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  • Reid: Oh, You Bet We'll Filibuster That Bipartisan Syrian Refugees Bill

    11/20/2015 5:00:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2015 | Guy Benson
    For those keeping score, over the last few months, Senate Democrats have used the filibuster -- which they railed against and eroded while in the majority -- to block a bill to pay our troops, to prevent any vote on President Obama's reckless Iran deal, to hold up funding for the VA, and to obstruct legislation helping victims of human trafficking because it didn't spend taxpayer dollars on abortions. (One can only hope the NRSC is keeping track of these votes for future attack ads).  Harry's crew is angling to add another notch in their obstructionist belt, with Reid vowing to filibuster a post-Paris bill designed to beef up...
  • Again: Senate Democrats Mount Third Filibuster Against Bill to Pay Troops, Fund Military

    11/06/2015 9:04:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Senate Democrats launched athird consecutive filibuster of the bipartisan defense appropriations bill yesterday, once againblocking consideration of legislation that would fund the United States military and pay members of our armed forces. Yes, it's okay to be thoroughly perplexed bythis development. Remember, the ostensible reason that Democrats have engaged in this obstruction over recent months -- which also entailedfilibustering the Veterans Affairs appropriations bill -- was to exploit the troops and veterans as leverage to force Republicans to agree to higher federal spending on unrelated matters. It was a cynical play, but thanks in part to President Obama'shyper-partisan veto, it...
  • Rand Paul will filibuster debt ceiling bill

    10/27/2015 9:38:33 PM PDT · by UncleRicosFootball · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/27/15 | David Weigel
    DENVER -- in the face to conservatives." Likely speaker of the House Paul Ryan has said the process that created it "stinks." But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the first Republican to pledge outright that he'll try to scutter the compromise debt limit bill designed to kick any tough new vote into 2017. "I will filibuster the new debt ceiling bill," Paul said at an event on the University of Colorado's Denver campus. "It is horrible, it's hard for me not to use profanity describing it." Paul also called the bill a "steaming pile of legislation," and urged fellow Republicans...
  • GOP Challenges Obama: Are You Really Going to Veto Our Bipartisan Defense Bill?

    10/21/2015 8:45:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2015 | Guy Benson
    We've been critical of Republicans' chronic inability to thrust political predicaments upon Senate Democrats and President Obama by forcefully spotlighting risky, unpopular filibusters, and forcing politically painful vetoes. Progress on these fronts has been maddeningly rare, though not nonexistent. With additional Democratic obstruction efforts afoot, the GOP now appears poised to require presidential vetoes on measures that would gut much of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, via a budget maneuver known as reconciliation.  But perhaps their best opportunity to draw political blood, or even win, is on a showdown involving the National Defense Authorization Act, which large bipartisan majorities have now sent to Obama's desk, directly challenging a veto threat: Speaker...
  • Filibusted: Why we should kill the Filibuster

    10/05/2015 10:30:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/05/2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    Kill the filibuster. Kill it now.Traditions are nice and institutional prerogatives can be important, but right now on Capitol Hill, the tails are wagging the dog. The filibuster is already dead Harry Reid killed it when he chose to disregard it to pack the District of Columbia Circuit and pretending it isnt is not only ridiculous but it is ripping the GOP apart. Its like a legislative Weekend at Bernies starring pouty Mitch McConnell and fussy little Lamar Alexander. The filibuster, a mere Senate tradition and not a constitutional mandate, is not just an obstacle to enacting our...
  • Filibusted

    10/05/2015 5:31:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    Kill the filibuster. Kill it now. Traditions are nice and institutional prerogatives can be important, but right now on Capitol Hill, the tails are wagging the dog. The filibuster is already dead Harry Reid killed it when he chose to disregard it to pack the District of Columbia Circuit and pretending it isnt is not only ridiculous but it is ripping the GOP apart. Its like a legislative Weekend at Bernies starring pouty Mitch McConnell and fussy little Lamar Alexander. The filibuster, a mere Senate tradition and not a constitutional mandate, is not just an obstacle to enacting...
  • Will Senate Republicans play hardball to break Democrats Iran Deal filibuster?

