The country lost a famous American this week with the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who also held the titles of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, national security adviser, and four-star general. Powell died of complications from COVID-19.
After Powell’s death, the news cycle was dominated by spending bill negotiations. President Joe Biden admitted it was unlikely that the package would come in with the touted $3.5 trillion price tag, due in large part to objections from centrist Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. Now the Democrats' internecine battle has shifted from how much they will spend to which programs and initiatives will end up on the cutting room floor.
Here are the quotes of the week.
"Colin embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat. He was committed to our nation’s strength and security above all.
"Having fought in wars, he understood better than anyone that military might alone was not enough to maintain our peace and prosperity. From his front-seat view of history, advising presidents and shaping our nation’s policies, Colin led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that make our country strong. Time and again, he put country before self, before party, before all else — in uniform and out — and it earned him the universal respect of the American people. Having repeatedly broken racial barriers, blazing a trail for others to follow in Federal Government service, Colin was committed throughout his life to investing in the next generation of leadership."
- Biden pays tribute to Colin Powell, who died at age 84.
“The world lost one of the greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed.
“I lost a tremendous personal friend and mentor. He has been my mentor for a number of years. He always made time for me and I could always go to him with tough issues. He always had great counsel. We will certainly miss him. I feel as if I have a hole in my heart just learning of this recently."
- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Powell.
“Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media. Hope that happens to me someday. He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!”
- Former President Donald Trump attacks Powell a day after it was announced that the former secretary of state died.
“In the name of God, I ask the technology giants to stop exploiting human weakness, people’s vulnerability, for the sake of profits without caring about the spread of hate speech, grooming, fake news, conspiracy theories, and political manipulation.”
- Pope Francis on the evils of Big Tech.
“If you came and said to me, ‘We will pass the CEPP as written, but we will exempt West Virginia from it,’ I would take that deal. Do I think that’s possible? I mean, probably not, but that would be acceptable, right? Because West Virginia is an irrelevant part of our economy.”
- Rep. Sean Casten an Illinois Democrat, speaks after Manchin’s criticism of the climate provisions in the Build Back Better program.
- Manchin emerges from the Capitol with Sen. Bernie Sanders after the two sparred over the Democratic spending bill.
“At a time when our adversaries continue to increase their quantitative and qualitative advantage against our forces, we should seek to ensure that no policy, even unintentionally, hinders military readiness.”
“The tragedy of the treadmill that's delayed.”
- Press secretary Jen Psaki makes light of the supply chain crisis.
“Hypersonic technology is something that we have been concerned about. We just don't know how we can defend against that technology, neither does China, neither does Russia.”
"The president is the inspirer, he is the closer, he is the convincer, the mediator in chief. He really is doing a phenomenal job."
- Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the head of the progressive caucus, after meeting with Biden to discuss the spending package.
“Of course I talked to the president. I talked to him that day. I’ve been clear about that. I don’t recall the number of times, but it’s not about me. I know you want to make it about that.”
- Rep. Jim Jordan tells a House panel investigating Jan. 6 he can’t remember how many times he spoke to Trump on that day.
“If that causes you a problem, let me know, and I’ll switch to be an independent. But I’d still be caucusing with Democrats.
“That’s the only thing that was ever discussed, and no one accepted that.
“I just said, 'I’ll make that offer if you need it.'”
“I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler.”
- Meghan Markle writes a letter to Congress advocating for guaranteed paid leave.
"'I told you so' doesn’t even begin to cover it here.”
- Sen. Rand Paul reacts to a new letter from the National Institutes of Health in which the organization admitted that Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance broke its reporting rules when conducting bat coronavirus research.
“I can’t imagine any circumstance in which the PATRIOT Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor can I imagine a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorism."
- Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks to the House Judiciary Committee after a National School Board Association letter last month called upon the Justice Department to do just that, with the attorney general issuing a memo a few days later.
“A snitch line on parents, started five days after a left-wing political organization asked for it. If that's not political I don't know what is. Where's the dedicated lines of communication with local leaders regarding our southern border?
“Nope, can't do that, the Biden Justice Department is going to go after parents who object to some racist, hate-American curriculum.”
- Rep. Jim Jordan accuses the Biden Department of Justice of being overtly political as he grills Garland.
"[We are] being used as window dressing for [her] image and not to provide counsel on what's best for Arizonans."
"Now, you may think that … when Hunter Biden is in such exclusive company that he would have a background in artistic training for example."
"But you would be wrong if you thought that. And you might think that he had some sort of apprenticeship with a world-renowned artist but you would be wrong again if you thought that. Or perhaps that he has been selling his works for years — and again, unfortunately, you would be wrong."
- Rep. Ken Buck calls for a special investigator to investigate Hunter Biden as he displays his artwork while questioning Garland.
“They got into a back-and-forth about Jewish space lasers.”
- Rep. Jamie Raskin recounts a back-and-forth on the House floor between Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Liz Cheney.
“Low-polling Liz Cheney (19%) is actually very bad news for the Democrats, people absolutely cannot stand her as she fights for the people that have decimated her and her father for many years. She is a smug fool, and the great state of Wyoming, together with the Republican Party, fully understands her act. To look at her is to despise her. Hopefully, she will continue down this unsustainable path and she will soon be gone.”
- Trump says what he really feels about Cheney
“Well, it’s very good for her to do that, causing these churches to lose their tax-exempt status. ... If this is legal, then it’s surprising to me.'”
- Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, referring to Vice President Kamala Harris’s video endorsing Terry McAuliffe playing in black churches in Virginia.
"I have never been so jarred by anything a president said. To hear the leader of the free world stand up and say, 'This isn't about your freedom,' I thought, 'Oh my God, it is always about our freedom.'"
- Allison Williams suggesting on The Megyn Kelly Show that Biden’s vaccine mandate announcement reminded her of a dictator.
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