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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) makes a point about his meeting with President Barack Obama regarding the country's debt ceiling, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington May 12, 2011.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   (UNITED STA
Mitch McConnell, fighting for Wall Street since, well, forever.
Despite new filibuster rules, and the supposed renewed bipartisan comity and shit that they were supposed to herald, Senate Republicans remain implacably and obnoxiously opposed to the existence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and insist they'll block any nominee for the post. President Obama has renominated Richard Cordray, the director who has been in place since his recess appointment last year. Cordray's appointment is effective for all of 2013, but the recent appeals court ruling invalidating recess appointments has emboldened them.
In a letter sent to President Obama on Friday, 43 Republican senators committed to refusing approval of any nominee to head the consumer watchdog until the bureau underwent significant reform. Lawmakers signing on to the letter included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee.

"The CFPB as created by the deeply flawed Dodd-Frank Act is one of the least accountable in Washington," said McConnell. "Today’s letter reaffirms a commitment by 43 Senators to fix the poorly thought structure of this agency that has unprecedented reach and control over individual consumer decisions — but an unprecedented lack of oversight and accountability.”

The Republicans continue to demand that the CFPB be made completely toothless, turned into a bipartisan commission that Congress would have financial control over, so that they can continue to protect their buddies on Wall Street from an agency that does radical things like this.
(Reuters) - The consumer bureau said on Thursday it wants information on college and university-affiliated banking products as it seeks to better understand the types of financial services that are marketed to students. [...]

"The bureau wants to find out whether students using college-endorsed banking products are getting a good deal," Director Richard Cordray said in a statement.

That's pretty scary stuff there, helping provide financial protection and education to college students, that Republicans are trying to save the nation Wall Street from: a consumer base that has a level playing field with the financial industry.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:22 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The GOP does not want consumers protected. (10+ / 0-)

    They want anyone to be able to swindle anyone at any time.

    •  It is all about protecting the businesses (7+ / 0-)
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      elwior, a2nite, phonegery, Siri, Boppy, RBinDLH, akze29

      for the Republican.  Swindle people, get people sick, whatever.  Many Republicans seem to worship the all-mighty dollar.  Nothing else matters.

      Say "No" to Chained CPI.

      by Arlys on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:31:18 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yes, who needs consumer protection? (0+ / 0-)

       Corporations are people too, with incredibly high standards of morality.
         Consumers need not worry about being taken advantage of as a result of the integrity and caring shown by our top business leaders, particularly among our meticulously operated financial institutions.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 01:16:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  This is not limited to consumer protection. (2+ / 0-)
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        vickijean, tb mare

        Think of how many legislatively authoriized things the Rs have tried to shut down either by making sure that appointments which were subject to their approval were never approved or simply cutting the budgets of things they could not or were not goign to try to repeal, to zero. Can't get away with refusing to close Gitmo, directly so you eliminate any Federal funds for moving prisoners elsewhere. Can't attack unions directly so make sure that the quorum of members of the  board  enforcing worker protection laws is never filled. It's just another way to sort of repeal things they don't like when they don't have the votes to do so but can figure out anothyer way to stop a branch of government dead in its tracks.

        •  This is the part that troubles me the most (1+ / 0-)
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          tb mare

          The total disregard for the Democratic process. They scream all the time about Obama being a tyrant and destroying the Constitution, yet they have turned Congress on its head. Hastert rule, silent filibuster, secret holds, expecting all legislation to originate with the President, refusing to fund laws that were passed, demanding that agencies make rules that are contrary to what is in the legislation, not confirming the head of one agency because they don't like the practices of a different agency. They are locusts.

    •  Hoocoodanode? (1+ / 0-)
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      tb mare

      Thank you Harry Reid.

    •  And they WANT to bring on tight filibuster reform (0+ / 0-)

      because they think they have a good chance of taking over the Senate in '14 and they want no restrictions on their opportunity to have a free rein in both houses of congress.

  •  Maybe, just maybe, Harry Reid put a clause into (3+ / 0-)
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    Aspe4, Boppy, elwior

    the agreement with the Republicans over the filibuster that will invalidate or make it much more harsh if/when the Republicans filibuster one of the President's nominees?

  •  Your title should read, (11+ / 0-)

    Senate GOP declares war on Consumers.

    The great thing about a headline like that is that, really, you could just reuse it over and over and over again even daily given the nature of this Republican caucus.

