Ghazi
  2. (5/6/2017) House Oversight Panel has nothing better to do than its job, will investigate the Iran deal Template:IrnTemplate:Ghazi😺
  3. (5/19/2017) Comey isn't the only one who kept memos the full November 18, 2016 letter Rep. Cummings sent to Vice President-Elect Pence (pdf), Trump transition team's email acknowledgement of receipt of both letters: "Dear Ranking Member Cummings, Thank you very much for your letters of November 15 and November 18, 2016 and we appreciate you taking the time to contact the President-elect and his incoming administration. We look forward to working with Congress once the President-elect takes the oath of office on January 20, 2017 and will review your letter carefully. Sincerely, Office of Legislative Affairs President-Elect Transition Team"; (November 15, 2016 letter from Rep. Cummings sent to "designated Chief of Staff" Reince Priebus (pdf) regarding "recent press reports indicating that Mr. Trump may seek to obtain security clearances for his children to obtain access to classified national security information")Template:NooseTemplate:Pprfuck

Rep. Devin Nunes (R CA 22nd)Edit

chair, House Intelligence Committee ... for now

  1. (5/19/2017) "Recusal." You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means Daily News headline: "House Intel chair Devin Nunes still reviewing Russia intelligence"Template:Rino

Rep. Michael McCaul (R TX 10th)Edit

chair, House Homeland Security Committee

Rep. Lamar Smith (R, TX 21st)Edit

chair, House Science, Space and Technology Committee

Rep. Pete Sessions (R TX 32nd)Edit

chair, House Rules Committee

Senator Lamar Alexander (R TN)Edit

chair, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)

Senator Mike Crapo (R ID)Edit

chair, Senate Banking Committee

Senator RANDPAUL (R KY)Edit

  1. (5/5/2017) Rand Paul is delusional. I know, not exactly news 👑Template:Aw

Senator Marco Rubio (R FL)Edit

Rep. Darrell Issa (R CA 49)Edit

chair, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, House Judiciary

    1. (5/17/2017) For Darrell Issa, the bird is the word for any reporter asking about the Comey flap Rachael Bade, reporter with Politico, tweeted (without a picture), "I just asked @DarrellIssa abt the Comey news and he flicked me off -- literally gave me the middle finger -- and kept walking. Said nothing"; Issa responded in two parts, part 1 of 2: "@rachaelmbade I respect @rachaelmbade and worked with her for years. I know she must have seen or heard something to believe this happened, but it didn't", then part 2 of 2: "@rachaelmbade (cont.) On not answering @rachelmbade's question, I have nothing against her, there's just limited time to talk when we?re rushing to vote!"Template:ComemoTemplate:Bird

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R SC 4th)Edit

  1. (5/15/2017) Donald Trump releases list of candidates for the next FBI director. Apparently the three prerequisites he's looking for is the ability to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil 11 candidates under consideration: Senator John Cornyn (R TX); Rep. Trey Gowdy (R SC 4th); former Rep. Mike Rogers (R MI 8th), FBI special agent based in Chicago in the 1990s; Ray Kelly, former commissioner of the NYPD; J. Michael Luttig, general counsel for Boeing Corp, former judge, 4th Circuit US Court of Appeals; Larry Thompson, former Deputy Attorney General, held several high-level positions at PepsiCo; Paul Abbate, Executive Assistant Director, FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch; Alice Fisher, former assistant attorney general, Criminal Division of the Justice Department; Andrew McCabe, former deputy director, FBI, acting director, FBI; Michael Garcia, former associate judge, New York Court of Appeals; John Suthers, mayor, Colorado Springs, former US attorneyTemplate:Comey
  2. (5/24/2017) 'Trey Gowdy needs to have his ass kicked': Ex-CIA agent blasts lawmaker for grandstanding at Brennan hearing CNN counterintelligence analyst Phil Mudd responds to a clip of Rep. Gowdy during the House Intelligence Committee hearing with BrennanTemplate:Facefist

Senator Orrin Hatch (R UT)Edit

  1. (5/19/2017) Imagine if your entire party's agenda was at risk because the president you blindly support for fear of losing power or becoming victim to his bouts of mental illness and willingly ignore his treason.chair of the Senate Finance committee, Senator Orrin Hatch (R UT): "Everything affects our work right now. The more controversy we have the more difficult it is to do things" gopgov{{}}

Rep. Joe Wilson (R SC 2nd)Edit

Senator Ted Cruz (R TX)Edit

  1. (5/16/2017) Senate Republicans run into a few snags on Obamacare repeal, one of those being "We haven't made any decisions" instead of allowing states to opt out of the regulations GOP would remove "Essential Health Benefits", then allow states to opt back in if they chooseTemplate:StiggTemplate:Gopref
  2. (5/26/2017) Split between Democrats and Republicans, the Federal Election Commission rarely agrees on anything, but they have unanimously decided that Ted Cruz is a jerk...oh, and he broke election laws by failing to disclose loans he took from Goldman-Sachs commissioners voted unanimously that $1.1 million in loans to Cruz's 2012 Senate bid from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. ($800,000) and Citigroup Inc. ($264,000) should have been disclosed to voters

Senator Luther Strange (R AL)Edit

former Attorney General for Alabama during DMV closure scandal

  1. (5/13/2017) The truth about Strange is fiction AL.com headline: "Let's count the lies in Luther Strange's first campaign ad"Template:Dbunk

Rep. Joe "The Oil Gargler" Barton (R TX 6th)Edit

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R CA 50)Edit

  1. (5/25/2017) Rep Duncan Hunter (R-CA) says that GOP Congressional candidate Gregg Gianforte's assault on a reporter is absolutely unacceptable for a would-be public official, you know, "Unless the reporter deserved it" FTFA: "Hunter stressed that he didn't know all the details of what happened: "I did not read the story. I just saw the headline.""💥Template:ApolTemplate:MurcnTemplate:Btv

Rep. Steve King (R IA 4th)Edit

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R WI 5th)Edit

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R CA 48th)Edit

Senator John McCain (R AZ)Edit

  1. (5/16/2017) Republicans concerned quoted in the article as expressing concern about the President disclosing intel to the Russians are: Senator Corker, Senator McCain; Senator Graham would not comment; Speaker Ryan released a statement through a spokesmanTemplate:PsecbTemplate:Apol

Senator Jeff Flake (R AZ)Edit

Senator Tom Cotton (R AR)Edit

Senator Joni Earnst (R IA)Edit

Senator James Inhofe (R OK)Edit

  1. (5/25/2017) GOP frustrated by slow pace of Trump staffing. America frustrated by slow pace of days until next election Senator Inhofe believes it's a "good idea" to bypass the Senate's rigorous confirmation process because temporary appointees may be more partisan and willing to implement Trump's agenda; federal law allows temporary officials to serve without Senate approval for up to 210 days (in some cases up to 420 days); As of May 20, 35 of the 94 Trump nominees had been confirmed of the more than 550 that requiring Senate confirmation; GOP lawmakers claim the delay is due to clearing people through the Office of Government EthicsTemplate:GopgovTemplate:MicroTemplate:Trip

