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Of course the American people should have a say in the court's direction. It is the president's constitutional right to nominate a Supreme Court justice. And it is the Senate's right to act as a check on a president and withhold its consent.
This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al.
Our folks are so excited to have a pro-coal president and we thank you so much for being on our side.
I'm amused by the Democrats apparently warming up to the idea that threatening to shut down the government's a good idea.
I'm pleased to see an increased focus on our national security and veterans' budgets. These are positive steps in the right direction. I look forward to reviewing this and the full budget when it is released later this spring.
Regarding the projection of fewer people purchasing, I think that's the inevitable result of the government not making you purchase something you may not want. And so we are hoping to have a more vibrant market that will attract a greater number of people to actually be able to buy, at an affordable cost, insurance that actually makes sense for them rather than one prescribed by the government.
I think we need to know that.
The goal is for the administration, the House and the Senate to be in the same place. We're not there yet.
The diplomatic portion of the federal budget is very important and you get results a lot cheaper frequently than you do on the defense side. So speaking for myself, I'm not in favor of reducing the (foreign aid) account to that extent.
I thought we had a lot of the general public here, plus a whole lot of others today. I'm perfectly open.
I'll take a look at anything they may choose to do in that regard.
Winners make policy and the losers go home.
Clearly this is not one of those bipartisan 'Kumbaya' moments, and so we, as Republicans, expect that both of those issues will be – which are very big issues – will have to be tackled Republican-only. I'm hopeful that, as I said earlier, when the fever breaks, that maybe we'll be able to move on.
I'm not a great fan of daily tweets.
If it wasn't one thing it would be another. The effort has been to delay the nominations that they make controversial as long as possible in order to play into their left wing base which will not accept the results of the election.
The fundamental question for us is what is our involvement in it and who ought to look at it. And the intelligence committees are already looking at Russian involvement in our election.
There is voter fraud in the country. But there is no evidence that there was significant enough vote fraud to affect the outcome of the election. I'm more interested in what he's doing than what he's tweeting.
In so many states, including mine, that's a welcome change from Washington.
This is the slowest time for a new cabinet to be up and running since George Washington.
This Treasury nominee is smart, he's capable, and he's got impressive private-sector experience.
He's got a big job ahead of him. I think he is up to the task. He's tough, but he is fair. He's persistent, but respectful. He's a likable guy, a principled colleague, an honest partner.
Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.
Number one, the administration strongly supports Andy Puzder and wants to stick with him. He's qualified for the job, and for myself, I'm enthusiastically in his camp.
It seems this gridlock and opposition has far less to do with the nominees actually before us than the man who nominated them.
The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine, and messed around in our elections. No, I don't think there is any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.
Well, Putin is a former KGB. He's an agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine, and messed around in our elections. No, I don't think there is any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.
I don't think we ought to spend any federal money investigating that.
We all get disappointed from time to time at the outcome in courts on things that we care about.
I appreciate many Kentuckians sharing their comments and for their patience with the jammed phone lines. I might suggest to people who've had that experience, the best way to contact me is online.
In my home state of Kentucky and others across the nation, the Stream Buffer Rule will cause major damage to communities and threaten coal jobs.
The legislation we passed today will help stop this disastrous rule and bring relief to coal miners and their families.
The president made an outstanding appointment; we're all thrilled and looking forward to getting the confirmation process started.
Judge Gorsuch understands the invaluable contribution to the federal judiciary and our democratic government made by the justice he is succeeding. Like Justice Scalia, he understands the constitutional limits on the authority of a federal judge and that the duty of a judge is to apply the law even-handedly, without fear or favor, and not to rule based on one's empathy with a party in a case.
It is time to get over the fact that they lost the election. The president is entitled to have his Cabinet appointments considered. None of this is going to lead to a different outcome.
What we hope would be that our Democratic friends will treat President Trump's nominees in the same way that we treated Clinton and Obama.
I think it's a good idea to tighten the vetting process But I also think it's important to remember that some of our best sources in the war against radical Islamic terrorism are Muslims, both in this country and overseas.
