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  • Hereís How Republicans Can Confirm Supreme Court Nominees Without The Nuclear Option

    02/08/2017 10:59:16 AM PST · by bigbob · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2-7-17 | Sean Davis
    Proponents of the nuclear option say it is necessary to prevent Democrats from using the filibuster to permanently prevent a vote to confirm Gorsuch. Opponents of the nuclear option say it will not only fundamentally alter the nature of the Senate, it will also greatly empower Democrats when they retake the Senate and the White House. At its core, the debate over the nuclear option highlights the tension between the need for debate and the need for finality on judicial matters. Unfortunately, exercising the nuclear option is a zero-sum game. If itís invoked, debate is dead. If it isnít, proponents...
  • End the Fake Filibuster: Itís not a constitutional requirement at all.

    02/08/2017 8:21:11 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | February 8, 2017, 12:04 am | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    What allows Schumer to thwart the majorityís will and paralyze the Senate? Not the U.S. Constitution, as the framers designed it. The answer is a centuries-old Senate practice called the filibuster. Senators in the minority could take the floor and talk endlessly, never agreeing to formally end debate so the majority could vote. Theyíd talk the legislation to death or ďfilibusterĒ it, in the process shutting down all other Senate business. The House never permitted it, always allowing a simple majority to shut down debate. In the Senate, the idea was to make sure the minority was heard. But over...
  • GOP Cheers DeVos Confirmation After Pence Casts Rare Tie-Breaking Vote

    02/07/2017 4:41:10 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 3 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | 02/07/2017 | Todd Beamon
    Republicans cheered Tuesday's historic confirmation vote for Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary ó Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote ó slamming Democrats as obstructionists and saying that President Donald Trump was entitled to his Cabinet picks. "President Trump has assembled a first-class team for his Cabinet, and obstructing all of these confirmation votes is only delaying the important work that needs to be done," Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said. "In my conversation with Betsy DeVos, I found her to have a deep appreciation for the value of public schools and a special concern for the needs of the...
  • Manchin: Senate Dems Would Be ĎWrongí to Filibuster Trumpís SCOTUS Nominee

    02/01/2017 2:52:22 PM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 2/1/17 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that he looks forward to meeting with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, and has no intention of filibustering him with fellow Democrats. Manchin began the interview by scolding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and other Republican senators for refusing to allow a vote on former President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland last year. While Manchin acknowledged that Republicans probably had enough votes to block Garland, he said that they should have at least met with Garland and allowed a vote. Manchin then...
  • Trump: I will tell McConnell to 'go nuclear' if Democrats hold up Gorsuch nomination

    02/01/2017 9:30:01 AM PST · by AU72 · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 1, 2017 | Jacob Pramuk
    President Donald Trump said he will urge Senate Republicans to scrap filibuster rules, or take the so-called "nuclear option," if Democrats in the increasingly tense chamber use them to block his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. After Trump nominated the 49-year-old conservative appeals judge to the top U.S. court Tuesday night, Democrats signaled they could delay the process. If they filibuster, Republicans, who have 52 Senate seats, would need 60 votes to confirm him unless they cut that rule. Trump told reporters Wednesday that he would encourage Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to take that route,...
  • Chris Matthews: Gorsuch Vote Will Go To A Filibuster; Democrats Will Not Vote For Him "Not A One"

    01/31/2017 6:06:48 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 96 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 31, 2017 | RealClearPolitics
    Matthews said politics have become so polarized that is natural to assume there will be a filibuster against Judge Gorsuch. "I think this is going to come down, to a sad denouement," Matthews said Wednesday night. "I think it's going to take 60 votes to get this approved and I think the Republicans will have their rank-and-file 52 votes will be there. But I don't think the Democrats are going to give them a single vote which mean this will go to a filibuster." "I don't think they'll get 60 votes because I don't think they'll get a single Democratic...
  • President Donald Trump Nominates Pro-Life-Friendly Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

    01/31/2017 5:38:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 31, 2017 | Steven Ertelt
    President Donald Trump tonight has nominated pro-life friendly federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch has taken the pro-life side in important cases and written a book excoriating assisted suicide. The 49-year-old Judge Gorsuch, if confirmed, would replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia Ė who supporting overturning Roe v. Wade and allowing states to once again provide legal protection for unborn children. Justice Gorsuch is currently a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which includes the districts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, as well as the Eastern, Northern...
  • Strategery: Frightened Dems backing away from SCOTUS filibuster?

