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  • Kamala Harris threatens to end filibuster to pass Green New Deal

    09/05/2019 8:12:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/05/2019 | Ronn Blitzer
    Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is prepared to do whatever it takes to pass a Green New Deal, vowing to take executive action or even push to get rid of the Senate filibuster in order to get it done. During a CNN town hall Wednesday devoted to climate change and featuring Democratic presidential candidates, an audience member asked Harris how she would work with Republicans to advance her goals related to the environment. Harris stated that she would try to reach across the aisle, but then discussed the measures she would take if this avenue failed. “If they fail to act,...
  • Kamala Harris Would Eliminate Filibuster To Pass Green New Deal

    09/04/2019 9:25:45 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 30 replies ^ | September 04, 2019
    California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris said she would work to scrap the Senate filibuster as president if Republicans refuse to work with Democrats to pass the Green New Deal. The Democratic 2020 presidential candidate made the comments during a CNN town hall Wednesday evening, stating that in the event she won the presidency and Senate Republicans refused to work with Democrats to pass the legislation, eliminating the 60 vote requirement for ending Senate debate would be an avenue to pursue. “If [Republicans] fail to act, as president of the United States, I am prepared to get rid of the filibuster...
  • Democratic Senators Threaten SCOTUS: Do As We Say, Or Else...

    08/14/2019 12:26:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | August 14, 2019 | Guy Benson
    Beth  touched on this yesterday, but I think the extraordinary nature of what's happening here needs to be highlighted repeatedly.  In an effort to bully the Supreme Court, a group of Senate Democrats are warning that if the conservative justices refuse to "heal" the court -- in this case, "healing" constitutes declining to take up a specific gun rights case -- the Court will face a "restructuring."  This is nothing less than a threat against the independent judiciary by hardcore partisans: Several high-profile Senate Democrats warned the Supreme Court in pointed terms this week that it could face a fundamental...
  • 2020 Dems take aim at filibuster, say Senate tradition should 'go the way of history'

    03/21/2019 5:23:19 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/21/2019 | Paul Steinhauser
    Add Beto O’Rourke to a growing list of Democratic presidential candidates who are considering scrapping long-standing Senate procedure in hopes of passing a sweeping progressive agenda should they make it to the White House.
  • Dems Nuked the Filibuster to Confirm Him, Then He Turned to Sexual Harassment

    02/22/2019 11:50:57 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 3 replies
    Front Page ^ | February 22, 2019 | Daniel Greenfield
    Dems Nuked the Filibuster to Confirm Him, Then He Turned to Sexual Harassment Another lingering scandal from Obama’s “scandal-free” administration. February 22, 2019 Daniel Greenfield 16 see comments at FrontPage Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism In the fall of 2013, the Democrats were outraged that Republicans were blocking Obama’s nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Watt was African-American and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his minions repeatedly tried to associate the move with...
  • ‘Everything stays on the table’: 2020 Dems weigh killing the filibuster

    02/01/2019 6:39:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | January 31, 2019 | Burgess Everett and Marianne Levine
    Democrats have a lot of big ideas if they win back the White House and Congress in 2020. But it’s not clear they are willing to do a key thing needed to implement them: eliminating the filibuster. Senate Democrats pursuing the White House are split on whether to even consider getting rid of the chamber’s longstanding supermajority requirement. The debate is heating up as the race for the presidential nomination begins and will largely determine whether the party can enact a “Green New Deal,” Medicare-for-All and other top priorities on the left.
  • Keep The Filibuster, Limit The Damage Congress Does To Americans

    01/25/2018 6:45:06 AM PST · by Liberty7732 · 22 replies
    “Gridlock is the greatest protection to our personal liberties.” Justice Clarence Thomas, addressing Stetson Law students With Congress’ hyperpartisan posture and the difficulty passing legislation through the Senate, interest has grown in doing away with the filibuster rule. Be careful what is hoped for. Senate rules require a greater than 60 percent vote to forcibly end a filibuster, a supermajority requirement is essentially invoked in order to pass a substantive bill out of the Senate. The difficulty in surmounting this hurdle has many lamenting the filibuster rule and wondering whether it’s time to do away with the supermajority provision so...
  • Senate GOP to change rules to speed debate on nominations

