The failure of the Democratic Party to retake the Senate in the 2016 elections will cost our country dearly, perhaps even more than the election of Donald Trump. Moreover, if the Democrats and we, the citizens, of this country don’t act to hold accountable Mitch O’Connell and his gang of thieves (who stole President Obama's constitutional right to appoint a Supreme Court justice to replace Justice Scalia when he died), the 2018 Senate races are very likely to expand their majority, perhaps even to a super-majority of 60 (Democrats and their 2 Independent allies will be defending 25 Senate seats, 10 of which are in states won by Donald Trump), which would allow them to do just about anything they please without fear of filibusters.
So, I will occasionally use my TRUMP WATCH to focus on the Senate.
Just in the last week:
On Feb 1, Republicans on a Senate committee on Thursday suspended panel rules to force a vote on President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nominee over a Democratic protest.
On Feb 2, the Senate voted to kill an Obama administration coal mining rule, the Interior Department’s Stream Protection Rule, a regulation requiring coal firms to clean up waste from mountaintop removal mining and prevent it from going into local waterways.
On Feb 3, in a pre-dawn vote that was strictly along party lines, the Senate voted to repeal the transparency rule for oil companies, a key provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill that was meant to reduce corruption in resource-rich countries by detailing the royalties and other payments that oil, natural gas, coal and mineral companies make to governments.
On Feb 7, for the first time in history, the Senate, approved a cabinet appointment (Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the Dept. of Education) with a tie-breaking vote by the Vice President. The fact that even a couple of brave Republicans voted against her is just one indication of her utter lack of qualifications, her anti-public school philosophy and activities, her conflict of interest investment in and support of a company that sells dubious “educational” bio-feedback technology, her family foundation’s support of anti-LGBT, and her very sizable financial contributions to numerous Senate Republicans, all of whom were voting on her nomination.
Feb 8: Today’s outrageous silencing of Elizabeth Warren on the floor of the Senate is not only a violation of free speech (First Amendment), but is also a hypocritical overreach of Senatorial authority. It demonstrates that Mitch McConnell and the Republicans in the Senate will stop at almost nothing in reshaping this country and its government.