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As McConnell's office resisted the calls for more rule change, concern was clearly picking up among House Republicans, who
Watch the interview below: Democrats mostly cheered the move, arguing that it was needed for President Barack Obama to execute
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.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled the trigger Thursday, deploying a parliamentary procedure dubbed the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules to pass most executive and judicial nominees by a simple majority vote.
Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) broke with their party and joined Republicans in
HuffPost's Mike McAuliff and Sam Stein reported earlier on the deal: “The best problem solving requires cooperation,” Clinton
The two leaders met again Tuesday morning, after Reid already had a deal. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was in Reid's office
None of those threats seemed to deter Reid on Monday, though. He called the Senate an "evolving" institution, and pointed
Democrats, who are the majority in the Senate, are pushing to erode the rights of minority Republicans to block confirmation
Such entrenched positions are raising the temperature in the arcane rules battle. Perhaps an even bigger concern for Democrats
The Huffington Post's Michael McAuliff reported Tuesday: WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will meet
Late Tuesday afternoon, Reid met with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), one of the most outspoken advocates of sweeping reform
The move has been repeatedly threatened over the years by both parties but has never been invoked, primarily because the
WASHINGTON -- Starting Friday, Congress is officially in recess for nine days. But don't expect President Barack Obama to
But the Tennessee Republican didn't mention his own pledge to "never filibuster a president's judicial nominees," a promise
McConnell demurred on Tuesday when asked if he would allow an up-or-down vote on D.C. Circuit nominees Patricia Ann Millett
Ornstein, who in the past has opposed the so-called "nuclear option" of changing Senate rules with a simple majority, wrote
Don't be sidetracked today with the news of Michele Bachmann's decision not to run again. That's small potatoes relative to the biggest political and economic issue -- and showdown -- emerging in Congress.
"I said when I left for recess that I was going to work with Republicans to try to get something done, and I am going to
It didn't take long before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) appeared on the Senate floor to give a fuller context