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  • Sen. Rand Paul's Patriot Act 'filibuster' that isn't

    05/20/2015 12:35:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/20/2015 | By ALEX BYERS
    Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor to launch a “filibuster” of a bill to reauthorize a major government surveillance program. One problem: It’s not actually a filibuster. With key parts of the PATRIOT Act set to expire at the end of the month — and the Senate set to skip town at the end of the week — Paul took to the floor at about 1:15 p.m. to expound on his staunch opposition to government surveillance. The 2016 Republican candidate has made government surveillance a key tenet of his quest for the White House and threatened last week...
  • Rand Paul: “I will filibuster the Patriot Act”

    05/19/2015 12:16:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/19/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, he’ll try to filibuster it, but it might be harder than it seems. Sen. Rand Paul told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on New Day that Senate rules complicate filibusters more than people know, but he intends to do what he can to block consideration of any extension of the Patriot Act, or even the reform package called the Freedom Act that passed the House on a wide bipartisan basis. That may leave his fellow Kentuckian Mitch McConnell in a very tight spot:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO ALISYN CAMEROTA: Quickly I want to ask you about the vote to...
  • Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda (fails 52-45)

    05/12/2015 12:04:31 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/12/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday delivered a stinging blow to President Obama’s trade agenda by voting to prevent the chamber from picking up fast-track legislation. A motion to cut off a filibuster and proceed to the trade bill fell short of a 60-vote hurdle in the 52-45 vote. Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) was the only Democrat to back it. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no to reserve his ability to return to the measure at a later date. Fast-track is a top legislative priority for the White House, but it has run into significant...
  • Congress sends ‘clean’ Homeland bill to Obama

    03/03/2015 12:52:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 3, 2015 | Eric Werner and David Espo (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON — Congress is sending President Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the president’s immigration policies. The House on Tuesday voted 257-167 for the measure that Obama is expected to sign. Without action, funding for the department would have expired Friday at midnight.
  • Mark Levin said that our GOP Senators should suspend the filibuster to pass DHS without Amnesty

    03/02/2015 5:41:49 AM PST · by mitchell001 · 34 replies
    March 2, 2015 | Ralph Mitchell
    Last week, Mark Levin, a Constitutional expert, suggested that the GOP senators should suspend the filibuster. There is nothing in the Constitution which requires the arcane filibuster rules. Besides we need a weapon to defend the citizens against Obama's lawlessness. Even if Obama Vetoes the DHS bill without Amnesty, the American people will see the Dems defending Obama's lawlessness if they do not vote to override the veto. Let's tell our Senators to cut to the chase and suspend the filibuster and pass the House version of DHS without Amnesty. The GOP promised the electorate that they would stop Amnesty...
  • How to beat the dems at their own game

    02/26/2015 7:37:15 AM PST · by Glennb51 · 19 replies
    vanity | Glennb51
    I sent the following to Se. McConnell in hopes that he will consider it a viable option. Dear Senator McConnell, Presently the democrats are filibustering in order to prevent discussion on the DHS funding bill passed by the House. The democrats want funding for the illegal immigration executive amnesty order, while the Republicans are against it, and rightly so. I suggest employing the nuclear option in this battle. It is justified by holding a news conference and telling the citizens of the US that the security of our Country is too important to be held hostage by the liberal democrats....
  • Again: Senate Democrats Filibuster DHS Funding to Protect Obama's Amnesty

    02/24/2015 8:52:38 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/24/2015 | Guy Benson
    For weeks, Harry Reid and his Senate Democratic minority -- with the explicit blessing of the White House -- have been blocking all debate on a House-passed bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The House legislation provides full appropriations for DHS, with the small exception of stripping out funds targeted for the implementation President Obama's unpopular and illegal (according to both a federal judge and Obama himself) executive amnesty fiat. Democrats in the upper chamber had already filibustered three attempts to take up, discuss, or amend the House's bill. Last night witnessed round four. Kudos to CNN for...
  • Should Republicans kill the filibuster?

