harry reid filibuster
At this juncture, it doesn't appear likely that McConnell will heed this particular call even with DHS funds set to run out
Speaking to Las Vegas TV station KSNV, Reid said he'd been convinced of the need for a rules change, in part, after hearing
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.
But Merkley disagreed, arguing the reform is "about clearing the decks of the Senate so we can actually spend time on legislation
Former President Bill Clinton praised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in a speech Wednesday, saying the Nevada Senator
"The administration was immediately on board" with the NLRB solution, said a senior Senate aide involved in the negotiations
Reid dismissed the idea that he would be open to a deal with Republicans that would move only some of those nominees this
"We need to start talking to each other instead of at each other," McConnell said. It's not clear a conversation would produce
Democrats feel equally strongly that a president who has won reelection and the voters who chose him deserve to see his policy