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  •  Actually they don't (1+ / 0-)
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    Congress' session runs until the end of 2014. But I'm all for clearing as many off the decks as possible now. After all, judges who are confirmed now get to start hearing cases now.

    So you have the right idea...

    •  Per Senator Reid, they will have to start over (1+ / 0-)
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      Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday that this might not be the only list of names to be processed before the end of the year because, as it turns out, Christmas isn’t the only deadline confronting the Obama nominees. A provision of Senate rules requires pending nominations to be sent back to the White House at the end of the session, unless there’s unanimous consent to hang onto them.

      “If we have to work Monday before Christmas, we’re going to do that. If we have to work through Christmas, we’re going to do that, because I know the game they’re playing,” Reid said of the chamber’s Republicans. “They have done it before. A lot of these nominations will have to be sent — not have to be, but they will ask that they be sent back to the administration and we’ll have to start all over on those again, but some of them we’re not going to start all over again.”

      Getting 'Unanimous Consent' from this group of Republicans is impossible.

      Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

      by bear83 on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 08:38:55 AM PST

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      •  In the past, Reid (2+ / 0-)
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        has waited until everyone but him, the presiding officer, and the Sen. Secretary has gone home for end of year and has pushed through pre-cleared nominees by unanimous consent and his one vote. I imagine, he'll do the same this year. Reid may have pushed for the Senate rules to be slightly less arcane and obstructive, but he is a past master of the rules as they are.

        "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

        by SouthernLeveller on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 08:43:00 AM PST

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        •  But recall that the Rs have historically in O time (0+ / 0-)

          kept the Senate in session so he could not make recess appointments, which means some of them will be continuously present.

          And there is a lawsuit going now, not yet concluded IIRC,  about what 'recess' means because O used it, not between Congresses, 113 and 114, but at other gaps, and the Rs claim those appointments are invalid, although Bush and every other Prez did the same and the Rs did not make that claim against them.

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