Senator Mike Lee (R UT)Edit

  1. (5/11/2017) There's trolling, and then there's trying to get Merrick Garland to replace Comey 

Rep. Raul Labrador (R ID 1st)Edit

  1. (5/6/2017) Here you go: the dumbest thing you'll read today (if not ever) "Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care"Template:MagicTemplate:Townh
    1. (5/8/2017) Snowflakes upset that someone used adult language. 'Grab them by the pussy' still cromulent though. And a business model in response to Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador's assertion that "nobody dies because they don't have access to health care," Senator Kamala Harris (D CA) asked, "... you might as well say, ?Well, people don't starve because they don't have food.' What the fuck is that?" (Live Podcast 'Pod Save America' at The Warfield, San Francisco, May 6, 2017)Template:SnowTemplate:Fbomb

Rep. Mo Brooks (R AL 5th)Edit

  1. (5/2/2017) Rep. Mo Brook (R-eprehensible) defends latest Eugenicare proposal by stating that affordable insurance should only be for people "who lead good lives" 

Senator Richard Shelby (R AL)Edit

  1. (5/2/2017) Do not taunt Happy Fun Jeff Sessions, because the Justice Department will prosecute you Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz was arrested for laughing at Senator Shelby's claim that Sessions?s history of "treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented"🚓Template:Tyrant

Rep. Doug Collins (R GA 9th)Edit

  1. (5/4/2017) Republican tells Dem Rep she's being 'hysterical' after powerful statement against 'Trumpcare' bill Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D TX 18th) called TrumpCare "the mother of all bombs" of healthcare being dropped on thevAmerican people" and said of the Republicans who voted for it, "may God have mercy on your souls!"; in reply, Rep. Doug Collins (R GA 9th) said, "if I had to defend Obamacare, I'd probably go into hysterics, too"Template:Stigg

Senator Bob Corker (R TN)Edit

  1. (5/16/2017) Republicans concerned quoted in the article as expressing concern about the President disclosing intel to the Russians are: Senator Corker, Senator McCain; Senator Graham would not comment; Speaker Ryan released a statement through a spokesmanTemplate:PsecbTemplate:Apol

Rep. Ron DeSantis, (R FL 6th)Edit

chair, Subcommittee on National Security, House Oversight

  1. (5/6/2017) House Oversight Panel has nothing better to do than its job, will investigate the Iran deal Template:IrnTemplate:Ghazi😺

Rep. Greg Walden (R OR 2nd)Edit

chair, House Energy and Commerce Committee

  1. (5/18/2017) Trumpscare hasn't been passed to the Senate yet because Paul Ryan is an idiot Rep. Greg Walden (R OR 2nd), House Energy and Commerce Committee chair: "We've got to wait for the CBO score ...[to prove that you meet the reconciliation test"]; before the President can sign DonTCare it must pass the Senate, to pass the Senate with a simple majority, it must conform with rules for reconciliation, which it cannot do without a CBO score, which the House didn't get before voting, which means the House may have to vote on a new, revised bill that takes into consideration the CBO score before the bill can go to the Senate, then the President

Rep. Kevin Brady (R TX 8th)Edit

chair, House Ways and Means Committee

  1. (5/19/2017) "Hey everyone, look over here: tax reform. We got tax reform right here. C'mon guys, pay attention. Why won't anyone pay attention?" Rep. Brady and Speaker Ryan started the GOP's weekly conference press briefing with comments about the need for tax reform and it seems everyone else in the GOP had to talk about tax reform too; Brady's committee (House Ways and Means) held a hearing on it, so did the Senate Banking Committee, with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifying about it; then Brady went to an event hosted by Politico to talk about it; Senator McConnell went on TV to talk about it; Mnuchin and the President's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, held meetings with members of Congress to talk about it; then Mnuchin and VP Pence talked about it with the US Chamber of Commerce📎Template:Ntsh😺

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R TX 5th)Edit

chair, House Financial Services; author of the so-called Financial CHOICE Act

  1. (5/23/2017) House GOP trips on their own dicks yet again at issue is the "Durbin Amendment" an amendment to Dodd-Frank that limits the fees that may be charged to retailers for debit card processing; Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R TN 4th) describes the lobbyist fight succinctly: "it’s banks against retailers"; Rep. Dennis Ross (R FL 15th) warns: "If Durbin is repealed, two major companies will have over 80 percent share of the market [and] will dictate the price of routing fees -- all to the detriment of consumers"Template:DdfrnkTemplate:LobbyTemplate:Mono

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R WA 5th)Edit

  1. (5/7/2017) Top House Republican: Down's Syndrome is not a pre-existing condition 

Rep. Rod Blum (R IA 1st)Edit

  1. (5/9/2017) Idiot Republican can't answer a question and continues to be elected by idiot Iowans Asked why he will have IDs checked at this townhall, Blum said, "We don't want people from outside the first district." Blum was then asked if doesn't he represent all Iowans; that doesn't all the decisions he makes impact all Iowans; shouldn't all Iowans have the option to have their voices heard? After laughing, Blum replied, "I don't represent all Iowans. I represent my- the first district of Iowa." Blum then compared listening to someone from outside his district to voting outside his district (eg: Iowa City). Blum promptly left after the followup question, "Would you still take donations from a Republican in Iowa City?"

Rep. John Faso (R NY 19th)Edit

  1. (5/9/2017) Bad: you're too scared to show up to a town hall meeting to defend your Trumpcare vote. Worse: a Democratic colleague shows up instead Rep. John Faso (R NY 19th) did not show up to a townhall meeting in his district, so Rep. Patrick Maloney (D NY 18th) didTemplate:Townh

Rep. Jason Smith (R MO 8th)Edit

  1. (5/9/2017) "Jason Smith, in Missouri District 8, you voted to kill my wife. I won't forget that" 

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R WI 8th)Edit

  1. (5/9/2017) GOP congressman has moment of clarity by saying they shouldn't have celebrated taking people's healthcare away then goes full derp by making up that Dems were singing and dancing over it Rep. Mike Gallagher (R WI 8th): "I just would urge both sides to just lay down the traditional kind of political weapons if we can because this is a really complex topic and we need serious people working together to fix it"

Rep. Thomas MacArthur (R NJ 3rd)Edit

  1. (5/11/2017) "I hear people calling their congressman an idiot, I wonder, really wonder, how any one of you would perform in Congress." With crazy-eyes pic of NJ Representative as he lies to his constituents Template:TownhTemplate:Costnza

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R GA 11th)Edit

  1. (5/11/2017) Turns out Republicans do believe the Constitution is a living document after all from a March 16, 2017 interview with Alan J. Sanders, Rep. Loudermilk said: the President can "basically ignore an opinion of the court" (2:08); courts that make rulings are making a "grand overreach by the Judicial branch, which is to be the least powerful" (2:19); "We got this idea that there's three co-equal branches of government. That's not true" (2:27)Template:KylemTemplate:King

Rep. Scott Perry (R PA 4th)Edit

  1. (5/14/2017) "I am done having children, why the hell should I pay for maternity care? 

