No More Excuses for President Obama

By: Friday November 22, 2013 7:42 am

The best thing about Senate Democrats’ decision to eliminate the filibuster on executive nominees is that President Obama is now fully accountable. Obama no longer has any excuses regarding his management of the executive functions of the federal government. If it functions well or fails, the responsibility now rests with the White House. For years [...]

Reid Shows We Could Have Gotten Immigration Reform, a Second Stimulus, Public Option, Etc

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 10:39 am

History was just made in the Senate, but it happened so fast you might have missed it. After finally getting tired of Republican’s unprecedented filibustering of judicial nominees the Democrats used the nuclear option. They have officially gotten rid of filibuster for nominees and are now approving them with simply majority vote. The entire thing [...]

Filibuster Just Got Nuked

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 9:59 am

History was just made in the United States’ Senate. Democrats used the so-called nuclear option to stop a filibuster on a judicial nominee. It was in response to Republicans declaring they would filibuster any Obama nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals regardless of merit, so its conservative leanings would never change. The change [...]

Time to Find Out if Democrats Actually Want to Govern

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 7:34 am

We are approaching a real moment of truth for Senate Democrats. They are about to decide if they actually want to govern or effectively forfeit all their power to the Republicans. If Senate Democrats choose the latter they might as well stop even showing up to work. At the heart of the issue is Senate [...]

Lindsey Graham Will Filibuster Every Nominee for #BENGHAZI!

By: Tuesday October 29, 2013 9:35 am

It doesn’t matter if it is a nominee for a judicial opening, a position to oversee federal student loans, or an undersecretary of agricultural. Graham is going to tie up everything in the executive branch even if it has zero relationship to Libya or even foreign policy. This is not how a sane government operates and no other democracy allows this nonsense.

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 [...]

Most Americans Still Don’t Blame Republicans for Washington Gridlock

By: Friday July 12, 2013 9:42 am

A new Quinnipiac poll perfectly illustrates why Senate Democrats’ only hope for reducing Republican obstructionism is by changing the Senate rules. It found that the vast majority of voters still don’t blame the Republicans for gridlock in Washington. Among independents, 72 percent still blame both sides equally for the gridlock. From Quinnipaic: Who do you [...]

Napolitano Will Resign as Homeland Security Secretary

By: Friday July 12, 2013 8:19 am

Janet Napolitano will resign her position as Homeland Security Secretary to become the next president of the University of California system, according to the department. Napolitano will be the first female to head the historic UC system, one of the most prestigious public universities systems in the world. Napolitano has served as the head of [...]

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 [...]