Well, we'll wait and see. I hope the president will follow our advice and not be lifting the sanctions on the Russians.
These sanctions were imposed because of their behaviour in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and now we know they've been messing around in our elections as well. If there's any country in the world that doesn't deserve sanctions relief, it's Russia.
We intend to address the wall issue ourselves.
I think the director of the CIA has made it clear he's going to follow the law.
It does occur. There are always arguments on both sides about how much, how frequent, and all the rest.
I appreciate his soliciting our advice.
This means that there are fewer active workers available to pay into an expanding retirement pool, leaving health benefits in jeopardy for thousands of miner retirees.
Repealing and replacing Obamacare is a big challenge. It isn't going to be easy.
Republicans "plan to take on the replacement challenge in manageable pieces, with step-by-step reforms. Repealing and replacing Obamacare is a big challenge. It isn't going to be easy.
When Obamacare's supporters forced their partisan law on our country, they promised an easy-to-use system; one that would lower premiums and out-of-pocket health care costs; one that would foster choice and allow families to keep the plans and doctors they liked.
But it didn't take long for the American people to discover the truth about Obamacare. Too many have been personally hurt by this law. Too many feel they're worse off than they were before Obamacare.
We must act quickly to bring relief to the American people.
The Senate just took an important step toward repealing and replacing Obamacare by passing the resolution that provides the legislative tools necessary to actually repeal this failed law while we move ahead with smarter health care policies.
Everybody'll be properly vetted as they have been in the past.
By nearly any measure, Obamacare has failed.
The president elect and I had a good meeting about the Senate agenda, which of course includes confirming the Cabinet appointments, getting further down the road toward repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Once repeal is passed we will turn to replacement policies that cost less and work better than what we have now.
All of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration at having not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate.
I remember (President) George W. Bush having the same hope. My suspicion is these hopes will be dashed pretty quickly.
All of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration in having not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate. I understand that, but we need to sort of grow up here and get past that.
My suspicion is these hopes will be dashed pretty quickly.
We will be replacing it rapidly after repealing it.
Apparently there's yet a new standard now, which is to not confirm a Supreme Court nominee at all. I think that's something the American people simply will not tolerate.
I didn't think ... Trump had a chance of winning.
Russia is not our friend.
As the next Congress reviews Russian actions against networks associated with the U.S. election, we must also work to ensure that any attack against the United States is met with an overwhelming response.
And I didn't think President Trump had a chance of winning.
Trump was able to convey – oddly enough a message from a billionaire who lives in Manhattan – a genuine concern for people who felt kind of left off, who felt offended by all the political correctness they see around them.
There's no question that the Russians were messing around in our election. It is a matter of genuine concern and it needs to be investigated.
What I hope we will clearly avoid, and I'm confident we will, is a trillion-dollar stimulus.
It's an important subject, and we intend to review it on a bipartisan basis.
He stopped short of endorsing a special panel investigation.
I hope that those who are going to be in positions of responsibility in the new administration share my view.
I think we ought to approach all of these issues on the assumption that the Russians do not wish us well.
The Russians are not our friends.
These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
I agree with Senator Schumer, Chairman McCain, (Sen.) Burr and others, this simply cannot be a partisan issue.
Obviously any foreign breach of our cybersecurity measures is disturbing, and I strongly condemn any such efforts. The Russians are not our friends.
Her word is her bond, she's a passionate advocate for the causes she supports, and good luck stopping her once she's put her mind to something.
It's legislation that can have an impact on each of our states and each of our constituents.
I'm confident his lifelong career of selfless service will be a positive addition to the incoming administration.
We're going to move to it after we go back in the first week in January.
We've been working with the transition team on all the things he can begin on his own to produce relief on. Some will take longer than others. But we intend to begin to dismantle this regulatory nightmare that's ... kept us from reaching our potential.
All across rural America, there's a sea of red because our friends on the other side have become an urban-oriented party.
We have an obligation to the American people to straighten this out.
As a practical matter, we will not be doing any trade agreements anytime soon.