    03/28/2019 2:44:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2019 | Andrew Taylor
    Senate Republicans, frustrated at Democratic stalling tactics on President Donald Trump’s appointments, moved Thursday to change Senate rules to significantly shorten debate time on most nominees. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s making the move in response to “unprecedented obstruction” by Democrats, which have required Republicans to hold time-consuming procedural votes on 128 of Trump’s nominees. […] McConnell said Democrats have dragged out debates on even routine nominations, burning up the Senate’s time and delaying confirmation of scores of Trump appointees. He noted that similar rules were easily — but temporarily — voted into place for the most recent two...
  • Reparations, Court-Packing: Once-Fringe Issues Take Hold in Democratic Primary Race

    03/12/2019 6:58:29 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 12, 2019 | Sydney Ember and Astead W. Herndon
    It was a made-for-social-media moment for Pete Buttigieg. In Philadelphia last month on his book tour, Mr. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a Democratic candidate for president, fielded an unlikely question from the audience: “Would you support a packing of the courts to expand the Supreme Court by four members?” The inquiry elicited titters from the politics-hungry crowd that appeared surprised by the question. But not from Mr. Buttigieg. “I don’t think we should be laughing at it,” he said. “In some ways it’s no more a shattering of norms than what’s already been done to get...
  • Senate reignites blue slip war over Trump court picks

    02/24/2019 3:55:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2019 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate is set to escalate a long simmering fight over President Trump's judicial nominees. Republicans are poised to confirm a pick for the influential circuit courts next week without the support of either of the nominee's home-state senators—a first for the Trump era. Eric Miller is the first appeals judge to get a vote on the Senate floor this year, and the 31st of Trump’s presidency. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up an initial vote on his Ninth Circuit nomination for Monday evening. “The judicial train is running in the committee and it will soon hit the floor,”...
  • As Kavanaugh Hearings Loom, One Senate Democrat Regrets Abolishing Filibuster

    09/03/2018 2:21:38 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/03/2018 | Kevin Daley
    “I would’ve liked to see 60 votes, no matter what the judge is,” Klobuchar told NBC. “I don’t think we should’ve made that change, when we look back at it. But it happened because we were so frustrated, because President Obama wasn’t able to get his nominees.” But Klobuchar added that neither party is likely to reimpose the filibuster over judicial nominations, since doing so would cede a huge tactical advantage.
  • With Kavanaugh on track for confirmation, Democrats regret triggering 'nuclear option'

    09/03/2018 4:55:33 AM PDT · by kevcol · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 2, 2018 | Stephen Dinan and Valerie Richardson
    With attempts to attack Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s record failing, Democrats over the weekend mounted a last-ditch bid to derail his confirmation to the Supreme Court by claiming that the vetting process is so bad that it demands a do-over. ... Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Democrat, expressed remorse that her party eviscerated the power of the filibuster five years ago, leaving them no path to stop Judge Kavanaugh, barring Republican defections. Ms. Klobuchar, who voted with fellow Democrats in 2013 to trigger the “nuclear option” and curtail the filibuster, said she would support reverting to the 60-vote rule should her...
  • Sen. Klobuchar Regrets Ending The Filibuster

    09/02/2018 9:11:25 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 81 replies ^ | September 2
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that she regrets that her party eliminated the filibuster for approving most judicial nominees. When Democrats controlled the Senate in 2013, then-Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) invoked what's known as the “nuclear option” to get around Republicans blocking President Barack Obama's judicial nominees. Now, with the nuclear option firmly in place, Democrats have little power to stop Kavanaugh's confirmation. During an interview Sunday on NBC News's “Meet the Press,” Klobuchar said that, in retrospect, the Democrats should have left the procedure alone.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to bring back filibuster on judicial nominees

