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April 26, 2012 Senator Jeff Sessions speaks out against the VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2011 S.1925.
April 26, 2012 Senator Barbara Boxer speaks in favor of the VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2011 S.1925.
April 25, 2012 Senator Joesph Lieberman's closing statements on the passage of S.1789.
April 25, 2012 Senator Jim DeMint advocating the passage of S.Amdt.2046 that would protect first amendment rights of postial employees against the pressures of Unions.
April 24, 2012 Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) spoke on the Senate floor to challenge a provision of the Postal reform bill. April 23, 2012 Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama spoke against S. 1789 because he said it would increase the Federal deficit by $34 billion.
April 16, 2012 Senator Sheldon Whitehouse speaks on the merits of 'The Buffet Rule' S.2230
April 16, 2012 Senator Jon Kyl from Arizona declares 'The Buffet Rule' is anything but 'Fair'!
March 21, 2012 Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland after 35 years in office becomes the nation’s longest-serving woman in Congress
March 14, 2012 Senator Mary Landrieu (D - LA) speaks in favor of 'The Restore Act'
March 14,2012 Senator Jim Demint speaks against 'The Restore Act'
December 1, 2011 Senators Rand Paul and John McCain debating S.1867
December 1, 2011 Senator Merkley speaking on why he voted against S.1867

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  • April 26, 2012 the Democratic Controlled Senate lead by Senator Harry Reid once again waived the normal Senate Rules of Cloture and proceeded to reject the following Amendments because they each failed to reach the 3/5 majority threshold to pass:

    Amendment #Sponsor Image Link Party % Roll Call Vote Dem
    Rep Maj Fem Yea Fem Nays Fem Maj
    S.Amdt.2086Senator Cornyn (TX) Senator Cornyn (TX) 93% 50-48-2 4 48 -44 46 046 6 11 -5
    S.Amdt.2094Senator Klobuchar (MN) Senator Amy Klobuchar (M N) 92% 57-41-2 52 0 52 5 41-36 15 2 13
    S.Amdt.2095Senator Hutchison (TX) Senator Hutchison (TX) 84% 37-62-1 0 52 -52 37 928 2 15 13
    By the end of Thursday's Senate Session S.1925 (Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011) sponsored by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy passed by a roll call vote of 68-31-1 receiving all 53 Democrats of which included the so-called Independents Senators Joe Lieberman and Bernard Sanders along with 15 Republicans including all 5 Republican women Senators, but failed to gain Republican majority support when 31 Republicans voted against S.1925 mainly due to Budgetary reasons.
  • April 25, 2012 around 2:15 p.m. Senator Joseph Lieberman took the podium on the Senate Floor and like a seasoned conductor from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ began to orchestrate his fellow Senators to follow his lead thru 31 Amendments to S.1789 (21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012) a Bill he sponsored with the help of co-sponsors Democrat Senator Thomas Carper, and Republican Senators Scott Brown and Susan Collins. This Play was to be a demonstration of efficiency and bipartisanship something the Senate has been lacking according to its critics from the main stream media. Overall the afternoon Play went smoothly as 26 Amendments were rubberstamped with ‘Voice Votes’ which included 2 for Senator Rand Paul who has yet to have an Amendment of his pass a roll call vote on the floor of the Senate.
    By 2:15 five Amendments failed to muster the 3/5 majority threshold  to pass which brought a two day total of 12 Amendments being rendered to the dustbin of history, including 3 from Senator Rand Paul. Not one Amendment in two days that was submitted to a roll call vote was able to meet the 60 vote threshold to pass; even the very progressive democrat from Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka who was ranked number 16 on the Most Progressive List in 2011 with a 91% progressive legislation voting average went down in flames…twice!
    Around 2:30 p.m. Senator Lieberman requested a Quorum to begin the roll call vote on S.1789 believing he had the 60 votes needed to pass his Bill, the result was 62–37-1 with 13 Republicans crossing over to vote with Democrats while only 4 Democrats join the Republican majority to vote against S.1789 that included Senators Akaka, Manchin, Menendez, and Rockefeller. Interesting Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell congratulated Senator Susan Collins on her efforts of bipartisanship while pointing out S.1789 would add over 11 Billion dollars to the national deficit while nullifying the intent of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that President Obama sign into Public Law to reduce deficit spending.

