Posts Tagged ‘ filibuster ’

Then and Now: Mitch McConnell vs. Mitch McConnell on changing filibuster rules

November 21, 2013
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Then and Now: Mitch McConnell vs. Mitch McConnell on changing filibuster rules

Mitch McConnell helped lead the Senate Republican effort to change the filibuster rules in 2005, but to hear others say it, it was only Harry Reid who was against the nuclear option. Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid previously made a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to end the unprecedented amount of obstructing votes by Republicans. That lasted a…

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That nuclear option: Senate Dems go nuclear to end obstruction

November 21, 2013
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That nuclear option: Senate Dems go nuclear to end obstruction

After blocking Obama nominees and unprecedented obstruction by Republicans, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) changed Senate filibuster rules by invoking the “nuclear option.” Using Senate procedures to change the rules with just 51 votes instead of the now 60 votes required, under the new rules, only a simple majority would be required for all executive…

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That time during a filibuster when an Alderwoman had to pee, so she did, in a pail (Video)

June 28, 2013
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That time during a filibuster when an Alderwoman had to pee, so she did, in a pail (Video)

After State Sen. Wendy Davis’ amazing 13 hour filibuster, it left many of us wondering about bathroom preparations. In short, how can she not pee for 13 hours? Mother Jones reports that Davis used a catheter and when her office was asked to confirm as such, they responded that the senator “made all necessary preparations.”…

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Democrats and Protesters Aborted Republican Attempts to Silence Sen. Wendy Davis

June 26, 2013
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Democrats and Protesters Aborted Republican Attempts to Silence Sen. Wendy Davis

The nation watched on Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday while Democrat Sen. Wendy Davis and hundreds of protesters defeated the Republican attempt to shut down abortion clinics in Texas. The tricks and underhanded tactics after calling a special session were done while eyes from American voters were focused squarely on Texas. The…

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Bob Dole: Republicans are abusing the filibuster and says, Reagan wouldn’t make it in today’s GOP

May 26, 2013
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Bob Dole: Republicans are abusing the filibuster and says, Reagan wouldn’t make it in today’s GOP

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS) told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that the filibuster is being abused and he doubts Ronald Reagan could make it in today’s GOP, and he added that he nor Richard Nixon could because “he had ideas.”             Wallace asked, “What do you think…

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The Sequester is on after Senate Republicans take part in yet another filibuster

February 28, 2013
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The Sequester is on after Senate Republicans take part in yet another filibuster

After much ado and drama, Senate Republicans filibustered the Democratic bill on the Sequester. So now, Congress will miss the Sequestration deadline and cuts will automatically proceed. The vote was 51-49 and needed at least 60 votes to pass.               TPM reports: Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and…

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Just watching Bernie Sanders laugh in the face of Mitch McConnell’s filibuster

December 9, 2012
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Mitch McConnell is so opposed to reforming the filibuster that he filibustered his own bill, but that’s not why he opposed it, still yet the amount to which Republicans are clinging to their staunch opposition to anything that  brings progress is mind-boggling.  McConnell made a laughing stock out of himself as well as highlight the…

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Mitch McConnell is so addicted to the filibuster that he just filibustered his own bill

December 6, 2012
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Mitch McConnell is so addicted to the filibuster that he just filibustered his own bill

It’s no wonder that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is so opposed to reforming the filibuster. He’s addicted to it.  McConnell just filibustered his own bill to raise the debt ceiling. McConnell, a stalwart Republican from Kentucky  was trying to prove  that Democrats don’t have the votes to weaken Congress’ authority on the debt limit, which…

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GOP warns of a shutdown over filibuster, so do it old-school. In 2010 Bernie Sanders took to the Senate floor for 8.5 hours

November 26, 2012
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While Republicans are dissenting over reforming the filibuster to any degree, and in fact, warn of a shutdown, Harry Reid is considering: banning filibusters used to prevent debate from even starting and House-Senate conference committees from ever meeting. He also may make filibusters become actual filibusters — to force senators to carry out the nonstop,…

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They were for it before they were against it: The GOP filibusters the DISCLOSE Act, they once supported

July 17, 2012
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They were for it before they were against it: The GOP filibusters the DISCLOSE Act, they once supported

The DISCLOSE Act was slammed by Republicans in the Senate.  Sen. John McCain, once considered a Maverick in politics and a champion of campaign finance reform bowed to Big Money.             The DISCLOSE Act of 2012 was crafted to take aim on third-party groups, such as anonymity for election spending. After Citizens United was…

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