Senate Democrats Help Block Obama Nominee For Civil Rights Post

The Senate Democrats who opposed the nominee were: Christopher A. Coons (Del.), Robert P. Casey Jr. (Pa.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and John Walsh (Mont.). Pryor faces one of the most difficult reelection battles of any Democrat this year, while Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin and Walsh hail from socially conservative states that Obama lost in 2012.

It would help millions more work their way out of poverty. And it doesn’t require new taxes, doesn’t require new spending, doesn’t require some vast bureaucracy, said Obama. Connecticut already has raised its state minimum wage above $7.25, and Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy is seeking to hike it again to $10.10. To magnify his point, Obama sat down earlier for a spicy Korean BBQ steak sandwich at the Cafe Beauregard just off Main Street in New Britain, across from the courthouse, where owner Rob Chiovoloni pays his staff more than $10 per hour. He knows what it’s like to work all his life and understands that if people are working hard, they shouldn’t be in poverty, Obama told reporters.

Outside the gymnasium where Obama spoke, a handful of protesters waved the Ukrainian flag in apparent solidarity with Ukraines new government, while immigration activists chanted: Obama, dont deport my mama. Obamas visit to a state he handily won twice served as a nagging reminder than Obama is struggling to maintain the publics support amid concerns about his health care law and a still-sluggish economic recovery. Just 45 percent of voters here approved of the president his lowest score in Connecticut according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this week. With an eye toward the election, Obama told about 70 donors later Wednesday that Democrats have a tendency to tune out midterms at their own peril. At an art gallery in Boston, Obama warned that Democrats could get walloped again this year if they turn prematurely to the 2016 presidential race. Nobodys going to be more interested than me in having a Democrat succeed me, Obama said. But right now, weve got to make sure were fighting in this election. Obamas two Boston fundraisers were among 18 that Obama has committed to holding by mid-summer for this site the Democratic National Committee, which is still working its way out of deep debt more than a year after helping Obama get re-elected.

It’s among a list of “wasteful spending” that the President would slash if he gets his way on the budget . Other more impressive cuts include wiping out ground combat vehicles, which saves $51 million. Trimming subsidies for poor families to heat their homes would save another $625 million. In his latest budget, the President proposed 136 cuts, yielding $17 billion in savings. It was the fewest number of cuts proposed since he first took office in 2009.

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