Thursday, January 27, 2011
The U.S. Senate is poised to vote today on a number of rules changes, from making it harder for individual senators to hold up legislation to potentially limiting the filibuster.Susan Liss, Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Mimi Marziani, counsel for the Democracy Program, explain the potential change to the filibuster. They are both authors of a new study released by the Brennan Center for Justice called “Filibuster Abuse.”
Monday, January 24, 2011
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
There are national debates we need to conduct, yet the Senate is held captive by a measure that, under the pretense of extending debate, actually prevents debates from ever taking place. Furthermore, there are times when a broad consensus exists across party aisles, yet secret steps allow individual Senators to scuttle this unity.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
By Solomon Kleinsmith : IAFC Blogger
I think many of the rule changes being floated by Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado make a whole heck of a lot of sense. I think it's insane that you need 60 votes to even bring a debate to the floor in the Senate, and why we haven't barred secret holds on legislation already is entirely beyond me.
But the wisdom of pushing for these common sense rule changes might be derailed by the overkill path the Democrats are using to get there.
Friday, February 05, 2010
Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich caught up with Vice President Joe Biden yesterday. Biden, who was traveling his old stomping grounds on Capitol Hill to swear in Senator Scott Brown, had some interesting things to say about the filibuster rule in the Senate.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The election of Republican Scott Brown as Massachusetts' new junior senator on Tuesday night sent shock waves through Washington. Politicians of on both sides of the aisle flocked to microphones to give their takes on the future of health care reform now that the Democrats no longer have the Senate 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. But how did we come to expect a 59-vote majority as a bad thing? We look at the history of the supermajority.