filibuster

McConnell: We Have The Votes To Change Filibuster On SCOTUS Nominees

Kerry Pickett, Daily Caller

“It appears as if cloture will not be invoked but we will find out Thursday, but either way we will be moving towards confirming Judge Gorsuch Friday,” McConnell said. McConnell assured that legislative filibusters would remain intact and not a “single member” wants to see the legislative filibuster go away.

Nuke Them, Mitch

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

McConnell doesn’t even need to use the nuclear option to destroy a filibuster of Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, though to do so is more than warranted by Schumer’s irresponsible statements. It might even be more entertaining were he to require, in order to sustain the filibuster, that the Democrats actively hold the Senate floor. He ought to tell Schumer to supply his people with lots of Red Bull, protein bars, and adult diapers, if they planned on filibustering Gorsuch — because they’d be up all night.

House Freedom Caucus surrenders while Rand Paul plans filibuster

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Ryan is tacitly allowing Boehner’s big-government package through—and most members of the House Freedom Caucus are letting him to do it. Rand Paul believes all the House Freedom Caucus members who have supported Ryan’s speakership should consider withdrawing their support if Ryan doesn’t join the Senator’s efforts to kill the bill.

McConnell Finds His Go-To Dems

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Senate R's are reaching out to about 9 Dems they see as crucial swing votes in the new Congress. With his 54-seat majority, Senate Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell is 6 votes short of overcoming Dem. filibusters, making bipartisan support a necessity for getting most legislation to Obama’s desk.

Memo to Senate GOP Caucus: Don't Restore The Filibuster

Hugh Hewitt, TownHall

A serious, full statement on what Reid did and why the response has to roll out over 4 years serves both the institution, the base, and the goal of finely moving to take control of the narrative and establish a framework through which the actions of the next 2 years will be understood.

Senate GOP Zero In on How to Gut Obamacare

David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner

Senate R's will likely move to gut Obamacare after they assume the majority next year by using a parliamentary maneuver that would allow them to skirt an expected Democratic filibuster, GOP sources said.

Changing the Rules, Changing America: The Senate and Judicial Supremacy

Over the past 60 years, liberals have stealthily and intermittently begun confirming radical activists to the courts, consistently using Senate procedure to shut conservatives out of the federal nomination process while creating the illusion that they are filibustering. The result: liberal judges who legislate from the bench. Call your Senator now and urge him to oppose Obama's 9th Circuit Court nomination, Michelle Friedland.

Senate Budget Deal Vote No Slam Dunk

Manu Raju and Burgess Everett, Politico

Despite the resounding House approval of the budget bill, the Senate doesn’t seem to be a slam dunk. While Senate Dems are confident they can keep their 55-member caucus united, it remained unclear which 5 Repubs would cross the aisle to break an expected GOP filibuster on the measure next week.

A Short-Term Debt Ceiling Increase?

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

While the Senate prepares to vote on a big raise in the debt ceiling, with Reid hoping to pressure Repubs to avoid a filibuster, Boehner has a new card he’s pulling out of his sleeve, too.

Nuclear Option Evaded? NLRB Noms Out

Burgess Everett, John Bresnahan and Manu Raju, Politico

Senators have tentatively agreed to retain the filibuster if two NLRB nominees are replaced and voted upon.

Reid Going Nuclear to Aid Obama?

Katherine Rosario, Heritage Action

When Harry Reid gets frustrated, he threatens to change the Senate’s rules to get his (and Obama's) way.

Media Misses Pro-Life Progress

Michael J. New, National Review Online

Media coverage of the Texas filibuster failed to highlight all the new laws protecting the unborn.

Dems Don’t Care About Infanticide

Tony Lee, Breitbart

So said Senator Ted Cruz during a speech to the National Right to Life convention in Texas.

Nuclear Option Unites Republicans

Burgess Everett, Politico

Senate R’s don’t agree often, but they’re coming together to save the filibuster from Harry Reid.

Rubio: 60 Votes for Amnesty Bill

Daniel Strauss, The Hill

The Florida Senator predicted on Friday that the Gang Bill had enough votes to avoid a filibuster.