    09/11/2015 2:06:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2015 | Guy Benson
    A senior Senate Republican leadership source reached out to discuss the case I laid out this morning (linked an excerpted by Allahpundit here) concerning a possible path to breaking Democrats’ Iran deal filibuster. He said Majority Leader McConnell will schedule another cloture vote early next week, likely on Tuesday. If and when that fails (assuming none of the 42 filibustering Democrats relent), GOP leadership is considering a number of options, including forcing votes on one or more highly-charged amendments related to the Iran deal. This maneuver would respond to Democrats’ politicized posturing in kind, contriving scenarios in which filibuster-sustaining...
  • Iran nuclear deal survives: Democrats block disapproval vote

    09/10/2015 2:27:28 PM PDT · by Mariner · 98 replies
    AP ^ | September 10th, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and DEB RIECHMANN
    WASHINGTON (AP) Senate Democrats voted to uphold the hard-fought nuclear accord with Iran on Thursday, overcoming ferocious GOP opposition and delivering President Barack Obama a legacy-making victory on his top foreign policy priority. A disapproval resolution for the agreement fell two votes short of the 60 needed to move forward as most Democratic and independent senators banded together against it. Although House Republicans continued to pursue eleventh-hour strategies to derail the international accord and Senate Republicans promised a re-vote, Thursday's outcome all but guaranteed that the disapproval legislation would not reach Obama's desk. As a result the nuclear deal...
  • Obama Gains Enough Senate Votes to Block Iran Deal Opposition

    09/08/2015 11:44:08 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 9/8/2015 | Charlie Spierling
    President Obama has earned enough Democratic votes in the Senate to filibuster a Senate effort to block the Iran nuclear deal, if necessary. On Monday, Sens Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) , Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) , and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) announced their support for the deal, tallying enough votes to successfully filibuster the deal. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced his opposition to the deal in a surprise defection from Obama, citing Irans support of terrorism and the death of American soldiers. This regime has shown no signs that its deplorable behavior will change, and this deal does nothing to...
  • Senate Dems Plot Filibuster to Dodge Iran Nuclear Deal Vote

    09/01/2015 5:39:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Joseph Klein
    Those putting party over country try to conceal their votes from the public. Democratic senators supporting President Obamas disastrous nuclear deal with Iran are cowards. They know that a majority of Americans oppose the deal. Thus, they are running for cover to avoid going on the record and voting against a resolution disapproving the deal. A filibuster to block a vote on the merits altogether is the Democratic Senate caucuss preferred way out. The White House is reportedly pushing the filibuster strategy even though Obama is virtually certain to have enough votes to sustain a veto of a resolution of...
  • Cotton Statement on Reports that Harry Reid may Filibuster Senate Vote on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    08/28/2015 4:47:22 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 43 replies
    cotton.senate.gov ^ | Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | Senator Tom Cotton
    Washington, D.C. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statements on reports that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid may filibuster a Senate vote on the Iran Nuclear Deal: First, the president did an end-run around the Constitution by refusing to submit the Iran deal as a treaty requiring a two-thirds vote of the Senate for approval. Now Harry Reid wants to deny the American people a voice entirely by blocking an up-or-down vote on this terrible deal. If Harry Reid has his way, Congress wont even get the little oversight we were provided in Corker-Cardin. He is obstructing because...
  • No veto? Senate Dems might get enough votes to filibuster GOPs attempt to block Iran deal

