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    They Got Away With It

    As President Obama said, they got away with it. Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate got away with changing the Senate’s rules so that they can shove through anything they want without having to worry about Republicans filibustering against it. Just a few short years ago, then-Senator Obama spoke forcefully … More

    What the New Nuclear Option Means for the Senate

    This afternoon, the Senate approved a rules change that will effectively eliminate the filibuster for executive branch and judicial nominations. Under the old rules, Senators could debate whether to confirm a nomination until 60 members voted to invoke cloture and end the debate. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) succeeded today … More

    Harry Reid and the Nuclear Option: A Shortsighted Alternative to Senate Deliberation

    Earlier this week, Senate Republicans halted the confirmation of Robert Wilkins to the D.C. Circuit, making it the third nomination to that court as part of President Obama’s court-packing plan to fail in the last month. Now there are reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) may attempt to … More

    The Vitter Amendment on Obamacare: Senate Liberals’ Curious Complaint

    Last week, Senator David Vitter (R–LA) proposed an amendment that would end exemptions for White House political appointees and stop illegal taxpayer subsidies for Congress and staff enrolled in Obamacare’s new health insurance exchanges. In other words, political appointees, Members of Congress, and their staffs would receive the same coverage … More

    From the Horse’s Mouth: D.C. Circuit Doesn’t Need More Judges

    At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard, Senator Chuck Grassley (R–IA) questioned whether the Senate should confirm any additional judges to the D.C. Circuit. Putting aside serious concerns about Pillard’s radical positions on sex education, abortion, and religious liberty, Republicans and Democrats have … More

    Can We Trust the Justice Department in the New IRS Scandal?

    The Washington Times is reporting that the U.S. Department of the Treasury Inspector General (IG) for Tax Administration has admitted privately to Senator Chuck Grassley (R–IA) that the IRS “targeted for audit candidates for public office.” Fresh on the heels of the May 14 IG report that alerted the American … More

    Morning Bell: Spread the Word About What the Senate Is Doing

    The Senate voted yesterday to move forward on the Gang of Eight’s immigration plan—which would grant amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants. Insanity is often defined as doing the same thing over and over yet expecting a different result. As Heritage’s David Inserra points out, “Instead of new ideas, the … More

    Inspector General to Investigate EPA Enforcement

    The Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency will begin an investigation into the consistency and fairness of the agency’s enforcement actions, according to a letter drafted on Friday. The IG will focus on EPA Region 7, which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. The investigation will address three questions, … More

    Senate Conservatives Warn Reid Against PROTECT IP Blitz

    Six conservative U.S. senators voiced concerns Friday over the substance and procedural context of controversial legislation to block Internet piracy, noting potential economic damages and free speech restrictions the legislation might impose. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Tom … More

    Grassley Not Buying DOJ's Non-Recess Appointment Apologia

    Calling the president’s illegal non-recess appointments “an escalation in a pattern of contempt for the elected representatives of the American people,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, dismissed a Justice Department memo on Thursday that sought to lend retroactive constitutional weight to the president’s move. Grassley … More