Gang of Eight Discusses Six-Month Punt for Fiscal Cliff

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 11:40 am

Yesterday, John Boehner appeared to wave a white flag on talks aimed at resolving the fiscal cliff. Harry Reid reacted to that with disappointment, saying that there’s still time for a deficit reduction deal. But the real endgame – at least for the lame duck session – is coming into focus. A bipartisan group of [...]

What Can Be Done to Fight Republican Governors Resisting Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 8:50 am

Okay, you’re saying, you’re right about Republican governors opting out of the Medicaid expansion, Dave, and liberal establishment types are acting completely blind to the threat. But what do you suggest they do about it? After all, if Republican governors value their positions, they’ll fall in line with the prevailing opinion of their hardcore base, [...]

Two Confirmed to Open Federal Reserve Slots

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 1:40 pm

The Senate has confirmed Jerome Powell and Jeremy Stein as members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, marking the first time ever in the Obama Administration’s tenure that there are a full slate of seven governors serving. The vote resulted from compromise. Stein, a Harvard professor and Democrat, was confirmed 70-24, and Powell, a [...]

Republicans May Opt to Reinstate Parts of Obamacare if Invalidated by Supreme Court

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 1:03 pm

Republicans think they’ve figured out a way to clean up after the ruling on the Affordable Care Act from the Supreme Court. They have articulated a series of options after the fact to retain some elements of the law, the parts they view as the most popular. If the law is upheld, Republicans will take [...]

Senate “Truce” Looks Like Obstruction By Another Name

By: Monday February 7, 2011 7:54 am

Carl Hulse notes that the truce between Senate Democrats and Republicans on rules abuse appears to be holding. Under a rules truce struck in the Senate late last month, minority Republicans allowed a long-stalled aviation policy measure to come to the floor without a filibuster as the Senate’s first legislative business of 2011. In exchange, [...]

Senate Rules Changes Slipping Away, As Media Dissembles

By: Sunday January 23, 2011 4:03 pm

Paul Kane has a piece in Sunday’s Washington Post that seems to be the kind of take on the Senate rules reform fight you’d expect someone who hasn’t been following it at all and gets most of his information from lobbyists. He accepts the contributions of senior Senate aides that the effort led by some [...]

Senate Rules Reform Will Be Tweaked, Some Democrats Nervous About Committing to Changes

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 7:07 am

Sen. Jeff Merkley acknowledged that one component of the consensus plan on Senate rules reform put together by him, Tom Udall and Tom Harkin would probably get tweaked, and that the biggest concern for skittish Democratic lawmakers was changing the rules at all, lest they be changed on them when Republicans take over. Which is [...]

Harkin Gives Lesson on Majority Rule

By: Wednesday January 5, 2011 12:13 pm

So Tom Harkin and Lamar Alexander are engaged in a colloquy about the filibuster, which is kind of happening in a bizarro world. Harkin introduced his longtime filibuster proposal which would actually lower the threshold of the cloture vote gradually, from 60 down to 51 over a 9-day period. Alexander objected to it. This is [...]

Rules Reform Delayed Until At Least Late January

By: Tuesday January 4, 2011 7:53 am

Sam Stein had the scoop last night that Senate rules reform could be drawn out for three weeks: It has been widely anticipated that Senate Democratic leadership would make a dramatic attempt on Wednesday, the first day of the new Congress, to revamp the use of the filibuster. But in a brief interview with The [...]

Passage Looks Secure for New START Treaty

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 7:04 am

After the defeat of three amendments to the START treaty yesterday, Republican support has lined up for the nuclear arms reduction measure. Yesterday Scott Brown gave his support; today it was Lamar Alexander, the number 3 ranking Republican in the Senate, to give his blessing. It was a compassionate statement: “I will vote to ratify [...]

Republicans Appear Poised to Accept Tax Cut Plan

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 7:39 am

Whatever thought that rank-and-file Republicans would balk at extending unemployment benefits for 13 months and running up what amounts to $900 billion in deficits over the next two years has been tempered by national leaders, who are generally enthusiastic over the Obama-brokered tax cut plan which would extend their favored tax rates put in by [...]

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