WASHINGTON (AP) — With a powerful new tool, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has fresh options for potentially advancing President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package and other priorities past Republican obstruction in the 50-50 split Senate.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Senate split 50-50, leaders of the Democratic majority are looking for ways to advance their priorities and President Joe Biden's agenda around the typical 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster by opponents.
At his first official White House news conference Thursday, President Joe Biden said he agreed with former President Barack Obama that the filibuster is “a relic of the Jim Crow era.” I disagree. How can you have a “relic” of something that’s still going on?
Before the November election, pressure had been mounting from the Democratic left to eliminate the filibuster, leading Republicans to charge t…
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Add the issue of abortion rights to the list of items South Carolina General Assembly members will attempt to tackle during t…
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky single-handedly triggered the shortest shutdown in history with a filibuster that forced the Senate to miss a midnight deadline to approve a spending deal that Paul regarded as wasteful. As a result, the government technically ran out of money at 12:01 a.m. that Friday. But Congress members worked through the night and approved the bill at roughly 5:30 a.m. the same day, allowing the government to function normally with no interruptions.
Franklin Roosevelt, afflicted by the disease at age 39, died in April 1945 at the polio recuperation facility he had created in Warm Springs, Georgia. Before then, Mitch McConnell living in Five Points, Alabama, began going there for treatment for the polio that struck him at age 2, in 1944.
The Senate's coming confirmation of Neil Gorsuch will improve the Supreme Court, and Democrats' incontinent opposition to him will inadvertently improve the Senate -- if Republicans are provoked to thoroughly reform the filibuster. If eight Democrats will not join the 52 Republicans in providing 60 votes to end debate and bring Gorsuch's nomination to a vote, Republicans should go beyond extending to Supreme Court nominees the prohibition of filibusters concerning other judicial nominees. Senate rules should be changed to rectify a mistake made 47 years ago.
Thumbs down to the possibility of two Martin Luther King Jr. Day walks in Florence. One is enough. We had one in each of the past 17 years that was led by Florence City Councilman Ed Robinson. He died in March, but his widow and others want to carry on the walk. Organizers say Pat Gibson-Hye Moore, who was elected to replace Robinson on the council, wants to start a separate walk. Moore isn’t say much now. “You will hear from us in due time,” she said Wednesday. We aren’t taking sides for now in this matter. We’ll wait until we hear from Moore before we cast judgment. We just want to express disappointment. Shame, shame, shame. Can’t we all just get along? Can’t they talk this over and work this out so we can have one walk that brings the whole community together? Come on. It’s called unity. Martin Luther King Jr. was its biggest advocate.
We cannot hide our disappointment. We must express our frustration.
WASHINGTON — Democrats have used the Senate's newly eased filibuster procedures to clear the way for confirmation of the man President Barack Obama wants to become a top housing regulator.
So Thom Anderson does not like the filibuster used in the Senate. Was he saying the same thing back in the late 50’s and early 60’s when our Senator, Strom Thurmond, used it? He also does not like the gerrymandering used to load the Congress one way or the other. At least he was right in saying it is used in both parties. What does he think about the Electoral College, where large population states elect our president?
Graham has been very clear about his views on filibustering judicial nominees.
All that matters is how long you can go without – let’s be blunt here – peeing.
Rand v. Strom: battle of the filibuster
WASHINGTON -- John Brennan's nomination to lead the CIA was delayed Wednesday by a one-senator filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., about concerns about the legality of drone strikes against U.S. citizens overseas.