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R ND 1st)Edit

  1. (5/15/2017) Constituent crams money into North Dakota Republican Senator Kevin Cramer's shirt to protest Cramer's support for the AHCA at townhall meeting. You can tell by Cramer's reaction that it cramped his style Template:Townh
  2. (5/19/2017) White House staffers say that what with the trebuchets pounding the ways day and night, and that squad at the front gate with the massive battering ram, they're kinda starting to feel like they're under siege {{unnamed GOP operative in touch with White House officials blames the situation: "Some of them think it will pass, some are frustrated because they look like amateurs in responding to all of this, and some are freaked out because there is an actual investigation now ... [i]t’s leaks and tweets and frenzy. They wake up every day and are continually slapped in the face and it doesn’t look like it will stop. They’re demoralized."; Rep. Kevin Cramer (R ND 1st) knows exactly who to blame: "We need some communication discipline from the White House because you know that the enemy -- and the enemy in this case is everyone from the New York Times and Washington Post to the Democratic Party -- is laying in wait for him"}}Template:Facade

Senator Joe Manchin (D WV)Edit

  1. (5/18/2017) Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV): "Vote me out. I'm not changing." Environmental Activist: "Challenge accepted" Paula Jean Swearengin, an environmental activist endorsed by Brand New Congress, announced she will challenge Manchin for the Democratic nomination for his US Senate in West VirginiaTemplate:PrimaTemplate:DemTemplate:Tun

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R T 27th)Edit

  1. (5/24/2017) Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex), who is also a French model, provides an internet citation the Washington Post's Philip Bum sees something happening: "the Internet has blurred the line between truth and fiction in increasingly problematic ways"; "negative partisanship of American politics"; "an impatience with or distrust of official information channels"; means the President of the United States prefers Photoshopped memes to "the FBI, the intelligence agencies and cadres of scientists"Template:CrackTemplate:CbiasTemplate:Cc6.0

Senator Edward J. Markey (D MA)Edit

  1. (5/24/2017) Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex), who is also a French model, provides an internet citation the Washington Post's Philip Bum sees something happening: "the Internet has blurred the line between truth and fiction in increasingly problematic ways"; "negative partisanship of American politics"; "an impatience with or distrust of official information channels"; means the President of the United States prefers Photoshopped memes to "the FBI, the intelligence agencies and cadres of scientists"Template:CrackTemplate:CbiasTemplate:Cc6.0

Rep. Mike Bost (R IL 12th)Edit

  1. (5/26/2017) Republican Congressman says hiding behind tele-town halls is cowardly and elected officials have a duty to meet with constituents. In 2014. I'm sure he still feels the same way today and you already know what happened actually Rep. Mike Bost (R ILL 12th) only believed that tele-town halls are cowardly when a Democrat did it, now he finds them perfectly acceptable and holds them all the timeTemplate:Townh👌

former Congressman Joe Walsh (R IL 8th)Edit

former Republican Representative of Illinois' 8th district, radio personality

  1. (5/4/2017) Former congressman Joe Walsh: We'd have universal healthcare if not for all those ni-BONG Template:Dogwh


Everyone ElseEdit

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D CA 12th)Edit

House minority leader

  1. (5/2/2017) Democrats victory in the new spending bill was so lopsided that despite the GOP having the Presidency and majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats now believe they can block Trump's legislative priorities for years to come also, Pence credits Trump for passage of the spending bill, "thanks to the strong leadership of President Donald Trump ... [t]hanks to his direct engagement with members of Congress, we?re seeing real progress"Template:RoseTemplate:Gopgov
  2. (5/4/2017) House to vote tomorrow to end Obamacare. You better get busy living and die quickly There will not be a new CBO report before Thursday's vote on the legislationTemplate:Goppol
  3. (5/16/2017) Nancy Pelosi: "The President of the United States is either knowingly handing over highly classified intelligence to a foreign adversary or he isn't smart enough to know what constitutes classified information" dk{{}}Template:Brag

Senator Chuck Schumer (D NY)Edit

Senate minority leader

  1. (5/1/2017) Congress on the verge of actually passing a bi-partisan budget, and spites Trump by refusing to fund his wall to boot the 1,600 page bill doesn't include money for the border wall or block funds for "sanctuary cities"; also some monies are contingent on first presenting plans to Congress; Alternate link provided by FarkerTemplate:Chkbal
    1. (5/1/2017) Congress agrees to remain dysfunctional until September Template:Chkbal
    2. (5/2/2017) Democrats victory in the new spending bill was so lopsided that despite the GOP having the Presidency and majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats now believe they can block Trump's legislative priorities for years to come also, Pence credits Trump for passage of the spending bill, "thanks to the strong leadership of President Donald Trump ... [t]hanks to his direct engagement with members of Congress, we?re seeing real progress"Template:RoseTemplate:Gopgov
  2. (5/1/2017) How do we know President Trump is doing a great job? The party of obstruction hates him Template:Gopgov
  3. (5/10/2017) Emerging from her crypt, Lich queen Kellyanne Conway defends the termination of Comey and says everyone is tired of hearing about Russia and Trump anyway Conway appeared twice on CNN; on Tuesday evening with Anderson Cooper, then Wednesday morning with Chris Cuomo; CNN @CNN tweeted: "Conway: "You want to question the timing of when [Trump] fires, when he hires... He?ll do it when he wants to."" (5:02 AM - 10 May 2017)Template:Acf
  4. (5/12/2017) Sacrificial lamb will address the Senate on Comey's retaliatory termination a Rosenstein briefing before the entire Senate will likely be closed and partially classified; Senator Schumer: "My caucus still believes that Attorney General Sessions must be made available to the Senate in a similar capacity ... I hope that the majority leader [McConnell] comes to the right decision and grants our request to question Mr. Sessions"Template:Comey
  5. (5/15/2017) U.S. senators to Trump: Seriously, hand over any tapes you recorded of conversations with Comey Senator Schumer (D NY): "the president should turn them over immediately. To destroy them would be a violation of law"; Senator Graham (R SC) called Trump's tweet "inappropriate" and warned the president to "back off and let the investigation go forward"Template:TapesTemplate:Comey

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D NY 14th)Edit

chair, House Democratic Caucus

Senator Al Franken (D MN)Edit

  1. (5/3/2017) DOJ lawyer: We have no idea why hate crimes are spiking lately. Senator Franken: Gee, ya think maybe hiring Steve Bannon might have sent the wrong message? 
  2. (5/23/2017) Al Franken: "You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz . . . and I hate Ted Cruz" Franken's joke: "When most people think of a cruise that's full of shit, they think of Carnival. But we think of Ted."{{Senator Franken's latest book: Al Franken: Giant of the Senate}}
  3. (5/25/2017) Sorry Frankenites, it's not going to happen. Al Franken rules out 2020 presidential challenge to Trump the Senator and his family are in agreement: Frankrn himself, "Yeah, I'm not going to do that'; his daughter, "It's not going to happen"; and finally his wife, "No."Template:2020c

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D TX 18th)Edit

  1. (5/4/2017) Republican tells Dem Rep she's being 'hysterical' after powerful statement against 'Trumpcare' bill Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D TX 18th) called TrumpCare "the mother of all bombs" of healthcare being dropped on thevAmerican people" and said of the Republicans who voted for it, "may God have mercy on your souls!"; in reply, Rep. Doug Collins (R GA 9th) said, "if I had to defend Obamacare, I'd probably go into hysterics, too"Template:Stigg

