Chuck Schumer Named U.S. Senate Minority Leader

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) was elected Wednesday leader of the Senate Democratic minority, making the seasoned senator from Brooklyn a key check on Republican control of Congress and the White House.As Senate minority leader, Schumer is up against a 51-48 GOP majority that will likely gain one more seat in a Louisiana runoff election next month. But because Senate rules require 60 votes to end debate on bills before legislation can be passed with a simple majority vote, Schumer and the Democratic caucus are effectively the last stand against President-Elect Donald Trump’s agenda.“When we can agree on issues, then we’re gonna work with him,” Schumer told reporters during a news conference announcing that Democratic senators voted to promote him. “We’re not just gonna—as some have done here in the past—say, ‘Just because it’s President Trump’s idea or thought, we’re going to oppose it, per se…’ On issues where we disagree you can expect a strong and tough fight.”Schumer, 65, who voters re-elected to a fourth six-year term last week, will replace retiring U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). His counterpart, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is reportedly facing a potential challenge as she seeks re-election to her leadership post.Since the election last week, political observers are watching closely to see if Republicans will move to curtail Democrats’ use of the filibuster to block Trump’s agenda, much like the GOP did for President Barack Obama when Democrats had the majority. But experts suspect that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) likely doesn’t have the votes needed to change the rules, since some Republican senators may be reluctant to limit their use of the filibuster the next time they’re in the minority.Besides the proposed repealing of Obamacare, the top issue expected to come before the Senate in the 115th Congress is the appointment of a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Schumer noted that he was “deeply disappointed” that the GOP didn’t confirm Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland. Trump has said he would name a right-leaning Supreme Court nominee within his first 100 days in office.last_img read more

FBI investigating Nevis robbery of US Supreme Court justice

first_img Tweet 16 Views   no discussions US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Bryer. Photo credit: get-lawyers.comCHARLESTOWN, Nevis — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has sent at least one agent to Nevis to investigate last week’s armed robbery of US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at his vacation home on the island, a law enforcement official said on Tuesday.Breyer, 73, and his wife were robbed by an intruder who broke into their home last Thursday. The machete-wielding intruder took about $1,000 in cash and no one was hurt, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said.Meanwhile, Nevis premier Joseph Parry said in a local radio interview on Tuesday that he visited Breyer at his home last Friday, the day after the robbery took place. Parry also asked for help from witnesses with any information about the incident.By Caribbean News Now contributor Sharing is caring! NewsRegional FBI investigating Nevis robbery of US Supreme Court justice by: – February 15, 2012center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Eguma Demands Self-belief from Rivers Utd

first_imgTechnical Manager of Rivers United FC, Stanley Eguma has said that Wikki Tourists will beat his charges unless they play with belief in this weekend’s big game in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Rivers United has only amassed seven points on their travels all season and has failed to score in its last nine games on the road.Eguma knows his charges must produce a big performance against a powerful Wikki side almost peerless at home.“I cannot predict the outcome of matches before they are played. I rather work towards (getting a positive result from) the game. “I recall that when we got our first away win of the season (against Warri Wolves in Warri on May 8), no one expected it.“I can’t predict what will happen in Bauchi.“I agree that Wikki Tourists is a good side but it is possible that they can fall in Bauchi and that is what we are plotting for.“We have had a week to prepare for the game and we will go to Bauchi to give a good account of ourselves because we know the importance of that game.“We know what that game will do for our title ambitions so we are not going there for (tourism).“The fans should know that Rivers United will be giving her best in that game and who knows, we may be coming back with a win,” Eguma noted yesterday.Rivers United is currently in first place on the NPFL standings with 56 points from 33 matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tony Pulis: West Brom fans have forgiven ‘naughty’ star after Tottenham debacle

first_img Saido Berahino Tony Pulis believes West Brom’s fans have forgiven ‘naughty child’ Saido Berahino for wanting to leave.The boss insisted any rift between the striker and supporters has been healed following his return to the side.Berahino threatened to never play for the club again following two rejected deadline-day bids from Tottenham, while he also had a transfer request blocked in the summer.He scored the winner on his return to the starting line-up for the first time since asking to leave in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Aston Villa.The 22-year-old was rested in Wednesday’s 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Norwich but is expected to start at The Hawthorns against Everton on Monday and Pulis insisted he has been welcomed back.“They’ve been very good and very supportive and the great thing for me is the Saido situation,” he said.“I think Saido was concerned there might be a little turning of the tide but they were absolutely wonderful when he came on against Southampton and last Saturday against Villa.“They truly are in love with their football club and they want their football club to do well and Saido is a big part of that now.“They have embraced him and brought him back into the fold – that naughty child!“It’s good because it takes the pressure off him. It’s the biggest thing for the lads to take the pressure off.“The reaction of the supporters and players shows there’s good unity in the group. What we need to do now is for him to concentrate on playing football which is what he’s good at.”Pulis made 10 changes for the defeat at Carrow Road as he rested Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Salomon Rondon after admitting they needed a break ahead of Everton’s visit. “Those players have had the opportunity to have an extra day off. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning we’ll really prepare,” he added. 1last_img read more