GOP Sends Clear Message To POTUS Obama: NO More Negros Or Females In YOUR Administration!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From The New York Times:

Senate Republicans Block 2 Obama Nominees

 

By JEREMY W. PETERS

 

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the confirmation of two of President Obama’s nominees, one to a powerful appeals court and another to a housing lending oversight post, setting up a confrontation with Democrats that could escalate into a larger fight over limiting the filibuster and restricting how far the minority party can go to thwart a president’s agenda.

 

The Senate voted 55 to 38 to move forward with the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, five votes short of the 60 required to break the Republican filibuster. Forty Republicans opposed the nomination, three voted “present” and two joined Democrats in supporting her. The vote to advance the nomination of Representative Melvin Watt, Democrat of North Carolina, to become the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency was 56 to 42, four votes short. Forty-one Republicans opposed Mr. Watt, and two supported him.

Republican objections to Ms. Millet, however, had nothing to do with her judicial temperament or political leanings. Instead, Republicans say they want to refuse Mr. Obama any more appointments to the appeals court, which is widely recognized as second only to the Supreme Court in importance and often rules on the legality of executive branch actions.

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“Our Democratic colleagues and the administration’s supporters have been actually pretty candid,” said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. “They’ve admitted they want to control the court so it will advance the president’s agenda.”

The court is currently split evenly with four Republican appointees and four Democratic appointees among the judges who regularly hear cases. But it still has three vacancies. And Senate Democrats have accused Republicans, who are pushing a bill that would eliminate those three seats permanently because they argue the court has a light caseload, of trying to change the rules simply because they do not like the president who is picking judges.

“The judiciary is too important to play partisan games with,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California. “And that’s exactly what’s going on here.”

Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Ms. Millett’s defeat would force Democrats to reconsider changing the Senate rules so Republicans would not be able use the filibuster so freely.

“It’s not fair, it’s not an extraordinary circumstance,” Mr. Leahy said of the Republicans’ reasons for opposing her. “There’s no justification for it.”

Whether Democrats have the stomach for another tense and consuming fight over the filibuster is an open question. Supporters of overhauling the rules note that with judges, the political calculation is far more complicated than changing the rules on filibusters against executive branch nominees.

Among senators of both parties, there is agreement that a president should be granted deference in picking members of his cabinet and top executive branch positions. But with judges, who are given lifetime terms that extend far beyond a president’s four or eight years in office, sentiments can be different.

Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, said that he senses a reluctance among his colleagues to eliminate filibusters against judicial nominees in the event Democrats found themselves in the minority in the future.

“They’ll say, those folks are two or four years, they’re not lifetime appointments like judges. And so with judges we want to protect and sustain the ability to block bad judges,” he said, adding that he did not share that view because any majority can change the rules at any point and render the judicial filibuster obsolete.

“Preserving a filibuster on judicial nominees is not going to protect against judges you disagree with down the line if you’re in the minority,” Mr. Merkley said.

Thank you The New York Times.

 

 

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Senate GOP blocks Obama’s housing nominee

 

By Susan Davis, USA TODAY

 

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., to head the agency that oversees mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at a critical time for the industry.

 

Democrats fell three votes shy of the 60 required to advance his nomination to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency. White House spokesman Jay Carney called the vote “enormously disappointing” and said the president is hopeful Watt can be confirmed in the future.

 

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President Obama nominated the North Carolina Democrat in May to replace acting FHFA director Edward DeMarco. Thursday’s filibuster marked the first time since the Civil War that a sitting member of Congress was denied a presidential nomination by the Senate.

 

Senate Republicans opposed Watt’s nomination because they prefer the policies advanced by DeMarco, who has been targeted by liberal Democrats and activists for not doing more to aid homeowners facing foreclosure. Only two Republican senators broke with their party to support Watt: Rob Portman of Ohio and Richard Burr of North Carolina.

 

Republicans argue that DeMarco saved taxpayers money. Watt opponents said they feared the 11-term congressman would advance more costly policies. “I think this is the wrong job for this good man,” said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who supported the GOP filibuster, citing the far-reaching authority granted the FHFA director. “There is no parallel in our country for an institution where so much power is concentrated in one person.”

 

Toomey also questioned Watt’s credentials, citing a previous comment made by Watt in which he said he didn’t understand derivatives, a controversial financial instrument. Toomey also said Watt supported the policies that “helped drive Fannie and Freddie into the conservatorship that cost taxpayers so much money.”