    01/31/2017 11:12:57 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 47 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/31/17 | Robert Laurie
    New plan, new plan! Uh-oh. It appears thereís trouble in ďugly Hollywood.Ē After promising that they would filibuster President Trumpís Supreme Court nominee - no matter who he or she was - it seems that cold feet have taken hold. Dems may now be looking for a respectable way to back away from Chuck Schumerís obstructionist plans.
  • Democrats consider backing off big battle over Trump's Supreme Court pick

    01/30/2017 8:20:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 30, 2017 | Manu Raju and Ted Barrett
    Senate Democrats are weighing whether to avoid an all-out war to block President Donald Trump's upcoming Supreme Court pick, instead considering delaying that battle for a future nomination that could shift the ideological balance of the court, sources say. Democrats privately discussed their tactics during a closed-door retreat in West Virginia last week. And a number of Democrats are trying to persuade liberal firebrands to essentially let Republicans confirm Trump's pick after a vigorous confirmation process -- since Trump is likely to name a conservative to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. The reason for the tactic: Republicans are...
  • Democrats: This SCOTUS Seat is 'Stolen' and We'll Filibuster Anyone Trump Picks

    01/30/2017 1:31:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 114 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2017 | Guy Benson
    With their angry left-wing base whipped into a frenzy of opposition on virtually every imaginable front, some Senate Democrats are promising to wage a filibuster against President Trump's yet-unnamed Supreme Court nominee. The president will unveil his selection tomorrow evening, yet Democrats are preemptively vowing to obstruct anyone he chooses -- retaliation, they say, for Republicans' refusal to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland under the Biden Rule. Battle lines, drawn: Senate Democrats are going to try to bring down President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick no matter who the president chooses to the fill the current vacancy. With Trump prepared...
  • Senate Democrats are bluffing, they are powerless to block Trump's Supreme Court nominee

    01/28/2017 4:11:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | January 28, 2017 | Marc Thiessen
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has threatened to stonewall Donald Trumpís pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, telling MSNBCís Rachel Maddow, Schumer said: ďItís hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support.Ē When Maddow asked, ďYou will do your best to hold the seat open?Ē Schumer replied, ďAbsolutely.Ē The fact is, Senate Democrats are powerless to stop Trump from appointing and confirming a rock-ribbed conservative to replace Scalia. Here is what Trump should tell Schumer in so uncertain terms: ēAs you know, I have put out a...
  • Cruz: GOP should do Ďwhatever it takesí to confirm Trump Supreme Court pick

    01/24/2017 8:57:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2017 | Evelyn Rupert
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said Republicans should fight to get President Trump's coming Supreme Court nominee confirmed by any means necessary. Trump has said he will be announcing his choice to fill the late Antonin Scalia's seat on the bench next week. Republicans will need at least eight Democrats to support Trump's nominee to overcome the 60-vote filibuster hurdle. But Cruz suggested the GOP shouldn't rule out the so-called "nuclear option" to reduce the threshold to a majority. The move would be a gamble, setting a precedent that could weaken the GOP's position if Democrats come back into power....
  • Chuck Schumer threatens Trump over SCOTUS nominee - endless filibuster for any nominee?

    01/04/2017 11:12:24 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 46 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/17 | Robert Laurie
    Dems digging the hole deeper Democrats donít understand what happened in the 2016 election. They donít know why they lost and they have no concept of how badly they were beaten. Iíve made this point a hundred times. We see their denial in their post-election defiance, their doubling-down on people like Pelosi, and the bitter name-calling aimed at anyone who didnít support Hillary Clinton. They cling to popular vote totals, buoyed by left-wing superstates New York and California, so they can whistle past their electoral graveyard and their brutal 2018 map.
  • Filibuster This: Democrats Pay A Huge Price For Gutting The Senate's Supermajority Rule

    01/05/2017 4:11:14 AM PST · by expat_panama · 38 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Jan 04, 2017 4:42 PM ET | Editorial
    Rules: You have to laugh at the Democrats' current plight. They have almost no leverage to block anyone Donald Trump decides to select for judgeships or cabinet posts. They can't stop Republicans from repealing most of ObamaCare. And they only have themselves to blame. On CNN this week, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was lamenting the fact that Democrats wouldn't be able to use the filibuster to stop Trump's nominees. There should, he said, be "60 votes because on such important positions there should be some degree of bipartisanship." And who, exactly, is to blame for this? Schumer's predecessor in...
  • Filibuster This: Democrats Pay A Huge Price For Gutting The Senate's Supermajority Rule

