GOP Decides to Use Filibuster Power Democrats Gave Them

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 7:44 am

For the first time ever a Secretary of Defense nominee will be filibustered. Some Senate Republicans are forcing Democrats to go through with the lengthy process of cloture to get a vote on Chuck Hagel. This has apparently given Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) a sad. From NPR: For President Obama’s choice to become [...]

Top Democrats Demand More Revenue to Deal with Sequester

By: Monday February 4, 2013 7:16 am

With the sequestration cuts set to take place in less than a month the attention of Washington is going to turn back to the deficit. To begin laying the groundwork for this next fight top Democrats are demanding that more revenue be part of any new deals. This demand was recently made by both President [...]

Reid Considering Incredibly Watered Down Bipartisan Rules Reform. Update: Deal Reached

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 7:55 am

Update: Reid has reached the deal with McConnell. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is close to reaching a bipartisan deal with Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on changing the Senate rules. To even call this package of incredibly minor changes “reform” requires stretching the definition of the word almost to its breaking point. Almost nothing of [...]

Obama Throws His Support Behind Reid’s Plan to Reform Senate Rules

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 10:17 am

Reid’s proposal would not eliminate the filibuster. It would instead required Senators who want to prevent a vote to continuously hold the floor. What impact this would have depends on exactly how the rule is written and interrupted. It would also remove the need for a cloture vote on motions to proceed.

Top Democrats Don’t Plan to Make Social Security Part of Any Near Term Deal

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 12:46 pm

It appears the Democrats don’t intend to make Social Security directly part of any near term deal regarding the fiscal cliff. Top Democrats figures in the looming negotiations have stated that they don’t think changes to Social Security should be party of any pending deal, but something that should be dealt with on its own [...]

By PolitiFact “Standards,” Romney’s Pants Are Also on Fire

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 7:33 am

It appears not only is irony lost on Mitt Romney but it’s also lost on the so called “fact checkers” at PolitiFact. The organization took a look at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s claim that someone connected to Bain Capital informed him it is unlikely Romney paid any taxes for a decade. Politifact could find [...]

Harry Reid Calls for Filibuster Reform

By: Friday May 11, 2012 9:09 am

In a rather monumental development Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called for the filibuster to be reformed on the Senate floor. From Politico: “If there were ever a time when Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley were prophetic, it’s tonight,” Reid said on the floor. “These two young, fine senators said it was time to change [...]

Three Step Plan to Completely Fix the Judicial Crisis

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 11:45 am

The Obama administration is apparently inviting supporters to a strategy session about getting more federal judges approved by the Senate, according to the Washington Times. The president has invited 150 supporters from across the country concerned about the judicial vacancy rate to the White House on Monday for a forum and strategy session with administration [...]

Yep, Change the Senate Rules Really Is that Easy

By: Friday October 7, 2011 8:08 am

The biggest Congressional news story yesterday was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoking the rarely used procedure of appealing the ruling of the chair to the full Senate. When this is done, a simple majority of the Senate decides how the Senate rules should be interpreted. A majority of current senators are the people in [...]

None of Sen. Reid’s Super Committee Picks Will Face the Voters in 2012

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 7:17 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the first congressional leader to pick his three members for Catfood Commission II. From Politico: In the first of what will be a closely watched selection process for a powerful new deficit panel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Max Baucus [...]