Around the South for Dec. 16: Senate, 2016 & AL


Senate: Most Southerners vote for spending bill. When the “CRomnibus”, the congressional resolution plus omnibus spending bill which keeps the government funded through September 2015, came up in the Senate Saturday night, Southern GOP lawmakers were not of one mind. Nine voted for the bill (Alexander, Boozman, Burr, Cochran, Cornyn, Graham, Isakson, McConnell & Wicker) to eight who opposed it (Corker, Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Scott, Sessions, Shelby and Vitter). Three did not vote (Chambliss, Coburn & Inhofe). All six Democrats voted for it (Hagan, Kaine, Landrieu, Nelson, Pryor & Warner) ……. 2016: Mitt knocks Jeb’s chances. In interviews with Politico, a number of Republican insiders who are close to Mitt Romney say they believe the 2012 nominee may give it another shot. For starters, Romney believes that Jeb Bush, who would presumably inherit the GOP establishment backing that Romney had, would have trouble with his business dealings, with Lehman Brothers and others. “You saw what they did to me with Bain (Capital),” Romney said ……. Alabama: Sessions praises defense spending bill. US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, lauded the defense spending bill passed last week, reported The $577 billion bill, among other things, boosted missile defense production inHuntsville, AL. “Alabama is a leader in our nation’s defense and this legislation is recognition of that fact,” Sessions said.