Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
Senate goes for 'nuclear option', Nov 2013
"Invoking the long-threatened "nuclear option" means that most of President Barack Obama's judicial and executive branch nominees no longer need to clear a 60-vote threshold to reach the Senate floor and get an up-or-down vote. ... Speaking at the White House, Obama praised the Senate action, accusing Republicans of attempting to block his nominees based on politics alone, not on the merits of the nominee."

And credit for the nuclear option goes to..., Nov 2013
Communication Workers of America, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, and short attention-span theatre groups

MANCHIN ONLY SENATOR TO VOTE AGAINST NUCLEAR OPTION IN 2013, 2017 AND TODAY, 2019
shadenfreude: "In 2013, Harry Reid and the Democrats voted to change the rules to end the filibuster with a lower threshold for cabinet-level nominees and federal judges. Senator Manchin was one of only three Democratic Senators to oppose this vote."

::
'Nuclear' fallout in Senate might take some time to register

Democrats show no immediate signs they are contemplating retaliation
Do the facts need repeating? Congress cannot enact any bill without passage by both chambers.
And there was no real effort by the Democratic minority at dilatory motions: They didn't demand meaningless quorum calls or other procedural votes.

Much of the floor debate focused on the exchanging of blame over Senate obstruction rather than any long-lasting consequences for the body of the latest moves, though West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III did channel his late predecessor, Sen. Robert C. Byrd. himself



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 07:37:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Others have rated this comment as follows:

Display:

Top Diaries

Occasional Series