TV News LIES

Monday, Dec 11th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Congress U.S. Senate goes 'nuclear,' changes filibuster rules

U.S. Senate goes 'nuclear,' changes filibuster rules

E-mail Print PDF

Senate goes nuclearSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pushed through a controversial change to Senate rules Thursday that will make it easier to approve President Obama's nominees but threatens to further divide an already polarized Congress.

Fifty-two Senate Democrats and independents voted to weaken the power of the filibuster. The change reduces the threshold from 60 votes to 51 votes for Senate approval of executive and judicial nominees against unanimous GOP opposition. Three Democrats — Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Carl Levin of Michigan — opposed the change.

The rules change does not apply to Supreme Court nominees, who are still subject to a 60-vote filibuster threshold, or to legislation.

"The American people believe Congress is broken. The American people believe the Senate is broken. And I believe they are right," Reid said Thursday on the Senate floor. "The need for change is so very, very obvious."

The turning point in the decades-long debate over Senate filibuster rules was Republicans' decision to block all three of Obama's latest nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the nation's second-most-powerful court with vast jurisdiction over federal agencies and regulations.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona to resign amid ‘inappropriate behavior’ allegations

Ewp, Trent Franks expected to resign Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks is resigning from Congress over allegations of “inappropriate behavior,” according to...

Democratic senators to Al Franken: Resign

Dem Senators ask Franken to resignEleven Democratic senators -- eight female and three male -- called on Sen. Al Franken to...

Sen. Al Franken Announces He Will Resign 'In The Coming Weeks'

Al Franken resignsSen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says he will be resigning from the Senate amid multiple accusations of...

Conyers says he's 'retiring today' amid sexual misconduct allegation

John Conyers retires amid allegations of sexual abuse Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), who for weeks has been the target of sexual misconduct allegations, announced...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!