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New Senate Rule Could Be a Game-Changer

Reconciliation process can be used multiple times

(Newser) - A ruling on the budget reconciliation rules from the Senate parliamentarian may not sound like a particularly exciting development—but it could have massive implications for the future of President Biden's agenda. Elizabeth MacDonough's Monday night ruling could be a game-changer because it gives Senate Majority Leader Chuck...

Highlights From Biden's First Press Conference

'This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle,' he says of rules to change voting laws

(Newser) - President Biden conducted his first press conference since assuming office, one in which he doubled the nation's vaccination goal and said he expected to run for re-election in 2024. But Biden faced questions on a host of other issues, including immigration and the filibuster. Highlights:
  • Immigration: He disputed the
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If Filibuster Goes, Trump Has Advice for Republicans

Don't show up for votes, former president advises

(Newser) - Former President Trump continues to raise his public profile , this time in a podcast interview in which he weighs in on DC's filibuster debate . If Democrats get rid of the filibuster, "it will be catastrophic for the Republican party," Trump said on the Truth with Lisa Boothe ...

Biden Supports Return of 'Talking Filibuster'

He says under current rules, 'democracy is having a hard time functioning'

(Newser) - Remember when filibusters meant lawmakers who wanted to hold up a bill actually had to talk on the Senate floor for a long time? President Biden does. The president, who was a senator for 36 years and has generally seemed resistant to changing its rules, says he would support a...

McConnell: If Filibuster Goes, Expect 'Scorched-Earth Senate'

He says move would backfire badly on Democrats

(Newser) - Abolishing the filibuster is not a road Democrats should even consider going down, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Tuesday. The Republican said that if Democrats do away with the legislative filibuster, as some progressives are pushing for, the Senate would become a "100-car pileup." He vowed that...

Biden Faces Big Decision Early With Congress
Biden Faces
an 'Early Test'
in Congress
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Biden Faces an 'Early Test' in Congress

Should he work on compromise for COVID relief or push it through with a parliamentary maneuver?

(Newser) - The Senate has been in a kind of legislative limbo since the election, but that ended Monday night when Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer ended a stalemate on how to move forward. Now comes the task of actually passing legislation, including a COVID relief measure with its accompanying relief checks...

McConnell Wants a Deal on Filibusters

Issue keeps negotiations over Senate control stalled

(Newser) - Republicans and Democrats are negotiating how to split control of the Senate for the next two years, and there's one custom that Mitch McConnell wants to protect: the filibuster. His rivals aren't buying it, the Hill reports. "We're not going to give him what he wishes,...

Harry Reid: If Dems Win, Give GOP 'No More Than 3 Weeks'

The former Senate leader has advice about the filibuster

(Newser) - Former Senate leader Harry Reid says if Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, Joe Biden should take "no more than three weeks" to test bipartisanship before ending the filibuster so Democrats can overcome what they call Republican obstruction and pass bills. The retired Nevada Democrat told the AP...

Senate Triggers the 'Nuclear Option'
Senate Goes 'Nuclear.'
Now, a Bigger Question
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Senate Goes 'Nuclear.' Now, a Bigger Question

Will the filibuster die for regular legislation, too?

(Newser) - Neither party budged, and now the "nuclear option" has been invoked in the Senate. Republicans on Thursday changed the chamber's rules to break the Democrats' filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, reports the AP . The change, allowing Republicans to end debate with a simple majority instead of...

Dems Filibuster Gorsuch, 55-45
Dems Filibuster Gorsuch, 55-45

Dems Filibuster Gorsuch, 55-45

Next up: The nuclear option

(Newser) - Senate Democrats have successfully, if temporarily, blocked President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, reports the AP . The Senate voted 55-45 Thursday to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. Republicans, however, are planning to unilaterally change Senate rules to remove a 60-vote filibuster requirement for Gorsuch and all...

Senate Dems Reach Magic Number to Block Gorsuch

41 nays mean GOP would have to resort to 'nuclear option' on filibuster

(Newser) - The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is poised to go nuclear. Senate Democrats now have 41 votes against him, enough to hold up his nomination in the Senate by means of a filibuster, reports the AP . In order to circumvent the filibuster, Republicans would have to change...

Nuclear Option Looks Likely in Gorsuch Confirmation Fight

Dems are closing in on 41 votes

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is going to be confirmed one way or another, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed on Sunday —and the Democrats appear ready to have it done the hard way. Senate Democrats are closing in on the 41 votes needed to block the confirmation, making...

When Did SCOTUS Nominations Get Nasty? In the Beginning

The first president to have a Supreme Court nominee rejected in the Senate: Washington

(Newser) - Merrick Garland never got a hearing, and Neil Gorsuch looks headed for a highly partisan showdown this week that could see the first successful filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee since the 1960s and Senate rules rewritten as Republicans try to put him in the seat that's been empty...

GOP Struggling to Dodge Gorsuch Filibuster

The 'nuclear option' is looking more likely

(Newser) - Neil Gorsuch is on course to become the first Supreme Court nominee to be successfully filibustered since the 1960s—and potentially the last to be filibustered in American history. The Republicans appear increasingly unlikely to get the eight Democrats' votes they need in the Senate to reach 60 and break...

Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch Will Be Harry Reid's Fault

According to conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer

(Newser) - There'll be one person to blame for for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and it isn't Mitch McConnell or President Trump. "God bless Harry Reid," Charles Krauthammer writes in the Washington Post . The conservative commentator argues that while Trump nominated Gorsuch and McConnell kept his seat...

15-Hour Filibuster Lands Deal for Gun Control Vote

GOP agrees to vote on 2 amendments

(Newser) - After almost 15 hours of filibustering, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy declared victory early Thursday morning, saying he had secured a Senate vote on gun control measures. The Connecticut senator, who cited the Sandy Hook massacre when he launched the filibuster Wednesday morning, called it a day at 2:11am, the...

Senate Democrats Are Filibustering for Gun Control

'I am prepared to ... talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can'

(Newser) - Senate Democrats, led by Connecticut's Chris Murphy, launched a surprise filibuster Wednesday morning to pressure Republicans on gun control, Politico reports. “I am prepared to stand on the Senate floor and talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can," Murphy tweets...

Record-Setting Filibuster Ends —After 9 Days

Or 192 hours and 25 minutes to be exact

(Newser) - Think Wendy Davis' 10-hour filibuster was impressive? That was nothing compared to what dozens of lawmakers in South Korea just accomplished in the country's first filibuster in 47 years. For 192 hours and 25 minutes—or almost nine days—beginning Feb. 23, opposition Members of Parliament rambled on in...

Obama's Iran Deal Now Looks Safe in Congress

Numbers just aren't there for the GOP to override a veto

(Newser) - The numbers are adding up for President Obama on Iran. It now appears that his nuclear deal—which he defended in a letter last week—will make it through Congress because it's "nearly mathematically impossible for GOP leaders to build a veto-proof majority in either the House or...

7 Dems Join Rand Paul's Patriot Act 'Filibuster'

He slams NSA surveillance for nearly 11 hours

(Newser) - Rand Paul spoke for nearly 11 hours yesterday against the Patriot Act and NSA surveillance programs, but the senator didn't hold the Senate floor alone—seven Democrats and three other Republicans, including Ted Cruz, took the floor at times, Politico reports. The House has passed a measure to reform...

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