Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow pointed out that in spite of whatever attempts the GOP is making at the national level at rebranding itself, the party is lost without its “bedroom intrusion agenda.” Even as national Republicans like Olympia Snowe come out in favor…
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It appears that in Washington D.C. money talks and bull crap walks. This article definitively shows Americans who their Senators really work for. Clearly, it’s not for their constituents.
In a 51-47 vote, 43 Senate Republicans and four Democrats filibustered to protect $24 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil. Although a majority voted for Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) bill, it fell short of the 60 needed. The only two Republicans to break rank were Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME).
A Think Progress Green analysis shows how oil and gas companies have funneled cash to the same senators who protected its handouts:
– The 47 senators voting against the bill have received $23,582,500 in career contributions from oil and gas. The 51 senators voting to repeal oil tax breaks have received $5,873,600.
– The senators who voted for Big Oil’s handouts received on average over four times as much career oil cash as those who voted to end them.
– Overall, Senate Republicans have taken $23.2 million in oil and gas contributions. Democrats received $6.66 million.
– Since 2011, Senate Republicans have voted seven times for pro-Big Oil interests and against clean energy three times.
Democrats who joined the Republicans in defeating the bill include Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Jim Webb (D-VA). Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) broke ranks and voted to cut the tax breaks. Two senators, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) didn’t vote.
Republicans have taken an overwhelming 88 percent of oil and gas contributions this election cycle. While showering politicans with cash, the oil industry also spent over $146,000,000 on lobbying last year.
Although 55 percent of Americans want to see Big Oil welfare end, the GOP once again largely acted in-line with their Big Oil donors.
The full list of oil contributions for the Senate is listed below, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics:
|Akaka, Daniel (D-HI)||6,800||33,500||Y|
|Alexander, Lamar (R-TN)||159,350||414,550||N|
|Ayotte, Kelly (R-NH)||142,368||142,368||N|
|Barrasso, John (R-WY)||409,900||416,650||N|
|Baucus, Max (D-MT)||193,800||358,815||Y|
|Begich, Mark (D -AK)||153,705||153,705||N|
|Bennet, Michael (D-CO)||137,170||137,170||Y|
|Bingaman, Jeff (D-NM)||130,499||446,440||Y|
|Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT)||8,500||8,500||Y|
|Blunt, Roy (R-MO)||363,950||760,598||N|
|Boozman, John (R-AR)||101,352||141,952||N|
|Boxer, Barbara (D-CA)||19,350||40,075||Y|
|Brown , Scott (R-MA)||198,660||198,660||N|
|Brown , Sherrod (D-OH)||14,850||63,250||Y|
|Burr, Richard (R-NC)||234,800||549,852||N|
|Cantwell, Maria (D-WA)||39,666||61,116||Y|
|Cardin, Benjamin (D-MD)||39,400||71,900||Y|
|Carper, Thomas (D-DE)||48,600||71,060||Y|
|Casey, Bob (D-PA)||103,150||103,150||Y|
|Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA)||260,300||381,192||N|
|Coats, Daniel (R-In)||144,783||348,908||N|
|Coburn, Tom (R-OK)||190,400||552,163||N|
|Cochran, Thad (R-MS)||94,250||231,485||N|
|Collins, Susan (R-ME)||83,900||175,643||Y|
|Conrad, Kent (D-ND)||72,150||312,403||Y|
|Coons, Chris (D-DE)||13,373||13,373||Y|
|Corker, Bob (R-TN)||414,250||462,950||N|
|Cornyn, John (R-TX)||1,197,275||1,877,550||N|
|Crapo, Mike (R-ID)||94,300||314,689||N|
|DeMint, Jim (R-SC)||149,323||248,389||N|
|Durbin, Richard (D-IL)||23,100||66,800||Y|
|Enzi, Michael (R-WY)||126,800||305,650||N|
|Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA)||63,500||179,750||Y|
|Franken, Al (D-MN)||19,200||19,200||Y|
|Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY)||67,882||74,050||Y|
|Graham, Lindsey (R-SC)||64,150||154,875||N|
|Grassley, Chuck (R-IA)||132,500||270,050||N|
|Hagan, Kay (D-NC)||17,550||17,550||Y|
|Harkin, Tom (D-IA)||61,550||189,500||Y|
|Hatch, Orrin (R-UT)||310,750||452,425||–|
|Heller, Dean (R-NV)||122,100||210,050||N|
