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  • Warren to escalate call for Democrats to end 60-vote rule

    04/05/2019 6:55:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 5, 2019 | Elana Schor
    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is escalating her call for Democrats to end the 60-vote requirement for many major bills to clear the Senate if her party wins the White House and Republicans try to block their agenda. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate is set to speak Friday at the National Action Network convention in New York. According to her prepared remarks, she will say that “the filibuster was used as a tool to block progress on racial justice.” …
  • Republicans trigger ‘nuclear option’ to speed Trump nominees

    04/03/2019 2:47:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 3, 2019 | Burgess Everett
    The move by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) immediately paves the way for quicker confirmation of President Donald Trump’s judicial and executive branch picks and comes amid deep GOP frustration with Democratic delays. Future presidents will benefit too, though McConnell and Trump stand to gain inordinately as they seek to fill 130 District Court vacancies over the next 18 months before the 2020 election. The nuclear option — a change of the Senate rules by a simple majority — gained its name because it was seen as an explosive maneuver that would leave political fallout for some time to...
  • GOP triggers 'nuclear option' to speed up Trump picks

    04/03/2019 1:15:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 126 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 3, 2019 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Republicans deployed the “nuclear option” on Wednesday to drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to confirm hundreds of President Trump’s nominees. Senators voted 51-48 to change the rules for the amount of time it takes to confirm most executive nominations with only a simple majority of the chamber. GOP Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Susan Collins (Maine) joined with Democrats in opposing the rules change. Republicans are expected to trigger the “nuclear option” for a second time later Wednesday to force through the same change for district court nominations. The combined actions will result in most nominations...
  • Democrats shoot down rules change, leaving GOP eyeing 'nuclear option'

    04/02/2019 2:36:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2019 | Alex Swoyer, Stephen Dinan
    Democrats blocked a GOP effort Tuesday to change Senate rules and speed up confirmation of most of President Trump’s nominees, leaving Republicans with few options other than a “nuclear” confrontation. The rules change has become a major test of political wills, with Republicans saying Democrats are treating Mr. Trump unfairly compared to past presidents. Democrats counter that Mr. Trump’s picks are so bad that they deserve the obstruction. Tuesday’s vote was 51-48, leaving the GOP well shy of the 60 needed to overcome Democrats’ filibuster. In the wake of the vote, Republicans seemed resigned to going “nuclear.” “This needs to...
  • Senate Rules Change (30 to 2 hours cloture) for “Debating” Nominees - Vote Today at 2:15pm

    04/02/2019 10:21:20 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 19 replies
    C-SPAN2 | April 2, 2019 | Self
    Very long overdue change needed to overcome Senate Democrats’ 2-year MASSIVE OBSTRUCTION against President Trump’s nominees.
  • 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...
  • McConnell sets stage for 'nuclear option' to change rules on judges

    03/28/2019 12:48:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 28, 2019 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed a procedural motion Thursday to set up a rules change in the Senate next week that will speed up votes to confirm President Trump’s nominees to federal district courts and sub-Cabinet-level executive branch positions. McConnell filed cloture — a motion to cut off dilatory debate — on a motion to proceed to Senate Resolution 50, which would dramatically reduce the amount of time Trump’s nominees have to spend on the floor and let Republicans confirm more of his picks. The resolution would reduce the amount of floor time that must elapse between when...
  • GOP takes first step toward 'nuclear' rules change to speed Trump nominees

    02/13/2019 10:09:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2019 | Stephen Dinan
    Republicans took the first official step Wednesday toward a rules change that would allow the Senate to speed up votes on some of the president’s nominees — setting the stage for what’s likely to become a “nuclear” confrontation. While pleading for bipartisanship, GOP senators made clear they’ll likely act no matter what on a plan to cut the amount of debate time after filibusters to two hours on most presidential nominees, down from the 30 hours currently allowed under the rules. The 10-9 party-line vote made clear that bipartisanship is unlikely, leaving Republicans with only one option if they want...
  • Gorka: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    01/10/2019 9:15:55 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 318 replies
    Twitter ^ | January 11, 2019 | Sebastian Gorka
    Multiple sources tonight tell me Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not even in DC, but in New York and preparing to step down from the Supreme Court.
  • Mitch McConnell Rejects Trump Call for ‘Nuclear Option’ to Fund the Wall