    02/16/2015 12:06:19 PM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 15, 2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    To invoke, or not to invoke, the "Reid Rule?" That is the singe most important question facing Senate Republicans. Simply put, if destroying what is left of the Senate's tradition of the filibuster would save the country from terrible crises and hardship, almost every senator of both parties would vote to abolish it. Indeed, all but one of the currently serving Senate Democrats who also served in 2013 voted with their leader to break the filibuster rule by simple majority, thus creating "the Reid Rule" that the rules of the Senate can be modified by a simple majority of the...
  • The Case For Killing The Filibuster

    02/14/2015 4:07:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    Senate Democrats are using the filibuster to try and embarrass the GOP into backing down on the House's version of a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, a version which would roll back the president's unconstitutional unilateralism on immigration reform. Congressional Republicans are trying to put on a show of unity, but the fissures are already evident. The demands from conservative activist leadership and the grassroots' legions for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to invoke "the Reid Rule" and smash what's left of the Senate filibuster using the same procedural maneuver that Harry Reid used to kill the...
  • On fighting the Democrat filibuster over DHS funding: Absolutely no need for any “compromise”

    02/04/2015 11:28:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/04/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    There is a significant test coming up for the new Republican majority in the Senate, and if they have any hope of sustaining the support of conservatives and like minded independents who propelled them back into the driver’s seat it is one they must pass. On their first attempt at passing a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (while cutting off funding for executive amnesty) the Democrats filibustered and shut the deal down in the Senate. This led to two names you don’t normally see in the same sentence addressing the issue. Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas)...
  • Ted Cruz, Susan Collins Outline Counter to Dem Filibuster of Dept. of Homeland Security Bill

    02/03/2015 2:55:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/03/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Two senators from very different wings of the Republican party united to outline how the GOP might counter a Democratic filibuster of the House bill that denies funding for President Obama’s immigration executive orders. Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Senator Susan Collins (R., Maine) argued during a Senate GOP lunch that if Democrats filibuster the Department of Homeland Security funding bill — which blocks implementation of Obama’s 2012 deferred action program and his November 2014 “adult amnesty” — Republicans should respond by blocking only the 2014 orders. The thinking, according to a GOP senator who was in the lunch,...
  • Sharpton: ‘All is Not Lost,’ Obama Can Veto

    01/08/2015 3:19:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/07/15 | Pam Key
    **SNIP** Sharpton said, “This is the largest majority Republicans have had since the 1920s, and what will happen, and how we deal with our interests, when we have both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives dominated by the Republicans — one, we need to realize and recognize, had we voted like we should have we wouldn’t be here,” he said. “But secondly, all is not lost, the president can use veto power, which he already said he is going to do about the Keystone Pipeline legislation, and executive action.” “Even though the legislature is tied down, the executive...
  • Democrats launch first filibuster of the year on Keystone

    01/08/2015 2:59:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Democrats launched the first filibuster of the new Congress on Thursday, objecting to the GOP’s effort to try to bring the Keystone XL pipeline bill to the floor early next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to schedule action early next week on the bill, and promised an open process, including allowing both sides to offer amendments to the bill — an attempt to break with the previous few years, when Democrats controlled the floor and kept a tight lid on amendments. But Democrats objected to Mr. McConnell’s request, forcing him to begin the procedure for breaking a filibuster.
  • The New Senate Judiciary Committee

    12/22/2014 4:11:37 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    NRO Online ^ | Ed Whelan
    In January, the Senate Judiciary Committee will swing from a 10-8 Democrat-to-Republican advantage to an 11-9 Republican to Democrat advantage. Here are the eleven Republicans: Chuck Grassley, Iowa (presumptive chairman) Orrin Hatch, Utah Jeff Sessions, Alabama Lindsey Graham, South Carolina John Cornyn, Texas Mike Lee, Utah Ted Cruz, Texas Jeff Flake, Arizona David Vitter, Louisiana David Perdue, Georgia Thom Tillis, North Carolina
  • GOP may keep weaker Senate filibuster rule

    12/05/2014 4:00:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2014 3:10 PM EST | Alan Fram
    Poised to take over the Senate next month, Republicans may well keep weaker filibuster rules that they angrily denounced Democrats for muscling through the chamber a year ago. GOP senators remain divided on the issue, and it is uncertain what will happen when they discuss it Tuesday behind closed doors. But several Republicans said they think they will stick with the Democratic-imposed old threshold that a simple majority of votes can end filibusters against most nominations, instead of reviving the tougher 60-vote standard that lasted four decades before it was scuttled last November. […] Retaining the weaker standard would likely...
  • Lindsey Graham Calls On Republicans To Restore Senate Filibuster Rules

