Senators Write Letter To Harry Reid Opposing Fast Track Authority For TPP and TTIP

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 9:55 am

According to a letter obtained by Firedoglake, 12 United States Senators have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to convey their opposition to the “prospect of renewing Trade Promotion Authority” or fast track authority. Specifically mentioned in the context of that opposition is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment [...]

Senator Harkin “No deal is better than a bad deal”

By: Monday December 31, 2012 8:17 am

Harkin noted the only real difference between America today and America at the time of the Clinton tax rates was that the rich had gotten richer and were now trying to protect their wealth. He specifically noted the attempt to make the estate tax cuts permanent and said the Clinton tax rates were fine by him.

Harkin, Reed Want to Take Medicare Off the Table in Debt Limit Negotiations

By: Friday June 3, 2011 8:30 am

In addition to promising not to cave on tax cuts for the rich, President Obama in his meeting with House Democrats also promised not to cave on Medicare, amid urging from the caucus. Kathy Hochul (D-NY), the newest member of Congress, stressed the importance of Medicare to her Congressional victory last week. And Nancy Pelosi [...]

White House Compromises on Spending Cuts Before the First Meeting

By: Friday March 4, 2011 7:30 am

The White House has released what amounts to an opening bid in budget negotiations for Fiscal Year 2011 with Republicans. They have offered an additional $6.5 billion in cuts below the baseline of the 2010 budget. This goes on top of the $4 billion in cuts that have already been signed into law. The Republicans [...]

The Aftermath of Failed Senate Reform – Bills to Nowhere, “Hang in There”

By: Friday January 28, 2011 10:48 am

After the death of Senate rules reform, the reformers have vowed to keep up the pressure. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said in a statement, “Until the Senate returns to being a deliberative body where debate is encouraged and obstruction is rare, I’ll continue waging the fight to make the institution serve the American people the way [...]

The Complete Failure of Senate Rules Reform

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 7:46 am

The most consequential action in Washington happened just a bit before the State of the Union last night. On the Senate floor, Jeff Merkley, Tom Udall and Tom Harkin talked about their project to reform Senate rules. And talked. And talked a little more. They talked more than they expected, in fact, because they were [...]

Senate Rules Changes Slipping Away, As Media Dissembles

By: Sunday January 23, 2011 4:03 pm

Paul Kane has a piece in Sunday’s Washington Post that seems to be the kind of take on the Senate rules reform fight you’d expect someone who hasn’t been following it at all and gets most of his information from lobbyists. He accepts the contributions of senior Senate aides that the effort led by some [...]

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) [...]

26 Co-Sponsors for Senate Rules Reform, as Ben Nelson Walks Back Opposition

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 2:28 pm

Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley and Tom Harkin have announced that their proposal for reforming the Senate rules now has 26 co-sponsors, all Democrats. But they represent a healthy ideological cross-section of the entire caucus. In addition to Udall, Harkin and Merkley, the resolution is currently co-sponsored by the following senators: Dick Durbin (IL), Amy [...]

Harkin Gives Lesson on Majority Rule

By: Wednesday January 5, 2011 12:13 pm

So Tom Harkin and Lamar Alexander are engaged in a colloquy about the filibuster, which is kind of happening in a bizarro world. Harkin introduced his longtime filibuster proposal which would actually lower the threshold of the cloture vote gradually, from 60 down to 51 over a 9-day period. Alexander objected to it. This is [...]

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