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Senate Nuclear Option

Amanda Terkel

Progressive Senator Won't Let Democratic Losses Stop His Fight For Filibuster Reform | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Skeptics of last year's filibuster reform told Democrats that they'd be sorry with what they had wrought once Republicans regained power...

Post-'Nuclear' Senate To Vote On Another Obama Nominee

Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are ready to propel another one of President Barack Obama's court picks through th...

Senate Democrats Push Obama Nominees While GOP Bides Its Time

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through Presid...

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!

Michael McAuliff

Nuclear Option Raises Stakes For 2014 | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made one party in the Senate significantly more powerful when he ended filibusters on presidential app...

Home Alone at the U.S. Senate: A Farce and a Sham

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

What kind of leader doesn't even show up, let alone fail to listen and respond on important issues? This isn't government by the people and for the people; it's a farce and a sham. If you are a senator or congressperson you literally don't have to come to work.

Ryan Grim

Senate Votes For Nuclear Option | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled the trigger Thursday, deploying a parliamentary procedure dubbed the "nuclear option" ...

Michael McAuliff

Biden: 'Worth Considering' Nuclear Option Filibuster Reform | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden, long a defender of tradition in the United States Senate, said Thursday it might be time to change the institu...

Reid, McConnell Spar Over Filibuster

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Proposed changes to Senate rules would either ease the way for President Barack Obama to assemble his second-term team or permanent...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Vows Payback In Filibuster Showdown | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared Thursday that he intended to push ahead with a "nuclear option" rules change in...

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...

Reid Threatens To Use 'Nuclear Option' On Judicial Nominations

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that he will consider enacting the so-called "nuclear option," or changing Senate rules by a si...

Ryan Grim

Filibuster Reform Gets Boost On Sunday Shows | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In order to block a Senate rule change in January making the filibuster a more public act, Republicans have been hoping to peel off at l...