    11/20/2014 8:31:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 95 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | November 18, 2014 | Amanda Terkel
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants Republicans to reverse the Democrats' filibuster reforms in the new year, arguing that doing so will make it tougher for President Barack Obama to get his nominees approved. The new system requires just 51 votes to advance executive branch nominees and judges nominated for all courts except the Supreme Court, instead of the 60 votes that were previously required. Democrats approved the reforms after Republicans were refusing to let many of Obama's nominees go through. Half the nominees filibustered in the country's history, for example, were blocked by Republicans during the Obama administration.
  • The Supreme Court Won’t Be Getting Another Sotomayor Anytime Soon

    11/19/2014 7:59:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Five Thirty Eight Politics ^ | 11/19/2014 | HARRY ENTEN
    Democrats lost the Senate, but so what? President Obama still has two more years and a veto. But there is at least one area where the GOP’s new Senate majority makes a big difference: a Supreme Court nomination. While it’s still unclear whether Obama will get to nominate another justice, the Republican gains in November make it unlikely a liberal nominee, such as Justice Thurgood Marshall, would be confirmed. And a nominee like the two Obama-appointed justices currently sitting on the court, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, would face a possible filibuster. Only a true middle-of-the-road nominee — such as...
  • McConnell Should Announce Suspension of Filibuster Rule if Obama uses Executive Action on Amnesty

    11/13/2014 6:15:39 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 52 replies
    Vanity | 13 Nov 2014
    If Senator McConnell really wants to play hardball with Obama, he should announce he will 'temporarily' suspend the Filibuster Rule in the Senate if Obama goes ahead with Executive Amnesty. 1) This will drive a wedge between Reid and Obama, since Reid's power will be directly tied to Obama's action 2) This will enable the Legislative branch to more readily balance it's powers with those of the Executive Branch 3) Much better than some Impeachment action, since it will actually give the Senate more power over the Executive Branch. Desperate times call for desperate measures ...
  • Don’t Bring Back the Judicial Filibuster (McConnell trying to neuter the victory)

    11/06/2014 6:12:33 AM PST · by bestintxas · 29 replies
    nat review ^ | 11/5/14 | e whealen
    In Tuesday’s elections, Republicans won control of the Senate and expanded their majority in the House. In the coming weeks and months, Republicans in Congress must focus on developing and pursuing a winning agenda over the next two years — an agenda that will help elect a Republican president in November 2016 and provide that president with a governing majority in Congress. But a small cadre of current and former Senate staffers is instead pressing Republican senators on what strikes me as a profoundly foolish and destructive diversion: reinstating the filibuster — more precisely, the 60-vote cloture threshold — for...
  • If Dems Can Nuke Filibuster For Judges, GOP Can Nuke It For ObamaCare (And Still Save Senate)

    11/06/2014 4:54:15 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11-5-2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Republicans won an impressive number of victories last night, including a larger and more conservative House majority and enough wins to give the GOP at least a 52-seat majority in the Senate. As Jeffrey Anderson and Robert Laszewski have noted, Republicans made ObamaCare a major issue in the election (the New York Times’ denials notwithstanding). Senate Republicans will fall several seats short of the 60-vote super-majority needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster of an ObamaCare-repeal bill, though. ObamaCare opponents are therefore debating whether and how Republicans could repeal some or all of the law via the Senate’s “budget reconciliation” process,...
  • Dems’ Plan B disintegrates: Bill to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling can’t clear filibuster

    07/16/2014 12:57:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 16, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Senate Democrats’ effort to reverse the Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” ruling on birth control could not overcome a Republican filibuster Wednesday, exposing the partisan divide over how to balance women’s health rights with religious liberty ahead of November’s congressional contests. The chamber’s 56-43 vote was not enough to green-light the “Not My Boss’ Business Act” for final consideration, even though Republicans Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke party ranks and voted to put the bill on the floor. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, changed his vote to “no” at...
  • Despite ‘Powerful Rebuke’ from Supreme Court, Reid Says Ruling Shows Need for Nuclear Option

