Wyden Will Place Hold on Internet Censorship Legislation

By: Friday November 11, 2011 10:18 am

Yesterday, the Senate rejected a resolution of disapproval that would have invalidated the FCC’s net neutrality regulations. Not one member of the Democratic caucus voted with Republicans to overturn the FCC regulations. In the grand scheme, this doesn’t do much. The White House already threatened a veto of the resolution of disapproval back in April, [...]

The Republican Effort to Stop All Regulators

By: Monday June 20, 2011 1:21 pm

Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) had an opinion piece in Politico last Friday about the GOP’s strategy to deregulate the financial sector by simply ensuring that nobody does the regulation. During the day on Friday, he told me that the NYT’s Binyamin Applebaum approached him, telling him that he was about to write the same story. [...]

Surprise! Secret Holds Not Banned

By: Monday May 16, 2011 8:10 am

If you’re like me, you believed that the Senate rules reform effort devolved into nothingness. Only a few things were accomplished on the periphery: • Senators could not force the reading of amendments as long as they were public for 72 hours. This almost never happened anyway. • Senate confirmations for hundreds of appointees would [...]

Claire McCaskill Takes Aim At Secret Holds

By: Wednesday April 21, 2010 9:20 am

One of the most depressing parts of Senate rules reform is that not only are the current rules maddening and insufficient, but Senators don’t even follow them most of the time. Sen. Claire McCaskill yesterday took a first step to ending Republican obstructionism by bringing it out of the shadows. She reminded her colleagues that [...]

Tennessee Senators Block FAA Funding To Save FedEx From Unionization

By: Monday March 8, 2010 11:50 am

There was a lot of talk in the health care debate about Democratic politicians getting “special deals” for their states or key stakeholders in their states, and criticism that this is simply the most craven, low-down thing that has ever happened in American lawmaking. But of course politicians trying to do best for their states [...]

Bunning Pulls A Shelby, Places Holds on Every Obama Nominee UPDATE: Deal Imminent

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 3:18 pm

Multiple sources report that Jim Bunning, who has been withholding consent to pass a short-term extension of unemployment and COBRA benefits, has now informed Harry Reid’s office that he will place holds on all Presidential nominees, presumably to call attention to his crusade to deny Americans needed benefits. What’s fascinating about this is how it’s [...]

Shelby Shakedown Morphs Into Mini-Shakedown

By: Tuesday February 9, 2010 6:41 am

Richard Shelby has decided to drop most of his blanket hold on President Obama’s nominees, saying that he “got the attention” of the executive branch about his pork barrel projects in his home state of Alabama. This is the statement forwarded by his office: “The purpose of placing numerous holds was to get the White [...]

The Eternal Recurrence Of Republican Hypocrisy On Spending

By: Friday February 5, 2010 11:55 am

Back when Mark Sanford’s name wasn’t a punch line, he was hiking the Appalachian trail of fiscal austerity. His big maneuver was to send back all stimulus funds on the grounds that they were wasteful and unnecessary. That was a long time ago – one admitted adulterous affair ago, to be exact. So today, Sanford [...]

The White House’s “Not In Anger But In Sorrow” Response To The Shelby Hostage Crisis

By: Friday February 5, 2010 11:13 am

The White House has gotten a hold of Richard Shelby’s ransom note, and communications director Dan Pfeiffer has penned a sad elegy to the days of bipartisan comity. Yesterday, just hours after the Senate voted 96-0 to confirm Martha Johnson as the Administrator of the GSA after a pointless 9-month delay, we learned that Sen. [...]

Dodd Breaks From Bipartisan FinReg Talks, Will Draft Own Proposal

By: Friday February 5, 2010 9:46 am

Chris Dodd, who fellow Democrats have attacked for seeking to water down the financial regulatory reform bill in the name of bipartisanship, acknowledged the Republican roadblock for what it was and began to write his own bill. Negotiations over the scope of the Senate’s forthcoming financial regulatory reform bill have “reached an impasse,” Senate Banking [...]

Richard Shelby Announces Intention To Do What Republicans Have Already Been Doing

By: Friday February 5, 2010 6:29 am

TPM has a large, bold headline about Richard Shelby’s “blanket hold”: Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary “blanket hold” on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate, according to multiple reports this evening. The hold means no nominations can move forward unless Senate Democrats can secure a 60-member cloture [...]

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