    09/02/2018 9:18:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 2, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday she regrets Senate Democrats eliminating the filibuster for most judicial nominees in 2013, saying she would support bringing it back if Democrats retake the Senate in November. “I would prefer to bring it back,” the Minnesota Democrat said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “But we are where we are and now I don’t think anyone’s going to want to hamstring themselves.” Her comments came with Republicans moving to approve the nomination of U.S. District Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court following the July 31 retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
  • What To Do While Waiting For Doomsday

    07/09/2018 4:29:49 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 7-9-18 | MOTUS
    Leftist First World problems: How to stay calm today when President Trump isn’t going to name his Supreme Court nominee until 9:00 pm?Suggestion #1: Slice soap #SoapCutting has more than 70,000 posts on Instagram alone. Most posts were of videos showcasing a single bar of soap being sliced up. – ABC News Soap slicing? Really? And Democrats are still worried about VSGPDJT’s jobs creating economic program being “reckless and irresponsible?” Hmmph.Suggestion #2: Sand Pounding:Equally unproductive but will keep them unemployed and out of trouble while waiting for their heads to explode.Posted from: MOTUS A.D.
  • Chuck Schumer’s ‘Historic’ Obstruction Will Block Some Trump Admin Nominees for More than a Decade

    03/16/2018 6:59:53 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Mar 2018 | Michelle Moons
    Legislative Director Marc Short took the White House briefing podium on Friday to call out “historic obstruction” by Democrats for requiring 30 hours of debate over Trump administration nominees at a rate far beyond that which prior administrations faced. Short repeatedly pointed to Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for “…the historic obstruction that we have faced by Sen. [Chuck] Schumer and Senate Democrats in confirming our nominees to enable us to fill out our White House.” “The Senate obviously has the constitutional responsibility for advice and consent,” said Short who then proceeded to describe “what that looks like in...
  • Nancy Pelosi’s filibuster-style speech tops eight hours in bid to force immigration votes

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the rare step Wednesday of giving a marathon speech supporting Democrats’ attempts to legalize the status of young immigrant “dreamers,” in a bid to pressure Republicans to act. Her more than eight-hour speech ranked as the longest given by a member of the House of Representatives in at least a century, possibly ever, focusing on an issue that has dominated the Democratic agenda in recent months. But it also came as her caucus began three days of closed-door meetings to craft a 2018 agenda that can win wider appeal in November’s elections. .....
  • Senate Fails to Pass 20-Week Abortion Ban

    01/29/2018 5:23:16 PM PST · by aspasia · 84 replies
    NRO ^ | 1/29/18 | Alexandra Desanctis
    The Senate failed this evening to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would’ve banned abortions after 20 weeks, after Democrats filibustered the bill. In a 51–46 vote, the bill failed to make it out of debate and to a final floor vote. Read more at:
  • Flip the Byrd Rule

    01/23/2018 11:19:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American ^ | January 23, 2018 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The world's greatest deliberative body has become the world's greatest constipated body, chained to a rule that no longer makes any sense: the Byrd Rule, which requires 60 Senate votes to end a filibuster on budgetary legislation when that legislation would significantly increase the deficit beyond a ten-year horizon. (Otherwise, the reconciliation process allows for a mere majority for passage.) The so-called "Schumer shutdown" and an endless series of continuing resolutions cry out for ending the legislative filibuster in general on budget matters, where the risk of government shutdown is now ever present. The Democrats claim that the Republicans are...
  • flashback: Reid, Democrats trigger ‘nuclear’ option; eliminate most filibusters on nominees

    01/21/2018 4:35:18 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    washpost ^ | November 21, 2013 | By Paul Kane
    Senate Democrats took the dramatic step Thursday of eliminating filibusters for most nominations by presidents, a power play they said was necessary to fix a broken system but one that Republicans said will only rupture it further. Democrats used a rare parliamentary move to change the rules so that federal judicial nominees and executive-office appointments can advance to confirmation votes by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote supermajority that has been the standard for nearly four decades. The immediate rationale for the move was to allow the confirmation of three picks by President Obama to the U.S....