    06/26/2014 9:14:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 26, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Republicans on the Hill cheered the 9-0 Supreme Court decision that found President Obama’s January 2012 appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional, while the top Democrat in the Senate maintained that the White House was in the right. Obama branded them “recess appointments,” but the Senate was actually in pro-forma session at the time. In September of that year, 41 GOP senators filed an amicus brief in support of the case brought against the presidential appointments. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled the appointments of Sharon Block and Richard Griffin were unconstitutional...
  • Rand Paul filibuster blasted by John McCain, Lindsey Graham

    06/06/2014 2:01:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    politico.com ^ | 3/7/13 | Kate Nocera
    While Republican senators flocked to the floor Wednesday night to support Sen. Rand Paul’s nearly 13-hour filibuster, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) did exactly the opposite on Thursday. McCain quoted heavily from a Wall Street Journal editorial that slammed Paul’s filibuster on the Obama administration’s drone use, including a line that said “If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in college dorms.” McCain called Paul’s concern that the government could kill any American with a drone “totally unfounded.” He referenced Jane...
  • Mitch McConnell: I’d prefer to leave the filibuster intact for Democrats next year...(Abridged)

    05/26/2014 10:27:48 AM PDT · by Bratch · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 22, 2014 | BY ALLAHPUNDIT
    ...if we take back the Senate Before you shake your fist, consider the strategy at work here. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that if he were to emerge as majority leader following this fall’s elections, he’d prefer to keep in place the minority party’s ability to filibuster legislation…While he said he thought Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had done a “lot of damage” by using parliamentary procedure to enable some judicial and executive nominees to move through the chamber with 50 votes, he suggested that he had no plans to try to undo that change. He...
  • REPUBLICANS SAY THEY'D RESTORE FILIBUSTER IF IN POWER

    05/25/2014 8:56:52 PM PDT · by Bratch · 71 replies
    Big Government ^ | May 25, 2014 | Kerry Pickett
    The Democrats’ majority in the Senate is on the line this election season, and if Republicans take back control, the GOP will need to decide on new rules for the new Congress in the upper chamber. Some Republican members are willing to go back to way things were before Harry Reid took the gavel. In the wake of the recent controversial nomination of Judge David Barron, author of the memo which gave a legal basis to kill Americans abroad with drones, to the first U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Republicans became apoplectic after getting word that Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Obama Lie That Was So Bad WAPO Said,‘On Just About Every Level,This Claim is Ridiculous

    05/09/2014 6:06:51 PM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 9, 2014 | Fred Lucas
    Original Title:The Obama Lie That Was So Bad the Washington Post Said, ‘On Just About Every Level, This Claim is Ridiculous’ President Barack Obama earned “four Pinocchios” from the Washington Post Fact Checker, the highest ranking for a political lie, for asserting that Republicans filibustered 500 pieces of legislation, an exaggeration of nearly five times the reality. Obama spoke at a fundraising event for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Los Angeles Wednesday, and made the charge against Republican lawmakers. “Here’s what’s more disconcerting; their willingness to say no to everything — the fact that since 2007, they have filibustered...
  • Dance Monkeys! Senate Democrats and Campaign “Green”

    03/13/2014 12:14:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Monday night in the U.S. Senate, something historic happened. Democrats took to the floor and demanded…um…nothing, really. And they weren’t going to leave until…they felt like it, I guess. That was the gist of the PR stunt known as “#Up4Climate” on Twitter. It was a filibuster that wasn’t really a filibuster that sought to draw attention to an issue progressives have deemed so important they have not offered or attempted to pass anything on since they took control of the Senate in 2007. That’s right, Senate Democrats have no legislation to address the coming “doom” they predict from the Artist...
  • High cost of an ego trip (Dana Milbank's Feminist Rant)

    02/15/2014 6:00:07 PM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2014 | Ms. Dana Milbank
    But 15 minutes after the voting should have ended, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had apparently secured only two of the five Republican votes he needed to join all 55 members of the Democratic caucus to pass the measure. He raised three fingers in the air and worked his way among his members but was met with folded arms and shakes of the head. Looking queasy, he patted his thigh nervously and drummed his fingers. In the hubbub, Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) knocked a full glass of water and coaster from McConnell’s desk to the floor. Democrats, watching the spectacle,...
  • Mostyn Law Firm donates $1 million to help Wendy Davis in Texas governor's race

