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    Filibuster Reform Just the Latest Senate Power Grab

    Senator Harry Reid (D–NV) wants to limit the filibuster now that he has retained his position as majority leader. In July of this year, The Washington Post reported that Reid “is now openly promising to pass filibuster reform in the beginning of the next Congress if Democrats manage to hold … More

    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

    Cyber Legislation's Groundhog Day

    Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D–NV) has announced that the Senate will again consider cybersecurity legislation when it returns from its election recess. The move comes in response to another in a series of apocalyptic pronouncements about our cyber vulnerabilities—this one from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who is warning … More

    Note to Senator Reid: Cybersecurity Differences Are About Policy, Not Politics

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) recently promised to bring cybersecurity legislation back to the Senate floor during the lame-duck session of Congress. He also praised President Obama’s draft of a cybersecurity executive order while blaming “Republicans engaging in Tea Party-motivated obstruction” for the Senate’s failure to pass the Cybersecurity … More

    Don't Play Politics with the Nation's Security

    The political grandstanding around sequestration is shameful. As Bob Woodward described in his book The Price of Politics, the present crisis was not the product of ineptitude or misplaced priorities (who would have thought those would be considered lesser evils?). It has been caused by the conscious decisions of political … More

    Senator Rand Paul on the "Charade and Farce" of Debate in the Senate

    On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R–KY) requested a vote on two amendments to S.3457, the Veterans Jobs Corps Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) blocked a vote on those amendments and has not allowed a free and fair debate on a very important issue to the American people. The … More

    XpressWest High-Speed Rail Project: Speeding Toward a Taxpayer Bailout

    Outdated forecast data containing rosy economic assumptions and signaling potential cost overruns plagues the planned $6.9 billion XpressWest high-speed rail project connecting Victorville, CA, to Las Vegas, NV, according to a new Reason Foundation report. If it fails, the seriously flawed plan could put taxpayers on the hook for billions. … More

    Morning Bell: Has Any Administration Policy NOT Killed Jobs Lately?

    Congress has headed off for its long vacation-and-campaign season, fleeing Washington as the unemployment rate rises. According to the Labor Department’s July jobs report, the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent, 12.8 million Americans are out of work, and 5.2 million have been out of work for at least … More

    Senate Republicans Have Spoken: No Votes on Judges Until After the Election

    On Monday night, Senate Democrats failed to reach 60 votes to cut off debate on the nomination of Robert E. Bacharach to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. In a 56–34 vote, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) was successful in holding a majority of Republicans together … More

    Hidden Effects of the Sequestration Cuts to Defense

    One of the interesting and disturbing aspects of the ongoing debate about how the sequestration cuts will gut the defense budget by nearly $500 billion over the next 10 years has been the stance of the major defense contractors. Their position has started to shift. As the battle in Washington … More