|Hoeven, John (R-ND)||263,289||263,289||N|
|Hutchsion, Kay Bailey (R-TX)||476,586||2,223,271||N|
|Inhofe, James (R-OK)||550,350||1,367,523||N|
|Inouye, Daniel (D-HI)||25,850||65,850||Y|
|Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)||130,900||248,514||N|
|Johanns, Mike (R-NE)||82,800||82,800||N|
|Johnson, Ron (R-WI)||113,950||113,950||N|
|Johnson, Tim (D-SD)||62,350||127,706||Y|
|Kerry, John (D-MA)||4,710||407,570||Y|
|Kirk, Mark (R-IL)||159,750||207,750||–|
|Klobouchar, Amy (D-MN)||19,716||19,716||Y|
|Kohl, Herb (D-WI)||–||1,300||Y|
|Kyl, Jon (R-AZ)||145,900||334,332||N|
|Landrieu, Mary L. (D-LA)||492,030||891,574||N|
|Lautenberg, Frank (D-NJ)||40,800||95,900||Y|
|Leahy, Patrick (D-VT)||250||10,250||Y|
|Lee, Mike (R-UT)||50,350||50,350||N|
|Levin, Carl (D-MI)||23,100||92,844||Y|
|Lieberman, Jo (I -CT)||84,850||196,250||Y|
|Lugar, Richard (R-IN)||67,600||217,225||N|
|Manchin, Joe (D-WV)||141,300||141,300||Y|
|McCain, John (R-AZ)||2,622,764||2,870,491||N|
|McCaskill, Claire (D-MO)||55,058||55,058||Y|
|McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)||759,450||1,154,011||N|
|Menendez, Robert (D-NJ)||58,900||118,650||Y|
|Merkley, Jeff (D-OR)||6,500||6,500||Y|
|Mikulski, Barbara (D-MD)||9,650||47,710||Y|
|Moran, Jerry (R-KS)||139,000||385,496||N|
|Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK)||320,326||533,489||N|
|Murray, Patty (D-Wa)||21,716||57,366||Y|
|Nelson, Ben (D-NE)||217,650||271,555||N|
|Nelson, Bill (D-FL)||56,617||86,117||Y|
|Paul, Rand (R-KY)||106,840||106,840||N|
|Portman, Robert (R-OH)||313,858||323,458||N|
|Pryor, Mark (D-AR)||153,650||183,800||Y|
|Reed, Jack (D-RI)||5,200||12,850||Y|
|Reid, Harry (D-NV)||136,550||349,336||Y|
|Risch, James (R-ID)||88,350||88,350||N|
|Roberts, Pat (R-KS)||250,000||429,800||N|
|Rockefeller, Jay (D-WV)||73,550||310,250||Y|
|Rubio, Marco (R-FL)||244,034||244,034||N|
|Sanders, Bernie (I -VT)||5,500||7,200||Y|
|Schumer, Charles (D-NY)||64,200||239,551||Y|
|Sessions, Jeff (R-AL)||106,200||297,500||N|
|Shaheen, Jeanne (D-NH)||12,300||21,000||Y|
|Shelby, Richard (R-AL)||50,900||352,700||N|
|Snowe, Olympia (R-ME)||73,200||173,900||Y|
|Stabenow, Debnbie (D-MI)||35,750||54,100||Y|
|Tester, Jon (D-Mt)||26,400||26,400||Y|
|Thune, John (R-SD)||189,835||649,462||N|
|Toomey, Patrick (R-PA)||315,366||362,716||N|
|Udall, Mark (D-CO)||120,110||169,029||Y|
|Udall, Tom (D-NM)||105,329||150,210||Y|
|Vitter, David (R-LA)||612,850||1,018,685||N|
|Warner, Mark (D-VA)||20,400||59,200||Y|
|Webb, Jim (D-VA)||26,006||26,006||N|
|Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI)||25,550||25,550||Y|
|Wicker, Roger (R-MS)||356,400||538,810||N|
|Wyden, Ron (D-OR)||43,264||117,864||Y|
Methodology: Analysis includes oil and gas contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more to Senators between the 2006-2012 election cycles and over their career, using data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
- Obama: End tax breaks for big oil (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Senate Republicans stand with Big Oil (dailykos.com)
- Senate votes on repeal of Big Oil tax breaks (dailykos.com)
- Oil subsidies stay as GOP blocks Senate repeal (seattlepi.com)
- Webb: I Voted For Big Oil Tax Breaks Because I Dislike Renewable Tax Credits (thinkprogress.org)
It’s like Oliver Willis says….we’ve got their names in Congress and in the Senate now.
In the next two elections, those congressmen and senators who are up for re-election will have to answer for their vote that put millionaire subsidies ahead of people who have paid into Medicare for years and will be denied Medicare as we know it.
We know they want to kill Medicare. We’ve just got some names now.
In a tell-tale sign of trouble ahead, there were significantly more defections among GOP moderates than in a similar partisan show vote in March testing support then for an earlier House Republican budget initiative focused on discretionary spending cuts.
Maine Republicans, Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, voted in opposition this time, as did Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. And the same Medicare controversy made it impossible to win over any Democratic moderates, despite their unhappiness with the higher spending levels of President Barack Obama’s own budget.
