Friday, November 30, 2012

Senate filibuster

  • The Morning Plum: Skittish Democrats putting filibuster reform in peril

    The problem: Some Dem Senators are leery of changing the filibuster via the "constitutional option," i.e., a rules change by a simple majority.

  • Collins: If the Senate shut down, who would notice?

    We're currently having a big debate about the Senate filibuster. It is possible you hadn't heard, what with the onset of the holiday season, the fiscal cliff and several unexpected plot turns on "Homeland" to worry about.

  • Filibuster reform could fix a dysfunctional Senate

    This week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that if Democrats overhauled the filibuster, Senate Republicans would be less inclined to work in bipartisan fashion.

  • Filibuster Reform Poll: Americans Favor Requiring Real Debate

    Seventy-nine percent of registered voters, but only 37 percent of those not registered to vote, said that senators who filibuster should be required to debate. Fifty percent of those not registered said they were not sure whether senators should be ...

  • John Boehner: Filibuster Reform 'Designed To Marginalize Senate Republicans'

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner joined fellow Republicans in the Senate on Thursday in their battle to stop Democrats controlling that chamber from curbing filibusters, threatening to ignore bills the Senate sends him if Democrats have ...

  • Is a filibuster deal possible?

    and the other Republicans would seek a compromise that they could then support using the two-thirds standard set in the Senate rules. On the one hand, McConnell could have significant input into the rules changes, perhaps securing more protection for ...

  • PICKET: Boehner - Filibuster rule change bills 'dead on arrival'

    House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, made it clear that any bill that came to the House from the upper chamber as a result of Senate Democrats changing the rules on the filibuster would be "dead on arrival." In a statement released from Speaker ...

  • Progressive Groups Branch Out To Tackle Filibuster, Big Money, Voting

    Fed up with gridlock on Capitol Hill, an unlikely coalition of leading environmental, labor and civil rights groups is mobilizing to push for an overhaul of Senate filibuster, campaign finance and voting rules. Organizers say this emerging "democracy ...

  • Talking Revenue, Filibuster Reform and Transition to Senate With Jeff Flake

    Ray Suarez talks to U.S. Representative turned Senator-elect Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who will take over retiring Jon Kyl's seat in the Senate Flake reflects on his hopes for the next term, including how he plans to work across party lines in the Senate to ...

  • Letters: Curtailing the filibuster

    As Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein make clear in their book, "It's Even Worse Than It Looks," today's senators use the filibuster infinitely more often than their predecessors did. Worse yet, they have added the shameful custom of the "hold," by which ...

  • Boehner Steps Into Filibuster Fight

    Speaker John A. Boehner entered the fray over possible changes to the Senate filibuster rules Thursday, saying bills passed by the Senate after such a change and without GOP support "would be dead on arrival" in his chamber.

  • Senate filibuster rules need reforming

    A window of opportunity will open in January to reduce the partisan gridlock in Congress. That's when reforms can be made to the Senate's filibuster rules by a simple majority vote rather than the 67 votes normally required. The original concept of the ...

  • Boehner Threatens Backlash to Dems' Filibuster Plan

    A Democratic proposal to curb the filibuster by amending Senate rules would provoke a backlash from House Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner said, according to the Associated Press.

  • Will Senate address the filibuster?

    In those days, a filibuster was a rare effort by a group of senators to keep talking in order to prevent a vote on legislation they opposed.

  • Klobuchar, Franken cheer potential filibuster reform

    The filibuster allows minority party senators to block consideration of legislation unless supporters are able to secure 60 votes for passage.

  • Steve Speak: Reforming the filibuster won't help

    That's what you need to break a filibuster, and since 2009, the minority party in the Senate–the Republicans–has insisted on subjecting just about everything Democrats have tried to pass to a filibuster. Major bills, routine legislation, obscure ...

  • Mitch McConnell: Filibuster Fight Is An Unnecessary 'Bomb' In The Senate

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has proposed changing the Senate rules when the next term starts in January to make filibusters a bit harder to achieve. Normally, Senate rule changes require a 67-vote majority, but Reid has proposed invoking ...

  • Senators tangle over much-needed filibuster reform

    Democrats and Republicans on Monday fought over the arcane issue of the Senate filibuster, with Democrats saying they want to change the rules and Republicans threatening to grind progress to a halt if they do.

  • Needed Reform for the US Senate

    Forcing Senators to stand up on the floor and talk openly in objection to Senate bills would not only reduce the number of filibusters brought by the minority, but it would also bring some much-needed transparency and openness to the filibuster process ...

  • Filibuster fight adds drama to 'fiscal cliff' talks

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are engaged in an increasingly heated battle over how and whether to change the chamber's filibuster rules. The fight comes as President Obama and ...

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