harry-reid

Wonkbook: Harry Reid’s bid to save the Senate

The only thing worse than a Senate where the majority has the power to govern is one where it doesn't.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Nov 22, 2013

The Senate might go nuclear today. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Harry Reid means by the nuclear option.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 16, 2013

READ: Harry Reid’s speech on how he’ll ‘save the Senate from becoming obsolete’

The Senate Majority Leader lays out his rationale for deploying the "nuclear option."

Mitch McConnell’s problem: How can he threaten to obstruct the Senate even more?

Why does a Senate majority rarely push filibuster reform? The minority can make the aftermath hellish.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jul 11, 2013

Wonkbook: Will Harry Reid really go nuclear?

There are two theories of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's threat to go nuclear and limit or even eliminate filibusters against executive-branch nominees.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Jul 10, 2013

How we broke the Senate without breaking any rules

Did you know there was a moment on Monday when Harry Reid could've done pretty much whatever he wanted?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 7, 2013

Harry Reid had a good reason to vote against the gun bill

Harry Reid supports Manchin-Toomey but he voted no. He had no choice.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 18, 2013

Why is Harry Reid always voting against his own plans?

Harry Reid voted to filibuster Chuck Hagel's nomination, then called the Hagel filibuster "one of the saddest spectacles I have witnessed in my twenty-seven years in the Senate." Here's why those two things aren't contradictory.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 17, 2013

Sen. Angus King on filibuster reform and life as a Senate independent

The freshman senator from Maine talks about watching the filibuster reform process unfold, and his plan to make government deadlines less dumb.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 2, 2013

Harry Reid: ‘I’m not personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold’

Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have come to a deal on filibuster reform. The deal is this: The filibuster will not be reformed. In an exclusive interview, Reid explains his thinking.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 24, 2013

What Mitch McConnell fears

Harry Reid's proposed filibuster reforms are quite modest. If they pass wholesale, the 60-vote supermajority requirement will remain unchanged. So why's McConnell so steamed? I've asked Senate staff this question, and I've gotten, in general, three answers.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 27, 2012

Mitch McConnell’s five biggest whoppers on the filibuster

Harry Reid's proposed changes to the filibuster are quite modest, and would do nothing to end the 60-vote supermajority requirement that now attends to most everything the Senate does. Nevertheless, McConnell was furious, and he took to the Senate floor today to explain why. But many of his arguments don't hold up.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 26, 2012

Majorities, not moderates, make legislating easier

It's conventional wisdom that the more moderates you have in Congress, the easier it'll be to get things done. But it's not true.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 26, 2012

The big surprise of 2009-2012: How the Tea Party passed and protected Obamacare

By driving Arlen Specter out of the Republican Party and pushing pure conservatives over more electable Republican candidates, the Tea Party gave Senate Democrats the majorities they needed to pass and protect the key accomplishments of Obama's presidency.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 6, 2012

Did last night’s tax vote count? Probably not.

One funny thing about the Senate's vote last night to extend the Bush tax cuts for income under $250,000: it was a vote of the Senate. Usually, taxing and spending bills originate in the House because of the "origination clause" in Article I of the Constitution. So Republicans think the bill's Senate origins mean it cannot become law.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 26, 2012