Congressional Vote on #Syria Whip Count, Sept 9 – Launching Our New Senate Whip Count Page

By: Monday September 9, 2013 8:09 am

Firedoglake Senate Syria Whip Count Page (**NEW**)

Firedoglake House Syria Whip Count Page

Congress is back on the job today on this, Day 8 of our whip count on the authorization of the use of military force in Congress. As always, I’ll be updating news and totals here throughout the day.

Ideology-Obsessed GOP Knowingly Courted Political Disaster with Vote to Privatize Medicare

By: Monday May 23, 2011 1:21 pm

When basically the entire House Republican caucus voted for Paul Ryan’s budget, which includes a “plan” to destroy the very popular Medicare program and replace it with insufficient private vouchers, I couldn’t tell if they made such a terrible political move because they were so trapped in their own ideological bubble that they actually thought [...]

Abolish the Senate: Truly Radical, Yet Wholly Sensible Reform

By: Monday January 10, 2011 4:09 pm

While there seems to be some growing intellectual consensus in support of slightly reforming Senate rules to modestly reduce obstructionism, the idea of returning the Senate to its original intent of a majority rule chamber is still labeled too radical. In reality there is nothing radical about merely bringing back the original Senate rule that [...]

In Tax-Cut Capitulation, House Democrats Again Redefine Pathetic

By: Friday December 17, 2010 1:55 pm

The House Democratic caucus is truly pathetic. They are, in fact, so pathetic that I’ve been forced to use a thesaurus to find new ways of describing their pathetic behavior: weak, impotent, pitiful, feeble and toothless. Last night, they again folded completely and passed the Senate’s version of the Obama-McConnell tax deal–as is–even though only [...]

Government’s Vestigial Organ Voices Opposition to McConnell-Obama Tax Deal

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 12:40 pm

The House Democratic caucus voted today to reject the Obama-McConnell tax deal. From Sam Stein: In a meeting on Thursday morning, the House Democratic caucus rejected the president’s proposed deal on the Bush tax cuts but did not fully submarine the possibility of its passage, multiple sources tell The Huffington Post. Members, by voice vote, [...]

Filibuster Making Speaker’s Job a Joke; Pelosi Finally Calls for End to “60-Vote Stranglehold on the Future”

By: Friday July 2, 2010 12:58 pm

It is good to see Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is vigorously calling for an end to the filibuster. From Ryan Grim at Huffington Post: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some advice for her Senate counterparts: Try majority rule for a change. Pelosi, in an interview with the Huffington Post, called for an end [...]

House Drops COBRA Extension, Democrats Cede Moral High Ground on Health Care

By: Friday May 28, 2010 6:22 pm

While not passing a COBRA extension, Congress did manage to vote for an incredibly expensive second engine for the F-35, which the military says it doesn’t need and really doesn’t want. We are literally wasting billions on hardware the military is asking Congress to cut while causing economically besieged Americans to lose their insurance.

The Death of the Public Option: After Parade of Lies, Democratic Leadership Now Stands Naked

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 12:41 pm

After a full year of debate and dozens of excuses, the Democratic leadership now stands naked in their opposition to the public option. President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all claimed they that wanted one. They are the three most powerful people in Washington and have huge margins in [...]

Suprise! The Reconciliation Bill Will Need to Go Back to the House

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 7:44 am

Late last night, Republicans won two parliamentary points of order that resulted in a few lines being removed from the reconciliation bill. Since the Senate can now no longer pass a bill that is word-for-word identiacal to one that passed the House, it must go back to the House for a final vote. Who could [...]

House Will Likely Need to Vote on Reconciliation Package Again; Time to “Fix It Later” Is Now

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 1:58 pm

On Sunday, the House passed the Senate health care bill and a reconciliation package that contains a number of so-called fixes. That reconciliation package is being taken up today in the Senate. Because of the strange nature of the Byrd rule, which requires every part of the reconciliation package to affect the budget, it is [...]