    It applies to fiscal cliffs, consumer bureaus, healthcare, debt ceilings, jobs, finance and banking, real estate, you name it they've got a war on consumers in every single one of those areas.

  •  This may be the first demonstration of (6+ / 0-)

    Harry Reid's blunder in caving on the filibuster.
       And if it is it is one of many, many to come.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:35:37 PM PST

  •  Make sure to contact Harry Reid and thank him (7+ / 0-)

    he owns this completely.  As does Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Carl Levin, Leahy.

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:36:45 PM PST

  •  GOP declares war on Americans works; oh (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Boppy

    Yeah right, they did that in 1968.

  •  GOP never surrendered or called a truce previously (5+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Aspe4, Boppy, ksp, RBinDLH

    Why should we expect them to now?

    They fought Warren and Cordray (and even the creation of the CFPB) every step of the way.  McConnell isn't declaring war -- he's simply escalating the enemy action  that's been in progress for over 30 years against the working class.

    "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

    by Richard Cranium on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:43:09 PM PST

  •  Court of Appeals politicized? (7+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Aspe4, Boppy, bear83, Losty, Capt Crunch, RBinDLH

    Interesting that the D.C. Court of Appeals issued their ruling immediately after the Senate renewed the power of the minority to filibuster appointments for another two years.  You don't suppose the judges understood the political implications of their ruling and timed it accordingly?

    Of course, Obama's done himself and his legacy no favors by leaving 3 empty seats on that court, which will undoubtedly go unfilled until Harry Reid passes the gavel to a leader bold enough to govern with a democratic majority.

    •  you mean Republican Majority... (4+ / 0-)

      Democrats in Washington don't know what Majority Rule means

    •  Not only that - all 3 are Republican appointees (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Capt Crunch

      and one of them, Chief Judge David Sentelle, is retiring Feb 12th. He's going out in a blaze of conservative glory.

      What else does Sentelle have to his credit?

      Reagan had appointed Sentelle, at the urging of then North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms...

      ... just a few of Sentelle's GOP water carrying rulings, we can start with his leading the overturning of the convictions of Oliver North and John Poindexter as obtained by Lawrence Walsh, independent prosecutor for the Iran-Contra scandal.  

      Sentelle changed the course of US history when he appointed Ken Starr to oversee the so-called Whitewater investigation of the Clintons.

      Who then supervised Ken Starr? Why a federal DC appellate court special division headed by Sentelle...

      There's a reason Republican senators have blocked Obama's nominees for the DC Circuit Court, which already has 3 vacancies - they did not want to dilute the power of Sentelle and his cronies with "liberal" judges.

      Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

      by bear83 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 01:15:14 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think that's the strongest argument for (1+ / 0-)
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      tb mare

      nuclear filibuster reform for constitutional appointments.  Not just the Cordry appointment, but also the empty seats on the important DC circuit.

      Do it.

  •  So glad Reid strengthened McConnell's hand (6+ / 0-)
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    Boppy, elwior, Losty, bear83, Capt Crunch, RBinDLH

    by largely capitulating on Filibusters!

    "Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement" ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:58:01 PM PST

  •  so legislation isn't passed by majority vote? (3+ / 0-)
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    Boppy, elwior, bear83

    view from the UK here.... I am confused, so perhaps the GOP can explain what they see the rules are.  56 (? Democratic at present) votes are not enough?  

    Let's know, for future reference.

    and interesting take on democracy, Mr McConnell.

    •  You need 60 (1+ / 0-)
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      votes due to republicans abusing a maneuver called the "filibuster". Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, had a chance to reform the "filibuster" a week ago but he caved, so now the 60 vote threshold is still there and that's bearing fruit.

    •  We don't even get to have real debates (2+ / 0-)
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      Spron, ontario

      like you Brits do. Any member of congress who tries to directly address another member of congress on the floor of the house or senate, let alone said something sarcastic about them as your legislators are wont to do, would be brought up on all sorts of charges, since it's strictly against the rules.

      Our political system was designed by elitists who based it on what was the state of the art in political systems back then, the British one.

      You've evolved. We haven't.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:05:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks again Harry.. (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Capt Crunch

    Say hello to your Minority leader in 2 years due to things like this..

  •  Now we see (2+ / 0-)
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    Capt Crunch, RBinDLH

    how good their word is.  It lasted how many votes?

