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Senate GOP Stands with Obamacare

September 27, 2013

Funding for Obamacare is back on the table and headed for the House.  The cloture vote (essentially a vote to end debate and have a meaningful, real vote) passed 79-19.  That means 25 Republicans joined hands with all the Democrats.  On the real vote, the tally was 54-44 in favor of adding Obamacare funding back [...]

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The Senate Keeps Its Sanity — Filibuster Reform Is Dead

January 28, 2011

I know, I know.  The Senate is anything but sane, and most Senators are the antithesis of sane.  But at the same time, one has to acknowledge that the Senate, as an institution, has been instrumental in keeping America from becoming like Socialist Europe.  Why, do you ask?  Because of the Senate concepts of cloture [...]

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The Democrats are Attempting to Violate Senate Rules

January 5, 2011

Yesterday, I wrote on how the Democrats were going to attempt to water down the filibuster by modifying the Senate rules with a simple majority vote, which could only be done on the first day of Congress.  Brian Darling of the Heritage foundation cites Senate history and rules to refute this claim.  The crux of [...]

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Democrats to Attempt Filibuster Power Grab

January 4, 2011

The Senate has always been a different sort of legislative body than the House.  From its earliest days, the Senate has been a far more deliberative body, and tradition gives the minority significant power.  Now, because of Democrat unhappiness with the GOP’s use of the filibuster in the 111th Congress, that tradition may be tossed [...]

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“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Repeal Fails

September 21, 2010

Earlier today, the Senate did not get enough votes for cloture to end debate on the latest defense appropriation bill, which contained a provision which would have ended the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.  By a vote of 56-43, the “nays” included Arkansas Democrats Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor. I loathe these kinds of [...]

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Democrats Vote for Cloture on Health Care on Party-Line Vote

December 21, 2009

In the end, it was 60-40 in favor of cloture.  The bill was so bad, not a single Republican could vote for it.  The bill was passed in the dead of night, after numerous back-room deals to buy off both liberal and moderate Democrat Senators.  The 300+ legislative language of the Manager’s Amendment had only [...]

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Reid Compromise a Farse – Fails to Garner 60 Votes

December 9, 2009

The grand compromise touted by Harry Reid that purports to resolve the issue between liberal and moderate Democrats over the Public Option is a farce, and does not have the 60 votes necessary to end debate, reports the Weekly Standard.  The compromise, which changes the public option to a pool of not-for-profit plans administered by [...]

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“History Calls” Olympia Snowe

October 13, 2009

Olympia Snowe decided today that she would give her Finance Committee vote to the monstrously inept Baucus Plan on health care (aka the Flaming Bag of Crap).  Here are some of her remarks: OK.  At this point, if this is where Olympia Snowe is politically, it gives great insight into her future votes.  “When history [...]

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