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    Filibuster or Not, the D.C. Circuit Still Doesn’t Need More Judges

    Today the Senate is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Patricia Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) successfully deployed the “nuclear option” to eliminate Senate Republicans’ ability to filibuster appellate and district court nominees, he can … More

    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

    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

    Third Time’s a Charm? Another Federal Appellate Court Smacks Down Obama Recess Appointments

    This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit invalidated the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) unfair labor practice decisions against two companies based on President Obama’s illegal recess appointments in violation of the Recess Appointments Clause. This is the third appellate court to consider the issue—and President … More

    Harry Reid Still Going Nuclear

    Under the false pretenses of conservative obstructionism, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is threatening use of the “nuclear option” to force the confirmation of seven controversial nominees. The outcome of Reid’s nuclear warfare would be to change the Senate rules so that only a simple majority would be required … 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

    Obama's Recess Appointments Struck Down

    On Friday morning, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously struck down President Obama’s alleged “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The appointments were made over a year ago, so the ruling potentially invalidates a number of actions taken by the NLRB since … 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: 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

    The Secret Hold is Good for Small Government

    The Senate is engaging in a debate today on a Wyden/Grassley Amendment to the War Supplemental spending bill that will further restrict the rights of minority members in the Senate to slow passage of expensive legislation and controversial nominees. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have an amendment … More