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: Jon Walker Thursday November 21, 2013 11:54 am|
What could have been.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 21, 2013 7:37 am|
We are approaching a real moment of truth for Senate Democrats. They are about to decide if they actually want to govern or effectively forfeit all their power to the Republicans. If Senate Democrats choose the latter they might as well stop even showing up to work. At the heart of the issue is Senate [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 29, 2013 10:04 am|
It doesn’t matter if it is a nominee for a judicial opening, a position to oversee federal student loans, or an undersecretary of agricultural. Graham is going to tie up everything in the executive branch even if it has zero relationship to Libya or even foreign policy. This is not how a sane government operates and no other democracy allows this nonsense.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 16, 2013 9:25 am|
Once again after spending weeks threatening to fix the Senate’s insane rules it looks like Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will back down after a last minute deal. Instead of simply using the nuclear option to eliminate the filibuster on executive branch nominees and approving seven stalled nominees, Reid has tentatively agreed to a complex face saving move to get most of what he wanted.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 12, 2013 2:15 pm|
A new Quinnipiac poll perfectly illustrates why Senate Democrats’ only hope for reducing Republican obstructionism is by changing the Senate rules. It found that the vast majority of voters still don’t blame the Republicans for gridlock in Washington. Among independents, 72 percent still blame both sides equally for the gridlock.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 12, 2013 11:46 am|
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) turned his rhetoric up to 11 by claiming Harry Reid (D-NV) would “kill the Senate” if we move to make it easier to confirm executive nominees to executive branch positions. McConnell’s team even went so far as to tweet a picture of Reid’s tombstone to drive home the point.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 12, 2013 10:04 am|
Janet Napolitano will resign her position as Homeland Security Secretary to become the next president of the University of California system, according to the department. Napolitano will be the first female to head the historic UC system, one of the most prestigious public universities systems in the world.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 19, 2013 5:40 am|
Only in the insane world of the Senate would something like this even be considered a possible tactic. To try to stop an effort to end filibuster on just Presidential nominees Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is threatening to end the eventually filibuster completely. From TPM:
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 23, 2013 8:42 am|
To deal with the incredibly obstructionism of Senate Republicans Harry Reid is again talking about rules reform. Reid is having trouble getting support from his entire caucus because apparently Democrats are terrified of the concept of democracy.