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    The No-Surprise Senate Budget: Higher Spending, Higher Taxes, No Real “Balance”

    After going nearly four years without producing a budget resolution, Senate Democrats today released a plan confirming their mantra about “balanced” approaches has nothing to do with actually balancing the budget. In their view, “balance” is a mix of higher taxes and higher spending, chronic deficits and debt, and a … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Sequester Smokescreen

    Suppose you desperately needed to lose weight but had a Big Mac with fries and a Coke staring you in the face. You could take your need to diet seriously and say, “No thanks, I’ll have a salad.” Or you could decide to reduce the Big Mac meal by 2 … More

    Cloakroom: The Sequester and Hagel Nomination

    House Cloakroom: February 25 – March 1 Analysis: Sequester week begins in Washington! The House returns from a recess week to take up the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. The Senate has passed a flawed reauthorization bill. The Senate version contains an unconstitutional expansion of tribal sovereignty, not to mention … More

    Inhofe to Senate: Don't Confirm Hagel

    Senator James Inhofe (R–OK) has sent a letter urging members to vote against confirming former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Defense Secretary. This letter follows on the heels of the letter from a group of 14 Senators urging President Obama to withdraw the nomination. The Senate returns from recess Monday, … More

    Filibuster Deal Harms Senate Minority

    On Thursday, the Senate approved two resolutions making both temporary and permanent procedural changes—to the detriment of the rights of the minority party as well as individual Senators on both sides of the aisle. The first resolution was in the form of a standing rule to be in place for … More

    Filibuster Deal Restricts Senators' Rights to Debate Judicial Nominees

    This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a potential filibuster deal that, among other problematic provisions, limits post-cloture debate on federal district court nominees (and non-Cabinet-level officials). Senators currently have up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the merits of … More

    Morning Bell: The Urgent Danger in the Senate

    Think your state has equal representation in the Senate? Well, that could be eliminated soon. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid—a Democrat from Nevada—is trying to ensure that he personally has the final say on all legislation. And under one plan being considered, only three other Senators would be allowed any … More

    Standing Filibuster Would Cause More Senate Delays

    In an interview on January 11, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) told a Nevada television station that the Senate would likely not take the radical step of overturning decades of Senate precedent to reinstate the “standing” or “talking” filibuster, which requires Senate members to be physically present to object … More

    Morning Bell: Will the Senate Minority Be Silenced?

    Life is good when you’re in the majority—and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) seems to believe he’ll be there forever. Reid has already effectively shut down the opportunity for minority Senators to offer amendments to bills. Now he is angling to change the Senate’s rules so that minority members … More

    Fiscal Cliff Looming, Senate Still Finds Time to Name Post Offices

    The country is poised to go over the “fiscal cliff” if Congress fails to act on impending tax hikes and sequestration cuts by December 31. All parties agree the results would be disastrous. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made clear on Thursday that he will not bring a bill … More