Senator Bill Cassidy (R LA)Edit

  1. (5/5/2017) Congratulations to Jimmy Kimmel, you've managed to remind at least one senator that a fetus' life continues after birth 
  2. (5/5/2017) Corey Lewandowski, the living embodiment of conflict of interest, quits his lobbying firm Template:LobbyTemplate:Confl🏪Template:Drip
    wrote letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin asking him, as chair of CFIUS, for a "thorough, conflict-free and expedient review" in the event that PDVSA defaults and Roseneft gains control of CITGO

Senator Bob Menendez (D NJ)Edit

  1. (5/5/2017) Corey Lewandowski, the living embodiment of conflict of interest, quits his lobbying firm Template:LobbyTemplate:Confl🏪Template:Drip
    wrote letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin asking him, as chair of CFIUS, for a "thorough, conflict-free and expedient review" in the event that PDVSA defaults and Roseneft gains control of CITGO

Senator John Cornyn (R TX)Edit

  1. (5/5/2017) Corey Lewandowski, the living embodiment of conflict of interest, quits his lobbying firm Template:LobbyTemplate:Confl🏪Template:Drip
    wrote letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin asking him, as chair of CFIUS, for a "thorough, conflict-free and expedient review" in the event that PDVSA defaults and Roseneft gains control of CITGO

Senator Ted Cruz (R TX)Edit

  1. (5/5/2017) Corey Lewandowski, the living embodiment of conflict of interest, quits his lobbying firm Template:LobbyTemplate:Confl🏪Template:Drip
    wrote letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin asking him, as chair of CFIUS, for a "thorough, conflict-free and expedient review" in the event that PDVSA defaults and Roseneft gains control of CITGO

Senator Marco Rubio (R FL)Edit

  1. (5/5/2017) Corey Lewandowski, the living embodiment of conflict of interest, quits his lobbying firm Template:LobbyTemplate:Confl🏪Template:Drip
    wrote letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin asking him, as chair of CFIUS, for a "thorough, conflict-free and expedient review" in the event that PDVSA defaults and Roseneft gains control of CITGO
  2. (5/11/2017) Marco Rubio wants to make peace with FARC, get rid of all those .gifs of him taking a sip of water Rubio supports current peace plan of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos; former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe warns Santo's peace plan will turn Colombia into another Venezuela; Uribe wrote a letter to Congress and Trump admin saying as much and discussed the matter when he met with Trump at Mar-a-LagoTemplate:GloboTemplate:Foraid

Senator Dick Durbin (D IL)Edit

Minority Whip

  1. (5/5/2017) Corey Lewandowski, the living embodiment of conflict of interest, quits his lobbying firm Template:LobbyTemplate:Confl🏪Template:Drip
    wrote letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin asking him, as chair of CFIUS, for a "thorough, conflict-free and expedient review" in the event that PDVSA defaults and Roseneft gains control of CITGO
  2. (5/15/2017) The Senate issued a subpoena to the WH for documents about Flynn-that's good, But if the WH ignores the subpoena it's up to the Jeff Sessions-who is also a target of the probe-to enforce it-that's bad. But the subpoena comes with a free frozen yogurt Template:SopTemplate:JudasTemplate:ConstcrssTemplate:Subpeo

Rep. Jackie Speier (D CA 14th)Edit

member, House Armed Services and House Intelligence committees; discussed "the appearance that the President of the United States will financially benefit from this deal [the DoD leasing space in Trump Tower]" with SecDef Mattis and James MacStravic

  1. (5/5/2017) New essay question for the FARK Law GED exam: Is it an emolument if a Trump tenant sublets to the DoD? Show your work/argument to the right Template:Trump
    1. (5/6/2017) Taxpayers to pay over $1million/year to rent an apartment from Trump Tower NY for the "nuclear football." Bonus: DOD unaware how Trump might benefit Template:Trump

Speier-Mattis-MacStravic lettersEdit

communications between Rep. Jackie Speier (D CA 14th), Defense Secretary James Mattis and acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, James MacStravic

  • in February, Speier wrote Mattis about the appearance that the President of the United States will financially benefit from this deal [the DoD leasing space in Trump Tower] with Mattis
  • on March 3, MacStravic wrote Speier that
    • the White House Military Office "requested approval to lease space in the Trump Tower for personnel assigned to support the President when at his private residence"
    • the residence in question was privately owned and negotiations "have been with the owner?s representatives only."
    • MacStravic was "temporarily performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics"
      • as such he would have to approve "an annual rental in excess of $1 million"
  1. (5/5/2017) New essay question for the FARK Law GED exam: Is it an emolument if a Trump tenant sublets to the DoD? Show your work/argument to the right Template:Trump
    1. (5/6/2017) Taxpayers to pay over $1million/year to rent an apartment from Trump Tower NY for the "nuclear football." Bonus: DOD unaware how Trump might benefit Template:Trump

Senator Kamala Harris (D CA)Edit

  1. (5/8/2017) Snowflakes upset that someone used adult language. 'Grab them by the pussy' still cromulent though. And a business model in response to Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador's assertion that "nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care," Senator Kamala Harris (D CA) asked, "... you might as well say, ‘Well, people don't starve because they don't have food.' What the fuck is that?" (Live Podcast 'Pod Save America' at The Warfield, San Francisco, May 6, 2017)Template:SnowTemplate:Fbomb
  2. (5/12/2017) Jeff Sessions must resign on "The Lead with Jake Tapper" Senator Kamala Harris (D CA) calls for Sessions' resignationTemplate:Comey

Rep. Patrick Maloney (D NY 18th)Edit

  1. (5/9/2017) Bad: you're too scared to show up to a town hall meeting to defend your Trumpcare vote. Worse: a Democratic colleague shows up instead Rep. John Faso (R NY 19th) did not show up to a townhall meeting in his district, so Rep. Patrick Maloney (D NY 18th) didTemplate:Townh

Senator John McCain (R AZ)Edit

  1. (5/10/2017) And the first Republican Senator calling for a special investigation has hit the White House Senator John McCain (R AZ): Trump's decision to fire Comey "only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee"Template:Acf
  2. (5/18/2017) John McCain says Trump's actions have reached "Watergate size and scale." Biggest scandal in his lifetime since the Teapot Dome McCain was attending a dinner to receive the International Republican Institute's Freedom Award; speaking with Bob Schieffer, he said: "I think we’ve seen this movie before. I think it appears at a point where it’s of Watergate size and scale… the shoes continue to drop, and every couple days there’s a new aspect"; McCain also explained what advice he would give Trump, "the same thing that you advised Richard Nixon, which he didn’t do… get it all out… it’s not going to be over until every aspect of it is thoroughly examined and the American people make a judgment. And the longer you delay, the longer it’s going to last"Template:NixonTemplate:Psa

