4:55 PM, Sep 16, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
As Republicans in the Senate bring forward a bill next week that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation—when babies are capable of feeling pain and can survive outside the womb—Senate minority leader Harry Reid declined to say whether he supports any limits on abortion during any moment of pregnancy. The Nevada Democrat has characterized himself as pro-life in the past, having stated his opposition to Roe v. Wade and having voted for the ban on partial-birth abortions (which bans a particular procedure but does not protect human life at any stage of development).
But at a press conference in the Capitol Wednesday, Reid says he won't support the GOP bill. "If you dissect this bill they have, no reasonable person could vote for this," he said. "It’s a bad bill, and I can’t imagine anyone wanting to vote for it."
Reid offered his theory of why GOP leader Mitch McConnell is bringing up the bill next week. "He’s doing it for reasons I’m not sure anyone appreciates. But he’s doing it because the pope’s coming here," said Reid. Pope Francis will visit the nation's capital next week and will address members of Congress.
Asked twice by THE WEEKLY STANDARD if there should be any limits to when an abortion is performed, Reid, encouraged by fellow Democratic senators Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer (who were standing behind him), declined to answer.
"So you're not willing to say whether there should be limits on when an abortion should be?" asked TWS.
"The question’s on this bill," Reid said. "And this bill’s going nowhere."
Reid's counterpart in the House of Representatives, minority leader Nancy Pelosi, has also refused to answer questions about late-term abortions and was unable to explain the difference between that practice and infanticide.
3:52 PM, Sep 16, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A leading Democratic senator said Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is continuing to push for an up-or-down vote on approving the Iran nuclear deal to score points with "some groups."
Illinois senator Dick Durbin, a supporter of the Iran deal and the Democratic whip, criticized McConnell during a press conference in the Capitol with other Democratic leaders. Democrats have so far blocked efforts to end Senate debate on the Iran deal, most recently Tuesday night. Republicans argue the Senate should actually vote on approval.
3:30 PM, Oct 21, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Dick Durbin of Illinois debated foreign policy on Fox News Sunday. Graham, a Republican, argued that the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a "national security breakdown."
"I am totally convinced this is going to go down in history as one of the most major breakdowns of national security in a very long time," Grahama said. "It's Exhibit A of a failed national security strategy." Watch the video below:
9:04 AM, Sep 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Illinois senator Dick Durbin called Mitt Romney the "the baby daddy of Obamacare." He made the remarks in reference to Romney saying over the weekend that he'd repeal and replace Obamacare, maintaining some similar features of the president's signature legislation.
Blunt-Nelson bill would restore conscience protections that existed before Obamacare.11:05 AM, Feb 15, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Yesterday, I asked Senator Dick Durbin if he thinks Obamacare's contraception/abortifacient mandate still violates the religious liberty of Catholic churches, like the Archdiocese of Washington. Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said he didn't know.
12:33 PM, Mar 29, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Illinois senator Dick Durbin opened his Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing this morning on civil rights for Muslims by quoting George Washington. "In this land of equal liberty, it is our boast that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the laws," Durbin said, making it clear that this is the principle he's aiming to uphold today, as he tries to tackle concerns about how Muslim Americans are treated in this country. But his main focus was placed on rhetoric, not civil rights abuses, toward Muslims.
4:41 PM, Mar 28, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Illinois senator Dick Durbin will convene a hearing tomorrow on anti-Muslim bigotry, which he says will renew our nation's commitment to civil rights for Muslims. Today, New York congressman Peter King, who was roundly criticized for focusing on American Muslims at his recent hearing on homegrown radicalization, criticized Durbin for holding the hearing.
9:00 AM, Mar 28, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In what is likely a response to Rep. Peter King's relatively tame hearings on Muslim extremism and homeland security earlier this month, Senator Dick Durbin will be holding a hearing this Tuesday to investigate the supposedly growing problem of anti-Muslim bigotry in America. USA Today reports:
How will START finish?11:44 AM, Mar 30, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
The Moscow Treaty signed by George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin in 2002 did not require the actual destruction of a single U.S. or Russian warhead. All that it mandated was that warheads be taken from operational status—say, sitting on the tip of an ICBM—and moved to storage. Although the treaty was ratified by the Senate by a vote of 95 to 0, along the way Senate Democrats unrelentingly slammed the Bush administration for this deficiency.
5:25 PM, Mar 8, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Last week, President Obama opined that health care "easily lends itself to demagoguery and political gamesmanship, and misrepresentation and misunderstanding." No one has done more to demonstrate the truth of this assertion than the president himself. In light of such concerns, the fairest thing might be to let the left describe Obamacare in its own words, free of any potentially false portrayals by those who oppose it -- namely, conservatives, independents, libertarians, and the bulk of the voters in Massachusetts.
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