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Cat: Do the facts need repeating? Congress cannot enact any bill without passage by both chambers.

However, only the Senate can confirm Federal judges and SC justices to lifetime appointments, regardless of the House, no?

by Bernard on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 06:06:53 AM EST
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True: advice and consent of the senate.

True: The Republican Party is in majority in the current senate. The majority controls confirmation AND senate rules, of which cloture, of which quorum, of which filibuster (indefinite debate delay to vote on) every bill referred to that chamber by the House. Confirmation of every executive (Art. II) and judiciary officer is one type of bill, a resolution. Controlling authority originates in the senate per the US Constitution.

True: the Democratic Party agreed to alter senate rules, ostensibly to facilitate confirmation of Obama admin nominees. In fact, alteration of the rules did not subsequently favor confirmation of the backlog of Obama Art.III nominees, because the Republican Party was in majority of both chambers for the duration of his 2nd term.

In fact, before the "Reid Rule" (simple majority, "nuclear option") was agree in the senate (2013), Reid personally read every provision of the PPACA as amendments to a high way appropriation bill, passed by the House, in order to circumvent Republican and Democratic opposition to it in both chambers. That is what Obama signed before the bill was even passed conformed bi-cameral conforming committee.

In fact, Democratic senators have not impeded confirmation of Trump nominees to date. That is not bleeing news. McConnell has now invoked the "nuclear option" for the press merely to clear procedural schedule and, quite possibly, to emphasize the party's dominance over both chambers.

The Democratic Party has been infested for a long time with self-servin sumbitches who understand only one political instrument: patronage. That corporation is not an political party in opposition to faction.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 01:26:00 PM EST
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s/b "before the bill was even referred by bi-cameral conforming committee for signature.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 01:31:16 PM EST
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Warren to escalate call for Democrats to end 60-vote rule [sic], with Al Sharpton media franchise
"she will say that 'the filibuster was used as a tool to block progress on racial justice [sic].'"

## Mental disorder is a communicable disease.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 03:14:53 PM EST
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Keep in mind that the US of A was supposedly set up as a republic, not a direct democracy. There are all sorts of anti-democratic features still in place. Things like the filibuster, the electoral college, and the Senate itself are either good ideas or bad ideas, depending on how you feel about republics compared to democracies...
by asdf on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 04:42:19 PM EST
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Cat: McConnell has now invoked the "nuclear option" for the press merely to clear procedural schedule and, quite possibly, to emphasize the party's dominance over both chambers.
??

I thought the Dems controlled the house since the beginning of the year.

by Bernard on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 08:29:48 PM EST
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Congress cannot enact any bill without passage by both chambers.

Democratic Party majority in the House is useless without corresponding control in the US Senate.

That may be corresponding party majority in the senate; it may amount to addition of so-called moderate opposition party senators willing to trade, "log roll", their vote for unrelated favors in one or both chambers --as when a senator introduces a bill needing companion legislation introduced in the House.

The House can pass any damn bill they want. The House can carry on about OVERSIGHT! The House can carry on about suing other federal agencies -- and SCOTUS won't touch it, because scope of jurisdiction does not extend case or controversy clause to disputes within the federal government.

House could introduce and pass an impeachment bill, affirming any pretext tomorrow; it has no legal effect. Congressional rules are above the law of ordinary people, and this side show will not alone remove the president. Conviction, legal authority, is vested only in the senate.

The ONLY bill that the Senate might be induced to agree is an appropriation bill. Only appropriations originate in the House of Representatives per US Constitution; referral is controlled by its Ways & Means Subcommittee chair. Conversely, this referred bill is subject to amendment by the senate before it is passed, enrolled (for conforming mark-up of texts by a bicameral committee), and referred to the president for signature. See?

The House is the weaker chamber. That is most certainly the "founding fathers" intent and legacy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 11:10:22 PM EST
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I was waiting for that.
3 Jan Pelosi not ruling out impeachment proceedings
SCHIFF:"I presume it ends with Donald Trump being voted out of office."
PELOSI: "We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason."

4 Jan Schiff throws cold water on impeaching Trump
"If there's to be grounds for impeachment of President Trump -- and I'm not seeking those grounds -- that would have to be so clearly bipartisan in terms of acceptance of it before I think we should go down any impeachment path," Pelosi told USA Today on Friday.

4 Jan Trump claims Pelosi told him House Democrats don't want to impeach him
The president alleged that Pelosi said directly to him Friday, "We're not looking to impeach you," and recounted his response as, "That's good Nancy."

6 Jan Dems split in response to 'impeach the motherf---er' comment
Democratic leadership has been hesitant to call for the impeachment of Trump, instead arguing that Democrats should wait for the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

6 Jan Calls for impeachment 'premature'
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) said, "I'm a former federal prosecutor and we certainly never made charging decisions before the FBI finished their investigation," she said.
oh, yes, I've been collecting. There's miles more rail right up to the punk ass WaPoo OpEd, "Democrats Hypocrisy" and NYT headline, "Impeaching Trump Is 'Not Worth It,' Nancy Pelosi Says" (11-12 March). Worth what? Impugning DCCC rule of a dung heap.

From the very beginning of the 116th session, the leadership knew it had neither interest in nor "evidence" of crimes to vindicate the majority won in the mid-term. They had no intention of rewarding their "small donors" with the show trial they so desperately wanted. DCCC just wound up the Dem Party irregulars like tops on a waxed floor and let 'em loose, while they carried out their despicable domestic and foreign collusions with the opposition.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 11:51:58 PM EST
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(merits duplication in "The situation here is still pretty psychotic")

Big Dem names show little interest in Senate

Senate Democrats had the opportunity to recruit a murderers' row of popular and tested candidates with proven fundraising abilities in a handful of key states up for election next year as they seek a path back to the majority. ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 09:29:16 PM EST
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