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December 18, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 19, 2013

Sen. Max Baucus, best-known as a main architect of the Affordable Care Act, is expected to become the next U.S. Ambassador to China—a plum role that has the side effect of letting Montana’s governor appoint a Democrat to the seat.

It’s not a surprise, but the Senate passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 today—but not without some late-game fireworks from military vets.

Affluenza kid Ethan Couch may not be going to jail, but his wealthy parents might be broke by the time all these civil suits are over.

The FCC may allow for cell phone calls on planes, but Delta Airlines says you won’t be doing it on their planes.

Sign you’re old: Brad Pitt is AARP-eligible and he still has better hair than you.

21:35 // 7 months ago
November 19, 2013
Momentum isn’t going in his favor, but that hasn’t stopped Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, from proposing a bunch of ideas for reforming the tax code. “Once we get the ball rolling, many are going to see, ‘Hey, maybe there’s something to this. Maybe there’s an opportunity there to help the country create jobs and therefore an opportunity for political benefit here,’ ” he said about his various proposals. “Because the goal here is to create jobs.”

Momentum isn’t going in his favor, but that hasn’t stopped Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, from proposing a bunch of ideas for reforming the tax code. “Once we get the ball rolling, many are going to see, ‘Hey, maybe there’s something to this. Maybe there’s an opportunity there to help the country create jobs and therefore an opportunity for political benefit here,’ ” he said about his various proposals. “Because the goal here is to create jobs.”

20:55 // 8 months ago
April 23, 2013
Montana Sen. Max Baucus has confirmed that he will retire rather than seek re-election in the 2014 midterm elections in a new statement released on Tuesday. The Democrat currently serves as Senate Finance Committee Chairman, and his departure will undoubtedly add to the growing fear among Democrats that the party could lose its majority in the 100-member Senate in the very near future. (Photo via Ars Skeptica) source

Montana Sen. Max Baucus has confirmed that he will retire rather than seek re-election in the 2014 midterm elections in a new statement released on Tuesday. The Democrat currently serves as Senate Finance Committee Chairman, and his departure will undoubtedly add to the growing fear among Democrats that the party could lose its majority in the 100-member Senate in the very near future. (Photo via Ars Skeptica) source

15:10 // 1 year ago
January 17, 2013

President Obama faces gun control pushback from Blue Dog Democrats, others

  • Sen. Begich "I think they’ve got a long haul here … There are some of us who just fundamentally believe in a Second Amendment right. To be frank, I feel like it’s going to be hard for any of these pieces of legislation to pass at this point."
  • Sen. Pryor ”While I appreciate the president’s efforts to keep Americans safe, I believe the place to start is to enforce the laws on the books. That being said, I will continue to look for areas of common ground, including funding for law enforcement in schools, implementing tracking systems for the mentally ill and criminals, and addressing violence in the media.”
  • Sen. Johnson ”We in South Dakota have far fewer problems with guns than they do in New York or New Jersey, and it makes common sense to not have one size fits all.”
  • Sen. Baucus Enforcing the laws we already have on the books is good first step, and it’s clear more needs to be done to address access to mental health care. Before passing new laws, we need a thoughtful debate that respects responsible, law-abiding gun owners in Montana instead of a one-size-fits all directives from Washington.” source
15:34 // 1 year ago
May 12, 2011
Businesses should make a profit — that’s what drives the economy — but do these very profitable companies actually need taxpayer subsidies? Energy incentives should help us build the energy future we want to see — not pad oil company profits.
Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus • Speaking during a Congressional hearing about big oil profits and tax breaks. The oil industry’s answers during the hearing were predictable. Here’s Chevron’s CEO, John Watson: “Tax increases on the oil and gas industry — which will result if you change long-standing provisions in the U.S. tax code — will hinder development of energy supplies needed to moderate rising energy prices.” So, who’s right, Max or the oil industry? We’re guessing Max is. source (viafollow)
11:31 // 3 years ago
December 2, 2010
Our debt crisis is a threat not just to our way of life but to our national survival. And the threat that we face is so real and so close that we do not have further time for gridlock or inaction. It’s necessary that we take strong, aggressive action now.
Idaho Sen. (and deficit committee member) Mike Crapo • Revealing that he, along with Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, would be voting in favor of the deficit committee’s proposal Friday. That means that, along with retiring Sen. Judd Gregg, three Republicans would be voting to send the proposal for a vote in Congress. Problem is, that brings the grand total up to around nine votes. Fourteen of the nineteen members need to vote yes. At least three other  Republicans (including our boy Paul Ryan) and one Democrat (Max Baucus) will vote against it. But that may not matter, according to committee co-chairman Alan Simpson. ”Whether we get two votes or 18, this baby ain’t goin’ away,” he said. He’s right; the ideas will remain no matter what happens. source (viafollow)
21:52 // 3 years ago