A happy Wednesday to you, and you, and you.
“The last straw.” — 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.
Palin cited the influx of young illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as that “last straw.” The thinking in some quarters is that talk like this could wind up hurting Republicans in a year that shapes up as a good one for them. Why? It suggests that the GOP is run by extremists.
“I might be next. You never know.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in June to a fellow Republican senator in which Roberts speculated about his possible defeat to tea party candidate Milton Wolf.
Politico wrote about the Roberts-Wolf race Tuesday and described the three-term senator as the favorite to win the GOP primary. But the story also depicted Roberts as a “changed man” who has “appeared increasingly on edge” with a voting history that has “shifted markedly to the right.”
“I'm pleased this bipartisan legislation will hold responsible any VA employee found to have cooked the books on wait times, and will help us quickly recover bonuses and raises paid to those fraudsters with taxpayer dollars.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on a bill she’s sponsored with Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire that would seek to get back bonuses paid to VA workers who falsified wait times. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
The bill would require employees who received bonuses since 2011 to repay them if they removed a veteran’s name from a wait list. The guess here is that proving that any worker removed a name would be tough. Still, this is another in a series of high-profile measures that McCaskill has backed in recent months.
“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business.” — Washington Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, on a bill that Democrats have written to override the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision on contraceptives.
The measure would guarantee women access to coverage for birth control even if they work for a business that objects to the coverage. The bill was developed in consultation with administration officials.