    01/21/2014 8:46:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-21-14 | David Yates
    HOUSTON — The Mostyn Law Firm and its attorneys are spending a small fortune to ensure Texas Sen. Wendy Davis' political ambitions come to fruition. The most recent contribution came on Dec. 31, with the Mostyn Law Firm ringing in the New Year by donating $1 million to the Texas Victory Committee -- a joint project of Wendy R. Davis for Governor and Battleground Texas, according to the Texas Ethics Commission. Davis, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is no stranger to law firms specializing in civil litigation, as she first joined the Fort Worth law office of Haynes & Boone in...
  • After Senate Dems go nuclear, GOP fights back with conventional weapons

    12/23/2013 4:04:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12-23-13 | Stephen Dinan
    Democrats may have changed the rules on filibusters, but far from ending the intense battle over President Obama’s nominations, the move has pushed Republicans to fight harder — and to pioneer other tactics. The latest move was made late Friday, just as the Senate was preparing to adjourn for a two-week recess. Republicans refused to allow a courtesy request to keep the full slate of Obama nominees pending. As a result, the nomination process must restart early next year. It was a capstone of a year in which a deal on filibusters frayed and finally collapsed, leaving the Senate atmosphere...
  • Senate Democrats Choose Illegal Aliens Over Disabled Vets in Key Budget Vote

    12/18/2013 10:33:25 AM PST · by montag813 · 32 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-18-2013 | John Urban
    Above: Illegal aliens made out like banditos thanks to Harry Reid and Senate Democrats. Disabled vets? Not so much.- They actually did it. They are on the record. Senate Democrats, led by their filibuster-slaying dictator Harry Reid, actually put the interests of illegal aliens above those of our disabled military veterans.Let that sink in for a moment. Now the details: The two-year budget deal brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would cut military pensions by $6 billion over ten years. Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, joined by several others in his party, tried...
  • Republicans plan 30-hour talkathon to protest 'nuclear option' use in Senate

    12/11/2013 1:22:28 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans will stage a more than 30-hour talkathon on the Senate floor to protest Democrats’ triggering of the "nuclear option" last month. The GOP protest, which could extend into the weekend, will throw a wrench in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) hopes of wrapping up legislative business for 2013 as soon as possible. Republicans will delay a final vote on Cornelia Pillard, one of President Obama’s picks for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, until about 1 a.m. Thursday. Then, Senate Republicans will hold the floor throughout the night, speaking out against Reid’s use of the nuclear option....
  • Beware an unchecked president (in LA Times!)

    12/08/2013 8:15:43 AM PST · by Innovative · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | DEc 8, 2013 | Jacob S. Hacker and Oona A. Hathaway
    Subtitle: The solution to a dysfunctional Congress is not for Obama to govern the country all by himself. In the face of congressional gridlock, President Obama has started taking more and more matters into his own hands. In recent months, he has announced new gun control measures, put in place limited immigration reform and made fixes to the Affordable Care Act — all without Congress. Many liberals who once worried about presidential overreach have applauded his robust use of presidential power. Yet the president's increasing unilateralism shouldn't be cause for celebration. Bypassing Congress means bypassing democratic checks. It also means...
  • The Filibuster and Post-Modern Democrats

    12/04/2013 1:42:15 PM PST · by Kaslin
    PJ Media ^ | December 4, 2013 | JOHN ROSENBERG
    Hypocrisy about the nuclear option comes easily to today's Democrats.If hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, then calling Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden hypocrites for abandoning their previous “principled” defense of Senate filibusters is an insult to hypocrites. Hypocrites, after all, recognize the power of principles and try to squirm out of the vice of violating them, but today’s post-modern Democrats feel no shame in making contradictory “principled” arguments because they no longer pay any tribute whatsoever to the virtue of neutral, non-partisan principle.These Democrats are practicing the philosophy of post-modernism preached by liberal theorists...
  • Democracy and the Filibuster

    11/29/2013 1:39:29 PM PST · by steelhead_trout · 18 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 11/25/2013 | Steve Chapman
    Republicans and Democrats can debate which party has most abused the option, and which has been more hypocritical in changing its mind about the filibuster once it went from the majority to the minority or the reverse. Neither side has acted with selfless regard for the will of the people or the proper functioning of government. The change adopted by the Senate has been dubbed the "nuclear option," as though it were unimaginably destructive. But all it destroys is the capacity of the minority party to frustrate the operation of the legislative branch. And it applies only to executive and...
  • Norton (RAT period-DC) Details Why Busting the Filibuster Was Essential