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 02:08:14 PM PST

  •  Harry Reid! (6+ / 0-)

    True Democrats are between a rock and a hard place - with leaders like Reid, and my own state senator DiFi - we are truly done for!

    The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past - Milan Kundera

    by Suvro on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:34:53 PM PST

  •  Well, at least Harry Reid reformed things so that (6+ / 0-)
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    shaharazade, kovie, ferg, bluezen, indie17, ontario

    Senate Republicans can't abuse the filibuster anymore.

    Oh wait...........never mind.

    "I'm so happy 'cause today I found my friends, they're in my head. Light my candles, in a daze 'cause I found god." - Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:36:21 PM PST

    •  You meant (2+ / 0-)
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      Jeff Y, ontario

      He reformed the filibuster so that Dems would never be able to not have it abused on them again, as that great Senate historian Stephen Colbert might have put it had he put it and boy can he put it when he puts it.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:02:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  This is when Senator Warren should threaten to (4+ / 0-)

    go Constitutional.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:39:52 PM PST

  •  Thanks to Harry, the GOP is empowered. (5+ / 0-)

    Way to go, nominal Majority Leader!

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:41:28 PM PST

  •  Harry Reid, Super Genius (8+ / 0-)

    This was so predictable.

    harry really blew it on the filibuster.

  •  Does the CFPB Have to have a titular "head" (2+ / 0-)
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    ontario, apimomfan2

    or can't they just skate around that with an acting chief who actually exercises the responsibilities of the would-be "leader?"

    •  In order to perform some of it's duties, yes. (3+ / 0-)
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      Dartagnan, ontario, tb mare

      There are some functions that the CFPB cannot perform without a Director (as opposed to an "acting" Director).
      The Republicans act as though they have a problem with nominees for the post, but what they really object to is the very existence of the CFPB.
      Their goal is to neuter, limit, and otherwise destroy the agency.

      Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

      by Icicle68 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:07:37 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Understood, but can't those functions (2+ / 0-)
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        indie17, tb mare

        be amended through Executive Rulemaking? And Congress be damned?

        It would seem that would be an Executive Administrative prerogative under separation of powers.

        •  Perhaps, but... (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm no expert so hopefully someone will show up and correct me if I'm getting any of this wrong...
          After World War 2, people who felt sleighted by Roosevelt's New Deal (a.k.a Republicans) established  The Administrative Procedure Act (APA), Pub.L. 79–404, 60 Stat. 237, enacted June 11, 1946. (Description here.
          This was to put a check on the executive.

          According to the Attorney General's Manual on the Administrative Procedure Act (1947), drafted after the 1946 enactment of the APA, the basic purposes of the APA are (1) to require agencies to keep the public informed of their organization, procedures and rules; (2) to provide for public participation in the rulemaking process; (3) to establish uniform standards for the conduct of formal rulemaking and adjudication; (4) to define the scope of judicial review.[6]
          I'm pretty sure the bold part above will be construed as "Congress has to have a hand in it."
          But I could be (and I hope I am) wrong.

          Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

          by Icicle68 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:47:40 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  I think that refers to the "public particpation" (1+ / 0-)
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            via the ANPRM (Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) and more formal NPRM procedure (Notice period attendant to proposed rulemaking). Those allow public comment but do not necessarily implicate Congressional approval. Industry and interests are generally viewed as relevant to the Rules under consideration but they are not dispositive as I understand it.   Ultimately the Rules are an Executive function not subject to Congress unless Congress specifically legislates to nulify them. Given our majority in the Senate I don't see that as a viable option for the GOP at present.

      •  They've made it clear (2+ / 0-)
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        ontario, Icicle68

        they DON'T have a problem with the nominees, so much as the existence of the bureau itself. They're attempting  to repeal legislation by throwing a legislative tantrum to get their way. It's profoundly undemocratic and un-American. I'm starting to wonder if there are ANY real "patriots" in the Republican Party.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:50:05 PM PST

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  •  two-year-olds... (2+ / 0-)
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    ontario, tb mare

    These Republicans are like two-year-olds.  They refuse to take "no" for an answer.  Mr. Boehner throws tantrums, stomping his foot, pounding his podium and repeating all the naughty words his mother told him not to use.  Mr. McConnell pretends that he's playing baseball and only he gets a chance to be at bat, no matter how many strikes he's already made.  