    01/05/2017 4:16:46 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/5/2017 | Staff
    Rules: You have to laugh at the Democrats' current plight. They have almost no leverage to block anyone Donald Trump decides to select for judgeships or cabinet posts. They can't stop Republicans from repealing most of ObamaCare. And they only have themselves to blame. On CNN this week, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was lamenting the fact that Democrats wouldn't be able to use the filibuster to stop Trump's nominees. There should, he said, be "60 votes because on such important positions there should be some degree of bipartisanship." And who, exactly, is to blame for this? Schumer's predecessor in...
  • Reid: If Hillary wins and Dems retake the Senate, expect Dems to use the Nuclear Option for SCOTUS

    01/04/2017 4:16:05 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | October 25, 2016 | Posted by William A. Jacobson
    Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he is confident that he has laid the groundwork for Democrats to nuke the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees if they win back the Senate in November. Envisioning Hillary Clinton in the White House and Democrats controlling the Senate, Reid warned that if a Senate Republican minority block her Supreme Court nominee, he is confident the party wonít hesitate to change the filibuster rules again. Such a move would be an extension of what Reid did in 2013 when he was still majority leader, eliminating filibusters (with a simple majority vote) on...
  • Schumer: I Wish Democrats Hadnít Triggered the ĎNuclear Optioní

    01/04/2017 3:32:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 103 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 4, 2017 | by ADELLE NAZARIAN
    Incoming Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says he regrets a 2013 decision by Senate Democrats, known as the ďnuclear optionĒ to decrease the number of senators needed to confirm Cabinet picks from 60 to 51 votes. ďI wish it hadnít happened,Ē Schumer said in an interview with CNN, about the move that was triggered by former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (D-NV). The move is dubbed the ďnuclear optionĒ because by altering the filibuster rules it stands to blow up bipartisan Senate relations. ďI argued against it at the time,Ē Schumer said. ďI said both for Supreme Court and...
  • WaPo: Senate Dems planning ďunprecedentedĒ obstruction of Cabinet nominees

    01/02/2017 6:39:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 2, 2017 | ED MORRISEY
    Remember when Democrats insisted that incoming presidents had to get immediate confirmation of Cabinet appointments for the good of the nation? What a difference an (R) makes ... The Washington Post‚Äôs Ed O‚ÄôKeefe reports on a plan by Senate Democrats to ‚Äúslow walk‚ÄĚ confirmation of Donald Trump‚Äôs appointments, including an insistence on nor more than two confirmations a week: Democratic senators plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump¬ís Cabinet nominees in the coming weeks and are pushing to stretch their confirmation votes into March ¬ó an unprecedented break with Senate tradition.Such delays would upend Republican hopes of quickly holding...
  • Democrats are planning to use hearings on Trump's billionaire cabinet picks to win working class

    12/16/2016 7:06:17 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 37 replies
    Business Insider via AP ^ | December 16, 2016 | Mary Clare Jalonic
    Determined to hold around two dozen Senate seats in 2018, Democrats will use the coming series of confirmation hearings to try to distinguish themselves from President-elect Donald Trump's billionaire nominees and convince working-class voters who elected him that he's not on their side. While Democrats have little leverage to stop the Republican's picks in the Senate, they still plan a fight. To highlight what they say is the hypocrisy of Trump's campaign promise to be a champion for the economically struggling little guy, they'll focus on the nominees' wealth, ties to Wall Street and willingness to privatize Medicare, among other...
  • Dem Senator: Iím Kinda Regretting Nuking The Filibuster

    11/30/2016 5:14:29 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 45 replies
    hotair.com ^ | NOVEMBER 30, 2016
    When Harry Reid and the rest of the Senate Democrats teamed up three years ago to nuke the filibuster on presidential appointments, Republicans warned them theyíd live to regret it. Now that day has arrived, and Chris Coons tells CNNís Kate Bolduan he does regret it ó mainly because, as Republicans tried to tell Democrats, they have no way of stopping a Republican president from appointing ďextremeĒ nominees to key positions. Coons, who is trying to block Jeff Sessionsí nomination as Attorney General, says that Republicans need to help him
  • Sen. Chris Coons Regrets Making Appointments Simpler to Confirm

