We Should Create Two New Partisan Budget Offices

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 8:18 am

A new concern among some Liberal commentators is that if Republicans win control of the Senate they will change how the Congress Budget Office works to make its results more pro-Republicans. Mainly it is fear they will have it adopt a form of “dynamic scoring” which assume tax cuts almost always spurs growth. This has [...]

The West Wing as an Example of Our Crippling Deference to Tradition

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 11:14 am

I recently got a tour of the West Wing, and while it was fun to see it for historical value, I was constantly struck with how pathetically tiny it is. Your average Walmart has twice the square footage of usable space. As a result every empty cubbyhole has been crammed full of desks because it [...]

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 [...]

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.

Texas Shows How a Filibuster Should Work

By: Monday July 1, 2013 7:43 am

The abortion fight in Texas is a perfect example of how a filibuster should work if the legislative system will allow them. It should allow an individual member bothered that particularly egregious piece of legislation is being rushed through the legislature to take extraordinary measures to delay the vote while bringing attention to the issue. [...]

Senate Passes Immigration Reform 68-32

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 1:22 pm

In a landmark vote the United State Senate overwhelmingly adopted a sweeping immigration reform bill, S. 744. The measure passed 68-32 with 14 Republicans joining to approve the measure. Some of the most important provisions in the bill would tighten boarder security, provide a potential pathway to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants, significantly change our [...]

Senate Gang of 8 Finally Releases Immigration Reform Bill

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 7:17 am

After months of bipartisan negotiations the Senate Gang of Eight has finally released their immigration reform bill. You can read the entire 844 pages of the bill here. The all encompassing bill covers a range of immigration, employment and border security issues. Some key components of the bill include 1) increased funding for border security, [...]

One Phrase Washington Reporters Need to Start Using

By: Monday March 25, 2013 10:02 am

I would like to make a simple suggestion to vastly improve the quality of reporting in Washington. Whenever a reporter writes “Republicans filibuster” they should instead replace it with the far more accurate phrase, “Senate Democrats allow Republicans to filibuster.” Simply reporting that Senate Republicans “blocked” a bill or a Presidential nominee implies that the [...]

Every Day the Senate Gets More Idiotic: Chuck Hagel Edition

By: Friday February 15, 2013 10:01 am

From its anti-democratic design, to its bizarre rules, to the absurd way it is run, the United States Senate is simply a terrible institution. Yet whenever I think my opinion of the chamber can’t get any lower the Senators manage to find a new way to disappoint me. The recent failure of the cloture vote [...]

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 [...]