Videos uploaded by user “SenateDemocrats”
Inouye: We Should Support Our Troops, Not Cut Their Funding
While the Senate debates and amends the annual war supplemental funding bill, Senator Daniel Inouye -- a World War II veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient -- reflected upon his own military service. Inouye compared his experience in World War II with the wars going on today. Now is not the time to cut defense spending, argues Inouye. "If anything, we ought to show appreciate and gratitude. We shouldn't be cutting. We should be helping."
Views: 6214 SenateDemocrats
Leading Republicans Agree... Oil Companies Don't Need Taxpayer Handouts
House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sens. Susan Collins, John Thune and Mark Kirk, among other Republican members of Congress, all expressed support for cutting oil subsidies in the past. Will they join Democrats now to end these taxpayer handouts to Big Oil and help pay down the deficit?
Views: 5082 SenateDemocrats
Inouye Was A Patriot, A Wonderful Senator
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) reacts to the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye (D-AK).
Views: 5827 SenateDemocrats
Reid: Whose Taxes Would Romney Raise?
Nevada Senator Reid speaks about Mitt Romney's recorded comments regarding 47% of Americans - taxpayers of all types.
Views: 15766 SenateDemocrats
McConnell Filibusters His Own Bill To Lift Debt Ceiling
Senator McConnell objects to his own proposal to lift the debt ceiling. Senate Democrats react.
Views: 13937 SenateDemocrats
Reid: GOP Should Stop Whining, Start Working As Most Americans Do
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on Republicans to end delays of the START Treaty, which is critical to America's national security.
Views: 8912 SenateDemocrats
Republicans Lauded 9/11 Responders, Now Abandoning Them
In the aftermath of 9/11, Republican Senators joined the millions of Americans who rightly lauded the brave performance of 9/11 first responders. These heroes saved lives with no thought for their own safety, running into burning buildings, working in the rubble, and coming into contact with toxic substances in the process. Many of these heroes developed serious and debilitating illnesses as a result, and some of them can no longer afford health care -- care Republicans are denying them. Now that the heroes who helped us recover from 9/11 need our help, where are those same Republicans who once waxed so grandiosely about them?
Views: 16086 SenateDemocrats
Republican Earmark Hypocrisy
Senate Republicans took a lot of heat for stuffing a bill with millions of their own earmarks, then trying to claim they oppose earmarks. But Republicans' earmark hypocrisy is even starker when you compare what they are saying in Washington, DC to what they are saying to their constituents back home.
Views: 6299 SenateDemocrats
Keeping The Promise: Lt. Dan Choi and Senator Reid
In July 2010, Senator Reid promised Lt. Choi that he would lead the Senate to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Lt. Choi gave Senator Reid his West Point ring with the agreement that it would be returned after Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed. Today, Senator Harry Reid met with Lt. Dan Choi in his office to return the ring.
Views: 23566 SenateDemocrats
Republicans Redefine Their Constitutional Duties to Block President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee
Republicans are Redefining Their Constitutional Duties – Just To Block President Obama's Nominee to the Supreme Court. The Senate has a Constitutional duty to consider the President’s Supreme Court nominee. Republicans Need to Do Their Job.
Views: 9533 SenateDemocrats
Big Oil Hearing: Schumer Hits Oil Exec on 'Real Fairytale'
At Thursday's Senate Finance Committee on Big Oil, Senator Chuck Schumer presses oil company executives to explain how they can defend oil subsidies, demanding they consider some tough realities for American taxpayers.
Views: 2193 SenateDemocrats
Democrats Move to Extend Unemployment Benefits as Goodwin Casts First Vote
With the help of the Senate's newest member, Carte Goodwin, today an extension of unemployment insurance benefits passed 60-40. "Finally we have a respite from the obstruction," said Senator Jack Reed of Republican efforts to block this legislation.
Views: 1556 SenateDemocrats
Democrats Continue Fight for Food Safety Legislation
Despite Senator Tom Coburn's refusal to give up his obstruction of critical food safety legislation, Democrats aren't giving up. Senator Dick Durbin today offered a compromise to his colleague from Oklahoma; however, Coburn still objected.