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D MA)Edit

  1. (5/10/2017) Elizabeth Warren laughs along with us at Trump's claim that Comey was fired because of Hillary Clinton "There's nobody left in America who believes that Donald Trump fired James Comey ? because James Comey was mean to Hillary Clinton"Template:Comey
  2. (5/13/2017) Senator Warren gives commencement speech. Says, we need a justice department, not an obstruction of justice department. Who could she possibly be talking about? 2017 University of Massachusetts-Amherst commencement, McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, MA, Friday, May 12, 2017Template:Ecu
  3. (5/18/2017) This will be a massive disappointment to the two people who actually thought Trump would break up the big banks Senate Banking chair, Mike Crapo (R ID): "[T]he notion of an absolute Glass-Steagall, which was what he discussed today, is not something I think the administration has ever said that they supported."Template:Glass

Rep. Adam Schiff (D CA 28th)Edit

  1. (5/12/2017) Rep. Adam Schiff responds to Trump. Oh, there are tapes? Well, hand 'em over. Congress needs to investigate. Law of unintended consequences gonna be gettin' a workout with Trump in office Rep. Schiff replied in tweet, "Mr. President, if there are "tapes" relevant to the Comey firing, it's because you made them and they should be provided to Congress."Template:TapesTemplate:Bluff
  2. (5/15/2017) The Senate issued a subpoena to the WH for documents about Flynn-that's good, But if the WH ignores the subpoena it's up to the Jeff Sessions-who is also a target of the probe-to enforce it-that's bad. But the subpoena comes with a free frozen yogurt Template:SopTemplate:JudasTemplate:ConstcrssTemplate:Subpeo

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D IL 8th)Edit

  1. (5/12/2017) Another Congressman demands that Trump give Congress the tapes he claims to have of his conversations with the former FBI Director. I can haz schadenfreude? Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D IL 8th) wrote a letter to White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II requesting the tapes referenced in the President's tweet: "These White House tapes could accelerate current investigations as previous tapes have aided past inquiries."Template:BluffTemplate:Tapes

Rep. Justin Amash (R MI 3rd)Edit

  1. (5/12/2017) The first domino falls Rep. Justin Amash (R MI 3rd), "My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia."Template:Noose

Senator Bernie Sanders (I VT)Edit

  1. (5/13/2017) Bernie Sanders shows why he was America's best choice for President as he breaks down the intent of the Russia Investigation, the character of Donald Trump, and the need for an independently appointed Special Council Template:Comey
  2. (5/16/2017) Sure, you could watch Rachel Maddow tonight, if you'd like. Or, you can watch Bernie Sanders debate John Kasich on CNN at 10PM ET. Either way, you're gonna come out ahead Live threadTemplate:Debate

Senator Ben Sasse (R NE)Edit

  1. (5/15/2017) "I'm not sure how this president makes decisions," says Republican Senator Ben Sasse more from Face The Nation: "I?m not sure how this president makes a lot of decisions ... So I honestly don't know. But I do know we are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust"Template:Notrust

Senator Lindsey Graham (R SC)Edit

chair, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Senate Judiciary Cmte

  1. (5/15/2017) U.S. senators to Trump: Seriously, hand over any tapes you recorded of conversations with Comey Senator Schumer (D NY): "the president should turn them over immediately. To destroy them would be a violation of law"; Senator Graham (R SC) called Trump's tweet "inappropriate" and warned the president to "back off and let the investigation go forward"Template:TapesTemplate:Comey
  2. (5/17/2017) Comey: "I'll testify, but only publicly." Sen. Lindsey Graham (R): "Sounds good to me. When can you get here?" uncertain if the invitation was for a hearing before the full Judiciary Committee or the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, which has jurisdiction over the FBI and is chaired by GrahamTemplate:WilltestTemplate:Comey

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R UT 3rd)Edit

chair, House Oversight Committee

  1. (5/11/2017) Man oh man oh Chaffetz House Oversight Committee chair, Rep. Chaffetz, requested the Department of Justice's inspector general review Trump's decision to fire ComeyTemplate:AcfTemplate:Noose
  2. (5/17/2017) Not wanting to be left in the dust by the Senate, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) invites former FBI Director James Comey to testify before the House Oversight Committee Template:WilltestTemplate:Comey
  3. (5/25/2017) When speaking about his leaving congress, Jason Chaftez says, "At some point, you have to get off the crazy train" to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Chaffetz said: "At some point, you have to get off the crazy train. There's always somebody doing something stupid somewhere, there's always plenty of things to investigate and look at"Template:RetTemplate:Timfam
  4. (5/26/2017) Comey's notes won't go to Congress. Yet the DoJ did not provide requested documents regarding former FBI director Comey's communications with President Trump to the House Oversight Committee, so chair Chaffetz extended the deadline to June 8, 2017; with Mueller in mind, the FBI is "undertaking appropriate consultation to ensure all relevant interests implicated by your request are properly evaluated. We will update this response as soon as possible."Template:ComemoTemplate:Overs

Senator Patty Murray (D WA)Edit

  1. (5/18/2017) Washington State Senators demand investigation into Jeff Beauregard Sessions' possible violations of recusal, suspected involvement in the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg Senators Murray and Cantwell and 9 other Democratic Senators wrote a letter (pdf showing signatures) to the Inspector General of the DoJ asking for an inquiry into, among other concerns, three questions spelled out that they want answers to: To what extent is Attorney General Sessions required to recuse himself from investigations into matters related to the Trump campaign under 28 C.F.R. § 45.2, or any other relevant rules and regulations?; What was the scope of Attorney General Sessions’ publicly announced March 2, 2017 recusal?; What is the timeline of Attorney General Sessions’ involvement in the removal of F.B.I. Director James Comey? Did his involvement in Director Comey’s termination violate his recusal agreement or requirements, or other DOJ rules, regulations, and precedents?Template:OversTemplate:Comey

Senator Maria Cantwell (D WA)Edit

  1. (5/18/2017) Washington State Senators demand investigation into Jeff Beauregard Sessions' possible violations of recusal, suspected involvement in the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg Senators Murray and Cantwell and 9 other Democratic Senators wrote a letter (pdf showing signatures) to the Inspector General of the DoJ asking for an inquiry into, among other concerns, three questions spelled out that they want answers to: To what extent is Attorney General Sessions required to recuse himself from investigations into matters related to the Trump campaign under 28 C.F.R. § 45.2, or any other relevant rules and regulations?; What was the scope of Attorney General Sessions’ publicly announced March 2, 2017 recusal?; What is the timeline of Attorney General Sessions’ involvement in the removal of F.B.I. Director James Comey? Did his involvement in Director Comey’s termination violate his recusal agreement or requirements, or other DOJ rules, regulations, and precedents?Template:OversTemplate:Comey

Rep. Don Beyer (D VA 8th)Edit

  1. (5/19/2017) The House Science Committee had to write Trump a letter begging him to stop falling for fake news and actually try out some real sources once in his administration The letter Rep. Beyer wrote, co-signed by 6 other representatives (Rep. Bonamici, Rep. Takano, Rep. Foster, Rep. McNerney, Rep. Lofgren and Rep. Rosen): "Until the OSTP is adequately staffed and the director position filled by a qualified, objective scientist who understands the difference between alternative news peddled on alt-right websites and legitimate well-vetted scientific facts, we fear that you will continue to be vulnerable to misinformation and fake news"Template:Gull🍼

