3:34 PM, Jun 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Two U.S. senators want to build a "special Catfish Office" at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Senator John McCain. The "Catfish Office" would cost $15 million a year.
"Catfish is one bottom-feeder with friends in high places. In fact, they’re about to hook two prominent U.S. senators into spending $15 million a year – permanently – to build a special Catfish Office inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture," writes John McCain, of Arizona, in Politico.
"For the past three weeks, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and I have asked for a vote in the Senate on our amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill that would repeal this absurd Catfish Office. A strong majority of the Senate would support it. But despite our repeated requests, the Chair and Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee, Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), have chosen to block a vote.
"What makes catfish so special? It turns out that catfish farmers in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas are having a difficult time selling their crusty mudcats to consumers."
McCain's op-ed aims to support the opposition to the project. "I hope supporters of good government will join us in publicly demanding that the Senate’s Farm Bill managers allow a vote on this amendment. This is one fishy deal that needs to be fried on behalf of the American taxpayer," McCain concludes.
4:34 PM, May 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senators Carl Levin and John McCain have written a letter calling for IRS employee Lois Lerner to be removed from office:
Mr. Daniel Werfel
8:02 AM, May 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Three U.S. senators have identified the missing parts of the response to the Benghazi terror attack. In a statement, Senators Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain list "What We Do Not Know" about Benghazi:
10:28 AM, Apr 25, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
If immigration reform passes Congress, the law will almost certainly have a way to allow those in the country illegally to eventually become citizens. But the bill, as it is written, contains a number of enforcement and border security benchmarks that must be met before the path to citizenship is opened for the 11 million or so illegal immigrants currently in the United States.
Two senior senators in the so-called Gang of 8 told reporters Thursday morning that Americans should not worry that the promised enforcement measures will not be implemented.
12:24 PM, Apr 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a joint statement, four lawmakers urge President Obama to treat the Boston bombing suspect picked up last night in Watertown, Mass. as an “enemy combatant.” Here’s the joint statement, signed by Rep. Peter King, Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham:
11:03 AM, Feb 26, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The New York Times reported Monday that congressional Republicans were split on the coming defense budget sequestration, with many in the GOP suggesting the cuts ought to go through because "fiscal questions trump defense" Now, more than 70 foreign policy experts, including prominent Republicans and Democrats, have signed a letter drafted by the Foreign Policy Initiative that urges congressional leaders to act and stop the sequestration.
4:54 PM, Dec 18, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate Republicans signaled Tuesday afternoon that they may put up a fight if Barack Obama nominates former Nebraska Republican senator Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.
Asked about Hagel’s 2008 statement that the “Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people here [in Washington, D.C.],” South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham said Hagel will “have to answer for that comment” if he is nominated.
“I had to put up all the years with the bullsh** of religion, I might as well convert.”2:01 PM, Nov 30, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a farewell roast for retiring Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman, his Republican colleague from Arizona, John McCain, joked that he was now converting to Judaism.
“I have a major announcement to make,” said McCain, according to the Jewish newspaper the Forward. “I’m converting to Judaism.”
9:41 AM, Nov 28, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
As hard as it is to believe, it’s been only a little over three weeks since Election Day. But there are already plenty of signs that Republicans are learning many of the wrong lessons from that debacle.
11:39 AM, Nov 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Three U.S. senators blasted Susan Rice after meeting with her on Capitol Hill. The meeting centered around the Benghazi terrorist attack--and Rice's public statements following the attack.
10:36 AM, Nov 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Six U.S. senators continue to push officials in the Obama administration for information related to the 9/11 Benghazi terror attack. In a statement released just before the weekend, Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Saxby Chambliss, and Ron Johnson, all Republicans, say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta isn’t revealing why there were not sufficient forces ready to protect endangered Americans.
5:15 PM, Oct 29, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad for Republican Senate candidate Jeff Flake of Arizona, which features Republican senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, prompted a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to call the spot a "hostage video."
Matt Canter, the communications director for the DSCC, wrote the following on Twitter:
11:59 AM, Oct 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Sunday's political talk shows, several Republicans criticized the Obama administration's response to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Here's Senator John McCain of Arizona on CBS's Face the Nation:
10:16 PM, Oct 15, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Earlier this evening, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said "the buck stops with her" in terms of the terrorist that killed the American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.
In response, three Republican senators--John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte--are insisting that the buck must stop instead with the president of the United States, Barack Obama.