Corker Actually Calls Bullshit on McConnell Over Nuclear Option Deal

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 7:33 am

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) literally called bullshit on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). From Roll Call: A meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday grew tense as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told his members he could have gotten a better deal on nominations than the one negotiated by rank-and-file Republicans. McConnell’s tone, according [...]

Reid Gets Tentative Deal to Avoid Using the Nuclear Option

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 8:50 am

Once again after spending weeks threatening to fix the Senate’s insane rules it looks like Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will back down after a last minute deal. Instead of simply using the nuclear option to eliminate the filibuster on executive branch nominees and approving seven stalled nominees, Reid has tentatively agreed to a complex [...]

Most Americans Still Don’t Blame Republicans for Washington Gridlock

By: Friday July 12, 2013 9:42 am

A new Quinnipiac poll perfectly illustrates why Senate Democrats’ only hope for reducing Republican obstructionism is by changing the Senate rules. It found that the vast majority of voters still don’t blame the Republicans for gridlock in Washington. Among independents, 72 percent still blame both sides equally for the gridlock. From Quinnipaic: Who do you [...]

Filibuster Reform Would Save the Senate, Not Kill It

By: Friday July 12, 2013 7:32 am

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) turned his rhetoric up to 11 by claiming Harry Reid (D-NV) would “kill the Senate” if we move to make it easier to confirm executive nominees to executive branch positions. McConnell’s team even went so far as to tweet a picture of Reid’s tombstone to drive home the point. [...]

Texas Shows How a Filibuster Should Work

By: Monday July 1, 2013 7:43 am

The abortion fight in Texas is a perfect example of how a filibuster should work if the legislative system will allow them. It should allow an individual member bothered that particularly egregious piece of legislation is being rushed through the legislature to take extraordinary measures to delay the vote while bringing attention to the issue. [...]

McConnell Tries to Scare Democrats With Threat of Making Senate Actually Functional

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 10:37 am

Only in the insane world of the Senate would something like this even be considered a possible tactic. To try to stop an effort to end filibuster on just Presidential nominees Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is threatening to end the filibuster completely. From TPM: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday starkly warned [...]

The Filibuster Should Be Traded for Eliminating Lifetime Judicial Appointments

By: Friday May 31, 2013 10:03 am

While it is unlikely to ever happen, I think the grand bargain Washington actually needs is eliminating the filibuster in exchange for an end to lifetime appointments for federal judges The filibuster is simply terrible. It is against the intent of the Constitution, it is anti-democratic, it destroys accountability, and it can cripple basic government. [...]

Obama to Finally Focus on Court Vacancies

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 10:46 am

For most of his tenure President Obama has been remarkably derelict in his duty to appoint new federal justices, leaving many empty seats without even a nominee. Now that getting almost any legislation passed the Republican-controlled House appears impossible, Obama seems to have finally turned his attention to the issue. According to the New York [...]

Once Again Harry Reid Is Vaguely Threatening to Fix the Senate

By: Friday May 17, 2013 11:06 am

Like clockwork the continued obstructionism of Senate Republicans has got Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to start vaguely threatening to fix the Senate, possibly in July. From Greg Sargent: Reid has privately consulted with President Obama on the need to revisit filibuster reform, and the President has told the Majority Leader that he will support the [...]

Why I Kind of Respect Sen. Ted Cruz

By: Tuesday May 7, 2013 10:27 am

Since Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took office he has been a one man force of nature. At every turn he has decided to exploit the current Senate rules any way he can to advance his agenda. He doesn’t just threaten to filibuster a big piece of legislation for public attention like some, he also uses [...]

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