White House Supports Filibuster Reform Effort

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 10:47 am

President Obama supports the Senate rules reform effort, effectively giving a vote to reformers as they build toward a January showdown. In a statement to the Huffington Post, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer responded positively to the effort, now led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, to reform the process in the Senate. “The President [...]

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 [...]

Senate Doesn’t Have Enough Time to Increase Debt Limit By August 2

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 1:38 pm

I think Nate Silver is basically correct that this debt limit debate is over, except for figuring out who has to endure the ritual humiliation in the end. But that does not mean that the debt limit will be increased before August 2. In fact, I think we’ve run out of time for that. The [...]

Eric Cantor Graduates from the Scott Walker School of Legislative Procedure

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 1:12 pm

Go Fightin’ Dictators! Cantor’s latest idea is to have the House pass the “Prevention of a Government Shutdown Act” on Friday. It would have no effect, any more than passing HR 1 again would have any effect. But Cantor seems to think that he can simply will the GOP budget into law. Announced by House [...]

The End Run: Wisconsin GOP Could Put Collective Bargaining Piece in Non-Fiscal Bill and Pass Quickly

By: Monday February 21, 2011 10:48 am

As I mentioned earlier, the State Senate in Wisconsin plans to meet today, and take up items of a non-fiscal nature. Budget bills require a 3/5 quorum of the State Senate, but non-budget bills do not. So the Republican majority can operate on those bills if they so chose. One Democratic State Senator is raising [...]

Senate Rules Reform Reaches Inevitable, Unsatisfying Conclusion

By: Thursday January 27, 2011 2:58 pm

The Senate passed two rules reforms and expects to pass a third, while more far-reaching reforms seemed destined to fail. Secret holds were banned by a vote of 92-4. This measure would allow Senators to retain the ability to place a hold on any nomination, legislation, amendment or motion to proceed, requiring a cloture vote [...]

Schumer’s Senate Rules Reform “Deal” is Unwritten

By: Tuesday January 25, 2011 8:25 am

By now we have a sense of what Chuck Schumer will present to his caucus on a Senate rules reform deal. There will be three main pieces – banning secret holds, removing a handful of Presidential appointments from advise and consent consideration (the number I’ve seen is about 100 out of roughly 1,400), and ending [...]

Republicans Don’t Care About Consistency, Ex. 1,972,637

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 10:35 am

One thing about the story from this morning about Democrats nervousness for using a majority vote to change the rules in the Senate: it’s depressing that Democrats haven’t figured out by now that Republicans do not share this reverence for the rules and norms of Congress. They’ve only proven this time and time again over [...]

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) [...]

Republicans Admit They Favor Majority Rule

By: Friday January 7, 2011 11:13 am

Senate Republicans have let it be known that they are pleased by one aspect of the rules reform package put out by three Democrats. In so doing, they basically tipped their hand that they really want a majority-rule chamber. The issue in question is the “Right to Amend” provision of the rules package. Under this [...]

Franken’s Rule Change Would Put Burden on 41 Senators Filibustering

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 11:26 am

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has put a new twist on the Senate filibuster reform effort. He’s a cosponsor of the Udall/Merkley/Harkin plan to change the Senate rules. But he added a one-page tweak to the rules that would place the burden more on the entity doing the filibustering than the entity trying to break the [...]

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