Views: 5151 SenateDemocrats
Judge Sotomayor's Opening Statement - Senate Confirmation Hearing
Judge Sonia Sotomayor delivers her opening statement during the first day of her confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Once confirmed, Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the United State Supreme Court.
Views: 77785 SenateDemocrats
Senate Democratic Women Discuss GOP Assault On Women's Health
Democratic women of the Senate express disappointment in last-minute Republican focus on defunding women's health care programs. "We're not going to throw women under the bus to give them an agreement to keep this government open."
Views: 25253 SenateDemocrats
What Senate Republicans Used to Say About Supreme Court Nominees
Before Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley were Majority Leader and Judiciary Committee Chairman, respectively, both Senators had a long record of defending the Senate's constitutional role to approve nominees to the United States Supreme Court. In fact, Chairman Grassley once said on the Senate floor in 1987 that “we are never going to view a Supreme Court Justice as if it’s an elected position subject to campaigning as we do in our role as running as Senators.” Now, it seems like Sen. Grassley is considering a step away from Leader McConnell’s historic Supreme Court shutdown plan.‎
Views: 989 SenateDemocrats
McCain to Republicans: Pushing Balanced Budget Amendment is "Bizarro"
Senator John McCain warned his Senate colleagues on Wednesday, "To hold out and say we won't agree to raising the debt limit to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, it's unfair, it's bizarro."
Views: 155269 SenateDemocrats
GOP Senator Graham will support Sotomayor
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham explains why he will vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court justice. Graham explains that he is impressed by Sotomayor's "outstanding background" and "mainstream" legal reasoning. Senator Graham notes that, "her life story is something that every American should be proud of."
Views: 1174 SenateDemocrats
Reid: Blocking Veterans' Jobs Bill Marks New Low For Republicans
Nevada Senator Harry Reid, addressing the Senate, calls on Republicans to stop stalling a bill that would help veterans get back to work.
Views: 2735 SenateDemocrats
Reconciliation: GOP Sen. Judd Gregg Explains
Republican Judd Gregg explains Senate reconciliation rules - an up or down vote. March 15, 2005.
Views: 3018 SenateDemocrats
Senator McCaskill Debunks The False Myth That Congress Will Receive An Obamacare Exemption
Senator Claire McCaskill on MSNBC's Morning Joe on 9/25/13
Views: 2462 SenateDemocrats
Republican Senators Blocks Homeless Veterans Bill
Senator Patty Murray today called up a homeless women veterans bill on the Senate floor but it was blocked by Senate Republicans. The bill was introduced in June of 2009 and passed the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on January 28, 2010 with strong bi-partisan support. "I am deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans continued to put politics above people and blocked my bill that would provide support for homeless women veterans and their families," said Senator Patty Murray. "This is a bipartisan, common-sense bill that would support veterans in my home state of Washington and across the country. I am going to continue fighting for it to pass. And I urge Senate Republicans to end their obstruction and allow homeless women veterans across the country to get the support they have earned."
Views: 34768 SenateDemocrats
9/11 First Responder Recounts How McCain Ignored Him
First responders from Oklahoma and all around the country are calling on Senator Coburn to explain why he is denying them the care they need for the debilitating illnesses they developed saving lives on 9/11. I think Senator Coburn owes them an explanation.
Views: 2550 SenateDemocrats
Sotomayor's Early Legal Interest Began with Perry Mason
Judge Sonia Sotomayor explains that her early interest in the law began by watching Perry Mason on TV. Like Sotomayor's family, Senator Al Franken describes his family's appreciation for the show -- and he discusses some particular plot twists. The exchange was part of the 3rd day of Sotomayor's confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Views: 1082 SenateDemocrats
The Consequences of Default, and How it Affects You
Senator Coons warns individuals and families about tough choices the government would have to make, if the GOP forces the nation to default on its debt for the first time in history.
Views: 4342 SenateDemocrats
Franken: A Perversion of the Filibuster
Freshmen and sophomore Democratic Senators today went to the Senate floor as a group to highlight the Republican obstructionism on nominations. As of this morning, there are 88 nominees on the Senate calendar, including posts at the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Treasury and the Army. "This is a perversion of the filibuster and a perversion of the role of the Senate," said Sen. Al Franken. "It used to be that the filibuster was reserved for matters of great principle. Today it has become a way to play out the clock."
