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Senate Filibuster

Some Challenges Born Of The Orlando Massacre, Including A Challenge To Silicon Valley

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Matthew Fox

As families, friends, and supporters gather for the funerals of the innocent victims of the horrific Orlando shooting, I see three profound challenges coming to the fore for our society.

Inaction Cannot Be An Option

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Since 1963 more than 176,000 children have died from gun violence in America — over three times more than all the soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam War and every external conflict since. Our children have a right to grow up in a caring and decent society that protects their right to live and learn in safety.

Senate Republicans Eye Change To Filibuster

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are eyeing new changes to Senate rules that would make it easier for the majority party to take up and pass legislati...

GOP House Majority Leader: Get Rid Of The Filibuster

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics

The No. 2 Republican in the House said on Sunday that the Senate should exercise the "nuclear option" and get rid of the filibuster to resolve the sta...

Sam Stein

House Republicans Plead With Mitch McConnell To Weaken Filibuster | Sam Stein | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Stymied in their attempts to pass a bill that would curb President Barack Obama's immigration orders, some conservative House Republican...

U.S. Senate Rules Reform at One Year: A First Step, But a Long Road Ahead

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Since last November, Senate obstruction hasn't disappeared, it simply has taken a different form.

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Reject Effort To Vote On Judicial Nominees, So Harry Reid Moves Forward Anyway | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It appears Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has had it with Republicans refusing to let judicial nominees get votes. So he mov...

Jennifer Bendery

Patrick Leahy Threatens His Own Rules Change After GOP Blocks Hearing On Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans still sore about filibuster reform dished out some payback on Wednesday by using procedural rules to prevent the Senate Judi...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

That explosion you heard this week was Harry Reid going nuclear, as the Senate voted 52-48 to eliminate the ability to use filibusters to block most Judicial and Executive branch nominees. Republican Senators hysterically decried the move as "a raw power grab," "Obamacare II" and "scary and dictatorial." In fact, it was Republican senators who forced the issue by filibustering nominees at an unprecedented rate, including -- for the first time ever -- a cabinet nominee. Half the nearly 170 filibusters of presidential nominees in U.S. history have happened since Obama -- who was accused of "packing" the DC district court simply for trying to fill vacancies -- took office. It's still unlikely any real solutions will come out of our gridlocked congress, but at least now the Senate can't make our other two branches of government just as unproductive. Ka-boom!

Ryan Grim

Nuclear Fallout: The Real-World Consequences Of Senate Filibuster Reform | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Harry Reid came in through a side door to the Mansfield Room Thursday afternoon, the majority leader was met with a raucous standin...

Senate to D.C. Circuit Nominees: It's Not You, It's Me

Peg Perl | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Peg Perl

By nominating individuals to fill seats already vacant on that court, President Obama (like President Bush before him who had four nominees confirmed to fill vacant seats on the D.C. Circuit) is merely fulfilling his constitutional duty.

Jennifer Bendery

Key Senate Democrats Say They're Finally Ready For The 'Nuclear Option' On Filibuster Reform | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats who were previously opposed to changing filibuster rules via the "nuclear option" are so fed up with GOP obstruction of...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Sets Vote On Next Obama Nominee GOP Will Filibuster | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is plowing ahead with trying to confirm President Barack Obama's nominees to the second-most ...

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Block Key Obama Judicial Nominee, Trigger Talk Of Filibuster Reform | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans filibustered one of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominees on Thursday, the clearest sign yet that the Senate...

Jennifer Bendery

Top Obama Judicial Nominee Clears Committee As Senate Readies For Battle | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The third and final of President Barack Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit passed the Senate Judiciary C...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Filibuster Deal Nearly Crumbles Over ATF Nominee | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The carefully crafted deal to avoid the so-called nuclear option against the Senate filibuster nearly crumbled Wednesday over President ...

Ending the War Games Over the NLRB

Joseph P. Mastrosimone | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Joseph P. Mastrosimone

The most recent slow peddling of President Obama's NLRB nominees by Senate Republicans through the filibuster is only the latest chapter in this war story. Real disarmament can only take place when the political nature of the Board is reformed.

Senate Confirms Obama Labor Pick

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

The Senate confirmed Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary on Thursday. Perez was confirmed by a vote of 54-46. Below, more from the Associated Press...

Sabrina Siddiqui

How The Fight To Blow Up The Senate Saved Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Board | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Dec. 8, 2011, Senate Republicans blocked the confirmation of Richard Cordray, President Barack Obama's nominee to head his signature ...

Dave Jamieson

Two Obama Nominees 'Thrown Under The Bus' In Senate Deal | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Labor unions greeted news of the Senate filibuster deal between Republicans and Democrats as a qualified victory on Tuesday, happy to se...

Michael McAuliff

'Nuclear' Threat Eases In Senate Showdown | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate appeared to be stepping back from the "nuclear option" Tuesday morning, with a group of Republicans led by Sen. John McCain (...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Edges Closer 'Nuclear' Filibuster Fight | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate edged closer to a historic showdown over presidential appointments Monday night, with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pre...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Ready For Filibuster Reform: 'It's Time For Course Correction' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his toughest talk yet on the matter, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Monday that a change to Senate filibuster ru...

Dem Senator Counters GOP On Filibuster 'Falsehood'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) circulated a memo to his Democratic colleagues on Thursday outlining the history of the use of the so-called nuclear option...

An Impertinent Question

Robert Reich | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Suppose a small group of extremely wealthy people sought to systematically destroy the U.S. government. Would you call this treason? If not, what would you call it? And what would you do about it?