The Plum Line: Filibuster


Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/12/2013

On Senate reform, Dems should aim higher

They are showing admirable persistence in pushing nominations through, but the remaining dysfunction demands more.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:28 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster without end

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 11/29/2013

Dems should not hesitate to further streamline the Senate rulebook

Dems have already changed the rules; they shouldn’t stop now.

By Ryan Cooper  |  02:18 PM ET, 11/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Senate

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 11/22/2013

Pundits bemoan end of filibuster

They admit Dems were justified in resorting to the nuclear option, yet criticize them for it, anyway.

By Ryan Cooper  |  03:20 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 11/21/2013

For liberals, a long crusade finally pays off in reform

Senator Jeff Merkley reflects on today’s big news out of the Senate.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:49 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 11/21/2013

The Senate has gone nuclear. Here’s what’s next.

Dems make their move. What will the new Senate actually look like?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:23 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Harry Reid is set to go nuclear

The Senate Majority Leader believes Republicans cannot retreat from the position they’ve adopted in blocking Obama’s judicial nominations -- leaving Dems only one option.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:10 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Here comes the showdown on the filibuster (again)

If Republicans continue blocking key court appointments, Harry Reid and the Democrats will have no choice.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:53 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Senate

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 10/29/2013

The filibuster must die

The long term success of the Democratic agenda depends on it.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:48 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 07/29/2013

And now we find out: Will the Senate nominations deal hold?

Key votes coming this week in the Senate on several important executive-branch positions.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:44 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, James Comey, Nominations, Senate

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 07/16/2013

By standing firm, Dems win nuclear standoff, though filibuster remains

Democrats find a way to fracture the GOP hostility to basic governing.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:51 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 07/15/2013

Top Senate liberals: We support changing rules no matter who controls Senate

Yes, the GOP may control the Senate after 2014. But changing the rules may be the only reasonable thing to do, anyway.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:50 PM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 07/12/2013

Reminder: Democrats don't want to change the filibuster

Harry Reid will only go nuclear if Republicans leave him no choice.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:00 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster without end

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 07/11/2013

Harry Reid escalates nuclear threat in a big way

Republicans are given one last chance to avoid Armageddon

By Greg Sargent  |  11:57 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Do Senate Dems have the votes for the `nuclear option'?

Frank Lautenberg's passing has made it harder for Dems to get the 51 votes they need to change Senate rules, though all is not lost.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Obama says GOP obstruction of nominations is 'unprecedented.' What if he's right?

This needn't remain a he-said-she-said dispute. There are actual facts we can point to in an effort to determine who's right.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:57 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Filibuster without end

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 05/30/2013

A simple way for Republicans to avoid the "nuclear option"

This is on the Senate GOP. If Harry Reid is forced to revisit rules reform, it will be Republicans' fault.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:52 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Harry Reid escalates `nuclear' threat

As GOP obstructionism continues, the Senate Majority Leader looks set to revisit filibuster reform.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:03 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Filibuster without end

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Harry Reid eyeing July for the `nuclear option'

The Senate Majority Leader is increasingly looking at revisiting filibuster reform if GOP obstructionism continues at its current pace.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:49 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fiibuster without end, Filibuster

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Where is the line, Harry Reid?

What will it take for Democrats to revisit filibuster reform?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:39 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Filibuster without end

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Dear Dems: Stop threatening filibuster reform unless you really mean it

If Democrats have no intention of genuinely revisiting rules reform, they shouldn't mislead their supporters on this point.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:34 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 03/19/2013

How many filibusters will it take?

With two more GOP filibusters of Obama nominees on tap, Harry Reid simply must threaten to reform the filibuster -- the right way, this time.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:51 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Talking filibusters are good for democracy

Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster finally elicits the answer he'd hoped for from the Obama administration.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:49 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, rand paul

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Remember, Harry Reid: The problem goes well beyond Chuck Hagel

Even if Hagel is confirmed, we now know that GOP obstructionism will continue -- which means Reid must threaten to revisit filibuster reform.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:35 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Keep the threat of filibuster reform alive, Harry Reid

There is absolutely no reason for Democrats not to make it clear that if GOP obstructionism continues, they will revisit filibuster reform

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:17 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/24/2013

No price for unprecedented obstructionism and destructive governance

The bipartisan filibuster reforms will fix everything accept the massive, overarching problem the push for reform was originally designed to address.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Why Senate reform fizzled (for now)

Real reform was not going to happen. There were two many factors lining up against it -- not least that Senators don't really want it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:09 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 01/10/2013

GOP spirals deeper and deeper into obstructionism

Republican opposition to Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary is not business as usual.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:39 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Jack Lew, Republicans, Treasury

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/03/2013

The Morning Plum: Media shouldn't get rolled by GOP debt ceiling spin

News accounts are portraying the looming debt limit standoff as a standard Washington negotiation. It isn't.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, filibuster reform, fiscal cliff, Immigration, Morning Plum

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Filibuster reform is in serious trouble

The current bipartisan package of reforms being considered is so weak as to be meaningless.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:03 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Senate

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 12/28/2012

A filibuster reform compromise could work -- but probably won't

There's a good deal to be had on Senate reform, but it doesn't appear to be the likely outcome.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:45 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Senate

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 12/24/2012

The filibuster and the judicial crisis

Every empty seat on a federal bench is another reason why Senate reform is essential.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:22 PM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Is filibuster reform at risk?

If labor and liberal groups don't mobilize right now, the filibuster rules changes may get watered down -- squandering a great opportunity for real reform.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:36 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, Filibuster, Senate

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Hey liberals! Time to ratchet up pressure on filibuster reform

If liberals want real reform, they need to press hard -- now.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:53 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Harry Reid, Senate

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 12/04/2012

A deal on Senate rules that Mitch McConnell shouldn't refuse

Would Mitch McConnell be willing to back up his filibuster rhetoric which has now apparently become the standard GOP talking points against reform, if one looks at today's alarmingly weak National Review item about the Senate with a deal?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:49 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 12/03/2012

How involved will Obama get in fight for filibuster reform?

The White House and Obama's political operation may need to get involved in the push for filibuster reform. Will they?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:44 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, Filibuster, Harry Reid, Senate