Reid’s Half-Solution to the Problem of Massive Senate Obstructionism

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 9:30 am

Harry Reid’s op-ed giving the inside story about the non-nuclear option he accomplished last week is good for the way it shows how Senate Republicans have worked to decay the functioning of the chamber. On Thursday morning, we seemed to be on the brink of passing a bill to curb unfair currency manipulation by the [...]

Yesterday’s Non-Nuclear Option

By: Friday October 7, 2011 7:05 am

“Reid’s nuclear option changes rules,” the Hill headline blared! “A shocking development,” they exclaim in the first sentence! “Reid’s coup passed by a vote of 51-48,” in a rare instance of a coup being put to a majority vote! So what really happened last night? It’s important to note that the legislation in question, the [...]

Thanks to Procedural Sleight-of-Hand, Obama Tax Plan Gets Bullet-Proof House Vote

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 7:34 am

So, my working assumption with the Bush tax cuts was that the House didn’t have the votes to overcome a motion to recommit that would attach tax cuts for the tax rates over $250,000 to any Obama plan on the first $250,000. Enough Democrats have already said they prefer letting all the tax cuts expire [...]

Democratic Insecurity? Or Just A Different Set of Interests?

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 7:05 am

Ted Strickland, the defeated Governor of Ohio, despaired yesterday that Democrats would lose the tax cut debate. Talking, unprompted, about the debate over the expiring Bush tax cuts, Strickland said he was dumbfounded at the party’s inability to sell the idea that the rates for the wealthy should be allowed to expire. “I mean, if [...]

The Nascent Movement to End the Filibuster

By: Friday November 27, 2009 12:00 pm

Frustrated by the lack of action in Washington after a mandate for change in 2008, liberals and Democrats inside and outside of government have begun to question the Senate filibuster rule, which they attribute to the growing legislative paralysis. The filibuster (the Dutch word for “pirate”), the process by which Senators can endlessly continue debate [...]

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