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    While Obama Remakes the Courts, Harry Reid Wants to Remake the Senate

    Every few months, it seems, Harry Reid (D-NV) threatens to upend the Senate so that he can push something through without following the rules. This time, it’s the President’s judicial nominees. President Obama is already well on his way to remaking federal courts in the liberal image, but Reid insists … 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

    Harry Reid's Nuclear Option: Will the Filibuster Survive?

    The filibuster, Senator Rand Paul’s (R–KY) tool when he stood 13 hours on the Senate floor in opposition to John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director, is under attack. The Democrat-controlled Senate, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV), is considering unprecedented changes to the filibuster—exercising the so-called “nuclear option”—in order … More

    Medicaid Expansion May Be Forced into Law in Montana

    The states play an important role in protecting citizens against this flawed federal health care law–from challenging the health care law before the Supreme Court, to resisting efforts to establish Obamacare exchanges or expand a failing Medicaid program, to offering alternative proposals that will ensure citizens are not left abandoned … 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

    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

    Lawsuit Claiming Filibuster Unconstitutional Dismissed

    Today, District of Columbia federal Judge Emmett Sullivan dismissed the frivolous lawsuit filed by Common Cause and Representatives Mike Michaud (D–ME), Hank Johnson (D–GA), John Lewis (D–GA), and Keith Ellison (D–MN) claiming that the Senate’s rule on filibustering is somehow unconstitutional. They were also joined by three illegal aliens who … More

    EVENT: Defending the Filibuster, the Soul of the Senate

    On Tuesday, December 11, at 11:00 a.m., Heritage will host a book event and a discussion with two well-known experts on the importance of maintaining the current rule governing the use of the filibuster in the Senate. In Defending the Filibuster, Richard A. Arenberg and Robert B. Dove argue that … More

    How to Make Harry Reid's Power Grab Work for Conservatives

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is expected to try to change the rules of the Senate to shut out the voices of the minority party in the new Congress. He calls it “filibuster reform,” but it is nothing more than a power grab by Senator Reid and the majority … More

    Senate Has an Un-Budget, Parliamentarian Rules

    Hats off to the Senate parliamentarian, who apparently has rebuffed the Democratic leadership’s latest excuse for failing to bring a budget to the floor—something the Senate hasn’t done for nearly three years. Since February, Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D–NV) and his lieutenants have claimed the Budget Control Act (BCA)—spawn … More