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Senate Filibuster

Luke Johnson

McCain Offering Counterproposal To Contentious Senate Reform | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON--Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other opponents of filibuster reform plan to offer a counterproposal to the Senate on Friday, McCain told T...

The Curious Case of the Silent Filibuster

Josh Kalven | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Josh Kalven

Amid all the talk about filibuster reform, perhaps you've thought to yourself: "If filibusters are such a problem, why don't I ever see any news reports about senators talking through the night, holding up Senate business in protest?"

Legal Challenge To Senate Filibuster Tossed

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Senate rules that establish a 60-vote threshold for defe...

How to Get Bipartisan Filibuster Reform Passed Now

Matthew Lieberman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Matthew Lieberman

The Senate should vote on ending or seriously reforming filibusters, but the implementation of the policy should be pushed off six years into the future.

Ryan Grim

Silent Filibuster's Days Could Be Numbered | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates of what's come to be called the "talking filibuster" are closing in on the majority needed to reform the rules, according to a...

Reforming the Filibuster for Immigration

Ryan Campbell | Posted 02.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

For anyone who needs the government to function, the filibuster is an obstacle. For undocumented immigrants, it is the reason why many have been offered Deferred Action by the Obama administration.

Filibuster Reform Would Find Support, Polls Finds

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

Democratic arguments for reforming the filibuster could find traction with the public, according to a poll of 10 states sponsored by the pro-reform gr...

Ryan Grim

Rising Senator Sets Sights On Filibuster Reform | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley circulated details of his filibuster reform proposal to Senate colleagues on Wednesday, a copy of which was provided t...

Dems Seek Alternate Route To Destroy Filibuster

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

A federal lawsuit claiming the filibuster is an unconstitutional "accident of history" is set to be considered on Monday, months after it was filed by...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Harry Reid: Filibuster Changes Will Take Place In January | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Keeping with his post-election pledge to reform the filibuster, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday proffered that cha...

Don't Reform the Filibuster -- Kill It

Aaron Belkin | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

President Obama should encourage Senator Reid to oversee the elimination of the filibuster now, while neither party controls Congress, so that legislators have time to adjust before the return of one-party rule and the consequent enactment of more aggressive legislation.

The Club

Gary Hart | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

If the filibuster rule continues to be abused in the Senate, little will be accomplished in the second Obama term. But proposed reform of the rule is not as simple as it looks from the outside.

Emily Swanson

Americans Want More Of This In Senate Filibusters | Emily Swanson | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

A majority of Americans are in favor of requiring senators who wish to filibuster a bill to actually stand up on the Senate floor and talk, according ...

Boehner: Filibuster Reform Threat 'Designed To Marginalize Senate Republicans'

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner joined fellow Republicans in the Senate on Thursday in their battle to stop Democrats controlling that c...

Sam Stein

White House Embraces Harry Reid's Filibuster Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jumping squarely into the white-hot debate currently being waged in the Senate, the White House on Wednesday said it supports Senate Maj...

Michael McAuliff

Independent Senator Targets Filibuster, Works With Democrats | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Maine's newly elected senator, Angus King, pledged Wednesday that he would push for filibuster reform as he announced his intent to cauc...

The Freshman Filibuster Reformers

Jonathan Backer | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

On the first day of the legislative session, rules changes can be enacted with a simple majority vote. With the new additions, a growing consensus within Senate itself, and Reid's leadership, filibuster reform is firmly within reach. Now, the public must demand action.

Are Republicans Already Planning Obstructionist Agenda for Next Four Years?

Dennis Mehiel | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Dennis Mehiel

We are witnessing the beginning of a concerted effort among the far right, both party leaders and commentators, to deny President Obama a victory -- even if he wins in November.

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Holds His Ground On Nixing Senate Filibuster Rules | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Wednesday that he isn't backing down in his plan to get rid of Senate filibuster rul...

Sam Stein

GOP Senator: 'I Would Look At' Filibuster Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the Senate's departing moderate Republicans expressed openness on Tuesday to the idea of filibuster reform, lamenting the ideolog...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid: We Should Have Changed The Filibuster Rule | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After an exasperated rant about Republican obstructionism, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday night that it's time...

Harry Reid: Filibuster Rules Must Be Reformed

Politico | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

An angry Harry Reid took to the floor Thursday and demanded changes to the Senate’s hallowed filibuster rules, siding with junior Democrats who have...

Obama Hits Senate Republicans For 'Obstructionism'

AP | By LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked President Barack Obama's nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, partly as payback for...

Reid Blasts Republicans For Blocking Jobs Bill

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized Republicans for holding up President Barack Obama's jobs legislation and defended his precedent-...

Saving the Senate From Itself

Rep. Jim McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim McDermott

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's role confirms our government is not operating as a democracy ruled by the will of the majority, but as a strangled entity tightly in the grasp of the minority and its take-no-prisoners leader.