    Republicans that voted 'Yea' on S.1789.
    LastName FirstName State BCA 2011 Phone
    Alexander Lamar Tennessee Yea (202) 224-4944
    Blunt Roy Missouri Yea (202) 224-5721
    Boozman John Arkansas Yea (202) 224-4843
    Brown Scott Massachusetts Yea (202) 224-4543
    Cochran Thad Mississippi Yea (202) 224-5054
    Collins Susan Maine Yea (202) 224-2523
    Grassley Charles Iowa Nay (202) 224-3744
    Hoeven John North Dakota Yea (202) 224-2551
    Moran Jerry Kansas Nay (202) 224-6521
    Murkowski Lisa Alaska Yea (202) 224-6665
    Roberts Pat Kansas Yea (202) 224-4774
    Snowe Olympia Maine Yea (202) 224-5344
    Wicker Roger Mississippi Yea (202) 224-6253
    The 13 Republicans that voted with the Democrats based on their respected States self-interests in receiving Federal dollars from the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012 should be ashamed of themselves, but worst 11 of them are on the public record voting in favor of  'The Budget Control Act of 2011' with all of its restrictions on deficit spending in place, and now these same 'Republicans' have reneged on those restrictions. If Republicans can not be trusted to uphold their oath of office they should resign ASAP or be held accountable by the citizen voters of their respected States.
    Senators Brown, Collins and Snowe IMO do not deserve to be called Republicans or be members of the Republicans Party not just because they vote with the Democratic Majority around 40% of the time or because of instances just like S.1789, but mainly because of their support for Progressive Judges that violates Republican principles set down in the GOP Platform for over 100 years.
    I hope everyone reading this who feels the same outrage as I do will call every Republican Senator within the left-sided table who voted for S.1789 and express your displeasure with them reneging on their oath of office.

    As hard as it might be to be a Republican, and as advocates and 'Guardians' of the U.S. Constitution  Republicans must always be the ones striving to have higher standards than the Democrats.
  • April 24, 2012 was a very interesting day on the floor of the Senate, since the members of the Senate agreed to waive the normal rules of Cloture all Amendemnts for S. 1789 (Latest Title: 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012 Sponsor Senator Joseph Lieberman) needed a 3/5 majority to pass. Not one Amendment was passed today as Amendment after Amendment failed to get the 3/5 majority threshold  needed to pass. Senators McCain, Coburn, Udall (NM), Akaka (two Amendments), Corker, and Paul Amendments were 'Rejected' with Senator Corker's Amendment S.2083 getting the lowest number of roll call votes 29 - 70 - 1.
    Senator Akaka from Hawaii was the closest to having an Amendment pass, his S.2049 (To allow supervisory and other managerial organizations to participate in the planning and development of changes in, or termination of, pay policies and schedules and fringe benefit programs) roll call vote was 57 - 42 - 1 but failing three votes shy of the 60 votes needed to pass.
    Senator Rand Paul still has 6 more Amendments up for approval on the Senate Floor, since 2011 he has yet to have any legislation (16) passed on that floor. Senator's Paul ineffectiveness proves how diffcult it is to promote constitutional principles not just among his fellow Republicans but also with his Democratic colleagues that seem to have abandon constitutional principles long ago for socialistic ones and see our Constitution as an obsruction to the advancement of socialism.
    The Senate also 'Rejected' by a simple majority a Motion to proceed to the consideration of S.J.Res.36, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation election procedures by a roll call vote of 45 - 54 - 1 along Party Lines with Senator Murkowski (R-AK) being the lone Republican to vote with the Democrats against the Joint Resolution while no Democrats voted in favor of it.
