Thursday, November 21, 2013

Big News: Senate just changed filibuster rules … it's gonna get really interesting now … by gimleteye

The partisan battles that have paralyzed Washington in recent years took a historic turn on Thursday, when Senate Democrats eliminated filibusters for most presidential nominations, severely curtailing the political leverage of the Republican minority in the Senate and assuring an escalation of partisan warfare. The rule change means federal judge nominees and executive-office appointments can be confirmed by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote super majority that has been required for more than two centuries.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another great reason to make sure the Democrats maintain a majority in the Senate. Imagine what happens when the tables are turned.

Anonymous said...

We will have a bunch of crazy people controlling everything! I am imaging, imagining. . . They had to do it. All these judicial appointments on hold. They had no choice. Too many crazy republicans in Congress. The business of the country must go on.

Anonymous said...

It is easy to see why it is important for Bill Nelson to sit tight, be a team player, and stay in place.

Chauncey said...

Can't wait to hear the hypocrite Dems whine next year after they lose the Senate. Every vote will be a simple majority vote. No more cloture. No more one senator holds. I love it. Be careful what you wish for.

Anonymous said...

Republicans will never get control again. They would completely destroy this country. No one who loves this country would ever trust them again.

k said...

does the last anon have his head in the sand? thanks to obamacare, there will be a republican tsunami in november.

after all the lying and incompetence, the democrats have never been more despised. america hates them.

god bless you, obama!

Anonymous said...

Put all your hopes in the fumbles on the roll-out of Obamacare. What you haven't figured out is that Americans are eagerly waiting to sign up. Many of the people who have insurance in name only (IINO) once they can get into a website and learn what they can get, will be dumping those IINO policies that take their money and give them little in return. So keep depending on Obamacare.

Orlando said...

Obamacare is just icing on the cake for the GOP. The Republican Party already dominates the majority of state legislatures (28-17) and governorships (30-20). Highest percentages in history. The reason Dems want illegal aliens to become citizens is because their party is becoming extinct. :-)

Anonymous said...

Reid just insured almost all house members their re elections in 2014 on both sides of the aisle which means the GOP will retain control. He just insured a major proxy battle looming over us with the budget battle.

Obama is limited by our constitution but keeps using executive power and keeps teetering that line with it to the point he may be crossing it.

With all the spin set aside, it is a sad day for our rule of law. Who did or didn't do what is kind of irrelevant to me because it boils down to a hissy fit at the expense of our framers. That is sad and unacceptable.

There are no winners here. We, the people, have lost and have been losing. Even though we had "fair districts" in Florida, they're being ignored. Prison populations counts in Florida during redistricting, hence look at our North Florida rep's. Most States no longer allow this, Rick Scott gladly does, while trying to implode our voter roles.

Use whatever argument you want. Reid should have controlled himself. The Dem's need a new leader. Reid reminds me of the walking dead. Too power hungry and out of touch with reality. The GOP needs to take it back a step and stop getting stuck on stupid or ideology so far out of the mainstream it's like falling down a rabbit hole listening to anyone so far right as Reid is far too left.

This is plain out wrong. The people will suffer while the politicians remain fat and happy, and fat could simply mean their bank accounts with benefits paid for by us.

Anonymous said...

Reid had no choice but to eliminate the use of the filibuster against judicial and executive branch nominees. Appointing people to the courts and to their administrations is one of the main things presidents do. In the entire history of the country there have been 168 presidential nominees filibustered. Half of them have been with all other presidents combined (86), and the other half (82) against President Obama's nominees.

Republicans have no real objection to the people Obama nominates, some of them are republicans, just the fact that he is President and these are his nominees. So now republican obstructionism can not stand in the way of the country moving on. There are 93 vacancies in the federal courts and now they can be appointed with a simple majority vote. The country moves on.

Anonymous said...

It probably would have been smarter if the republicans would have let some of them through at least the republican nominees, and a few of the democrats. At least the numbers wouldn't look like there were crazy people in the senate. But just like the government shutdown, they over reached. And to continue to conduct the business of the United States, the senate had to change their rules.

Anonymous said...

The Dems have opened the floodgates. The Senate now has the same rules as the House. Cant wait for the inevitable Republican administration!

Anonymous said...

Republicans will probably never get the keys to the car again. They are too irresponsible to be trusted to lead the country and the free world.