For the first time since 2009, Senate Democrats will pass a full budget. That work falls to Sen. Patty Murray, the new head of the Budget Committee. Here's how she's selling her colleagues on her plan.
Republicans have threatened to shut the Senate down if Democrats go through with their proposed changes to the filibuster. So how would that work exactly? And would Republicans really go through with it?
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.
Today in Wonkbook: Reid and McConnell clash over the filibuster, special coverage of the austerity crisis, turnover in the Cabinet and federal agencies, the Supreme Court, and our continuing coverage of the economy, health care, and energy.
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.
In 2008, Barack Obama promised to change the way Washington works. In 2013, we might actually see that change. But it won’t be because Obama was reelected. It'll be because Senate Democrats -- both new and old -- decide to reform the filibuster.