Sen. Mary Landrieu to reimburse Senate for charter flight
August 14th, 2014
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Sen. Mary Landrieu to reimburse Senate for charter flight

(CNN) - Sen. Mary Landrieu will reimburse the Senate more than $5,700 for a charter flight she paid for with taxpayer money after CNN questioned the expense.

The Louisiana Democrat chartered a private plane last September to travel from New Orleans to Shreveport, where she attended an official event. She then traveled on to Dallas, where she attended a fundraiser.

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  1. Anonymous

    @Lynda, yes, I was being totally facetious, which both you and @Austin got. Unfortunately, poor @Rudy saw a chance to admonish me....it is enlightening to learn that @Rudy watches Sharpton's show. Very telling and not at all surprising.

    August 14, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    @ tom l,

    Dude, you do cheerlead one party over another. When was the last time you led off with a criticism of Conservatives that even remotely approached the vigor that you attack Liberals with? @ just asking, when was the last time you were willing to invest in a business to help get people off welfare and help them build some dignity in their lives? I doubt you'v ever considered it worthy of your time, much less your money, and we all know you're money is more valuable to you than actually doing something good with it.

    August 14, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. it must be said

    Sniffit
    "51 is now good enough for everything.
    --
    No it's not. The only change was to stop the filibusters of POTUS's nominees because the GOP/Teatrolls were abusing it to keep judicial seats vacant and prevent the POTUS from having the cabinet members and agency heads he needed to effectively run the administration....and guess who will still be POTUS until 2016 when the Dems have a massive advantage in the Senate races that year in terms of which party is defending more seats, etc. For 51 to be "good for everything" the GOP/Teatrolls would have to go nuclear and completely destroy the filibuster, which would be seen as spiteful, hypocritical nonsense and would only make their 2016 prospects worse...both the fact that they did it and the ensuing 2 years of ridiculous behavior that would follow.
    ---

    No, no, no, no, no. Democrats rewrote the rules to suit their needs and now must live by the rules, namely there are no rules, just do anything you want with total disregard for the minority. Democrats opened up this can of worms and will soon see what they did to themselves with their "I don't give a damn about Senate rules" attitude. Jammed Obamacare through the same way. It will be good to see the Democrats squeal like the pigs they are.

    August 14, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Anonymous

    @Lynda, yes, I was being facetious. Unfortunately, it went over @Rudy's head. as I can't imagine even him defending the good reverend...can you say "Tywana Brawley"? It saddens me that Sharpton cares more about stirring racial hatred than he does about addressing with any consistency the black on black violence. and @Rudy obviously watches Sharpton's show. which is about as unbiased as someone like Hannity. Fortunately, @Austin (and you) picked up on my sarcasm. There are too many posters on here who obviously believe that they have all of the answers, right @Rudy?
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    I watch his show on occasion. I have also long felt that Sharpton was a complete idiot. As well intentioned as he may have been, for the longest time everything that he touched turned out badly for those he was trying to help. I'm talking about the Brawley case and his other crusades. I've challenged people to name one thing that he got involved in that turned out for the better, and they couldn't. I was also dumb struck when MSNBC gave him a show. So, I watched it.

    August 14, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Just for the record, anyone who takes Al Sharpton without a whopping huge hunk of salt needs to get their head examined. Whatever good the man has done was more than negated by the Tawana Brawley affair, and he is not the person who can motivate new people into becoming active on Civil Rights.

    August 14, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. just asking

    Sniffit
    "51 is now good enough for everything.
    --
    No it's not
    --

    obamacare was passed with 51 votes and will be repealed with many more than that. the great democrat disaster that a majority of the american people don't want will be going away and replaced with common sense solutions.

    August 14, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "No, no, no, no, no. Democrats rewrote the rules to suit their needs and now must live by the rules, namely there are no rules, just do anything you want with total disregard for the minority. Democrats opened up this can of worms and will soon see what they did to themselves with their "I don't give a damn about Senate rules" attitude. Jammed Obamacare through the same way. It will be good to see the Democrats squeal like the pigs they are."

