By Sean Lengell | 12/10/13 07:51 PM
The Senate's Democratic majority, taking advantage of weakened filibuster rules, pushed through Rep. Mel Watt's nomination to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency Tuesday night, weeks after Republicans initially blocked his confirmation. The Senate voted 57-41 to confirm the North Carolina...
By Ashe Schow | 12/10/13 02:51 PM
Snow? What Snow? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., didn’t let today's "Filiduster" stop him from taking advantage of the Senate rules change he pushed through Nov. 21, as senators voted 56-38 to confirm Patricia Ann Millett to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of...
By Gene Healy | 11/25/13 06:26 PM
Man, I'm so old, I remember when conservatives used to call what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., just did the “constitutional option.” By a vote of 52 to 48, with only three Democrats defecting, on Thursday, the Senate, led by Reid, changed the rules to prevent filibusters of...
By Rebecca Berg | 11/25/13 01:42 PM
Sen. Jerry Moran, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, warned roughly 500 of the committee's top donors Monday that recent changes to the Senate's filibuster rules could hurt the economy and threaten energy and financial services sectors in particular.
By Joseph Lawler | 11/25/13 09:03 AM
One major economic development to watch is the fallout of last week's decision by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to deploy the "nuclear option" for nominees. The result will be that President Obama will need only 51 Senate votes for his nominees for executive branch and judicial positions.
11/23/13 11:15 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrats watched Senate Republicans use filibuster powers to thwart more and more of President Barack Obama's agenda and nominees, they wondered how much worse it could get. They finally reached a breaking point this past week when party leaders concluded that what they...
By Timothy P. Carney | 11/22/13 06:30 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s recent decision to scrap the filibuster is the culmination of a long escalation of partisan tensions in Washington. You could place the origin of this war where you like: Ted Kennedy’s smearing of Robert Bork, Mitch McConnell’s expanded use of...
By Charlie Spiering | 11/22/13 11:25 AM
On Thursday, President Obama announced his support of Senate Democrats decision to change the rules on the filibuster, pointing out that it was the right thing to do to keep the government working.
By Susan Ferrechio | 11/22/13 08:45 AM
Senate Democrats on Thursday rewrote the chamber's filibuster rule, limiting Republicans' power to block presidential nominees and clearing the way for a wave of quick confirmation votes on President Obama's executive and judicial branch nominees. "The Democrats just pushed the panic button...
By Charlie Spiering | 11/22/13 08:34 AM
The New York Times editorial Friday praises Senate Democrats for ending the Senate filibuster on Thursday, but that wasn't the case when Republicans considered the idea in 2005.
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