  • April 23, 2012 Republican Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama spoke out against S.1789 because he said it would increase the Federal deficit by $34 billion. The Bill would violate the deficit neutrality agreements that were passed last year in the 'Budget Control Act of 2011'. The Act (S.365) was signed by President Barack H. Obama on 8/2/2011, it became Public Law No: 112-25. Latest Title: Budget Control Act of 2011 (SECTION 401 Joint Select Committee). The Act included the controversial creation of the ‘Joint Select Committee’ for deficit reduction also known as the ‘Super Committee’ which constitutionalists like Senators Rand Paul and Jim DeMint say is unconstitutional. But S.365 was passed by the Democratic and Republican majorities despite unconstitutional objections.
    Only eight Democrat Senators voted against S. 365; Kirsten Gillibrand from New York, Tom Harkin from Iowa, Frank Lautenberg from New Jersey, Rober Menendez from New Jersey, Jeff Merkley from Oregon, Ben Nelson from Nebraska of which included the Democratic-Socialist from Vermont Senator Bernard Sanders. Seventeen republicans voted against S.365 including Senators Paul, DeMint, Rubio, Lee, Coburn and Jeff Sessions from Alabama.
  • April 16, 2012 Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island who was ranked number 3 (97%) on the 2011 Most Progressive Senators List debated the merits of S.2230 aka 'The Buffett Rule' ; hoping his fellow Senators proceeded forward on a Cloture roll call vote that would eventually pass the Bill by a simple majority. According to Senator Whitehouse S.2230 (Latest Title: Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012) is a bill that would reduce the deficit by imposing a minimum 30% effective tax rate for high-income taxpayers but failed to get the 3/5 Majority of roll call votes needed to move forward, it was 'Rejected' 51 - 45 - 4 along Party Lines. Senator Susan Collins from Maine being the lone Republican to vote 'Yea' while Senator Mark Pryor from Arkansas was the only Democrat to break ranks to vote against S.2230. Senators Collins and Pryor where ranked 42 and 37 out of 81 ranking positions awarded on the  2011 Most Progressive Senators List.
    Surprisingly even Republican Senators Snowe and Brown understood the unconstitutionality of 'double taxation' of personal income, stood firm on constitutional principle with their Republican Majority and rejected the Democrats arguments on the merits of S.2230 in doing so ignoring President Obama's class warfare attempts to gain support from the 51% of the American People that actually make enough money to pay the 'Progressive Income Tax'. Of course the ‘Democratic-Socialist’ from Vermont Senator Bernard Sanders who believes it is the role of ‘democractic governments’ to redistribute the wealth of its citizens was a strong advocate of the ‘Buffet Rule’ and S.2230. Senator Sanders took to the Senate floor and said, “In many important ways the United States is departing from democratic tradition which has always included a strong and growing middle class and is moving rapidly into an Oligarchic form of government in which almost all wealth and power resides in the hands of the very richest people in society the top 1%”.  Senator Sanders seems to have forgotten our 'Republican' traditions of limited government with enumerated powers which always have been our cornerstone in the foundation of our freedoms, liberties, 'The Pursuit of Happiness' and the growth of personal wealth.
  • An April 16, 2012 CNN POLL of 910 registered voters found 72% of them 'Favor' key changes to the federal income tax rates that would indeed make millionares pay at least 30% of their income in taxes while only 27% opposed such changes. The CNN POLL also showed that 90% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans favored key aspects of 'The Buffet Rule' that would single out and target millionaires for an unconstitutional double taxation on income that was already taxed by the federal government.
    Government does not create wealth, only consumes it.
  • March 27, 2012 Senator Ben Cardin who was tied for the number one ranking position on the 2011 Most Progressive Senators List stood on the Senate floor and took advantage of the death of Trayvon Martin to promote legislation he sponsored and introduced into the Senate back in October 2011, S.1670 End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) which would supposedly protect minorities communities by prohibiting the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officials. The Bill is still in committee and may never even reach the Senate Floor would prohibit state and local law enforcement officials from using race as a factor in criminal investigations, including in “deciding upon the scope and substance of law enforcement activity following the initial investigatory procedure.” This bill would mandate training and provide grants on racial profiling issues and data collection by local and state law enforcement. You can read Senator Cardin's entire speech on his official website. Although the death of Trayon Martin is a tragedy, the worst tragedy is for politicans to use the death of Trayon Martin as a crisis to advance a political goal without knowing all the facts. When Senator Cardin makes such states as...
