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House Rules Chair: GOP senators created budget mess by sharing power with Democrats

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Rep. Peter A. Sessions (R.-Texas), the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, told the host of Yuma, Arizona’s KBLU’s “The Russ Clark Show” and co-host Washington attorney George Braun, that he blames Senate Republicans for the budget crisis that was just pushed off until Feb. 8.

“It is really up to Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz and the senators to say: ‘Enough of that, let’s get the American people’s job done,” said Sessions, whose committee is the last hurdle for legislation to clear before reaching the House floor for a vote.

In the Senate, legislation has a two-step vote process, first there 60 votes are required to close debate, cloture, and only then can a measure be brought up for the up-or-down that is decided by a simple majority.

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This process means a minority with 41 votes can block a piece of legislation until it expires with the end of the congressional session. This is the maneuver known as the “filibuster.”

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The other maneuver this process allows is for senators to vote to close debate by contributing to the 60 votes required, but then they can vote against the measure when it is up for final passage–creating the impression that they opposed the bill that in fact, they helped pass.

Sunday, while speaking on the Senate floor, Majority Leader A. Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell (R.-Ky.) rebuked House Republicans and President Donald J. Trump, calling for the end of the filibuster when he said: “We all know that in the Senate, the minority has the power to filibuster.

Sessions told Clark and Braun he does not understand why Senate Republicans, including his delegation colleague Texas Republican Sen. R. Edward “Ted” Cruz Jr., continue to allow the 41-vote filibuster.

“These senators should quit asking for permission on a 60-vote basis, literally a super majority and go to the simple majority–that’s the way we work back home,” the chairman said.

“When I was the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in Dallas, we had lots of contentious decisions and we have people who did not completely agree, so we sat down and said: “We trust all of us and all of us are better than one of us, but half of us plus one is enough to make a decision.”

Here the whole segment of Rep. Peter A. Sessions (R.-Texas) on KBLU’s with Russ Clark and George Braun: 

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California Democrat Harley Rouda Has a Restraining Order Against Him- Filed by His Own Mother!

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A California freshman Democrat has a restraining order filed against him- by his own mother!

Harley Rouda, who represents California’s 48th Congressional district, has had a restraining order filed against him by his mother, Marlese Rouda, since 2011. View the document here. Rogue Review first reported on the bizarre legal development on Tuesday.

Rouda is legally restrained from “directly or indirectly harassing, annoying, interfering with, harassing by telephone, assaulting, or doing bodily harm, to Defendant, Marlese N. Rouda…”

Maybe a restraining order from an ex-girlfriend or wife is one thing, but it’s somewhat of a legal novelty to have a restraining order filed against you by your own mother. The order was granted by a judge in a Franklin County, Ohio Court Division of Domestic Relations, so it’s likely he engaged in poor behavior of some kind against his own mother.

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An earlier clause in the restraining order bars Rouda from selling, destroying or taking possession of any household property belonging to his mother, suggesting the order might’ve been granted after Harley Rouda stole or sold some of his mother’s possessions.

Rouda is a freshman Democrat running for reelection in the Orange County District against Republican Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel. California Republicans view the formerly red, now purple congressional seat as within their reach after a Republican retook the nearby 25th district in a special election earlier this year.

There might be some mothers who have second thoughts about voting for Rouda’s reelection, after finding out that he hasn’t exactly been the most loving son to his own mother.

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