 

Watt is a veteran member of the House Financial Services Committee and Democrats hailed his credentials. “Mel Watt is the right man for the job,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.”When it comes to housing, Congressman Watt has seen it all, and Congressman Watt has shown good judgment throughout it all.”

 

Watt was also strongly supported by civil rights groups and the Congressional Black Caucus, of which he is a member. Those groups decried the filibuster. “Mel Watt is a sitting member of Congress with the support of the realtors, the Mortgage Bankers Association, the homebuilders, consumer groups and civil rights advocates; today’s filibuster came from the most broken Senate in modern history,” said Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

 

The nomination was also dragged down by a brewing internal political fight over all presidential nominees.

 

Just after the Watt vote, Senate Republicans also filibustered Obama’s nomination for Patricia Millett to serve on the D.C. circuit court.

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has warned Republicans that he might again try to advance a controversial procedural rules change to confirm presidential appointees with 51 votes instead of 60 votes. It is a particularly divisive proposal for judicial nominations.

 

Republicans say that doing so would tear the institution apart, which is why is it informally called the “nuclear option.”

 

“We will destroy the very fabric of the United States Senate and that is that it requires a larger than numerical majority in order to govern,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in protest of Reid’s threat to change the rules.

 

Thank you USA TODAY.

 

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I am a bit confused by the direction The TeaTardedRepubliCANT Tea Party Led GOP is headed. How does a political party plan to win an election by disenfranchising Black Voters, Female Voters, Latino Voters and any voter with a brain, which includes the poor, the elderly, the students and out military veterans?

 

Read this one more timeOn Ms. Millett’s defeat:  Republican objections to Ms. Millet, however, had nothing to do with her judicial temperament or political leanings. Instead, Republicans say they want to refuse Mr. Obama any more appointments to the appeals court, which is widely recognized as second only to the Supreme Court in importance and often rules on the legality of executive branch actions. “Our Democratic colleagues and the administration’s supporters have been actually pretty candid,” said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. “They’ve admitted they want to control the court so it will advance the president’s agenda.”

 

On Rep Watt’s defeat – Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., to head the agency that oversees mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at a critical time for the industry. President Obama nominated the North Carolina Democrat in May to replace acting FHFA director Edward DeMarco. Thursday’s filibuster marked the first time since the Civil War that a sitting member of Congress was denied a presidential nomination by the Senate.

Senate Republicans opposed Watt’s nomination because they prefer the policies advanced by DeMarco, who has been targeted by liberal Democrats and activists for not doing more to aid homeowners facing foreclosure. Only two Republican senators broke with their party to support Watt: Rob Portman of Ohio and Richard Burr of North Carolina.

Republicans argue that DeMarco saved taxpayers money. Watt opponents said they feared the 11-term congressman would advance more costly policies. “I think this is the wrong job for this good man,” said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who supported the GOP filibuster, citing the far-reaching authority granted the FHFA director. “There is no parallel in our country for an institution where so much power is concentrated in one person.”

 

All the pretty words above simply mean the GOPretenders will not approve any further Presidential nominees because they don’t like the President skin color.

 

No More nominees for the Negro President.

 

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19 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    From the small minds of the white, 1%, racists, etc ….. How dare they??

  2. WHAT??? WTF??? No more what? How dare they!!
    Reblog: http://hrexach.wordpress.com

  3. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    Congress is on their way to a reckoning. I say karma, what ever you call it you shame our great country and you shame yourselves and your families. I can’t evern write how detestible I find your behavior. I haven’t felt like this since Nixon and I hated his guts.

    • CongrASS can’t hear you, they are taking a much needed break for the “Halloween” holiday until November 9th. While Americans starve.

      • Well I needed to vent because crying doesn’t help anyone. I wasn’t venting to you. I know you are upset too. I will start writing letters to these jerks. I have my health care plan by the way. It is such an upsetting time in our country. I even vented on FB. Did you like my old Halloween costume. That is the real color of my hair. LOL

      • I don’t vent anymore, O just blog, volunteer and build hatred against racist politicians. I saw your old costume. How do U vent on FB?

      • I vented on my status. So everyone, almost 2000 people will get to read my mouth.

      • Oh. Well we all have to get it off our chest.

  4. It’s getting more and more depressing everyday. I mean, seriously. these people are getting more vicious, WTF is happening? ” walks away*

  5. I am so upset about this. The GOP must stop this bigoted behavior. What kind of people would work to prevent minorities and women from having jobs with President Obama. You sicken me. I am ashamed. You are sowing seeds for some pretty wicked karma. Yeah, you don’t believe in karma. That doesn’t mean it isn’t true. You shame our country.

  6. Dirty dogs. :(

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