    "Trayvon’s tragic death also leads to a discussion of the broader issue of racial profiling. I have called for putting an end to racial profiling, a practice that singles out individuals based on race or other protected categories. "
    ...without knowing all of the facts in the case, making broad statements against someone who hasn't even been charged with a crime only promotes racial divison rather than unity. 'Racial Profiling' may not have anything to do with the death of Trayon Martin, but then again it may but it is very irresponisble of the Senator to 'jump the gun' just to promote his legislation because he may have just jumped off the proverbal cliff taking the Democratic MOB (Lemmings) his rhetoric created with him.
  • March 22, 2012 the Senate passed H.R.3606 - Latest Title: Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act of 2011 - Sponsor: Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher from Tennessee. H.R.3606 is a Bill to increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies it was passed by a roll call vote of 73 – 26 – 1. All 46 Republicans present voted for the Bill with the exception of Mark Kirk who has missed all 58 roll call votes this year due to a stroke.
    The Democrats were split 27 – 26 on the roll call vote with most of the Progressives like Akaka (D-HI), Blumenthal (D-CT), Boxer (D-CA), Brown (D-OH), Cardin (D-MD), Conrad (D-ND), Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Franken (D-MN), Gillibrand (D-NY), Harkin (D-IA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI), Merkley (D-OR), Mikulski (D-MD), Murray (D-WA), Reed (D-RI), Whitehouse (D-RI) and of course the Democratic-Socialist from Vermont Senator Bernard Sanders voting against H.R.3606. In fact if you throw out the highest Party Percent Average from Democrat Charles Schumer from New York just to make the Democrat vote even at 26 – 26 the Party Percent Average from the ‘Nays’ is 89% verses 87% from the ‘Yeas’.
  • March 21, 2012 Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland after 35 years in office became the nation’s longest-serving woman in Congress she was the only female in the Senate after being elected in 1986. Mikulski became the longest-serving female senator in 2011, when she surpassed Republican Sen. Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, who was in office from 1949 to 1973. March 17, 2012 Senator Mikulski overtook Edith Nourse Rogers as the longest-serving female member of Congress.
    Senator Mikulski’s voting record has been very progressive since 2005, in 2010 she was ranked 11th on the Most Progressive Senators List with 96% voting for 146 of 150 pieces of progressive legislation while only voting for 2 of 84 pieces of conservative legislation. Senator Mikulski was awarded a 75th ranking with 85 ranking positions being awarded overall on the Most Conservative Senators List. In 2011 Senator Mikulski was ranked 5th with 96% voting for 66 of 68 pieces of progressive legislation while only voting for 1 of 51 pieces of conservative legislation being awarded the 75th ranking out of 80 ranking position awarded that year. Since 2005 Senator Mikulski voted on 736 of 788 (93%) pieces of progressive legislation and voted on 21 of 591 (4%) of conservative pieces of legislation while maintaining an overall Party Percent Average of 91%. Since 2007 Senator Mikulski has voted with the Democratic-Socialist from Vermont Bernard Sanders 86% of the time while voting with the Constitutional Republican from South Carolina Jim DeMint 20% of the time.
  • March 14,2012 the Senate passed S.1813 Latest Title: MAP-21 (Restore Act) A bill to reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes sponsored by Democratic Senator Boxer. Senator Boxer's Bill was passed 74 - 22 - 4 failing to get Republican majority roll call support, all Democratic Senators including the so-called 'Independents' voted 'Yea' while the Republican vote was split 22 - 22 with 3 Republicans not voting.
  • March 13, 2012 the Senator came to a very rare tie vote 49 - 49 - 2 on S.Amdt.1812 an Amendment to prevent a tax increase on American businesses and to provide certainty to job creators by extending certain expiring tax credits relating to energy sponsored by Democratic Senator Stabenow. Senator Stabenow's Amendment was 'Rejected' because it did not get the 3/5 majority of roll call votes to pass, not one Republican voted for the Amendment while Senators Manchin (D-WV), McCaskill (D-MO), Warner (D-VA) and Webb (D-VA) were the only Democrats to vote with the Republicans against the Amendment.
