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 [...]

Filibuster Reform Coalition Creaking With a Week to Go

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 6:38 am

A week from today, the Senate will reconvene, and the first item of business will be how to deal with the rules for the 112th Congress. Three Senators – Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley and Tom Harkin – will spearhead an effort to change the Senate rules that would attempt to achieve two goals – 1) [...]

Bipartisan Consensus: Democrats Looking for Social Security Changes

By: Wednesday January 5, 2011 2:14 pm

Many progressive advocates have said that Social Security is under a greater threat now than it was in 2005 with President Bush’s privatization scheme. Why? Because they have to now fend off attacks from both parties. It’s completely normal for the likes of Mitch Daniels to claim that young people will live to be more [...]

Scott Brown Announces Support for Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

By: Friday December 3, 2010 11:01 am

Scott Brown announced his support for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell today, consistent with the position of the broader military. “I pledged to keep an open mind about the present policy on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Having reviewed the Pentagon report, having spoken to active and retired military service members, and having discussed the matter [...]

Pentagon Survey on DADT, As Expected, Will Show Service Members Have No Problem With Gay Colleagues

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 7:43 am

The military’s survey on attitudes toward gay and lesbian service members is slated for release today, and early reports are that they don’t really care about changes to the policy that would allow their colleagues to serve openly. The Pentagon study that argues that gay troops could serve openly without hurting the military’s ability to [...]

Handful of Senate Democrats Oppose Filibuster Reform

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 8:35 am

Seemingly a counterpoint to all the momentum in recent days for Senate rules reform, a group of conservative and old-guard Democrats announced their opposition to changing the rules requiring a 60-vote threshold to clear a filibuster. Ten Democrats are cited in the article (though not all of them are named) as either opposed to or [...]

The Puzzling Question of the Rating Agencies: Congress Apparently Stumped, Unprepared

By: Tuesday April 27, 2010 2:57 pm

Congress is scrambling to get more information about how to deal with the credit rating agencies in Wall Street reform, but they haven’t come up with many answers yet. Many have described the essential conflict of interest at the heart of the financial crisis emanating from the credit rating agencies, who get hired and paid [...]

Mark Pryor Won’t Filibuster The Health Care Bill

By: Thursday October 15, 2009 4:07 pm

Based on this interview by Mike Stark, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor apparently would not join a Republican filibuster of health care reform legislation, barring something “completely objectionable.” STARK: Is there any chance you would join with the Republicans to stop health care, say if there was a public option in the Senate version bill? PRYOR: [...]

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