    11/29/2016 12:54:58 PM PST · by markomalley · 80 replies
    Senator Chris Coons (D., Del.) said on CNN Tuesday†that he regrets the rule change Senate Democrats made to the nomination process.ďThe filibuster no longer acts as an emergency brake on the nomination,Ē Coons said.The senator was questioned on the nomination process and the rule changes that senate Democrats had made in order to keep Republicans from derailing their selected nominees.Coons admitted that Democrats had watered down the nomination process after Kate Bolduan mentioned that Republicanís could now take advantage of the simpler consent process.ďI do regret that.†Frankly†I think many of us will regret that in this congress because it would...
  • The GOP probably doesnít have the votes to nuke the filibuster

    11/27/2016 5:01:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/26/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    We should probably think of this as an exercise in managing our expectations heading into next year’s congressional battles. Two days after the election I posed a question to the Republican Party leadership: we’ve given you control of the entire federal government. Now what will you do with it? The answer will largely depend on what happens in the Senate. Trump can, if he wishes, undo many of Obama’s executive actions with the stroke of a pen and Republicans will largely control what bills come up for a vote in both the House and Senate. But activity in the...
  • GOP senators wary of nuking filibuster

    11/27/2016 7:28:18 AM PST · by ColdOne · 64 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 11/27/16 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Republicans are wary of making a historic move to nix the filibuster despite growing pressure from conservatives. Roughly two weeks after Donald Trump's White House win, GOP lawmakers are already facing calls to overhaul Senate rules and help push through the real estate mogul's agenda. The calls to go "nuclear" are only likely to intensify next year when Democrats begin to carry out their pledge to fight Trump's agenda on areas where they disagree. ADVERTISEMENT But Senate Republicans are openly skeptical about making a rules change they believe could come back to bite them, when they are inevitably back...
  • Chuck Schumer threatens filibuster if Trump doesn't pick 'mainstream' court candidate

    11/21/2016 7:29:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/2016 | BY JESSIE HELLMANN
    Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned Sunday that Democrats would filibuster Donald Trump's Supreme Court candidates if they are not "mainstream." "If he doesn't nominate a mainstream candidate, we're going to go at him with everything we've got ... Because this is so, so important," Schumer said on NBC's "Meet the Press." While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had suggested doing away with the filibuster, Schumer said Republicans "don't come with clean hands, having delayed Merrick Garland for a whole year." President Obama nominated Garland to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, but...
  • Schumer Threatens 'Tooth and Nail' Fight Over Supreme Court Nominee

    11/21/2016 5:42:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 21, 2016 | 5:26 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Come January, Republicans will control all three branches of government, but with only 52 Republicans in the Senate. That will not give them the 60 needed to break a Democrat filibuster. Appearing on various Sunday talk shows, Schumer was asked if Senate Democrats will filibuster Trumpís Supreme Court nominee, whoever it may be. ďI would hope first and foremost that President Trump nominates a mainstream nominee capable of getting bipartisan support,Ē Schumer told Fox News Sunday.ďIf he does, then weíll give it just a very, very thorough vetting, but we wonít ipso facto say no. If itís out of the...
  • I'm confused about senate rules

    11/15/2016 5:26:41 AM PST · by refermech · 34 replies
    Did the democrats do away with the 60 vote rule to end debate? Will this apply to The next supreme court nominee or will the dems be able to filibuster our nominee? Thanks for any clarification!
  • Nuke íEm: Priming the Senate for Necessary Action

    11/14/2016 5:25:48 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/14/16 | Jed Babbin
    Theyíre prepping the congressional battlefield for the two toughest fights the Dems will have in 2017: the repeal of Obamacare and the confirmation of Trumpís nomination of a conservative to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Those are the two most important campaign promises Trump made that have to be accomplished in the coming year if theyíre going to be accomplished at all. The Dems will mount their first round filibusters when the confirmation process begins. They will filibuster some of the cabinet and subcabinet folks as a warm-up so that they and their media allies can...
  • How Republicans Could Overcome Filibusters by Senate Democrats

    11/12/2016 12:24:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 10, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    As Democrats strategize on how to stop conservative legislation from making its way to Donald Trumpís desk in the White House, Republicans have a little-known rule in their toolbox that would allow them to pass legislation, including a repeal of Obamacare, with a simple majority. Democrats were able to keep 48 seats in the Senate after Tuesdayís election, giving the party the power to filibuster legislation and effectively prevent conservative policies from being enacted. But Republicans can turn to a seldom-used Senate rule that would allow them to pass legislation by a simple majority voteólegislation that has a greater chance...
  • Gov. Scott Walker: Get Rid Of The Filibuster For Donald Trump