Rep. Will Hurd (R TX 23rd)Edit

member, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

  1. (5/19/2017) Next week, Comey will break his silence, Trump told CNN's Erin Burnett asked Rep. Will Hurd (R TX 23rd) if Comey will testify before his committee: "I'm pretty confident he is. And that hearing may be as soon as the 24th of May."Template:WilltestTemplate:Comey

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D MD 7th)Edit

  1. (5/19/2017) Comey isn't the only one who kept memos the full November 18, 2016 letter Rep. Cummings sent to Vice President-Elect Pence (pdf), Trump transition team's email acknowledgement of receipt of both letters: "Dear Ranking Member Cummings, Thank you very much for your letters of November 15 and November 18, 2016 and we appreciate you taking the time to contact the President-elect and his incoming administration. We look forward to working with Congress once the President-elect takes the oath of office on January 20, 2017 and will review your letter carefully. Sincerely, Office of Legislative Affairs President-Elect Transition Team"; (November 15, 2016 letter from Rep. Cummings sent to "designated Chief of Staff" Reince Priebus (pdf) regarding "recent press reports indicating that Mr. Trump may seek to obtain security clearances for his children to obtain access to classified national security information")Template:NooseTemplate:Pprfuck

Senator Richard Burr (R NC)Edit

chair, Senate Intelligence Committee

  1. (5/20/2017) Comey DO play that Senator Burr, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Warner ranking member, announced that James Comey, the former FBI director, has committed to testify in open session before their committee; the committee will schedule the open hearing after the Memorial Day breakTemplate:WilltestTemplate:Comey
  2. (5/24/2017) Senate Intelligence Committee to Mike Flynn, we will see your fifth and raise you a pair. A pair of subpoenas on your businesses Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member, Senator Warner explained, "... business does not have a right to take the Fifth. It is a corporation" adding that "all options" to enforce requests were on the table; Senate Intelligence Committee chair, Senator Burr expanded on that thought: "The end of that option is a contempt charge ... That's not our preference today. We would like to hear from Gen. Flynn. We'd like to see his documents. We'd like him to tell his story because he publicly said, 'I've got a story to tell.' We're allowing him that opportunity."Template:SubpeoTemplate:5th

Senator Mark Warner (D VA)Edit

ranking member, Senate Intelligence Committee

  1. (5/20/2017) Comey DO play that Senator Burr, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Warner ranking member, announced that James Comey, the former FBI director, has committed to testify in open session before their committee; the committee will schedule the open hearing after the Memorial Day breakTemplate:WilltestTemplate:Comey
  2. (5/24/2017) Senate Intelligence Committee to Mike Flynn, we will see your fifth and raise you a pair. A pair of subpoenas on your businesses Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member, Senator Warner explained, "... business does not have a right to take the Fifth. It is a corporation" adding that "all options" to enforce requests were on the table; Senate Intelligence Committee chair, Senator Burr expanded on that thought: "The end of that option is a contempt charge ... That's not our preference today. We would like to hear from Gen. Flynn. We'd like to see his documents. We'd like him to tell his story because he publicly said, 'I've got a story to tell.' We're allowing him that opportunity."Template:SubpeoTemplate:5th

Rep. Ted Lieu (D CA 33th)Edit

  1. (5/22/2017) Thanks to Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Articles of Impeachment drafting process may already be underway in the House Judiciary Committee wish{{}}

Rep. Mike Conaway (R TX 11th)Edit

chair of the House Agriculture Committee

  1. (5/22/2017) Huge cuts to food stamps and Medicaid are part of Donald Trump's proposed budget, because you know you can't get something for nothing chair of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Conaway said: "We think it's wrongheaded ... Production agriculture is in the worst slump since the depression ... They need this safety net"Template:Cut

Senator Chuck Grassley (R IA)Edit

chair, Senate Judiciary Committee

  1. (5/23/2017) Ethics Office responds to White House's attempt to block disclosure of ethics waivers with a scathing letter that cites a Republican senator who backed their legal authority to request that waivers be made public under the previous administration the full text of Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub's response to the Trump administration's letter requesting to be exempt from ethics rules; included is an excerpt from a letter the OGE received from Senator Chuck Grassley (R IA), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who asked Shaub to insure that the Obama administration follow ethics rules regarding disclosure: "The American people deserve a full accounting of all waivers and recusals to better understand who is running the government and whether the Administration is adhering to its promise to be open, transparent, and accountable. I urge you to take immediate action to make any waivers and recusals public ..."Template:BcratTemplate:GbtwTemplate:EthicTemplate:Mirror

Rep. Tom Cole (R OK 4th)Edit

  1. (5/23/2017) Congressional Republicans are not looking kindly on Trump's proposed $5.8 billion cut to NIH including big hits to the cancer, Alzheimer's and infectious disease research. Which makes sense as they are mostly elderly men who keep dubious company Rep. Tom Cole (R OK 4th) looked at the proposal and declared: "I don’t think it’s a wise choice"Template:CutsTemplate:Rxrsch

Rep. Dennis Ross (R FL 15th)Edit

  1. (5/23/2017) House GOP trips on their own dicks yet again at issue is the "Durbin Amendment" an amendment to Dodd-Frank that limits the fees that may be charged to retailers for debit card processing; Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R TN 4th) describes the lobbyist fight succinctly: "it’s banks against retailers"; Rep. Dennis Ross (R FL 15th) warns: "If Durbin is repealed, two major companies will have over 80 percent share of the market [and] will dictate the price of routing fees -- all to the detriment of consumers"Template:DdfrnkTemplate:LobbyTemplate:Mono

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R TN 4th)Edit

  1. (5/23/2017) House GOP trips on their own dicks yet again at issue is the "Durbin Amendment" an amendment to Dodd-Frank that limits the fees that may be charged to retailers for debit card processing; Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R TN 4th) describes the lobbyist fight succinctly: "it’s banks against retailers"; Rep. Dennis Ross (R FL 15th) warns: "If Durbin is repealed, two major companies will have over 80 percent share of the market [and] will dictate the price of routing fees -- all to the detriment of consumers"Template:DdfrnkTemplate:LobbyTemplate:Mono

Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D MA 5th)Edit

  1. (5/25/2017) Rep. Cathrine Clark: "Seriously, is there any situation where you will defend any student against discrimination in your private school voucher program?" Betsy Devos: *privately-funded crickets* DeVos: "... when it comes to parents making choices on behalf of their students ..." Clark interrupted: "This isn't about parents making choices. This is about use of federal dollars ... [y]ou would put the state flexibility over our students?" DeVos: "I think a hypothetical ..." Clark interrupted: "It's not a hypothetical; it's a real school.", the committee chair allowed DeVos to mutter on uninterrupted, then Clark persisted after her time was up: "I am shocked that you cannot come up with one example of discrimination that you would stand up for students."