- Snowe: House Republican budget ‘a race to the bottom’ (dailykos.com)
- Snowe Comes Out Against Ryan Budget Plan (politicalwire.com)
- Senate Republicans Flinching From House GOP’s Medicare Repeal Proposal (yglesias.thinkprogress.org)
- Scott Brown says no to Ryan’s Medicare plan (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
Just 100 days into Gov. Paul LePage’s Tea Party-fueled administration, his fellow Republicans are fighting back, defeating his push to bring back toxic baby bottles. Now Maine faces a choice between the Republicanism of moderate Olympia Snowe or the more bellicose LePage, reports Colin Woodard.
After November’s election, Maine Republicans had reason to feel heady. Their candidate, Tea Party-backed conservative Paul LePage, was headed to the governor’s mansion in Augusta, where the GOP had won a majority in both legislative chambers for the first time in nearly half a century.
But a hundred days into his administration, Gov. LePage has managed to alienate legislators, invigorate his opponents, and generate more negative national press attention than any Maine politician since James G. Blaine, who retired from the U.S. Senate in 1881. On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he told the NAACP to “kiss my butt.” He defended a campaign to lift a ban on the endocrine disruptor bisphenol-A in baby bottles by joking that the worst thing that could happen is “some women may have little beards.” Then he had a mural illustrating the history of Maine’s labor movement taken out of a Department of Labor waiting room after an anonymous letter compared it to murals in North Korea aimed at “brainwashing the masses.” The removal triggered large protests by artists and union members, and a possible federal Department of Labor fine in excess of $60,000, for breaching the terms of a grant that helped cover the mural’s purchase, and widespread editorial condemnation, with the Bangor Daily News describing the act as “straight out of Orwell’s world.”
“Gov. LePage has spent the early days of his administration seeking out third-rail issues,” says Ron Schmidt Jr., chairman of the University of Southern Maine’s political science department. “In traditional political math, he should be trying to grow his base”—LePage won by 1 point, with 38 percent of the vote—“but things like the mural could even erode his base.”
The central question in Maine politics has been whether Republican lawmakers would stand by LePage’s more contentious proposals, such as rolling back all environmental laws to match laxer federal standards. Recently it has become clear that many of them are frustrated with the governor, and that the feeling is mutual. On Monday, eight of 20 Republican state senators criticized the governor’s often bellicose behavior in an op-ed published by the state’s largest newspaper chain. The next day, LePage’s bisphenol-A initiative was rejected 35-0 in the state senate, after a 145-3 defeat in the House.
- Harvey J. Kaye: Maine Governor Paul LePage Reveals the Fears of the Right (cozumelianblogger.wordpress.com)
- Maine State House Bombed (maureenholland.wordpress.com)
- The Maine Labor Mural Story Keeps Getting Better (theawl.com)
- Gov. Paul LePage Takes Down ‘One-Sided’ Mural Depicting Maine’s Labor History (mediaite.com)
- Paul LePage Rankles Maine Voters With Bluntness (huffingtonpost.com)
- Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s Artless Political Purge (usnews.com)
- Maine Governor Paul LePage Ignores Line Between Civil Servants And Politics (alan.com)
- Federal Government Intervenes In Maine Mural Controversy (huffingtonpost.com)
Ben Nelson is a Democrat who has consistently voted against the jobs bill, giving the GOP their much needed filibuster majority to keep this bill down! Nelson is no stranger to siding with house GOP members when it comes to fiscal issues. It appears that the social and economic issues that the unemployed face means nothing to these cretins!
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) last night prevented his fellow Democrats from finally passing legislation to extend needed unemployment insurance benefits to out of work Americans. It was the third time the legislation, which has been repeatedly pared down and reshaped in the hunt for votes, has failed to overcome a filibuster. But it was the first time that success or failure rested on a single deciding vote. And because Nelson, the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, joined Republicans and blocked the bill, it will likely not pass until mid-July, after the Senate returns from Independence Day recess. By then Robert Byrd’s replacement will be seated, and Dems will have the votes they need to pass their jobs bill.
Here’s what happened.
The Senate was by all accounts done for the day, and any further attempts to extend unemployment insurance would have to wait another day. But at about 8 pm, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided to give it one more shot and called the vote, which had to be held open to allow Senators caught unaware to reach the chamber. When it was all said and done, the final vote was 58-38 with three Republicans not voting.
Of course, it requires 60 votes to break a filibuster, meaning Democrats were two votes shy. So why does this fall on Ben Nelson? When a cloture vote fails, the Majority Leader often switches his vote from yes to no. But he’s not joining the filibuster. It’s a parliamentary maneuver that allows him to bring the issue back to the floor easily at a later time, without having to go through the longer process of filing for cloture again. Continue reading…