    11/29/2013 5:15:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Politic365 ^ | 11/27/13
    **SNIP** “Filibustering a sitting member of Congress for the first time in 150 years is an insult to a colleague and, in the case of Representative Mel Watt, is a hit in the gut to the African American community. Once a president is elected, he is entitled to his choice of executives to implement the policies he had promised to carry out if elected. Representative Watt, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate of Yale Law School, had deep professional experience in housing as a practicing attorney before coming to...
  • What do you think about the use of filibuster in the US Senate?

    11/28/2013 6:46:54 PM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    What do you think about the use of filibuster in the US Senate? I like the filibuster as it has been used.The filibuster should be used in only certain situations.The filibuster is OK when my side uses it, but not OK when the other side uses it.The filibuster should be abolished.
  • Charles Krauthammer: An outbreak of lawlessness

    11/28/2013 4:46:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 28, 2013 | Charles Krauthammer
    For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of political norms, legislative and constitutional. Such as the one just spectacularly blown up in the Senate... The violence to political norms here consisted in how that change was executed. By brute force — a near party-line vote of 52 to 48 . This was a disgraceful violation of more than two centuries of precedent. If a bare majority can change the fundamental rules that govern an institution, then there are no rules. Senate rules today...
  • Reid the Rat [it's about power]

    11/27/2013 2:17:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | November 27, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
    ".......Reid clearly felt strongly about the [filibuster] when Democrats were the minority party in the Senate, and he insisted that as majority leader he would never target the filibuster. However, as the problems with the Obamacare rollout continue to mount, and the president barrels headlong into lame-duck territory amid plummeting poll numbers, Reid is invoking his “right to change how I feel about things.” As is the president, apparently. Reid’s change of heart dates back to October 2011, when he used the nuclear option to scale back the ability of the Republican minority to offer amendments, something he has effectively...
  • Democracy and the Filibuster

    11/24/2013 6:58:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    The Senate vote Thursday to curb the use of filibuster against judicial nominees, over the objections of the Republican minority, can only be seen as a terrifying development. Why, next thing you know we could be deciding all sorts of things by majority vote. The average American may think deciding things by majority vote is the basic idea of our democracy. But say something like that, and you risk getting a lecture on how America is not a democracy but a constitutional republic, and that the framers took care not to give too much power to the people, and that...
  • Democrats’ naked power grab in Senate

    11/23/2013 6:04:07 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | November 23, 2013 | By Dana Milbank
    Congress is broken, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday before holding a party-line vote that disposed of rules that have guided and protected the chamber since 1789. Democrats were fully justified in stripping Republicans of their right to filibuster President Obama’s nominees — yet they will come to deeply regret what they have done. Reid’s remedy — calling a simple-majority vote to undo more than two centuries of custom — has created a situation in which the minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, is expected to use the minority’s remaining powers to gum up the works, and to get...
  • How to retaliate vs Senate rule changes

    11/23/2013 11:32:46 AM PST · by Usagi_yo · 41 replies
    11/23/2013 | Vanity
    There are a few Rules the House can change in retaliation for the questionable Senate rule change. 1. No more reconciliation committees. 2. Blue slip any legislation stripped and packed by the Senate under origination theory. 3. Cut Senate and House budget allowances for travel. 4. Basically start defunding the Senate. Anybody else?
  • Senate Minority Leader "Fighting Mad"

    11/23/2013 9:43:36 AM PST · by John Semmens · 22 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Nov 2013 | John Semmens
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev) move to eliminate the rule that required a 60-vote majority to end debate has “grievously irked” his GOP counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken). “Harry promised he would never use this so-called ‘nuclear option,’” McConnell complained. “When you put this together with the false promises of ‘if you like your insurance you can keep it’ that have been made by the president and virtually every Democrat over the past three years we see a pattern of deception that has destroyed the Government’s credibility. I’m fighting mad.” McConnell says he places most of the blame...
  • Rush Limbaugh uses rape analogy to decry filibuster rule change