    08/27/2015 2:43:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    The consolation prize in the great Senate GOP sellout on the Iran deal was supposed to be the opportunity it created to embarrass Obama. The fear was that if Republicans insisted on two-thirds approval of the deal for ratification, as the Constitution’s Treaty Clause requires, King Barack would simply reassure the public that this wasn’t technically a treaty and proceed to implement the agreement under his own executive authority. Heads he wins, tails you lose. That’s life in post-republic America. (And if you like that model, wait until President Trump is sworn in.) So Bob Corker and McConnell decided...
  • Harry Reid confirms Senate Democrats will filibuster Iran nuclear deal (New tactic to "pass" treaty)

    09/05/2015 1:26:41 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, September 5, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Democrats will try to mount a filibuster to block the Iran nuclear deal from even having to reach President Obamas desk for a veto, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid signaled Sunday in a statement. He and his party colleagues already have enough committed supporters that they would be able to sustain an Obama veto and allow the Iran deal to proceed, but a filibuster would be an even bigger coup, halting the issue earlier in the process and heading off a protracted and potentially politically costly veto fight. I recently informed Senator McConnell that after a period of...
  • White House pushes for Iran filibuster

    08/27/2015 8:49:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | August 27, 2015 | Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett
    President Barack Obamas almost certain to get the Iran nuclear deal but whether he gets there by filibuster or sustained veto could make all the difference. A Democratic filibuster in the Senate would be a clear victory for the president, allowing Obama to say that for all the political noise there wasnt enough actual opposition to the nuclear agreement with the Islamic republic to even get to a final vote.
  • Scott Walker: I'd 'absolutely' nuke the filibuster to repeal Obamacare

    06/28/2015 7:31:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 28, 2015 | Philip Klein
    Scott Walker on Saturday night said that if it were necessary to repeal President Obama's healthcare law, he would urge Republican senators to use the so-called nuclear option to end the filibuster. After formal remarks at the Western Conservative Summit, Walker sat down with talk radio host and author Hugh Hewitt for an onstage interview. "I heard you say Obamacare will be repealed and replaced," Hewitt said. "There are a lot of Republican senators who love the filibuster. Rick Santorum told me you don't need to break the filibuster to repeal Obamacare. But if it's necessary to do so, will...
  • Filibuster of Veterans Bills

    06/14/2015 9:12:35 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 11 replies
    Vanity | June 14, 2015 | Self
    I am having an argument with a Lib, his stance is that the Repubs have filibustered all veterans bills in the senate, when I look at the congressional record, it seems the bill never got out of committee. However, there are a mountain of websites claiming the repubs are filibustering vets, for example: Some of the bills that they filibustered - bills that would have helped American people in this difficult economy: H.R. 12 - Paycheck Fairness Act H.R. 448 -- Elder Abuse Victims Act H.R. 466 - Wounded Veteran Job Security Act H.R. 515 - Radioactive Import Deterrence Act...
  • 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: Its 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 Obamas 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 presidents 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 Obamas 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 Obamas 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 wouldnt 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 GOPs 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. McConnells 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 Wont 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 GOPs new Senate majority makes a big difference: a Supreme Court nomination. While its 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 ...
  • Dont 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 Tuesdays 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 Senates budget reconciliation process,...
  • Dems Plan B disintegrates: Bill to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling cant 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 Courts Hobby Lobby ruling on birth control could not overcome a Republican filibuster Wednesday, exposing the partisan divide over how to balance womens health rights with religious liberty ahead of Novembers congressional contests. The chambers 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 Obamas 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 Pauls 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 Pauls filibuster on the Obama administrations 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 Pauls concern that the government could kill any American with a drone totally unfounded. He referenced Jane...
  • Mitch McConnell: Id 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, considerthe 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 falls elections, hed prefer to keep in place the minority partys ability to filibuster legislationWhile 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...

    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. Heres whats 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 demandedumnothing, really. And they werent going to leave untilthey felt like it, I guess. That was the gist of the PR stunt known as #Up4Climate on Twitter. It was a filibuster that wasnt 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. Thats 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 McConnells 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 Obamas 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,actuallyput 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 budgetdeal 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 Reids (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 Obamas 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 Reids 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...