Views: 45966 SenateDemocrats
Whitehouse Criticizes GOP's Lack of Compassion for the Unemployed
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, frustrated with his Republican colleagues' attempts to block an extension of emergency unemployment benefits, took to the floor late Wednesday evening to urge passage of this bill. "The notion that you're going to cut off somebody's unemployment insurance and have them go out and find a job is just plain nuts," said Whitehouse.
Views: 5428 SenateDemocrats
Democrats Highlight Dangerous GOP Plan To End Social Security As We Know It
Republicans' dangerous spending plan calls for draconian cuts to the Social Security Administration, which could lead to delays in the distribution of benefits. Democratic senators told Republicans to "Back Off Social Security" during an event today with more than 300 of the program's supporters.
Views: 476 SenateDemocrats
Democrats Join Oil Rig Victims' Families In Call For Accountability
Senator Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) held a press conference with family members of victims who died in the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico to press for accountability from the oil and drilling companies responsible for the tragedy in the Gulf. The widows of the 11 men killed on the oil rig met with President Obama Thursday afternoon. They are urging action on bills introduced by Leahy, Schumer and Whitehouse to ensure that the oil and drilling companies responsible for the tragic explosion on April 20, and the continuing environmental disaster in the Gulf, are held fully accountable.
Views: 445 SenateDemocrats
Senators Congratulate Senator Mikulski on Record of Service
Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski has become the longest-serving female Senator in history.
Views: 1318 SenateDemocrats
Reid Welcomes Brian Schatz, Hawaii's Senator Designee
Nevada Senator Harry Reid welcomes Brian Schatz to the U.S. Senate, who was sworn in today as Hawaii's new senator.
Views: 895 SenateDemocrats
Sotomayor's Clear Answers vs. Non-Answers
Judiciary Committee Republicans asserted today that Judge Sonia Sotomayor has not been complete and clear in her views on particular issues. Judge Sotomayor has been clear and forthcoming in her answers to wide-ranging questions from all senators. She has been more responsive than any nominee in recent memory. In this video, Senator Jeff Sessions claims Judges Roberts and Alito were more clear. Examples of their non-answers follow.
Views: 15351 SenateDemocrats
Fight For DREAM Act Continues So More May Serve
The Defense Authorization bill was defeated today 56-43, as not a single GOP Senator agreed to open debate on the bill. By not allowing the Senate to open debate on the bill, the DREAM Act would not have a chance to voted on as an amendment. Senators Durbin, Reid and Inouye, however, vowed to keep fighting for passage of the DREAM Act.
Views: 2330 SenateDemocrats
Democratic Leaders Welcome New Senate Colleagues
Democratic Senators Harry Reid (NV), Richard Durbin (IL), Chuck Schumer (NY) and Patty Murray (WA) speak to reporters about their upcoming class of colleagues.
Views: 594 SenateDemocrats
Judge Sotomayor Defends Her Record of Impartiality
Judge Sonia Sotomayor responds to a question from Senator Jeff Sessions. She notes her adherence as a judge to the law - without influence by personal views.
Views: 808 SenateDemocrats
Highlights from Day Two of Kagan Confirmation Hearings
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan took questions from all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, from her views of recent court cases to her philosophy on judging.
Views: 3276 SenateDemocrats
Senator Levin: How to Break the GOP Filibuster
Senator Carl Levin calls on the public to help Democrats "wear down the Republican wall of the obstruction," as Democrats push forward with legislation to send Americans back to work.
Views: 2433 SenateDemocrats
Sen. Barbara Boxer challenges Republicans to give up their pay
Boxer argues: If you're willing to let Homeland Security funding expire and force workers to go without pay, then you too should give up your pay.
Views: 20888 SenateDemocrats
Reasonable Republicans Reject Extremist Republicans' Shutdown Agenda
Republicans fight each other over the irrational plan to shutdown the government over Obamacare. See the full list here: http://www.dpcc.senate.gov/?p=news&id=264
Views: 829 SenateDemocrats
Senator Reid Welcomes Senator-Elect Angus King
Nevada Senator Harry Reid tells reporters, "Senator-elect King represents the best qualities of what a United State senator should be."
Views: 1486 SenateDemocrats