  • March 8, 2012 Fifty-six senators voted to mandate construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, just short of the 60 needed for the proposal to be attached to a highway bill being debated on the Senate floor. The vote was 56 - 42 - 2, Democratic Senators Baucus (D-MT), Begich (D-AK), Hagan (D-NC), Landrieu (D-LA), Manchin (D-WV), McCaskill (D-MO), Pryor (D-AR), Tester (D-MT), Webb (D-VA) voted against their Party's Majority to join Republicans in support of Senator's Hoeven (R-ND) S.Amdt.1537 an Amendment to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project and provide for environmental protection and government oversight. Republican Senators Kirk (R-IL) and Thune (R-SD) did not vote to due personal issues. The Obama administration had lobbied Democrats hard not to vote for the amendment, 42 Democratic Senators supported his call not to build the Keystone Pipeline.
  • March 1, 2012 the Democrat controlled Senate 'Table' the motion to introduce Senator Blunt's (R-MO) S.Amdt.1520 to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) to protect rights of conscience with regard to requirements for coverage of specific items and services. The roll call vote went 51 - 48 - 1 along Party Lines with Democratic Senators Casey (D-PA), Manchin (D-WV) and Nelson (D-NE) voting with Republicans, and of course Senator Snowe (R-ME) being the only Republican voting with the Democrats.
  • February 2, 2012 the Senate passed S.2038 Latest Title: STOCK Act Sponsor: Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT]) by a rollcall vote of 96 - 3 only Senators Bingaman (D-NM), Burr (R-NC) and Coburn (R-OK) voted against the Bill that will prohibit Members of Congress and employees of Congress from using nonpublic information derived from their official positions for personal benefit.
  • December 1, 2011 the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 93 - 7 passed S.1867 Latest Title: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 - Sponsor: Sen Levin, Carl - S. 1867 As Amended; An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes. The seven Senators that voted against S.1867 were Coburn (R-OK), Harkin (D-IA), Lee (R-UT), Merkley (D-OR), Paul (R-KY), Sanders (I-VT), Wyden (D-OR).  In passing S.1867 Sec. 920c. Art. 120c. Other sexual misconduct (d) Repeal of Sodomy Article- Section 925 of such title (article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice) is repealed ending century long regulations against sodomy to be in complience with the end of DADT. It's always interesting to see a Constitutional Republican and a Democratic-Socialist stand firm on their principles rejecting a Bill while their Party Majorities passed the Bill in a bipartisanship manner.
  • October 11, 2011 the Senate 'Rejected' a 'Cloture Motion' on vote number 1121160 to 'Proceed'to S.1660 (President Obama's 'Job Bill') on a 'Roll Call Vote' of 50-49-1, a 3/5 Majority was needed to 'Proceed'; Not one Republican Senator voted 'Yea' to 'Proceed', all but three Democrats voted 'Yea'. Senators Ben Nelson, Jon Tester and the Senate Majority Leader himself Harry Reid voted 'Nay'with the Republicans. S.1660 was a bill to provide tax relief for American workers and businesses, to put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America, and to provide pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs.
  • June 9, 2011 Senator Olympia Snowe sponsored S.Admt.390 a bill to reform the regulatory process to ensure that small businesses are free to compete and to create jobs, and for other purposes this 'Jobs Bill' was ‘Rejected’ by 44 Democrats. Senator Snowe’s Amendment needed a 3/5th majority to pass, only 6 Democrats voted for Senator Snowe’s Job Bill. In these times of high unemployment one can’t seem to fathom why?
    What Democratic sensibilities were offended by Senator Snowe’s Amendment?
    Of course all of the Republican Senators voted for S.Amdt.390 because the Amendment relies on the 'Private' vice 'Public' sector to create jobs.
    Make sure to review 'SenateRPt-3' comparing Senator Snowe and Democratic Senator Ben Nelson (NE) voting records side by side with Charts, Percents and Counts from the database portion of

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