On The FenceEdit

these Congresscritters aren't sure yet how their decisions will play politically, so they're not committing to anything publicly

Senator Richard Burr (R NC)Edit

chair, Senate Intelligence Committee

  1. (5/12/2017) Dick Burr might be the last man who can stop Trump 

Senator RANDPAUL (R KY)Edit

  1. (5/14/2017) Rand Paul doesn't like AG Session's revival of mandatory minimum sentences because the policy has incarcerated too many minorities for too long. Forgets that he voted for Sessions because he didn't like that Democrats called him a racist 👄

Senator Lindsey Graham (R SC)Edit

chair, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Senate Judiciary Cmte

  1. (5/16/2017) Republicans concerned quoted in the article as expressing concern about the President disclosing intel to the Russians are: Senator Corker, Senator McCain; Senator Graham would not comment; Speaker Ryan released a statement through a spokesmanTemplate:PsecbTemplate:Apol

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R CA 23rd)Edit

House Majority Leader

  1. (5/17/2017) Finally, a McCarthy makes a meaningful Russia accusation in a recording of a meeting that was meant to be kept secret, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R CA 23rd), House Majority Leader, was heard saying, "There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,? McCarthy (R-Calif.), then House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R WI 1st) instructed his Republican lieutenants to keep the conversation private, saying: "No leaks. .?.?. This is how we know we?re a real family here."
    1. (5/19/2017) So, about McCarthy's little "joke" that Putin pays Rohrabacher and Trump? Turns out the FBI has been making the same joke since 2012. Without the joke in 2012, an FBI agent warned Rep. Rohrabacher that Russian spies were trying to recruit him as an "agent of influence"; Rohrabacher said he appreciated the warning but needed no reminder, "Any time you meet a Russian member of their Foreign Ministry or the Russian government, you assume those people have something to do with Russian intelligence"; LEOs did not think that Rohrabacher was actively working with Russian intelligence, rather that he was being targeted as someone the Russian government might be able to use to steer Washington policy making; no evidence showing Rohrabacher was ever paid by the RussiansTemplate:Noose

Rep. Adam Schiff (D CA 28th)Edit

  1. (5/19/2017) Democrat leaders: "No one ought to rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president form office." In other words, we need to ride this horse to the midterms Rep. Adam Schiff (D CA 28th): "I think we ought to keep our focus on finding out the facts"Template:2018eTemplate:Remov

Senator Mitch McConnell (R KY)Edit

Senate Majority Leader

  1. (5/25/2017) Mitch McConnell admits Obamacare repeal is hopeless because he can't possibly get 50 out of 52 members of his own party to support killing 23 million people before the midterms The Hill quoted a Reuter's article, which quoted McConnell: "exactly what the composition of that [bill] is I'm not going to speculate about because it serves no purpose"Template:GopgovTemplate:Turtle

Rep. Mark Meadows (R NC 11th)Edit

chair, Freedom Caucus

  1. (5/25/2017) Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) tears up when reporters get him to read CBO analysis of AHCA indicating it would undermine preexisting conditions protections. Apparently reading is painful the section of the CBO report that surprised Rep. Meadows: "... the waivers in those states would have another effect: Community-rated premiums would rise over time, and people who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive non-group health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all -- despite the additional funding that would be available under H.R. 1628 to help reduce premiums"Template:Cbodcr🌅

Rep. Mark Walker (R NC 6th)Edit

chair, Republican Study Committee

  1. (5/25/2017) While Trump's away, Pence tries a cunning plan. Let's see how that worked out for him Pence thought he could get House members to abandon Speaker Ryan's tax plan for the President's tax reform proposal, but it only made divisions among House members worse📎


WTF?Edit

who knows what's going on here or why

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D CA 12th)Edit

House minority leader

  1. (5/2/2017) GOP: Hmm, there are still women we've not yet alienated Template:RodTemplate:Meat😺

Senator Diane Feinstein (D CA)Edit

  1. (5/6/2017) Diane Feinstein (D-CA) "has seen no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion" its about time we can put this behind us "Not at this time"{{}}

Senator Bernie Sanders (I VT)Edit

  1. (5/9/2017) Is she indicted yet? Jane Sanders, wife of Senator Bernie Sanders (I VT), allegedly falsified loan documents when president of Burlington CollegeTemplate:Afraud
  2. (5/21/2017) Today in alternate history: What would have happened in a Sanders vs Trump race instead of a Donald vs Hillary race? Alternet headline: "Cornel West and Bill Maher Have Screaming Match About Trump, Hillary and Bernie"

Rep. Julia Brownley (D CA 26th)Edit

  1. (5/9/2017) [1] Antonio Sabato Jr. to run for congress as Republican. Most notable achievements so far are supporting Trump and calling Obama a Muslim which is pretty much all you need to be a Republican front-runnerTemplate:Antonio Sabato Jr. the Italian-born American model/actor filed paper work to challenge Rep. Julia Brownley (D CA 26th)👟

Senator Lindsey Graham (R SC)Edit

chair, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Senate Judiciary Cmte

  1. (5/12/2017) HOLD EVERYTHING: Trump says he has a certified letter proving his innocence  the President told Lester Holt during the interview that, "I just sent a letter to Lindsey Graham from one of the most prestigious law firms in the country that I have nothing to do with Russia"Template:Magic

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R CA 48th)Edit

  1. (5/17/2017) Finally, a McCarthy makes a meaningful Russia accusation in a recording of a meeting that was meant to be kept secret, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R CA 23rd), House Majority Leader, was heard saying, "There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,? McCarthy (R-Calif.), then House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R WI 1st) instructed his Republican lieutenants to keep the conversation private, saying: "No leaks. .?.?. This is how we know we?re a real family here."
    1. (5/19/2017) So, about McCarthy's little "joke" that Putin pays Rohrabacher and Trump? Turns out the FBI has been making the same joke since 2012. Without the joke in 2012, an FBI agent warned Rep. Rohrabacher that Russian spies were trying to recruit him as an "agent of influence"; Rohrabacher said he appreciated the warning but needed no reminder, "Any time you meet a Russian member of their Foreign Ministry or the Russian government, you assume those people have something to do with Russian intelligence"; LEOs did not think that Rohrabacher was actively working with Russian intelligence, rather that he was being targeted as someone the Russian government might be able to use to steer Washington policy making; no evidence showing Rohrabacher was ever paid by the RussiansTemplate:Noose

Senator Thom Tillis (R NC)Edit

  1. (5/17/2017) North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis collapses during DC race; received CPR, taken to hospital Tillis was competing in the ACLI (American Council of Life Insurers) Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race; it can be safely assumed that Senator Tilkis' insurance will cover everythingTemplate:Mem

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R UT 3rd)Edit

chair, House Oversight Committee

  1. (5/18/2017) Chaffetz asks that the burning clown car be pulled over so he can get out Template:TrainwTemplate:Retire
  2. (5/18/2017) A hopeful Jason Chaffetz questions the existence of the Comey Memos in a conversation with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s "Good Morning America", Chaffetz explained his skepticism : "[N]obody’s seen them ... [e]ven the reporter that did the story hasn’t seen them. Nobody I know of, even the reporter, has not [sic] actually seen [the Comey memos]"Template:Comemo

Senator Lindsey Graham (R SC)Edit

chair, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Senate Judiciary Cmte

  1. (5/18/2017) Now that a Special Counsel has taken over the Trump/Russia investigation congress can get back to doing what it loves best, investigating Clinton speaking on FOX News, Senator Lindsey Graham (R SC): "[the appointment of a Special Counsel] pretty much shuts Congress down ... [t]here’s a new front opening here ... I’m on the Judiciary Committee. And I think it’s important that the Judiciary Committee be given any emails that were directed to the Department of Justice by Clinton campaign officials or operatives"
  2. (5/18/2017) Maybe the special counsel wasn't such a hot idea Talking Points Memo headline: "Senators Warn Special Counsel Is Good For Democracy, Bad For Transparency"; Senator Patrick Leahy (D VT): "As good as his appointment was, it does not mean the Congress will say, 'Our job is done.'"

