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Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

December 10, 1948

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

As we celebrate International Human Rights Day this December 10, we need to realize how far we must go compared to the promise of 1948.

Friday Talking Points -- Harry Reid's Explosive Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In fact, it was even a big week just for political anniversaries. Fifty years ago this week, an event of no little importance happened. I speak, of course, tomorrow's 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who by the BBC.

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 Approves Nuclear Option [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

UPDATE: Senate Democrats voted to invoke the so-called nuclear option just after noon on Thursday, changing the rules so that only a simple majority ...

Shutdown Redux

George Goehl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
George Goehl

As Republicans continue to block highly qualified nominees like Rep. Watt from receiving an up-or-down vote, Senator Reid must make good on his threat to change the Senate rules.

Mel Watt's Confirmation and the Senate at a New Low

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

It is ironic that the trade deals that have ravaged jobs for millions of Americans likely met the original test as treaties, given their long range implications and participation of numerous foreign governments, yet if they are fast tracked they cannot be amended and are adopted by majority vote.

More Veterans In Congress Would Make 'Nuclear Options' Less Likely

Chris Marvin | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Chris Marvin

Veterans bring skills for leadership, team building and problem solving. They understand strategy and tactics. They have a global perspective, yet can relate to everyday Americans. They are good leaders.

Michael McAuliff

Senate Edges Closer 'Nuclear' Filibuster Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Reid Leading Charge In Big Fight

Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is driving his chamber toward rule changes that would he...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader On Weak Senate Dems: 'We're Done' With Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of a major labor union is warning Senate Democrats that those who aren't willing to take on Republicans over the obstruction of...

Michael McAuliff

Dem Senator: Obama 'Might As Well Take A 4-Year Vacation'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) warned President Barack Obama that he "might as well take a four-year vacation" if the Senate fails to pass rea...

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid Will Not Carry Over Old Filibuster Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratically controlled Senate will reform the filibuster within the next day and a half whether Republicans go along or not, Sena...

No More Gentlemen's Agreements

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

The Levin-McCain filibuster proposal is without merit. It is not a bipartisan compromise, but an abdication of leadership at a time when meaningful reform is possible.

We Need Senate Rules Reform

Larry Cohen | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Without reform, we've witnessed 386 silent filibusters during Sen. Harry Reid's six years as majority leader. Lyndon B. Johnson served six years as Senate majority leader with one filibuster.

Make 'Em Talk, Harry!

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appears to be working on filibuster reform designed to end the invisible filibuster and to make senators once again speak. This is nothing less than a restoration of the filibuster to its rightful place in the Senate.

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.

Sam Stein

White House Embraces Harry Reid's Filibuster Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Sam Stein

Grover Norquist: Mitch McConnell Would Use Procedural Maneuvers He Attacked Harry Reid For Using

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- Hours before the first night of the Republican National Convention commenced on Tuesday, longtime anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist off...

Sam Stein

GOP Senator: 'I Would Look At' Filibuster Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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-...

The Filibuster: So Much for the "Gentlemen's Agreement"

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The deal that Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell promised would break the gridlock of 2010 is as good as dead, just five weeks after it was announced.

Friday Talking Points [153] -- SOTU-palooza

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The past week in politics was, quite obviously, dominated by President Obama's "State Of The Union" speech to Congress. For those of you who may have...

Sam Stein

Senator Talks Failure Of Rules Reform Package, Predicts Future Success

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), one of the chief proponents of the kind of rules reform that died in the upper chamber this week, said Friday t...

'Cleaning the Gunk' out of Washington With Transparency and Accountability

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Accountability goes hand-in-hand with transparency--and Washington needs more of both. That's why I introduced two bills this week to boost accountability and shine more sunlight on government.