There are 4 Central European nations whom are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to Ukraine. Ambassadors from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic made their appeal Friday in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. A similar letter was expected to be sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he is seeking votes for a new measure that would extend jobless benefits for three more months for people out of work the longest. Reid, D-Nev., said he still lacks the 60 votes needed to end Republican delaying tactics against the measure. But he told reporters that he has 58 or 59 votes and hopes his chamber will debate the package next week.
As the senate passed the 13th extension to unemployment benefits, conservative consultants have begun circulating on Capitol Hill studies that indicate extending unemployment insurance, or UI, encourages people not to go back to work. And on Tuesday, 6 Republicans joined Senate Democrats to provide the 60 votes necessary to proceed on extending the benefits for an additional three months at a cost of $6.5 billion.
He just doesn’t get it, as the rest of congress knows, take away our Second Amendment rights, and there will be hell to pay. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that the push for gun control is not over, one day before the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Top Senate Democrats aren’t backing down from their calls for new penalties on Iran despite the Obama administration’s landmark deal to rein in the nation’s nuclear weapons program. On Sunday, senior Democrats suggested the Senate is as likely as ever to slap Iran with additional sanctions, a move sure to frustrate President Barack Obama’s delicate diplomatic effort.
On Sunday, Senate Democrats and Republicans hit an impasse over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four days and end a partial government shutdown that enters its third week.
On Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called a Democratic plan to raise the nation’s debt ceiling without addressing its trillions of dollars in debt “unacceptable”. “We’ve got a $17 trillion debt now,” the Kentucky Republican said. “We’ve got a debt that’s as big as our economy, which makes us look a lot like a western European country.
They fear Obama. According to the Republicans, the Democrats in the Senate is refusing to negotiate on a continuing budget resolution that would delay Obamacare implementation by a year and repeal the law’s medical device tax, despite the fact that many Democratic senators are strongly opposed to the tax.
There are more than 60 conservatives in the House that support tacking a one-year delay in implementing the health care law onto a bill needed to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1. Senior leaders warn the GOP could suffer significant political reverses if the party goes along with the plan and President Barack Obama and Democrats resist, as they have made clear they will, but it is strongly backed by senators with Tea Party ties and their influential allies outside Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in favor of letting the $85 billion in tax cuts kick in on Friday if the Republicans don’t agree to raising taxes again. “Until there’s some agreement on revenue, I think we should just go ahead with the sequester,” Reid told reporters after a meeting with Senate Democrats.