Reid: Senate Rules Reform Proponents Were Right

By: Friday May 11, 2012 8:15 am

Yesterday the Senate wanted to take up and quickly pass a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. After some maneuvering, the bill passed the House with over 330 votes, a rare sight these days. So you would think that nothing would go wrong over in the Senate. You would be wrong. That’s because the objection of [...]

Reid Stalls JOBS Act Until Judicial Nominees Confirmed

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 1:18 pm

Through some parliamentary maneuvering, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid escalated his fight over judicial nominations today. The short version of this is: The House passed something they called the JOBS Act, with broad bipartisan support, which is actually a financial industry deregulation bill opposed by government watchdogs like Americans for Financial Reform. The full story [...]

Senate Surface Transportation Deal Allows Amendments on EPA Boiler Rule, Keystone XL

By: Thursday March 8, 2012 6:56 am

The surface transportation bill, which passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee on a unanimous vote, has been mired on the Senate floor for close to a month. Senate Republicans have filibustered all efforts to wrap up work on the bill, mainly because they sought a series of bumper-sticker amendment votes to [...]

Payroll Tax/UI Bill Passes the House; Senate Vote Will Not Face a Filibuster

By: Friday February 17, 2012 9:35 am

The House passed the payroll tax/UI/doc fix bill this morning by a count of 293-132. 91 Republicans and 41 Democrats voted against the bill, but the combination of Democrats and Republicans in support were more than enough to carry the bill across the line. Republicans voting against it were mostly hardliners philosophically opposed to things [...]

Senate Floor Tactics Reveal Large Divide Over Payroll Tax Legislation

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 10:16 am

The Republican plan continues to be to try and jam the Senate with the House-passed payroll tax cut legislation, by going home for the rest of the year and forcing Senate Democrats to decide whether everyone gets a tax increase next year. The House can only do that if they finish the bill funding the [...]

Republicans Respond to Vote Against Delay with More Delay

By: Monday October 10, 2011 10:15 am

It’s pretty clear that Republicans intend to use last week’s non-nuclear option as a pretext to subvert the filibuster once and for all when they get a majority in the Senate. But that’s a year or more off, so instead, they will retaliate with a series of delay tactics: Republican aides say their bosses will [...]

Sen. Merkley on #OccupyWallStreet: “I Agree That the System Is Broken”

By: Tuesday October 4, 2011 12:26 pm

When I first sat down in Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Washington office and asked about the #OccupyWallStreet protests, he immediately said, “Portland’s starting on Thursday!” I asked him if he’d go down to a protest, and while it was clear he hadn’t thought of it to that point, he said, “It’s worth exploring.” The sit-in at [...]

Tom Coburn Poised to Shut Down FAA Again

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 7:35 am

The attempt to meet looming deadlines and avoid shutdowns of part (or all) of the government resembles the aftermath of a car wreck right now. It’s unclear whether the Senate can move the broken-down vehicles off the road in time to let the traffic move through. Here’s what’s going on. The FAA authorization runs out [...]

Senate Rejects DoJ Nominee as Cloture Follies Continue

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 6:55 am

Last night, Republicans in the Senate blocked a cloture vote for James Cole to become the number 2 man in the Justice Department. Only one Republican, Richard Lugar, voted for cloture. All the others either voted know or stayed away from the chamber, which under the silly supermajority rules is as good as a no [...]

GOP House Waived Rule That Would Have Automatically Raised Debt Limit With Budget Resolution

By: Friday April 22, 2011 11:13 am

Only in the Washington Post would the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which is Maya MacGuineas’ wholly owned subsidiary of the Peterson Foundation, be termed an “independent” group. But their analysis of the plan introduced last week by President Obama on fiscal policy unintentionally reveals a hidden truth: The analysis, by the bipartisan Committee [...]

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, [...]

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