Elaine Chao is just as much an American as any of the rest of them. In fact, she had to go through a lot more to become American.
We've got a lot to do.
Frequently, new majorities think they will last forever. Nothing is forever in this country. We have an election every two years right on schedule. I don't think we should act like we'll be in the majority forever.
Freedom and democracy are long overdue in Cuba.
We're going to take up the House bill. ... And we're going to pass it.
President Trump will make a selection, and the Senate will act on it expeditiously.
If Trump was able to win in Elliott County, that really underscores how his message resonated across the country.
It was a first-class meeting.
I think Article 5 (of the NATO treaty) means something: you attack any member of NATO, you have us to deal with. I want the Russians to understand that fully.
It's certainly not going to be brought up this year.
We would like to see the country go in a different direction and intend to work with him to change the course for America.
After eight years of the Obama administration, the American people have chosen a new direction for our nation. President-elect Trump has a significant opportunity to bring our nation together. It is my hope and intent that we succeed in the years ahead by working together with our colleagues across the aisle to strengthen our national and economic security.
If America votes like Kentucky, we'll be fine.
He "typically only comments on the Senate and not the presidential race.
These comments are repugnant, and unacceptable in any circumstance. As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape.
I do think is worth further discussing.
I think it's important to the United States to maintain as good a relationship with Saudi Arabia as possible, and I hope we'll defeat the resolution of disapproval of the arms sale.
We're looking for a way forward. And I'm hopeful and optimistic that we'll be able to do that.
I didn't hear the speech today, but the answer is yes.
It's hard to explain why – despite their own calls for funding – Senate Democrats decided to block a bill that could help keep pregnant women and babies safer from Zika.
I can't imagine that a Republican majority Senate, even if it were soon to be a minority, would want to confirm a judge that would move the court dramatically to the left. That's not going to happen.
I can't imagine that a Republican-majority Congress, in a lame-duck session, after the American people have spoken (in the election), would want to confirm (Garland). That's not going to happen. The principle is the same, whether it's before the election or after the election. The principle is the American people are choosing their next president and their next president should pick this Supreme Court nominee.
It's a concern to have Trump at the top of the ticket, no doubt, for anybody on the ballot.
Senate Republicans condemn David Duke, the KKK, and his racism, That is not the view of Republicans that have been elected to the United States Senate, and I condemn his comments in the most forceful way.
This isn't even a case where the president can use some kind of pen and phone strategy by claiming the Congress refused to act.
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.
@SenateMajLdr: In wake of @POTUS' vow to politicize shootings, hard to see today's announcement as being about more than politics. http://1.usa.gov/1OxsVFJ.
We could have, for the second time in our history, the majority leader of the Senate, setting the agenda for America and taking us in a new direction.
Let me just echo the remarks of the majority leader, we've had an opportunity over the last couple of days to have some very constructive exchanges of views about how to move forward. Those discussions continue and I share his optimism.
There is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. The sticking point appears to be a willingness, an interest or frankly the courage to close the deal.
The Republicans aren't about to write a blank cheque for anything the Senate Democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff.
The country has an extraordinary difficult set of challenges facing us over the next couple of months. The election is behind us and we are ready to get started.
I think we all know that if the president decides to reach an agreement with us, the Democrats, most of them, will fall in line. He is the leader of the Democratic party, he is the President of the United States: he needs to indicate what he will sign.
Americans don't want a spending freeze at unsustainable levels. They want cuts, dramatic cuts. And I hope the president will work with us on achieving them soon.
The President has tried to set some priorities. Unfortunately Democrats just keep throwing more money on top of an already incredibly bloated bill. At some point we're going to have to learn to say no.
Republicans believe that a stimulus bill must fix the main problem in the economy, which is housing. We need to fix housing first. Republicans believe we must put money back into the pockets of tax payers, and we believe we must eliminate wasteful spending from this package.
Congress tools to micro-manage the war are quite limited. About all Congress could do if it choses to, and I don't believe it will, is to cut off money for the troops.