    OK, whatever, champ. First, what I told you was 100% accurate and reflects precisely what the rule changes were. if you want to run around denying it and making things up and spouting hyperbolic mischaracterizations of it, then so be it, but that just makes you look stupid, uninformed and dishonest. Second, the minority was absolutely abusing the filibuster and was showing ZERO regard for the POTUS or the majority. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada. The filibustering was out of control and the GOP/Teatrolls were setting records over and over again for how many times they used and even which nominees/positions they were using it against. They desperately wanted to keep Obama from appointing judges or having an effective administrative team of people he picked to work with him. They were breaking gov't to "prove" it was broken. They were taking efficiency hostage and making demands. All because they were the minority and their only avenue for "control" was to simply bring everything to a screeching halt because they didn't want to allow majority rules and wanted to partially undo the election results by rendering Obama powerless to make his appointments or have the cabinet of his choice. BUT, that is the only thing they've been prevented from filibustering...they can still filibuster everything else (and pretty much have done so), including SCOTUS nominees. They've not been rendered powerless, just powerless to abuse EVERY aspect of their position. Listening to you and then whine about it is like watching a child abuser complain that one of his kids was taken away, so he's down to having only 11 left in his basement cages to abuse.

    August 14, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "obamacare was passed with 51 votes and will be repealed with many more than that. "

    LOL. Please proceed, dimwit. I dare the GOP/Teatrolls to do that and suffer the veto. All it will do is rile true-believing Teatroll idiots like yourself. It won't impress independent voters.

    " replaced with common sense solutions."

    Such as?

    August 14, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    They all do it. Who,pays for these trip to Iowa and NH to campaign for president?
    Did anyone ever ask why or chastise the bridgegate governor of NJ for using a state helicopter to go to his son's soccer game? Why was there a car waiting for him (that could have driven him) to drive him 100 yards that he could have easily walked? Never mind, I'm surprised he can get out of bed! Who's paying for all these trips he is making. What about paulie the hamburger runner?

    August 14, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Jammed Obamacare through the same way"

    BTW: no they didn't. And if you want to complain about people jamming anything through the senate, just look at the Bush tax cuts and the GOP abusing reconciliation to force them through in 2001 and 2003...yet more unprecedented crap from them.

    August 14, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    @it. Use be said, 51 IS more than 49 and more than half.
    As a matter of fact look at the old catholic farts on the SCOTUS 5-4 wins against rights for everyone but corporations.

    August 14, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Hector Slagg

    It is time for the end of all social programs put in place by the Liberal's over the last 100 years. The Federal Government has no business in the welfare business, the Federal Government has no business in the medical business. The Federal Government has no business in collecting and disbursing money in most cases. The only job of the Congress, within the confines of the Constitution is to make the laws as fair as possible. Any and all Social Welfare Programs belong in each State, as voted on and decided by the people in each state. congress doesn't need to be in session except on rare occasions where a law needs to be adjusted.

    August 14, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    "obamacare was passed with 51 votes and will be repealed with many more than that. the great democrat disaster that a majority of the american people don't want will be going away and replaced with common sense solutions."
    -------------------------–
    You're right. That imaginary thing called "obamacare" has all sorts of bad news associated with it. The fact of the matter is that HR 3590, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed in the Senate December 24, 2009, 60-39, 1 not voting.

    August 14, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. tom l

    And if you want to complain about people jamming anything through the senate, just look at the Bush tax cuts

    =====

    The Bush tax cuts (which were for everyone, not just the rich as you try to fool people in to thinking) was passed with 25% of senate democrats voting for it (12 out of the 48). I challenge you to find any major piece of legislation that has passed with that type of support from the opposition. The ACA, the "stimulus", the financial reform act were all passed without little to no support from the opposition.

    August 14, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    @Hector Slagg
    It is time for the end of all social programs put in place by the Liberal's over the last 100 years.
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    Women voters take note. The horrible liberal modification of the Constitution called women's right to vote was not in place 100 years ago. Take note of how far back conservatives want to take you!

    August 14, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. austin powers

    If the gop eliminated every social program, where do you honestly think the money would go? Just curious, @ just asking, it must be said .be realistic please.

    August 14, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ yolanda: "and @Rudy obviously watches Sharpton's show. which is about as unbiased as someone like Hannity. Fortunately, @Austin (and you) picked up on my sarcasm. There are too many posters on here who obviously believe that they have all of the answers, right @Rudy?"

