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Friday, January 25, 2013

A Little Change to the Senate Filibuster Rules

Posted by on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

But, it's not the huge progress people were hoping for:

“It’s some change,” Senator Elizabeth Warren, a freshman Democrat from Massachusetts, said with a shrug after being asked whether the new rules went far enough.

These new rules, adopted with rare bipartisan majorities, will maybe make things move a little faster in the Senate. Maybe. They also expire in 2015. And, the New York Times reports, "Senators will still not be required to actually talk or even be anywhere near the Capitol when they filibuster a bill."

What exactly was accomplished, then?

"Some procedural changes," Jonathan Chait reports, "the gist of which will be to make it harder for the minority to tie the Senate up in knots... Basically, what happened here is that the good government instinct met the senatorial ego, and the latter prevailed because it is the most powerful force on Earth."


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Eh, baby step in the right direction is still better than nothing. At least they're willing to admit it's a problem.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on January 25, 2013 at 9:37 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 7
but yertle the turtle promised reid they wouldn't be such petulant dicks this time. so expect lots to get done. we may even see some departments get directors in a few years!
Posted by Max Solomon on January 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
Reid wiffled this one.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM · Report this
This news, followed one day later by the news that a federal appeals panel has ruled unconstitutional Obama's recess appointment of three people to the Labor Relations Board. Good luck getting them confirmed by the next Senate. Essentially, we no longer have a Labor Relations Board, thanks to Republican opposition.
Same probably holds true for Obama's recess appointment to the Consumer Protection Bureau (now up for Senate confirmation) — all his actions over the past year are probably invalid and likely to be rescinded.
Posted by cheakamus on January 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Total lameness by the Dems, who are unable to deal with the certainty that eventually the GOP will have the Senate majority and an unwillingness to deal with the "old style" filibuster where you had to bust your ass publicly to block something. Fuck Harry Reid.
Posted by tiktok on January 25, 2013 at 8:22 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 3
So, the only way Obama can avoid being a lame duck now is leading by executive order? That blows.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on January 25, 2013 at 7:58 AM · Report this
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Posted by Tacoma Traveler on January 25, 2013 at 7:03 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 1
And this is why people don't join the Democratic Party in droves.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 25, 2013 at 6:11 AM · Report this

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