Chuck Schumer lights a fire under Senate on Immigration Bill prompting a robust response from Sen. Chuck Grassling. He urges the Senate not to use recent gun violence to sidetrack Immigration Bill voting.
The three-month battle over Chuck Hagel’s nomination ended with a whimper on Tuesday. Seventy-one senators voted to end debate on the president’s pick for secretary for defense, paving the way for the former Republican senator to be confirmed on a largely party-line vote.
The House made its first formal foray into immigration reform yesterday at a lengthy Judiciary Committee hearing in which Republicans struck a familiar chord. Despite record-setting deportation levels in recent years, Republican members of the committee were in broad agreement that they want even more enforcement before they could sign onto the comprehensive reform ideas laid out by Senate negotiators and President Obama.
With Obama’s proposals only a hazy shade more inclusive than the Senate’s plan, and with the inevitable back room dealing and negotiating already underway, is there any room for everyday people who aren’t lobbyists and professional activists to insert themselves?
Fox News contributor KarlRove recently formed a group that will, in the words of The New York Times, work “to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts.” That doesn’t sit well with Rove’s Fox News colleague Mike Huckabee, who called Rove’s Conservative Victory Project “absolutely repulsive” and suggested that people like Rove are spending millions “to destroy a Republican that you don’t think is up to your country club level” during a February 8 interview.
The ball in Times Square has dropped, 2013 is here and, technically, so is the “fiscal cliff”, as Congress has yet to officially pass a plan to avert the scheduled spending cuts and tax hikes. But before panic sets in, although lawmakers failed to meet the midnight deadline, a deal is in place and the first step to making it official — Senate passage — is in the books.