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 [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday February 4, 2013 7:16 am|
|By: Jon Walker 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 [...]
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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: Jon Walker 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 [...]
|By: Jon Walker 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 [...]
|By: Jon Walker 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 [...]
|By: Jon Walker 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 [...]
|By: Jon Walker 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 [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday August 4, 2011 10:05 am|
Quinnipiac released their Florida poll numbers on the President and the debt ceiling bill, and it does not bode well for his 2012 chances in the swing state. His approval among Independents went from 42% last Wednesday through Sunday to 33% from Monday through Tuesday, while disapproval shot up 52% to 61%. When asked to describe how they feel about the deal, more Independents said they were “angry” (23%) than either Republicans or Democrats.
In order to contextualize the bind that this puts Obama in, it’s worth recounting what I’ve been told about how the deal went down.