    11/09/2016 7:00:00 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 54 replies
    Fox ^ | November 9, 2016
    Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday in the wake of Donald Trumpís surprising victory that Republicans should get rid of the Senate filibuster. Republicans maintained control of the House and Senate on Election Day, giving them control of the Legislative and Executive branches. ďI firmly believe that he wants to work ó he wants to get things done,Ē Walker told radio host Charlie Sykes on WTMJ, describing a phone call this week with Trumpís running mate Mike Pence. ďHe wants to be able to say we won and that best way to do that is to allow Paul (Ryan) to help...
  • Alabama May Be Key For Trump to Be Effective

    11/09/2016 6:56:02 AM PST · by alancarp · 13 replies
    Venity | 11/10/2016 | alancarp
    This morning on Northern Alabama's WVNN-AM, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5/REP) mentioned that the key to Donald Trump's agenda could come down to whether the Senate votes to waive their filibuster rule. That requires 60 votes to end debate on any measure, and Democrats are already scheming to exercise the same kind of obstruction they decried of Republicans in years' past. Requiring a simple majority to pass Senate bills would go a long way toward getting Trump's plans pushed through quickly... especially given the razor-thin edge that Republicans will have. Right now, the power balance in the Senate is 51-47 with...
  • Save the Filibuster and Save the Senate From Partisanship

    09/02/2016 8:22:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 1, 2016 | Brian Darling
    The filibuster is under attack again, this time by Senate Democrats who are hoping to win back that chamber as well as the White House in November. Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, reported Wednesday that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wants Democrats to ďmove to curtail the filibusterĒ if they win both the White House and the Senate ďonly to run up against persistent use of the tactic by Republicans.Ē Hulse wrote:
  • Senate Dems launch filibuster to push for gun control - will go late into the night

    06/15/2016 12:05:19 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 32 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/15/16 | Robert Laurie
    Opportunism, not concern. The Democratsí ghoulish lust for gun control has hit a fever pitch in the wake of the Orlando terror attack. Instead of talking about the shooters motive and the FBIís abject failure, they choose to focus all of their attention - and extremely limited firearm knowledge - on the weapons he used. Scratch that. They usually focus their attention on guns he didnít use, in particular the AR-15.
  • Learning Locke: An Introduction to Catoís Letters

    05/07/2016 10:00:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Thomas Jefferson famously adapted key passages of John Lockeís Second Treatise in his draft Declaration of Independence. An 18th century gentleman could hardly regard himself as learned without the ability to quote a few Lockean passages from memory. Yet, what of the average colonial? Books were expensive imports. How were the yeomanry educated well enough in Lockean concepts to readily understand and accept this radical document, the Declaration of Independence? Through newspapers. Like modern Americans, our colonial forebears were also political junkies. Freewheeling editorials, letters to the editor that criticized parliamentary and colonial governments were standing features of public life....
  • White House: Obama Now 'Regrets' Filibustering Alito [That was then, this is now]

    02/18/2016 8:17:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/18/2016 | Debra Heine
    After President Barack Obama scolded Republicans for vowing to block whomever he nominates to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, some Republicans called him out for being a hypocrite because he tried to filibuster Justice Samuel Alito's nomination in 2006. Now the White House is saying that the president "regrets" that decision, but still maintains that the Republican opposition is somehow different and unprecedented. Via The Hill: ‚ÄúThat is an approach the president regrets,‚ÄĚ White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.Obama and the Democratic senators who joined him in filibustering...
  • White House: Obama 'regrets' decision to filibuster Supreme Court Justice Alito

    02/18/2016 7:54:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 18, 2016
    The top White House spokesman said Wednesday that President Obama "regrets" his 2006 decision to filibuster the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court -- after being accused of hypocrisy for blasting "obstructionist" Republicans now vowing to block his next high court nominee. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was pressed on Obama's 2006 vote, as a U.S. senator, at the daily briefing. "Looking back on it, the president believes that he should have just followed his own advice and made a strong public case on the merits about his opposition to the nomination that President Bush had put...
  • White House: Obama 'regrets' his filibuster of Supreme Court nominee

