filibuster reform

Orrin Hatch, the most senior GOP senator, says it's vital to protect minority party rights.
It's been freezing in Washington for the past few months, but it wasn't the nuclear winter some predicted when Sen. Harry Reid ushered in the most important changes to Senate procedure in a generation.
Since last November, Senate obstruction hasn't disappeared, it simply has taken a different form.
The senator said he wants to go even further. Under current rules, even though only a majority is needed, the Senate must
"My view at the time they did it was, if this rule changes, it's likely never to revert back to where it was," said Sen. Roy
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WASHINGTON -- A day after Republicans swept control of the Senate, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued a plea to his party: Keep
We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.
"I do not favor turning the Senate into a majoritarian institution, even though we would probably have some short-term advantage
Republicans say their votes send a message about how unhappy they are about last year's filibuster reform. And those votes
Moderate Democrats or those up for re-election in Republican-leaning states could fit that bill. Democrats in those categories
Republicans have been fuming ever since Democrats changed the Senate rules to require only a simple majority, instead of
Republicans filibustered the extension of unemployment benefits on the Senate floor Tuesday. Why? Because they can get away with it. Look at how the press reported what happened.
With the confirmation of President Obama's nominees on August 12, 2013, the theater over appointments may have ended but the drama over the substance of the Board was set to begin again.
As we celebrate International Human Rights Day this December 10, we need to realize how far we must go compared to the promise of 1948.
Watch the interview below: Democrats mostly cheered the move, arguing that it was needed for President Barack Obama to execute
The Republican definition of bipartisanship is that Democrats have accepted the Republican demands. A Republican nuclear option, which is almost sure to follow if Republicans gain control of the Senate, will almost certainly follow their scorched earth policy.
Mr. Toronto had been nominated a year-and-a-half ago, and Republicans had been blocking it. Yet when at last the vote came to the floor, he passed by a vote of -- are you ready? -- 91--0!!!
The Senate Democrats' lond-deferred success in reforming the filibuster rule for executive branch and judicial appointments will have reverberations that are only gradually being appreciated. Not only will 76 long-blocked appointments -- a record -- now go forward in short order. Obama, if he chooses, will be able to appoint more robust progressives. One of the best pieces of news in the filibuster story was the report that Obama personally got into the act, working the phones to help enlist the last few Democratic votes for reform. This may bode well for more hands-on leadership by a president whose trademark has been reticence.