Senator Patrick Leahy (D VT)Edit

  1. (5/18/2017) Maybe the special counsel wasn't such a hot idea Talking Points Memo headline: "Senators Warn Special Counsel Is Good For Democracy, Bad For Transparency"; Senator Patrick Leahy (D VT): "As good as his appointment was, it does not mean the Congress will say, 'Our job is done.'"

Senator John McCain (R AZ)Edit

  1. (5/19/2017) "Joe Lieberman has more experience than all of my Dem. colleagues combined. So screw them. And u can quote me." --Can do, Sen. McCain SenatorJohn McCain (R AZ) told reporter Lisa Desjardins: "Joe Lieberman has more experience than all of my Dem. colleagues combined. So screw them. And u can quote me."Template:Mavrk👄

Victims of Threats and VandalismEdit

Several GOP Representatives have been the victims of threats and vandalism

  • Rep. Martha McSally (R AZ 2nd)
  • Rep. David Kustoff (R TN 8th)
  • Rep. Thomas Garrett (R VA 5th)
  • Rep. Dave Brat (R VA 7th)
  • Rep. Tom MacArthur (R NJ 3rd)
  • Rep. Kevin Cramer (R ND 1st)
  • Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R NE 1st)
  • Rep. Ted Yoho (R FL 3rd)
  1. (5/22/2017) GOP Reps are finally reaping what they sow. Okay, maybe heckling the guy for talking about his deceased 11-year-old daughter is a tad much. And the death threats, those too, especially threatening to shoot the woman who holds Gabby Giffords' old seat FBI arrested a man for threatening to shoot Rep. Martha McSally (R AZ 2nd), McSally represents Gabby Gifford's old district; a woman followed Rep. David Kustoff (R TN 8th) from an event and struck his car’s windows after he pulled over; Rep. Thomas Garrett (R VA 5th) has received death threats on his voicemail and Facebook page; Rep. Dave Brat (R VA 7th) got booed at a townhall; former insurance executive, Rep. Tom MacArthur (R NJ 3rd) was heckled when he (once again) used the death of his 11-year-old special needs daughter as political fodder; a man tried to pay Rep. Kevin Cramer (R ND 1st) cash at a townhall; someone left a sign ("Traitors put party above country Do the right thing for once, shithead") on Rep. Jeff Fortenberry's (R NE 1st) lawn; and Rep. Ted Yoho's (R FL 3rd) local office was vandalizedTemplate:Murcn💥Template:Townh

Senator Ted Cruz (R TX)Edit

  1. (5/23/2017) Al Franken: "You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz . . . and I hate Ted Cruz" Franken's joke: "When most people think of a cruise that's full of shit, they think of Carnival. But we think of Ted."{{Senator Franken's latest book: Al Franken: Giant of the Senate}}

Senator Mitch McConnell (R KY)Edit

Senate Majority Leader

  1. (5/23/2017) Al Franken: "You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz . . . and I hate Ted Cruz" Franken's joke: "When most people think of a cruise that's full of shit, they think of Carnival. But we think of Ted."{{Senator Franken's latest book: Al Franken: Giant of the Senate}}

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D MN)Edit

  1. (5/23/2017) Al Franken: "You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz . . . and I hate Ted Cruz" Franken's joke: "When most people think of a cruise that's full of shit, they think of Carnival. But we think of Ted."{{Senator Franken's latest book: Al Franken: Giant of the Senate}}

Senator John Cornyn (R TX)Edit

Senate Republican Whip

  1. (5/24/2017) Joseph Lieberman tells Trump he won't drop the FBI Russian collusion investigation The Hill headline: "Lieberman no longer considered for FBI chief: report"; Cornyn and McFeely have taken themselves out of the running and the President now wants to see a broader list of candidatesTemplate:Comey
  2. (5/25/2017) GOP frustrated by slow pace of Trump staffing. America frustrated by slow pace of days until next election Senator Inhofe believes it's a "good idea" to bypass the Senate's rigorous confirmation process because temporary appointees may be more partisan and willing to implement Trump's agenda; federal law allows temporary officials to serve without Senate approval for up to 210 days (in some cases up to 420 days); As of May 20, 35 of the 94 Trump nominees had been confirmed of the more than 550 that requiring Senate confirmation; GOP lawmakers claim the delay is due to clearing people through the Office of Government EthicsTemplate:GopgovTemplate:MicroTemplate:Trip

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D CA 12nd)Edit

House minority leader

  1. (5/24/2017) Apparently the NRA is part of the groups investigating Trump links to Russia House minority leader Pelosi said NRA instead of NSATemplate:BfartTemplate:Dems

Senator Chuck Schumer (D NY)Edit

Senate minority leader

  1. (5/25/2017) Another liberal entertainer turns on the Democrats Charlie Daniels writes an open letter to Senator Schumer and somehow it gets posted on Brent Bozell's websiteTemplate:Kylem

Senator John Thune (R SD)Edit

chair, Senate GOP Conference

  1. (5/25/2017) GOP frustrated by slow pace of Trump staffing. America frustrated by slow pace of days until next election Senator Inhofe believes it's a "good idea" to bypass the Senate's rigorous confirmation process because temporary appointees may be more partisan and willing to implement Trump's agenda; federal law allows temporary officials to serve without Senate approval for up to 210 days (in some cases up to 420 days); As of May 20, 35 of the 94 Trump nominees had been confirmed of the more than 550 that requiring Senate confirmation; GOP lawmakers claim the delay is due to clearing people through the Office of Government EthicsTemplate:GopgovTemplate:MicroTemplate:Trip

Rep. Paul Ryan (R WI 1st)Edit

Speaker of the House

  1. (5/25/2017) While Trump's away, Pence tries a cunning plan. Let's see how that worked out for him Pence thought he could get House members to abandon Speaker Ryan's tax plan for the President's tax reform proposal, but it only made divisions among House members worse📎

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D FL 23rd)Edit

former DNC chair; member House Appropriations Committee

  1. (5/26/2017) Political official threatens the Chief of Capitol Police to 'expect consequences' if he didn't return a laptop taken during a criminal investigation, Surprisingly it wasn't a member of the Trump administration Wasserman Schultz grilled Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa at a May 18 budget hearing; regarding the return of a laptop being held as evidence; Imran Awan, who has run technology for Wasserman Schultz since 2005, was banned from the House network in February and is being investigated for suspected data breaches and theft👮Template:Hack


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