Washington (CNN) - An eight year veteran of the Senate Intelligence Committee has been named the new ranking Republican on the panel.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday.
"It is a priority of mine to ask the tough questions to ensure that we continue disrupting plots from those who seek to do us harm, and that we are giving our intelligence community the tools and resources it needs to keep America safe," Chambliss said in a prepared statement.
(CNN) – Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, said Thursday he has removed a staff member confirmed as the author of an anti-gay comment on a gay and lesbian blog.
"The office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms has concluded its investigation, and I responded to that report immediately with the removal of a member of my staff," Chambliss said in a statement released by his office Thursday.
The Chambliss staffer allegedly responded to a blog posting about a Senate vote on a defense bill that included a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy by writing "ALL F–GOTS MUST DIE" in the blog's comments section.
Washington (CNN) - The office of Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that a profane anti-gay comment posted on a gay blog originated from one of its offices, and has handed the investigation to the Senate Sergeant at Arms.
A spokeswoman for Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer told CNN Friday, "Mr. Gainer does not have a comment" on the matter.
(CNN) - Staffers from the office of Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss are investigating whether or not a profane anti-gay comment posted on a gay blog originated from one of its offices.
The comment –"All F**gots must die" [without asterisks]– was posted Tuesday afternoon by a user identifying himself as "Jimmy" in in response to a blog post about the Senate's cloture vote on a Defense bill that included the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The vote to allow debate on the bill failed and the legislation did not advance.
Joseph Jervis is the owner of "Joe.My.God," a blog that covers gay and lesbian issues. He wrote the post and tracked the rogue commenter's Internet Protocol (IP) address. After he learned that the Internet service provider (ISP) was the U.S. Senate, he shared the IP address with his tech-savvy readers who say they've traced its origination to an Atlanta office building that houses regional offices for both of Georgia's U.S. senators.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Saxby Chambliss says the U.S. debt is "one of the most dangerous threats confronting America."
The Georgia Republican made his comment in this week's Republican address, and come on the same day that, in the presidential radio and internet address, President Obama criticized Senate Republicans for their attempts to delay the extension of unemployment benefits and tax credits to people and small businesses hurt by the recession.
Republican leaders objected to the measure because it would have added to the national debt. They offered alternative bills that would have paid for unemployment benefits with unused stimulus funds.
While never referring explicitly to the legislative battle over unemployment benefits, Chambliss hammers home the GOP perspective.
“This is not a conventional war,” Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “There are different geographical areas that we’re fighting this war in and there are political issues that are far-and-away the most difficult that we’ve encountered probably in any conflict we’ve ever been in.”
The Georgia lawmaker added, “You have the most corrupt government that we’ve ever dealt with from a conflict standpoint. And until you provide some stability and some confidence in the Afghan people about the way forward from a governing standpoint, then I think . . . we could win militarily and still have a very ugly victory.”
Another Armed Services Committee member, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., largely agreed with Chambliss’ assessment.
Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has scheduled a late afternoon vote Monday to move ahead with a Senate financial reform bill, but Republicans warn they are not prepared to launch debate on the measure.
Leading lawmakers from both parties making the rounds of Sunday political talk shows said a deal is close on a reform bill, but top-ranking Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was among those saying he didn't expect debate to proceed on Monday.
"We don't have a bipartisan compromise yet," McConnell said on "FOX News Sunday." "But I think there's a good chance that we're going to get it."
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Saxby Chambliss said Sunday that Democrats are playing politics with the issue of immigration reform. The Georgia Republican also suggested that the Senate should have higher priorities than immigration reform and energy legislation just now.
“I’m not sure how you can really justify bringing either one of them up at this point,” Chambliss said on CNN’s State of the Union.
He added that the Senate has yet to make any progress on the budget or the many appropriations bills necessary to fund the federal government’s operations.
“We’ve got a lot of work left on our plate between now and the end of the summer,” he said, noting that the Senate was about to take up financial regulatory reform. “I’m not sure where you find the time to deal with these other major issues,” Chambliss told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
Asked by Crowley whether political considerations are pushing Democrats to move immigration onto the front burner during this midterm election year, the Republican did not hesitate.
“Oh sure, I mean it’s pretty clear that’s what this is all about," he responded.
(CNN) – Republicans are rejoicing. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, Democrats say goodbye to dreams of a filibuster-proof super-majority after losing the Senate runoff in Georgia. CNN’s Dana Bash breaks down the significance of Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss’s win, and its implications on a national level.
Plus: CNN International lands an exclusive interview with former President Bill Clinton, his first since his wife’s nomination to be Secretary of State. Hear what the former president had to say about Hillary Clinton’s reaction to the nomination and his involvement in her upcoming political decisions.
CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux reports on the Obama/Clinton relationship, and how it could play out in the upcoming administration.
Also: The festivities surrounding President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration could be the biggest Washington has ever seen. CNN’s Jim Acosta takes a look at planning of the historic event during difficult financial times.
Finally: Happy Holidays from the White House! First lady Laura Bush gives CNN a look at the presidential Christmas tree, and opens up about her meeting with Michelle Obama.
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