    11/23/2013 9:02:23 AM PST · by Qbert · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/22/2013 | CNN Political Unit
    (CNN) - Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh used an analogy about rape Friday to blast this week’s decision by the Senate's Democratic majority to change the chamber’s filibuster rules despite the unanimous opposition of minority Republicans. The so-called “nuclear option” will allow a bare majority of senators – as opposed to 60 - to approve most judicial and executive branch nominations. The Democratic caucus controls 55 of the chamber’s 100 seats. "Let's say, let's take 10 people in a room and they're a group. And the room is made up of six men and four women. The group...
  • Senate Rules for Radicals

    11/22/2013 4:47:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 21, 2013 | Editorial
    Today's Democrats have grown up in the Saul Alinsky tradition, and on Thursday they proved it with a partisan vote to break the Senate filibuster rule for confirming judges and executive-branch nominees. The new rules will empower the party's liberals for as long as they control the White House and Senate, but they will also set a precedent for conservatives to exploit in the future. The immediate result of Harry Reid's power play will be that President Obama has a freer hand to pursue his agenda through regulation and the courts. Mr. Reid's new rules for Senate radicals are also...
  • Senate Republicans Can Retaliate. Will They?

    11/22/2013 11:56:01 AM PST · by PilotDave · 51 replies
    Red State ^ | 21 Nov 13 | Daniel Horowitz
    There is one simple thing Republicans can do to retaliate. They can start by ending the Democrat super-majority on legislative issues. They can easily pledge to filibuster every piece of legislation and deny all requests for unanimous consent until the rules change is overturned. How would Harry Reid respond to a complete shutdown of the Senate? Would he abolish the filibuster even for legislation? Let him try. But for now, he has nothing to fear from just eliminating the filibuster on judges because he knows Republicans will not retaliate. Reid knows that there is not a single issue where McCain,...
  • Senate’s filibuster rule change should help Obama achieve key second-term priorities

    11/22/2013 8:55:34 AM PST · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 22, 2013 | Zachary A. Goldfarb
    The Senate vote Thursday to lower the barriers for presidential nominations should make it easier for President Obama to accomplish key second-term priorities, including tougher measures on climate change and financial regulation, that have faced intense opposition from Republicans in Congress. The move to allow a simple majority vote on most executive and judicial nominees also sets the stage for Obama to appoint new top officials to the Federal Reserve and other key agencies — probably leading to more aggressive action to stimulate the economy and housing market. And it frees Obama to make changes to his Cabinet without the...
  • Heck, What's another Broken Promise? Senate Dems Vote for Power Grab

    11/22/2013 7:08:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    Well. . . Harry Reid has gone nuclear. Yesterday the Senate, with cheerleading from Democrats in the House of Representatives and our honesty-deprived White House, passed a rule that would strip the minority party of its right to filibuster most Presidential nominees. The move itself (known as the “nuclear option”) usurps the Senate’s traditional eye toward minority rights, and dismantles the republican form of deliberation for which the Senate is known. The truly audacious part of the Senate Democrat’s power grab, however, was their blatant hypocrisy. After all, in 2005 they voted against this very rule change. Now don’t...
  • Vanity - Senate Voting Rule Change

    11/22/2013 6:35:04 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 12 replies
    Self | November 22,2013 | Self
    I realize there is not a whole lot we can do about the vote yesterday in the Senate regarding the rule change. However, I did call both of my senators from TN (Alexander and Corker) expressing my displeasure. Basically, I told them that this is what the appeasement from them (my two senators) has gotten us. The Dems want total control and inch by inch the GOP is giving it to them. I told both offices I would like to see some fight from them (I know, good luck!). I urge you to call your Senators and express your displeasure...
  • McCain Reads From WFB Article While Slamming Reid on Nuclear Option

    11/22/2013 6:11:00 AM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 21, 2013 | Staff
    Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) ripped Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on the floor Thursday for his hypocritical role in bringing about the “nuclear option,” quoting directly from a Washington Free Beacon article during his impassioned speech. Reid said in a 2008 interview that, so long as he was the party leader, there would not be a nuclear option effectively stripping the Republicans of their ability to block President Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees. However, on a near party-line vote Thursday, the Senate voted to approve the measure, 52-48. Reid previously called such attempts at a nuclear...