Latest Debt Limit Threats are Pure Political Theater

By: Monday January 27, 2014 7:51 am

Republican leaders have got themselves stuck in a weird rhetorical position. Some in their base are still convinced the debt limit is a great leverage point, but it was only ever useful because President Obama was trying to come up with a clever way to get Democrats to betray their base in a grand bargain. [...]

McConnell’s Plan to Fix the Senate Doesn’t Include Bringing Back Filibusters for Appointees

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 8:48 am

Senate Minority Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor yesterday to talk about his plan to fix the Senate if Republicans won control. Noticeably absent was any plan to restore the ability to filibuster appointees. His three step plan was only: strengthening the committee process, being in session five days a week and allowing a [...]

The Republican Leadership, Not Ted Cruz, Is Really to Blame for This Mess

By: Friday September 20, 2013 7:25 am

Many Congressional Republicans are now deeply angry with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for pushing to tie the funding the government to defunding Obamacare. They believe he is why their party now needs to waste a week passing a doomed continuing resolution just to prove the idea is unworkable to members and their base. While Cruz [...]

McConnell’s Pathetic Predicament on Obamacare Shutdown Threat

By: Wednesday August 14, 2013 7:33 am

This is a sad but remarkable statement about the state of the current Republican Party. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly acknowledged that Republicans’ threat to shut down the government to stop the Affordable Care Act won’t actually prevent the law from being implemented, but he is afraid to actually oppose the plan. From [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

With Congress Away Sequester Cuts Grow More Likely

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 10:33 am

With less than two weeks until the sequestration cuts are set to start taking place, Congress is currently away from Washington on a long President’s Day break. They are not set to return until next week, which would give them less than a week to draft and pass a bill to stop the cuts. While [...]

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