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    GUEST POST: "Filibuster Reform" Is Misleading

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has a new idea to make it easier to pass legislation: Cut Republicans out of the process. He’s calling it “filibuster reform,” but it would do away with the minority’s historic rights because they are an inconvenience to the Democrats’ liberal, uncompromising political agenda. … More

    Filibuster Reform Is a Bad Idea

    The Washington Post reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) has pledged to reform the filibuster—if and only if he retains his position as Majority Leader in the next Congress and President Obama wins a second term. This shows that Reid has no ideological commitment to “filibuster reform”; he … More

    Harry Reid Reverses Course on Judges; Political Stunt Backfires

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) decided his political stunt on judicial nominees wasn’t working. He abandoned the plan Wednesday, agreeing to a deal with Republicans to schedule votes for 12 district-court nominees and two circuit-court nominees before May 7. The deal ensures President Obama’s nominees will received an up-or-down … More

    Morning Bell: Harry Reid Opts for Political Theater on Judicial Nominees

    Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has rightfully earned the reputation of running a do-nothing Senate. More than 1,000 days have elapsed since the upper chamber approved a budget. He’s currently ignoring the House-passed JOBS Act and actively opposing steps to lower gas prices. Now, in a blatant political stunt, Reid is … More

    New York Times Flip Flops on Nominee Filibuster

    In an editorial last month, The New York Times argued that the Senate should adopt President Obama’s plan requiring the Senate to vote on judicial nominees within 90 days—thus eliminating the filibuster as applied to those nominations.  The Times notes that this is a “major change in position” from its … More

    Washington in a Flash: Politicians Agree to a Deal, Not a Solution

    Lawmakers in both houses of Congress are moving quickly to vote on the latest debt-limit deal — a plan agreed to Sunday night by President Obama and congressional leaders. Republicans and Democrats negotiating the agreement hailed it last night, but conservatives are less than impressed by the plan. Sen. Mike … More

    Podcast: Senate Filibuster

    Congressional debate is ready to commence on the Senate filibuster. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison wanted the Senate to be the “anchor” of government, allowing time for bills to be debated and examined, or as George Washington coined, a place for bills to be “cooled” by the passions of the … More

    Four Myths about the Filibuster

    There are four myths about the filibuster that you will hear over and over again. These myths are needed to justify any attempt to change the Senate’s rules with a simple majority vote. This is a power grab, pure and simple. The fact of the matter is that the explicit … More

    Video: Filibuster Hypocrisy

    During his speech this afternoon at The Heritage Foundation, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) blasted the effort by some Senate Democrats to strip the filibuster from the Senate, stating “The brazenness of this proposed action is that Democrats are proposing to use the very tactics that in the past almost every … More

    Morning Bell: The Fight for the Filibuster

    When does a day last three weeks? When Senate Democrats want to rewrite the rules of the Senate to make it easier for the Majority Leader to end debate and block the amendment process. This Wednesday, the United States Senate is set to meet for its first “legislative day” of … More