By Sean Higgins | 11/21/13 05:21 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's, D-Nev., action to end the Senate filibuster may not only help speed President Obama's judicial and executive branch nominations through Congress, it may also take much of the drama out of one of the Supreme Court's most anticipated cases, Noel Canning v....
By Sean Higgins | 11/21/13 04:27 PM
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's action to end the filibuster for judicial and executive branch nominations. Big Labor had pushed hard to change the filibuster, which they saw as preventing union-friendly appointees. In a statement to reporters,...
By Tim Mak | 11/21/13 03:54 PM
The Senate's decision to invoke the "nuclear option" and limit Republican opportunities to use the filibuster had the side-effect of blowing up work on the annual Pentagon policy legislation the body was considering Thursday. Senators debated the defense bill into the evening on Wednesday, but...
By Philip Klein | 11/21/13 03:39 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Thursday move to weaken the filibuster is supposed to be limited to federal judicial appointments and executive nominations rather than Supreme Court appointments or actual legislation.
By Meghashyam Mali | 11/21/13 03:24 PM
President Obama on Thursday backed the Senate's decision to trigger the “nuclear option” and change its filibuster rules, saying it was necessary to stop the Republican Party's “pattern of obstruction.” “I support the step a majority of senators took to change the way Washington is...
By Susan Ferrechio | 11/21/13 03:11 PM
Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday moved to fundamentally alter the rules governing the chamber's filibuster rule after Republicans repeatedly rejected President Obama's nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court. The change, approved 52-48, would prevent the minority party from using the...
By Alan Fram | 11/21/13 12:24 PM
In a victory for Democrats, the Senate has voted to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts. The mostly party-line vote was 52-48. It came Thursday after a series of procedural moves and angry...
By Meghashyam Mali | 11/21/13 12:15 PM
“Yes, I do,” said Biden, during a visit to a sandwich shop in downtown D.C., where reporters asked him if he backed the filibuster reforms. Reid on Thursday said he was prepared to propose a change to rules that would block Republicans from forcing a 60-vote threshold and filibustering any...
By Charlie Spiering | 11/21/13 11:21 AM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was quite pleased this morning after he made a joke at Obamacare's expense about changing the filibuster rules in the Senate.
By Susan Ferrechio | 11/19/13 04:10 PM
Senate Democratic leaders who have grown frustrated with the repeated Republican rejections of President Obama's judicial nominations are seriously weighing a historic change to the chamber's rules that would neuter use of the filibuster by the minority party.
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