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Drama continues as Senate GOP gives more time to Kavanaugh accuser

  • 7:35 am Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After posting a schedule for a Monday morning vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, Republicans late on Friday night gave extra time to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to consider testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, still trying to work out an agreement for testimony from a woman who accused the judge of sexual misconduct back when they were teenagers, allegations that have thrown Kavanaugh’s nomination into question.

“It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive,” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) tweeted late Friday night from his home state of Iowa, as he tried to both [More]

At impasse over testimony by accuser, GOP sets Monday panel vote on Kavanaugh

  • 10:15 pm Friday, September 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Ending several days of increasingly political battles over a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee declared Friday night that they were unable to reach an agreement for the testimony of Kavanaugh’s accuser, and set a committee vote for Monday over the heated objections of Democrats.

“It’s Friday night and nothing’s been agreed to despite our extensive efforts to make testimony possible,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Democrats sternly disputed those assertions, charging that Republicans were doing all they could to avoid hearing from Dr. Christine [More]

In tweets, President Trump takes direct aim at Kavanaugh accuser

  • 9:36 am Friday, September 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Breaking his silence on the woman who has leveled sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump on Friday said if the events were “as bad as she says,” then Dr. Christine Blasey Ford should have ‘immediately filed’ charges against the judge in the 1980’s.

“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” the President tweeted from Las Vegas, where he held a campaign rally last night.

“Why didn’t [More]

With Friday deadline, accuser offers testimony next week on Kavanaugh

  • 4:09 pm Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Faced with a GOP deadline on Friday morning to say if she will testify at a Monday hearing about sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a lawyer for Kavanaugh’s accuser told Senate Republicans on Thursday that her client was willing to appear for testimony next week, but not on Monday as originally scheduled. Republicans said late Thursday night they were considering their options.

“Chairman Grassley’s staff had a call with Dr. Ford’s attorneys today to discuss receiving her testimony in the Judiciary Committee, and will consult with his colleagues on the committee. He remains committed [More]

Trump rips ‘ridiculous’ spending bill over border wall funding

  • 8:41 am Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Thursday raised objections to a spending plan overwhelmingly approved earlier this week by the Senate, labeling the bill ‘ridiculous’ for delaying final Congressional action on money for the President’s border wall until after the mid-term elections, as he again accused Democrats of blocking extra money for border security.

The bill would fully fund the 2019 spending plans for the Pentagon, health, education, and labor programs in the federal government, while setting a series of other items – like money for the border wall – on a temporary funding plan through December 7.

Mr. Trump’s comments on [More]

GOP sets Friday deadline in standoff over Kavanaugh accuser

  • 9:41 pm Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday publicly pressed a California woman to agree to testify about her allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as Democrats and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford insisted instead on an FBI investigation of her claims, arguing a hearing set for Monday was not a satisfactory review.

“The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth,” said Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, in a written statement.

Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) gave Ford an ultimatum – submit her testimony and background documents by 10 am on Friday [More]

Republicans press for Kavanaugh vote if accuser won’t testify

  • 8:34 am Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As Democrats called for a full FBI investigation of sexual misconduct allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Republican Senators on Wednesday said that if Dr. Christine Blasey Ford decides not to testify at a hearing set for next Monday, then the GOP should move forward to vote on the Kavanaugh nomination, as Republicans set a Friday morning deadline for Kavanaugh’s accuser to decide if she will tell her story to Senators.

“We’re going to continue to try to hear from Dr. Ford in any format she’s comfortable with,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Senate [More]

Senators wait to see if Kavanaugh accuser will testify

  • 7:26 pm Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump again defended his Supreme Court nominee, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senators in both parties waited Tuesday to see if Kavanaugh’s accuser would agree to testify at a hearing set for next week, after accusing him of sexual misconduct back when the two were teenagers in the 1980’s.

“Dr. Ford’s lawyers refuse to respond to our invitations to participate,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), as questions seemed to be raised about whether a politically explosive hearing would take place next Monday as scheduled.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said staffers had spoken with Judge Kavanaugh on [More]

Senate moves to avoid shutdown, okays military, education, health spending

  • 1:07 pm Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Approving a deal worked out by Congressional negotiators, the Senate on Tuesday okayed a compromise package which funds the Pentagon, along with money for major domestic health programs in 2019, as lawmakers will leave a chunk of other federal agencies on a temporary spending plan that lasts into early December.

The $712 billion in funding for military operations was paired with funding for popular research agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, and includes extra money to fund work on the opioids epidemic.

“We are making real progress here,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby.

The [More]

GOP advice with 7 weeks to Election Day – “Do the basics”

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Facing a recent series of polls which raise questions about their majorities in the both the U.S. House and Senate, senior Republicans are counseling their colleagues to stick to the basics in their Congressional campaigns for November, especially urging them to emphasize economic growth under the Trump Administration as a reason to keep the GOP in charge on Capitol Hill.

“Our economic progress has America in the best economic condition it’s been in for decades,” said Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), who heads up election efforts nationally for House Republicans.

“The economy is booming, our policies are working – what’s not to like [More]

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