“Senate approves modest restrictions on filibusters”


WASHINGTON  The tradition-laden Senate voted Thursday to modestly curb filibusters, using a bipartisan consensus rare in today’s hyper-partisan climate to make it a bit harder but not impossible for outnumbered senators to sink bills and nominations, The Associated Press reported.

The rules changes were broken into two pieces and approved by votes of 78-16 and 86-9. In both roll calls, Republican opponents were joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who usually sides with Democrats. Many of the GOP “no” votes came from tea party-backed senators like Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.


The two votes and a brief debate took less than an hour, impressively quick for the Senate. They came after a more typical day that featured a sprinkling of senators’ speeches and long periods when the Senate chamber idled with no one talking, while private negotiations off the floor nailed down final details.

Earlier, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had tentatively agreed to a plan that would make it more difficult to hold up legislation and nominations using the filibuster.

In recent years, the number of filibusters has risen dramatically. According to the Democrats, Republicans launched more than 385 filibusters since 2007, compared to 49 from 1919 to 1970.

The filibuster is legislative jargon, but in real-person terms, it is an effort to hijack legislation. It’s a commonly used tactic by senators to either block legislation from coming up for debate or being voted on. In other words, there are two points in the legislative process that a single senator can filibuster, or hold up, a bill.  FULL ARTICLE

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“Why is Mitch McConnell so happy? No consequences for unprecedented GOP obstructionism. None.”


By CleverNickName

This is why I’m so angry with Harry Reid and the Dinosaur Democrats in the Senate who are too timid to do a fucking thing to reform the way they do things in the upper chamber.

The GOP has learned over and over again, going all the way back to fucking Watergate though Iran Contra to stealing the 2000 election to torture to the endless fucking list of abuses of power by the Bush/Cheney administration that they can do literally any goddamn thing they want, and there will never, ever, be any consequences for it (except maybe a primary challenge from an even crazier right wing lunatic because they weren’t crazy enough.)  FULL  POST

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