Tag: Senator Dianne Feinstein

Adam Schiff Vying For California Attorney General Seat

UNITED STATES—California Congressman Adam Schiff, of the 28th District, who is currently serving his 10th term has reportedly let California Governor Gavin Newsom aware that he would like to fill the seat of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

Becerra was nominated as Health and Human Services Secretary by President Joe Biden. He has to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Newsom recently appointed former Secretary of State, Alex Padilla to Kamala Harris’s Senate seat. Padilla is the first Hispanic appointed to the U.S. Senate. He recently filled Padilla’s seat with Shirley Weber.

If Governor Newsom selects Schiff as Attorney General, it will leave a seat open in the House of Representatives that may only be filled through an election.

According to  reports, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, gave Schiff her blessing if he chooses to accept the position.

Dianne Feinstein, 87,  recently turned in her paperwork to run for U.S. Senate again in 2024. Schiff could run for Feinstein’s seat in the future should she choose not to run again.  She would be 91 at the end of the 2024 term.

“To be clear, Senator Feinstein has had a campaign committee since she took office, as all senators must. In order to keep this account active, the senator has to maintain filings with the FEC. Yesterday’s filings merely reflected an updated address,” the rep told L.A. Magazine to clarify the FEC filing. No exact details on an official run in 2024 has been announced.

Black Lives Matter and the Sunrise Movement LA contacted Governor Newsom requesting  he not appoint Schiff as Attorney General.

Newsom is currently under the spotlight in a Recall Gavin Newsom campaign. According to reports, his approval rating has dropped to 31 percent.

Schiff is a supporter of Joe Biden, and has expressed disdain for former President Donald Trump. He announced he attended six Presidential Inaugurations and Biden’s inauguration was the most uplifting.

“Adam Schiff shouldn’t be running for Attorney General, he should be running from the Attorney General,” said Mark Levin on the February 3 episode of the Mark Levin Show.

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Senator Ted Cruz Introduces Amendment Imposing Term Limits

UNITED STATES−Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Francis Rooney of Florida introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution imposing term limits for members of Congress.

During the 117th Congress first session on January 4, a Joint Resolution, “Purposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of terms that a member of Congress may serve” was introduced.

“IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES JANUARY 4, 2021 Mr. NORMAN (for himself, Mr. GAETZ, Mr. BROOKS, Mr. MASSIE, Mr. JOYCE of Pennsylvania, Mr. PERRY, Mr. BACON, Mr. DUNCAN, Mr. RESCHENTHALER, Mr. BUDD, Mr. BIGGS, Mr. ZELDIN, Mr. GOODEN of Texas, Mr. STEUBE, Mrs. LESKO, Mr. SCHWEIKERT, Mr. DAVIDSON, Mr. BISHOP of North Carolina, Mr. MURPHY of North Carolina, and Mr. JACKSON) submitted the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary,” were present.

Article I Section I reads “No person that serves three terms as a Representative shall be eligible for an election to the House of Representatives. For purpose of this section, the election of a person to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives shall be included as one term in determining the number of terms that such person has served a Representative if the person fills a vacancy for more than one year.”

Section II reads, “No person who serves two terms as a Senator shall be eligible for election or appointment to the Senate.”

Rep. Maxine Waters

“For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people,” said Cruz in a press release.

“Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C. It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification.”

If this amendment passes both the House of Representatives and in the Senate, senators including Cruz himself, would be limited to two six-year terms. Members of the House, could serve only three, two-year terms. It was co-sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio, Mike Lee and former Senator David Perdue.

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Nancy Pelosi Re-Elected As Speaker Of The House

UNITED STATES−On Sunday, January 3, Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi was elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

House Minority Leader serving California’s District, Kevin McCarthy presented Pelosi the gavel on the opening day of the 117th Congress on Capitol Hill.

“Fewer than 11 million citizens have had the opportunity you have,” McCarthy reminded Pelosi.

Pelosi received 216 votes to McCarthy’s 209. It was McCarthy’s duty to present Pelosi with the gavel. McCarthy made a speech highlighting American history and the downfalls of the 116th Congress.

