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California Senate passes 12-cent gas tax hike; passage in Assembly expected

California Senate passes 12-cent gas tax hike; passage in Assembly expected

SACRAMENTO — With one Republican vote, the California Senate narrowly mustered the support it needed to pass a $52 billion transportation package with a two-thirds vote, a proposal to fix California’s pothole-ridden roads and unstable bridges by hiking gas taxes and vehicle license fees. It passed 27-11, and now moves to the Assembly, where it also […]

CA Senate approves “sanctuary state” bill

CA Senate approves “sanctuary state” bill

The California Senate today approved the so-called “sanctuary state” SB 54, which now goes to the Assembly. This would be a statewide order not to cooperate with federal law enforcement on turning over criminal illegal aliens to them on all but a few most serious crimes and not even all of those. Per Sacramento Bee: […]

Neil Gorsuch clears committee as Democrats shore up filibuster

Neil Gorsuch clears committee as Democrats shore up filibuster

Judge Neil Gorsuch took a big step toward confirmation to the Supreme Court Monday as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve his nomination, setting up a final floor vote at the end of this week. The 11-9 vote broke down along party lines as Republicans on the committee overpowered Democrats, who mounted fierce opposition, […]

The fight to stop the Sanctuary State heads to the Senate Floor

The fight to stop the Sanctuary State heads to the Senate Floor

  Senate Bill 54 passed the Appropriations Committee hearing last week with a 5-2 vote, and despite amendmends, it continues to shield deportable rapist and child molesters serving as felons in our prisons. Last week the San Diego Union Tribune published my op-ed titled ‘Sanctuary state bill protects felons from being deported’  and the East County Californian did […]

Gavel Down: Closing out the Week in Congress (Feb. 6-10, 2017)

Gavel Down: Closing out the Week in Congress (Feb. 6-10, 2017)

House passed bill to extend privacy protections to old emails. Senate confirmed three more nominees in historic confirmation sessions in more ways than one. House passed three more resolutions aimed at reversing executive rules. President Trump signed executive orders focused on law enforcement officers and Justice Department. Appeals court maintained freeze on travel ban executive […]

Jeff Sessions confirmed as attorney general after bitter Senate fight

The Senate approved Jeff Sessions as attorney general Wednesday, installing one of President Trump’s biggest backers at the head of the Justice Department after one of the nastiest confirmation battles in a generation. Only a single Democrat joined Republicans in the 52-47 vote to confirm Mr. Sessions – a startling snub of a man they […]

These Are The Two Republicans Who Voted Against DeVos

These Are The Two Republicans Who Voted Against DeVos

Two Republican senators voted against President Donald Trump’s secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos Tuesday, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast a historic vote to break the tie to confirm her. Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, and Susan Collins, of Maine, sided with every Democrat and two Independent senators to oppose DeVos. Pence […]

Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

By Guy Taylor  The Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to confirm Rex Tillerson as the nation’s 69th secretary of state, officially making the former ExxonMobil CEO America’s top diplomat and chief foreign policy adviser to President Trump. In a 56-43 vote, Republicans picked up three Democratic votes to pierce the minority’s hoped-for united front against Mr. […]

How Congress voted- upcoming votes

How Congress voted- upcoming votes

    January 30, 2017   In this MegaVote for California’s 23rd, 24th, 26th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: GAO Access and Oversight Act Senate: Confirmation of Gen. James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense Senate: Confirmation of Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security Senate: Confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo […]

Trump Cabinet Picks Likely To Be Confirmed

Trump Cabinet Picks Likely To Be Confirmed

Tuesday kicked off the first of many Senate confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s potential future cabinet, nurse starting with controversial Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions. The president-elect’s pick for attorney general went before a committee amid protests and concerns about his policy stances. The tumultuous hearing was the first of many in the coming days to […]

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