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Missouri Now Home to One of the Strictest Abortion Laws

GOP kills Dem filibuster to push through bill last night

(Newser) - Missouri is now one of two states requiring a 72-hour waiting period before having an abortion, with no exception for rape or incest, the AP reports. Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill—which he called "extreme and disrespectful" toward women—was overridden by the legislature by the... More »

Rand Paul: I'll Filibuster Drone Memo Author

He vows to block Obama judicial nominee

(Newser) - Rand Paul has vowed to do his best to block another President Obama nominee over drone policy. The GOP senator from Kentucky says he plans to filibuster the nomination of David Barron to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals over Barron's authorship of at least two memos justifying drone... More »

Senate Republicans Shoot Down Minimum Wage Hike

Vote fails to clear filibuster, 54-42, with all but one Republican dissenting

(Newser) - Senate Republicans today blocked a Democratic bill that would boost the federal minimum wage, handing a defeat to President Obama on a vote that is sure to reverberate in this year's congressional elections. The legislation by Sen. Tom Harkin would have gradually raised the $7.25 hourly minimum to... More »

Jobless Bill Clears Key Senate Vote in Squeaker

Republicans cross aisle for unexpected success

(Newser) - A bill to revive extended unemployment benefits squeaked through its first procedural vote 60-37, a narrow win that outlets including Politico are characterizing as a surprise. Six moderate Republican senators voted with Democrats to renew the recently expired benefits: Kelly Ayotte, Susan Collins, Dan Coats, Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, and... More »

Senate OKs New Homeland Security Chief

Jeh C. Johnson confirmed with help from new filibuster rules

(Newser) - Democrats used their newly initiated lower threshold for defeating filibusters yesterday to win Senate confirmation of President Obama's nomination of former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh C. Johnson to be secretary of Homeland Security. On a 57-37 vote, Democrats broke a GOP blockade against Johnson before the Senate minutes later... More »

Filibuster Vote Makes This a Momentous Congress

Ezra Klein says it was necessary in age of polarization, but not all agree

(Newser) - Today's vote in the Senate to curb the use of the filibuster has turned what was shaping up to be an "inconsequential" Congress into exactly the opposite, writes Ezra Klein at the Washington Post . "Indeed, this might prove to be one of the most significant congresses in... More »

Reid Passes 'Nuclear Option,' Changes Rules on Filibuster

Historic vote means presidential nominees need simple majority

(Newser) - The so-called "nuclear option" just happened: The Senate voted to weaken filibusters and make it all but impossible for Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts, reports the AP . While the filibuster can't be used on those nominations, it's... More »

Ted Cruz Wraps Up After 21-Plus Hours

His anti-ObamaCare speech ends; Senate moves ahead with debate on House bill

(Newser) - Ted Cruz managed to keep up his anti-ObamaCare crusade on the Senate floor for nearly a full day, but he finally relented about noon today, reports Politico . Cruz began speaking at 2:41pm Eastern yesterday and got some breaks from peers including Rand Paul and Mike Lee. But Cruz had... More »

Ted Cruz Still Standing, Reads Green Eggs and Ham

Marathon session passes 18-hour mark

(Newser) - As part of Sen. Ted Cruz's anti-ObamaCare talkathon—which he has vowed to keep up until he can no longer stand —he read the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham, to his daughters. "Daddy's going to be home soon, to read to you in person,... More »

Cruz Vows to Speak Until 'No Longer Able to Stand'

Texas senator rails against ObamaCare, but can't actually delay vote

(Newser) - It's filibuster-y, but apparently not a filibuster. Sen. Ted Cruz took the Senate floor about 2:40pm Eastern today and promised to speak against ObamaCare until he is "no longer able to stand," reports AP . It sounds like an "old-fashioned talking filibuster," says the Washington ... More »

Rand Paul Says He Won't Stage Syria Filibuster

He blames media for 'misinterpretation'

(Newser) - Rand Paul wants the US to steer clear of Syria, but he says he's not planning any filibusters to make that happen, reports the Huffington Post . Paul today blamed reports to the contrary on a "misrepresentation from the media." Here's the quote from yesterday, via the... More »

Post-Filibuster, Wendy Davis Rakes In $1.2M

But she won't announce if she'll run for governor for a few weeks

(Newser) - If Wendy Davis does decide to make a run for governor , she'll have some cash in her pockets to help fund the way. The Texas state senator raked in $1.2 million in the six weeks following her marathon filibuster , reports Politico . Most of it came from small donors—... More »

Democrats Did Kill the Filibuster

Wall Street Journal: It lives in theory but is dead in reality

(Newser) - So Harry Reid didn't exercise the "nuclear option" and thus kept intact Republicans' ability to filibuster presidential appointees, right? Wrong, declare the editors at the Wall Street Journal . Consider the filibuster dead in those situations—because what's to stop Democrats from making the same threat to kill... More »

Filibuster Lives: Senate Skirts 'Nuclear Option'

Most Obama picks will go through

(Newser) - The Senate's little version of the Bay of Pigs is over, and this one won't end with nukes, either. After much hemming and hawing and stern pronouncements, both sides reached a deal to avoid a showdown over filibuster rules , meaning Harry Reid won't use the so-called "... More »

It's Filibuster Showdown Time

No deal reached to avert Senate rule change

(Newser) - A historic showdown in the Senate is looming after a rare, closed-door meeting of all but two of the 100 senators failed to produce a deal to avoid a change to the chamber's rules. Unless lawmakers can hammer out a deal this morning, a vote this morning on the... More »

Reid, McConnell Feud Startles Chummy Senate

Senate leaders get personal over filibuster rules, 2014

(Newser) - Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have spent a combined 60 years in the Senate, and they've generally had an amicable relationship—but no more. Sticking points include the Democrats' attempt to oust McConnell in 2014; a super PAC led by former Reid aides is working against the minority leader... More »

Reid Blasts Senate: It 'Doesn't Work'

Dems look to use nuclear option to (kind of) kill the filibuster

(Newser) - Harry Reid says he's ready—no really, he means it this time—to use the so-called " nuclear option " to reform the filibuster. Reid says that unless Republicans allow him to move forward on a host of Obama administration nominees, he'll use a parliamentary maneuver to change... More »

Wendy Davis: I've Thought About a Run for Governor

She goes on media blitz after Texas filibuster

(Newser) - Since she successfully filibustered the Texas abortion bill, Wendy Davis has been on a bit of a media blitz. Asked about her gubernatorial ambitions on MSNBC last night, the state senator noted, "You know, I would be lying if I told you that I hadn’t had aspirations to... More »

Meet the Texan Who Filibustered the Abortion Bill

Wendy Davis: From single teen mom to Harvard Law grad

(Newser) - So who is this Wendy Davis, the Texas Democratic state senator who had much of the country enthralled yesterday as she led a 10-hour filibuster of an abortion bill that would ban the procedure after 20 weeks? Davis, 50, was raised by a single mother and also became a single... More »

Texas Lawmaker Trying to Kill Abortion Bill With Filibuster

State Sen. Wendy Davis has to make it until midnight local time

(Newser) - A Texas lawmaker is trying to keep sweeping new abortion restrictions from taking effect in the state, but she'll have to stay on her feet for about 13 hours to be successful. Democrat Wendy Davis began a filibuster at 11:18am local time and needs to make it until... More »

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