    Considering I watch neither Sean Hannity nor Al Sharpton, I am perhaps not best qualified to discuss either personality other than to agree that both personalities are biased to a fault.

    On another note, your fascination with @Rudy is duly noted.

    August 14, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. austin powers

    Tom, why were the bush tax cuts reinstated? And what was the gop wanting, to make them permanent, or the middle class gets no tax cuts period, you can deny it all you wish, but it was brutally obvious who they were fighting for, and how willing they were to throw the working class under the bus to get it, IMHO.

    August 14, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein

    If she paid the money back, it shouldn't be too big a deal because of the following reasons: there are a lot of campaign finance laws to understand; she was made aware of the problem and corrected it.

    @Hector Slagg, if the government can not secure the welfare of the citizens it represents, then what good is it? If it means keeping the elderly and poor from dying on the street, then I am for it. I can't see any for profit company helping the poor, the elderly and sick because there is no profit in that. As to having the states do that, they often rely on the federal government to pay for quite a bit of it since states seem to be in constant dire budgets.

    August 14, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. it must be said

    oh, Sniffit, how soon you forget that the Democrats did the same exact thing, filibuster everything. Democrats have shut out the Republicans from offering amendments to bills and so they have used the only thing they have left. So Democrats went nuclear and now will have to live with the consequences of their actions when they lose the Senate majority. It is just amazing how the leftis Democrats just simply refuses to accept responsibility for their irresponsible actions, Obama, Reid, Pelosi.

    August 14, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. salty dog

    How did Struther Martin put it, ..some men you just can't reach,... amen to that, I applaud those with the energy to correct these people day in and out, its exhausting, trying to educate the unwilling. Truth, logic, and rational are highly under rated around here. It doesn't hurt, its free, yet the truth seems to be a rather bitter pill for some.

    August 14, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. tom l

    austin powers

    Tom, why were the bush tax cuts reinstated? And what was the gop wanting, to make them permanent, or the middle class gets no tax cuts period, you can deny it all you wish, but it was brutally obvious who they were fighting for, and how willing they were to throw the working class under the bus to get it, IMHO.
    ===

    All in the perspective that you take. Couldn't you also say that the dems were willing to raise taxes on the middle class because they were adamant about raising them on the upper bracket? I'd say that both parties were willing to throw the middle class under the bus if they didn't get what they wanted.

    August 14, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "The Bush tax cuts (which were for everyone, not just the rich as you try to fool people in to thinking) was passed with 25% of senate democrats voting for it (12 out of the 48)."

    That's 2001. And it was still only 58 in favor, so the point still stands: it would not have passed the expected filibuster and the GOP used its control over the Senate to prevent the minority from filibustering by forcing a voting mechanism that lowered the required votes to 51. In 2003, the GOP yet again forced reconciliation and Cheney had to break the tie (they got only 2 Dems). The 2001 cuts were across all categories of income, but the 2003 cuts were very much packed with goodies specifically geared towards the wealthy's dividends and capital gains income. In any event, by trying to make it sound bipartisan, you're waxing irrelevant and missing the point. The GOP used their majority power in the rules to force a particular voting mechanism that avoids a filibuster. That's not substantively any different than using the majority's power to change the rules to actually change the rules to avoid a filibuster. Both maneuvers changed the requirements for winning their respective votes. At least with respect to the constant, unrelenting, blanket filibuster of POTUS nominations, the Dems had a good reason for it. With respect to the Bush tax cuts, particularly in 2003, the GOP did it just so they could win and continue eviscerating the government's income stream.

    August 14, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. salty dog

    The rwnj complaining about her are comical at best, hypocrites, corruption simply has made its mark, I feel as though the Koch brothers won't stop til they can run the country any way they see fit. Look at what they've done to Canada, they have lobbied and successfully banned any public library from carrying books that even mention climate change, literally burned them, there are illegal now, is this coming here, if the gop wins, probably.

    August 14, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. salty dog

    Well that explains a lot, the Democrats were fighting for the working class, and the gop for the rich, spin away though, I'm not getting dizzy

    August 14, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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