The filibuster, which for most of its history was mainly a tool for oppressing black people by stopping anti-lynching laws and civil rights legislation, has now turned into a tool for routine legislative nihilism. The latest example is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) threatening to filibuster the debt limit so it requires 60 votes.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:06 pm|
|By: Frances E. Lee Saturday January 11, 2014 2:00 pm|
A book this broad-ranging is valuable for a variety of purposes. Political junkies will find many great anecdotes that they have never encountered before. There are many well-drawn sketches of important senators of the past, from Dirksen to Mansfield to Conkling to Sumner. People interested in understanding how contemporary Senate practices in various areas evolved can turn to the relevant chapters. History, political science, and civics teachers will find useful examples to give students entree into previous eras. Anyone who reads the book will have a better, more multi-faceted understanding of the Senate and its role in American politics.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday January 9, 2014 10:17 am|
Senate Minority Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor yesterday to talk about his plan to fix the Senate if Republicans won control. Noticeably absent was any plan to restore the ability to filibuster appointees.
|By: Jon Walker Monday January 6, 2014 1:04 pm|
When asked by Bob Schieffer if he would be willing to do away with the filibuster entirely Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) refused to take the idea off the table.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 12, 2013 10:38 am|
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not happy about Democrats eliminating the filibuster on non-Supreme Court presidential appointees. He believes the filibuster on legislation is now inherently doomed.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 25, 2013 8:50 am|
It seems Republican Senator Lamar Alexander is incredibly upset that policy decisions will ultimately be made by voters.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 22, 2013 9:25 am|
The best thing about Senate Democrats’ decision to eliminate the filibuster on executive nominees is that President Obama is now fully accountable. Obama no longer has any excuses regarding his management of the executive functions of the federal government. If it functions well or fails, the responsibility now rests with the White House.
|By: DSWright Friday November 22, 2013 6:40 am|
Yesterday Senate Democrats, under the leadership of Majority Leader Harry Reid, voted to junk the filibuster and approve President Obama’s judicial nominees by a simple 51 majority vote – the so-called “nuclear option.” While the move was in theory limited to judges – excluding Supreme Court nominees and bills – the cultural shift may be permanent.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 21, 2013 11:54 am|
What could have been.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 21, 2013 10:04 am|
History was just made in the United States’ Senate. Democrats used the so-called nuclear option to stop a filibuster on a judicial nominee. It was in response to Republicans declaring they would filibuster any Obama nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals regardless of merit, so its conservative leanings would never change. The change was supported 52-48.