Reid Leaves Door Open to Completely Eliminating the Filibuster

By: Monday January 6, 2014 8:37 am

Last year Democrats eliminated the filibuster for most presidential appointees, but that could just have been the first step towards completely getting rid of this absurd practice. When asked by Bob Schieffer if he would be willing to do away with the filibuster entirely Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) refused to take the idea [...]

Reid Offers Boehner a Fig Leaf

By: Wednesday October 2, 2013 10:26 am

Senate majority leader Harry Reid has made a basically meaningless concession to Speaker John Boehner in an effort to end the government shutdown. In a letter Reid promised that if the House passed a clean continuing resolution to fund the government, he will name conferees to a budget conference.

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 [...]

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. [...]

Schumer Ups the Senate Reform Rhetoric

By: Friday May 24, 2013 6:33 am

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) in again talking about the possibility of Democrats using the nuclear option to curtain the filibuster. From The Hill: Senate Democrats are still angry over the Republican blockade of Caitlin Halligan, whom President Obama nominated in September of 2010 to serve on the [...]

Democrats’ Fear of Democracy

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 7:22 am

To deal with the incredibly obstructionism of Senate Republicans Harry Reid is again talking about rules reform. Reid is having trouble getting support from his entire caucus because apparently Democrats are terrified of the concept of democracy. From Politico: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said he has “mixed” feelings about the nuclear option, saying he feared [...]

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 [...]

Reid Can Give Sandy Hook Victims a Vote on Gun Control

By: Tuesday April 9, 2013 7:26 am

After Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) said he would join a filibuster against proposed gun control legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) blasted Republicans for their obstructionism. Reid called it unconscionable not to allow a vote on the issue.  From ABC: “Senate Republicans seem afraid to even engage in this debate,” Reid said [...]

The Senate Majority Leader Who Cried Wolf

By: Monday April 8, 2013 11:01 am

Now that it is clear that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) incredibly minor bipartisan rule change at the beginning of the year was a total failure, he is out threatening to reform the rules again. From Nevada Public Radio: In an interview with Nevada Public Radio, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that [...]