    02/17/2016 2:25:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Feb. 17, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama "regrets" filibustering the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in 2006, his top spokesman said Wednesday, though he maintains that the Republican opposition to his effort to replace Justice Antonin Scalia is unprecedented. "That is an approach the president regrets," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. Obama and the Democratic senators who joined him in filibustering Alito "should have been in the position where they were making a public case" against the merits of his nomination to the high court instead, Earnest said. "They shouldn't have looked for a way to just throw sand in the...
  • White House says Obama ‚Äėregrets‚Äô filibuster against Alito nomination in 2006

    02/17/2016 11:08:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Wednesday that President Obama "regrets" his filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito in 2006, but insisted the situation was different than Republicans' current vow to block any nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. "These are two different things," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. "The president's objections to then-President Bush's nominee were based in substance." In 2006, then-Sen. Obama and 23 other Democrats -- including Hillary Clinton -- tried to filibuster Justice Alito's nomination. He was confirmed for the high court anyway.
  • Obama: Who Cares if I Filibustered Alito, Republicans Have to Vote on My SCOTUS Nominee

    02/16/2016 4:14:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Life News ^ | 02/16/2016 | Steven Ertelt
    President Barack Obama respond this afternoon to promises by Senate Republicans to not allow a vote o his nominee to replace recently-deceased pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia. Obama doesn't care about the fact that he filibustered Justice Samuel Alito's nomination in an attempt to prevent the Senate from voting to confirm him, he demanded that Republicans allow a vote on his nominee. After Scalia's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will not take up a vote on a replacement for deceased pro-life Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until after the presidential election. Such a promise prevents pro-abortion President...
  • Obama Filibustered Justice Alito, Voted Against Roberts

    02/15/2016 6:36:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 7 replies
    Obama and his media allies are now making all the expected noises about the Senate's obligation to confirm nominees if they're qualified without partisan interference. That is the exact opposite of what he did to Bush's Supreme Court nominees. Let's start with Justice Roberts. Obama admitted that Roberts was eminently qualified. He praised him highly. "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind Judge Roberts is qualified to sit on the highest court in the land. Moreover, he seems to have the comportment and the temperament that makes for a good judge. He is humble, he is personally decent, and...
  • Tom DeLay: 'Real' Americans Think Ted Cruz 'Is A Hero' (2013)

    01/24/2016 5:54:16 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 20 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Oct 17, 2013 | Laura Bassett
    "When you're in a fight, people just don't like the fight, so they're going to respond negatively," DeLay said on CNN. "It's who wins and comes out of the fight that has long-lasting effects. And I got to tell you right now, out here in the real world, outside of New York and Washington, D.C., these people think Ted Cruz is a hero. They think that those Republicans in the House are heroes. And they think that Obama is destroying this country." Cruz helped kick off the congressional chaos by speaking on the Senate floor for 21 hours in a...
  • Audio: Senate GOP Considering Weakening Filibuster to Force Votes (Do it, don't just consider)

    12/17/2015 1:08:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Ever since Harry Reid's Democratic majority blew up decades of precedent to significantly weaken the filibuster in order to grease the skids for President Obama's left-wing judicial and executive appointments, some conservatives have wondered if the GOP would answer in kind upon regaining the majority. On Wednesday's edition of the Hugh Hewitt Show, John Thune -- the third ranking member of Senate Republican leadership -- told Hugh and me that an option is under consideration that would further erode the minority's filibuster tool: Benson talks w/ Sen. Thune on action to change filibuster rules on appropriations bills Thune says Senate Republican leadership...
  • 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 a†third consecutive filibuster of the bipartisan defense appropriations bill yesterday, once again†blocking 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 by†this development. Remember, the ostensible reason that Democrats have engaged in this obstruction over recent months -- which also entailed†filibustering 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's†hyper-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 · 8 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 Ė Harry Reid killed it when he chose to disregard it to pack the District of Columbia Circuit Ė and pretending it isnít is not only ridiculous but it is ripping the GOP apart. Itís like a legislative Weekend at Bernieís 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 Ė Harry Reid killed it when he chose to disregard it to pack the District of Columbia Circuit Ė and pretending it isnít is not only ridiculous but it is ripping the GOP apart. Itís like a legislative Weekend at Bernieís 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 Democratsí 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) ó 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 Iranís support of terrorism and the death of American soldiers. ďThis regime has shown no signs that its deplorable behavior will change, and this deal does nothing to...