Judicial Nominations Likely Dead for the Year After Senate GOP Filibuster

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 6:18 am

Senate Republicans believe that no more judicial nominees should be confirmed for the balance of the year until the elections, citing something called the Thurmond rule, which sets an arbitrary deadline for election-year confirmations. Senate Democrats don’t believe that has been reached yet and want to continue to get judges confirmed, citing the low percentage [...]

Senate Tax Votes Happening Now

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 1:37 pm

The Senate voted down the Republican tax cut plan, which was an amendment to the Democratic plan. As noted earlier, the Republican plan would have simply extended all the Bush tax cuts for one year, while the Democratic plan would only extend up to the first $250,000 of income, and add some stimulus-era tax cuts [...]

McConnell Will Allow Majority Votes on Competing Tax Plans in Senate

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 8:55 am

There’s been a twist in the tax debate in the Senate. Before now, everyone assumed that the procedural votes today on competing tax plans were largely procedural, and would both get beaten back by forcing a 60-vote cloture threshold on them. But Mitch McConnell just announced that he would allow a majority vote on both [...]

Reid Defends Vow to Change Filibuster Rules Next Year

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 8:15 am

Here’s a fairly remarkable colloquy between Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor. McConnell was perturbed by the suggestion that Reid would pursue filibuster reform if he was still in charge of the Senate in January 2013. This is the key set of statements from Reid on the Ed Schultz Show: REID: The [...]

Republicans Block DISCLOSE Act, Dems Pull All-Nighter

By: Tuesday July 17, 2012 6:15 am

As expected, Republicans filibustered the DISCLOSE Act last night, as the legislation that would have forced disclosure on political campaign expenditures failed 51-44. Republicans who voted all united against the bill, and they were joined by West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, who is sure to have a wide variety of independent expenditure ads funded by secret [...]

Reid Calls McConnell’s Bluff on Obama Tax Plan, GOP Blocks Up-or-Down Vote

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 6:15 am

Late yesterday, Harry Reid nearly blindsided his Republican counterpart by passing President Obama’s one-year tax extension of the Bush tax rates on the first $250,000 of income. He called for a majority vote on both that plan and a full extension of all the Bush tax cuts, confident that he would win on both. Mitch [...]

Florida’s Rick Scott: I Won’t Expand Medicaid

By: Monday July 2, 2012 6:20 am

Florida Governor Rick Scott has explicitly rejected the Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act, threatening the coverage of 951,622 low-income Floridians. “Florida is not going to implement Obamacare. We are not going to expand Medicaid and we’re not going to implement exchanges,” Scott’s spokesman Lane Wright told The Associated Press on Saturday. [...]

Republicans Still Discombobulated on Immigration After Deferred Action Announcement

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 10:55 am

Republicans are really in a pickle with this immigration order by the President last week. Outside of some fairly pro forma statements about Constitutional separation of powers (and incorrect ones; prosecutorial discretion is squarely in the purview of the prosecuting office), they have not formulated anything approaching a response. You can see that with the [...]

Senate Republicans Vow to Stop Circuit Court Judicial Confirmations for Rest of 2012

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 10:16 am

One of the few areas of progress in recent months has been the confirmation of judges by the Senate. Under a deal in the spring, 17 judges got confirmed, stretched out over a period of several weeks. And when that deal expired, a few more judges trickled in with confirmations. In all, 20 judges have [...]

On Debt Limit, Both Sides Stake Out Positions

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 6:35 am

Barack Obama had hoagies with the Congressional leadership yesterday. And he broached the subject of the debt limit, which House Speaker John Boehner vowed to take hostage this week. Consider this a first stab at negotiation. It didn’t work out all that well. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) met for lunch [...]

McConnell Defies House GOP, Votes for Discretionary Spending at Previous Target

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 11:35 am

Mitch McConnell has often differed from the House GOP’s hardline stance on the federal budget. He was the one who came up with the Rube Goldberg-like “resolution of disapproval” process on the debt limit deal which broke the united Republican front. Now, McConnell has added a largely symbolic but crucial action today on the escalating [...]

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