As he handed Speaker Pelosi the gavel, McCarthy said, “Madam Speaker, as I hand you this gavel, I ask that you just keep in mind of all the voices in America that have a voice on this floor.”

Pelosi will pick up her gavel for her fourth term. She will also be representing San Francisco, California’s 43rd District.

 

Pelosi was elected the first female Speaker of the House in 2007. She lost her seat in 2011 when Republicans took the majority. Sher regained her seat in 2019 with 220 votes.

Pelosi enters her fourth term as Speaker of the House at the age of 80. She is not the oldest member of Congress. Dianne Feinstein, at 87 is the oldest and the longest-tenured female sitting U.S. Senator. In the year 2022, Feinstein will become the longest-serving woman in U.S. history.

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New Bill Would Require Helicopters to Have Black Boxes, Terrain Awareness Systems After Crash That Killed Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Helicopters may soon be required to install additional safety measures after the death of Kobe Bryant.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks together introduced the Helicopter Safety Act Thursday. The law would require the FAA to strengthen federal standards for helicopters in the wake of the tragic crash.

The NBA superstar, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven others were killed in a crash into the hills of Calabasas on Jan. 26.

A preliminary NTSB report said the Sikorsky S-76B they were in was flying in foggy weather and did not have terrain awareness technology or a black box to record what happened in the cockpit before the crash. Immediately after the crash, the FAA was criticized for not requiring such safety systems, despite NTSB recommendations after past helicopter crashes.

In January, when Sherman first discussed the bill, he estimated such systems would cost between $25,000 and $40,000 per helicopter. Feinstein in February urged the FAA in a letter to make the safety systems a requirement in all helicopters that carry six or more people, before introducing the bill Thursday.

Coronavirus: Complaint Alleges Feinstein, GOP Senators Possibly Violated Insider Trading Laws

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/CBS News) – A nonpartisan group is calling for federal regulators to investigate California Senator Dianne Feinstein and other U.S. lawmakers for possibly violating insider trading laws after receiving classified briefings about the seriousness of the coronavirus threat.

According to CBS News, Feinstein (D-CA) sold as much as $6 million worth of shares in late and mid-February, around the same time the Senate Intelligence Committee was briefed on COVID-19.

Feinstein denied the transactions had anything to do with information about coronavirus.

She later tweeted: “During my Senate career I’ve held all assets in a blind trust of which I have no control. Reports that I sold any assets are incorrect, as are reports that I was at a January 24 briefing on coronavirus, which I was unable to attend.”

She said that Senate rules also require her to report her husband’s financial transactions. “I have no input into his decisions,” she tweeted. “My husband in January and February sold shares of a cancer therapy company. This company is unrelated to any work on the coronavirus and the sale was unrelated to the situation.”

In addition to Feinstein, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) sold as much as $1.7 million in stocks just before the market dropped in February amid fears about the coronavirus outbreak, according to Senate records cited by CBS News.

Committee chairman Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) walk to a closed meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill March 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

The documents show that Burr and his wife sold between roughly $600,000 and $1.7 million in 33 separate transactions in late January and mid-February, just before the market began to fall and as government health officials began to issue stark warnings about the effects of the virus. Several of the stocks were in companies that own hotels.

On Friday, nonpartisan watchdog group Common Cause filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC,) and the Senate Ethics Committee calling for immediate investigations of Feinstein, Burr, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and James Inhofe (R-OK) for possible violations of the STOCK Act and insider trading laws.

The STOCK Act affirms that members of Congress are not exempt from insider trading laws and states that Senators “may not use nonpublic information derived from such person’s position as a Member of Congress … or gained from the performance of such person’s official responsibilities as a means for making a private profit.”

“The American people expect and deserve leaders who look after the interests of the people before their own personal interests,” said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause. “These potential violations of insider trading laws and the STOCK Act by these Senators, outlined in widespread media reports, show what appears to be contempt for the law and further a contempt for the American people these Senators have sworn to serve. Situations like these are exactly why Common Cause fought to help pass the STOCK Act, to prevent government officials abusing their power for their personal profit.”

Click here to read the DOJ complaint.