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  • 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...
  • 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 Obamaís 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 caucusís 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.ó 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: ďFirst, 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 wonít 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 GOPís 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 Obamaís 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 ó and potentially politically costly ó veto fight. ďI 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 Obamaís almost certain to get the Iran nuclear deal ó 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 wasnít 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? · 12 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 ďfilibusterĒ of a bill to reauthorize a major government surveillance program. One problem: Itís not actually a filibuster. With key parts of the PATRIOT Act set to expire at the end of the month ó and the Senate set to skip town at the end of the week ó 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: ďI will filibuster the Patriot ActĒ

    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 Obamaís 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 Ďcleaní 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 ó Congress is sending President Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the presidentís 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 ďcompromiseĒ

    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 Obamaís 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 ó which blocks implementation of Obamaís 2012 deferred action program and his November 2014 ďadult amnestyĒ ó Republicans should respond by blocking only the 2014 orders. The thinking, according to a GOP senator who was in the lunch,...
  • Sharpton: ĎAll is Not Lost,í Obama Can Veto

    01/08/2015 3:19:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/07/15 | Pam Key
    **SNIP** Sharpton said, ďThis 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 ó one, we need to realize and recognize, had we voted like we should have we wouldnít be here,Ē he said. ďBut 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.Ē ďEven though the legislature is tied down, the executive...