    12/21/2018 10:07:28 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 161 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Dec 2018 | by Sean Moran
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rejected President Donald Trump’s call to partially fund the border wall with a simple majority vote on Friday, suggesting not enough Senate Republicans support the measure. President Trump called on McConnell to use the “nuclear option,” or switch to a simple majority vote in the Senate, to pass the continuing resolution (CR) that would partially fund the border wall...
  • 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
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 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.
  • Senate Dems: We're Horrified the GOP is Exploiting Our Power Grab on Judicial Confirmations

    05/11/2018 1:14:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2018 | Guy Benson
    Having escalated the judicial confirmation wars at virtually every turn since the 1980's, Senate Democrats in the early 2000's pioneered a new form of self-interested obstruction to block a number of President Bush's nominees to the federal bench.  When Republicans retaliated in kind during the Obama era, many of those same Senate Democrats -- led by Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer -- voted to eliminate the filibuster rule they'd exploited to thwart Bush.  Detonating the 'nuclear option' was the latest ends-justify-the-means maneuver by upper chamber liberals, to whom then-minority leader Mitch McConnell made this final plea prior to the fateful...
  • Senate ready to change the rules to speed up Trump nominees......

    04/10/2018 10:12:51 PM PDT · by caww · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 11, 2018 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Republicans, frustrated by delaying tactics imposed by Democrats on President Trump’s judicial and executive branch nominees, are on the verge of altering the Senate rules in order to speed up the process. GOP lawmakers told the Washington Examiner Tuesday that momentum is building for a change in the Senate rules that would shorten the time frame allowed for lawmakers to debate each nominee. One proposal by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., would reinstate a temporary rules change made by Democrats in 2013 that reduced debate time from 30 hours to eight hours for most executive branch nominations and from 30...
  • Trump pushes Republicans to use 'nuclear option' on border

    04/02/2018 7:07:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 2, 2018 7:01 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    Trump administration officials said Monday they’re crafting a new legislative package aimed at closing immigration “loopholes,” hours after the president called on Republicans in Congress to immediately pass a border bill using the “Nuclear Option if necessary” to muscle it through. “Border Patrol Agents (and ICE) are GREAT, but the weak Dem laws don’t allow them to do their job. Act now Congress, our country is being stolen!” President Donald Trump wrote in a series of sometimes-misleading tweets, fired off after returning from a holiday weekend spent in Florida with several immigration hardliners. Trump also declared protections for so-called Dreamer...
  • Trump: 'No More DACA Deal,' Go 'Nuclear' for 'Tough Laws'

    04/01/2018 1:16:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 96 replies
    newsmax ^ | April 1, 2018 | By Eric Mack
    With criticism coming from Democrats aimed at the Trump administration over spending on a border wall and border security, President Donald Trump tweeted rips of "ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws," called for the Senate to go "nuclear" to "pass tough laws now," and vowed "no more DACA deal" on Sunday. Stopping before walking into church on Easter Sunday, President Trump echoed his tweets. "Mexico has got to help us at the border, and a lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA," Trump told reporters as broadcast on "MSNBC Live." President Trump tried and failed...
  • 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....
  • ..If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) & vote on real, long term...

    01/21/2018 5:04:52 AM PST · by SMGFan · 153 replies
    Real Donald Trump twitter account ^ | January 21, 2018 | President Donald Trump
    Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s! 7:35 AM - 21 Jan 2018
  • Tom Daschle: Dems More To Blame For ‘Erosion Of Institutional Pillars Of Senate’

    04/11/2017 1:35:02 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-9-17 | Kerry Picket
    Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle says Democrats are more to blame in the destruction of “institutional pillars” of the upper chamber than Republicans. In a podcast interview released Sunday with Real Clear Politics Executive Editor Carl Cannon, the South Dakota Democrat described how Democrats and Republicans argued with each other over the filibuster and the nuclear option just a few years ago. (Skip) [Daschle:] Unfortunately, Democrats have far dirtier hands when it comes to the erosion of the institutional pillars of the Senate than Republicans going all the way back to–you know, they used to do filibusters in...
  • 3 reasons Democrats just made a dumb mistake

    04/08/2017 10:46:04 AM PDT · by 198ml · 42 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 4/8/17 | Steve Deace
    Now that the judicial filibuster in the U.S. Senate has been nuked, it’s time to look at the political fallout going forward. And for Democrats, the news is all bad. Here are three reasons why Democrats just made a dumb mistake by filibustering Neil Gorsuch. 1. The GOP is now free to put real Scalia-Thomas types throughout the judiciary The argument for years as to why Republicans needed stealth Supreme Court candidates like David Souter, Anthony Kennedy, and John Roberts (who have all gone on to be disappointments to varying degrees) was the filibuster. However, now that it’s no longer...