By Robert Romano
"[I]t is the sense of Congress that — (1) climate change is real; and (2) human activity contributes to climate change."
That was part of an amendment offered by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to S.1, legislation that will require the Obama administration to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S.
It drew the support of 59 senators, including 15 Republicans: Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Bob Portman (R-Ohio), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.).
Hoeven voted against his own amendment, which fell one vote short of the 60 votes needed for passage.
Right afterward, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) offered a second amendment that Democrats preferred. It read: "[I]t is the sense of Congress that — (1) climate change is real; and (2) human activity significantly contributes to climate."
That version of the amendment only drew the support of 50 senators, including just 5 Republicans: Alexander, Ayotte, Collins, Graham, and Kirk.
This time it was 10 votes short.
Yet, the two votes — just 21 minutes apart — signify very interesting political positioning by Republicans on the issue.
The position for at least 10 of the Senate Republicans — Corker, Flake, Hatch, Heller, McCain, Murkowski, Paul, Portman, Rounds, and Toomey — is that climate change is real, human activity contributes to it, but it is not significant enough to warrant the current regime of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to limit carbon emissions.
Or to justify a restrictive climate deal struck between the Obama administration and China — where the U.S. agrees to limit energy consumption long before the Chinese would.
Are Republicans attempting to thread the needle on climate change? Are they succeeding?
Politico ran a story on the series of votes entitled, "Republicans outfox Democrats on climate votes."
But perhaps a better question is why Republicans are even bothering with these symbolic votes?
A Gallup survey before the 2014 midterm elections found that just 19 percent of Republicans found climate change to be either an extremely or very important priority, compared with 61 percent of Democrats.
In the meantime, 91 percent of Republicans and 86 percent of Democrats agreed that the economy was a top priority, and 83 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of Democrats said the availability of good jobs was.
Point is, almost all voters are concerned about improving the economy and creating jobs, and comparatively far fewer are worried about climate change. Regardless of the degree to which human activities impact the climate, that is a pretty powerful political message.
Which is, posturing on climate change won't make a lick of difference electorally if the economy does not improve. So, get to work.
Robert Romano is the senior editor of Americans for Limited Government.
NHDP - Kelly Ayotte Confronted by Affordable Care Act Success Story Moments After Doubling Down on Repeal Pledge
Concord, N.H. – Just moments after pledging that the Affordable Care Act is “a bill that I have voted to repeal and it’s one that I would vote to do so again,” Kelly Ayotte came face-to-face with one of the tens of thousands of Granite Staters who would be hurt if Republican efforts to repeal the law prevailed.
The constituent, a farmer, explained that without the Affordable Care Act, “We as farmers, who provide food for the country, would not be covered, we would not have health care, we would get sick, we could die.” Adding that thanks to the ACA, she and her husband now have “incredible health care” for roughly $300 per month.
“Even now, after more than 70,000 Granite Staters have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Kelly Ayotte is still pledging to fight for a full repeal of the law,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “It is disappointing that instead of working towards bipartisan solutions that will expand middle class opportunity and strengthen our economy, Kelly Ayotte is trying yet again to repeal health coverage from tens of thousands of Granite Staters, putting her party's base and her national ambitions ahead of the people of New Hampshire.”
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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. – The Center for Media and Democracy likes to position itself as a crusader against anonymous contributions in the political realm.
But despite CMD’s self-righteous fight against so-called “dark money” in politics, the left-wing propaganda machine apparently doesn’t mind keeping the public in the dark about some big labor union checks it has cashed.
In fact, mega labor donors make up a pretty sizable share of CMD’s revenue, according to a new review of the organization’s latest tax records by the Center for Union Facts, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that “fights for transparency and accountability in America’s labor movement.”
Madison-based CMD, a “critical cog in the Wisconsin liberal-progressive infrastructure network, has taken significant funding from major labor unions in recent years,” Union Facts states.
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Controversy builds at U.S. consumer protection bureau
By Kenric Ward / January 14, 2015
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Costly building renovations at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are raising more congressional concerns that the agency is out of control.
A government report pegs the price of the work at $210 million — $120 million more than initial estimates, with off-site leasing costs included.
“That’s more per square foot than the Bellagio hotel-casino in Las Vegas,” said John Berlau, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
And, critics add, CFPB doesn’t even own the building.
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