Filibuster

WATCH: Obama Slams Republicans for Blocking Minimum Wage Raise

WATCH: Obama Slams Republicans for Blocking Minimum Wage Raise
The Senate filibustered a vote on gradually raising the minimum wage to $10.10 over the course of the next couple years. Obama was none to pleased, and laid in to his GOP colleagues at a press conference Wednesday.
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Fighting Filibuster: Group Appealing Constitutionality of Senate Procedure Takes Case to DC Circuit Court

Fighting Filibuster: Group Appealing Constitutionality of Senate Procedure Takes Case to DC Circuit Court
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments yesterday in Common Cause et al. v. Biden et al., a constitutional challenge to the 60-vote filibuster rule.
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GOP Throws Hissy-Fit Talkathon to Protest Obama Nominees

GOP Throws Hissy-Fit Talkathon to Protest Obama Nominees
Angry Republican Senators unable to filibuster Obama appointees are instead impotently talking through the time allotted for discussion, setting up delays for confirmations but doing little else.
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Elizabeth Warren on GOP Filibusters: 'Caught in a Fight Over the Future of Our Courts'

Elizabeth Warren on GOP Filibusters: 'Caught in a Fight Over the Future of Our Courts'
The continued filibusters from Republican lawmakers — especially those of President Obama's judicial nominees for the D.C. circuit — aren't just political meandering. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., contends that the ardent opposition to these nominees are a "caught in a fight over the future of our courts." So will the courts be a neutral forum to decide disputes fairly or will they be stacked for the wealthy and powerful?
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End the Fili-Bluster

End the Fili-Bluster
The filibuster was never intended by the Founding Fathers, but today it's used indiscriminately, causing gridlock and uncertainty. A rules change alleviate some of the more nefarious consequences of the no-talk filibuster, or Fili-Bluster.
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Fili-Bruising: McConnell Says Dems 'Will Live to Regret' Senate Rule Changes

Fili-Bruising: McConnell Says Dems 'Will Live to Regret' Senate Rule Changes
Senators prepared for a potentially rancorous day Tuesday — even by recent standards of partisan unpleasantness — as Democratic leaders threatened to change filibuster rules to stop Republicans from blocking White House nominees for top executive jobs. Several Senate votes were scheduled to test whether Republicans will allow simple-majority confirmations of a handful of long-stalled nominations.
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Charles Babington
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Filibusted: Lawsuit Challenges Senate's Super-Majority Requirement

Filibusted: Lawsuit Challenges Senate's Super-Majority Requirement
We’re about to learn whether the third branch of government — the judiciary — can summon the will to confront the U.S. Senate and order that body to change its rules to comport with the Constitution. A brief that argues that the Constitution’s authors intended for most legislation rise or fall on the vote of a simple majority of senators was filed in D.C.'s U.S. Court of Appeals.
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During Filibuster, Rand Paul Praises Supreme Court Decision Allowing Exploitation of Workers

During Filibuster, Rand Paul Praises Supreme Court Decision Allowing Exploitation of Workers
In his 13-hour filibuster on Wednesday night, Rand Paul got one thing right - drone strikes on American citizens should not be allowed. However, as always with the Mad Doctor with the twisty curls, he simply cannot leave it at that. During his filibuster "defending" Americans he had to do what he does best - argue that employers should be able to ruthlessly exploit their workers.
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Broken Congress: The Filibuster is Fixable

Right now, all a Senator has to do to shut down a bill is declare a filibuster, then walk away. There’s absolutely nothing to stop partisans from filibustering almost every bill—and that’s exactly what we saw in the 112th Congress, the least productive in history.
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70% of NC Residents Favor Filibuster Reform

Under current Senate rules, it’s staggeringly easy for important legislation to be derailed. Just the threat of a filibuster by a minority of senators can stop a bill in its tracks — and we’ve seen it happen over and over. In 2009, the American Clean Energy and Security Act — which would have represented substantial progress in addressing the climate crisis — died in the Senate under the threat of a filibuster. Over the past six years, almost 400 Senate bills have stalled this way.
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