    When the Democrats pass a bill creating a new department, the Republicans can't accept that they lost; they instead deny the agency appropriate funding.  

    It seems that the Republicans learned this trick from Mr. Bush, who, among other things, underfunded the SEC and FDA, agencies he abhorred, leading directly to the Wall Street shenanigans that caused havoc for everyone except the instigators and to expensive food recalls after innocent consumers grew ill and/or died after eating tainted foods.

    At least most two-year-olds grow up and accept consequences and responsibility.  But there is little if any hope that the loser-Republicans in Washington will ever mature.  

    (The only signs that they are capable of understanding the concept of "no" is that they didn't totally ignore the election results and insist on inaugurating Mr. McCain or Mr. Romney.  But maybe it is just more fun for them to continue to rebel against parental authority of any sort than to acknowledge even a Republican "adult" in the White House, who they would have to obey and perhaps cooperate with on occasion.)    

  •  Thanks, Harry (9+ / 0-)

    Obviously, his deal with Mitch had nothing to do with comity and everything to do with some backroom quid pro quo we can only guess at. NO ONE is that much of a coward at that level. Didn't we have 50 Dems?

    Merkley for Majority Leader!

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:00:14 PM PST

  •  Thanks, Harry. (5+ / 0-)

    You miserable dick.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:07:59 PM PST

  •  When ever (6+ / 0-)

    congress-critters be they Dems or Repugs start bandying about the word 'reform' or compromise I know we're getting screwed. Like Harry's filibuster 'reform' compromise with the Turtle being an excellent example.  The table they lay this on is as false as what they lay on it. Hard to get too worked up about this as any legislation or moves to actually help or empower people are always 'toothless'.

    btw: Whenever I see a picture of Mitch McConnell I think how does someone who looks and talks like this get elected over and over. It's freaking embarrassing as an American citizen to look at this guy and realize he has so much power, even when he's a minority pol from a region that is also a throwback to another time. So surreal that the rest of the country is held hostage by pols elected by states that really are living in another world, another time.

    But then again is Harry that much different?    

    •  I want to know... (3+ / 0-)
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      indie17, apimomfan2, tb mare

      What's stopping them from using Frist's Nuclear Option and blowing up the Filibuster.

      Well, other than them not wanting to.  Reid is 100% complicit in all of this.  He could end it any time he wants.

    •  Bang on! (1+ / 0-)
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      tb mare

      "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

      by ontario on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:57:34 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I could not agree more with (0+ / 0-)

      this sentiment.

      It's freaking embarrassing as an American citizen to look at this guy and realize he has so much power, even when he's a minority pol from a region that is also a throwback to another time. So surreal that the rest of the country is held hostage by pols elected by states that really are living in another world, another time.
      It almost makes me believe that there are some folks who should not be allowed to vote. And they are the very ones who are trying to keep others from voting now  using gerrymanders, suppression, etc.

      And you are right. I'm an outsider. These folk embarrass the USA on the international stage. Canadians, closest neighbour and ally, are appalled. A national poll  here (if you were voting, who..?) on the eve of the presidential election came out 84% for Obama, 9% Romney. Says something.

      "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

      by ontario on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 10:24:49 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Are you listening Harry? (3+ / 0-)
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    indie17, ontario, tb mare

    I'm one of those who holds you directly responsible for enabling these astonishingly vile criminals (aka "republicans).  The true fallout of your mindless appeasement will come in the mid-terms.  You f**ked us over in 2009 and produced 2010.  Now you're doing it again.  Will you never learn.  McConnell is a snake and you continue to act as if being nice will get him to walk on two legs.

    You have the right to remain silent. If you waive that right you will be accused of class warfare.

    by spritegeezer on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:20:14 PM PST

  •  Remember that puff piece on Harry Reid (4+ / 0-)
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    indie17, ontario, apimomfan2, tb mare

    At new years there was a puff piece that got a lot of love about how Sen. Reid was putting in the hours alone in the senate getting stuff done on unanimous consent. I thought it was garbage then and this proves it. Sen. Reid may do a decent job some of the time but this utter and compete failure to confront the terrorists in the GOP and their fanatical devotion to making the rich richer and basically screwing everyone and everything that stands in their way is appalling. This was so predictable an avoidable but no: Bipartisanship! I think it is time for the progressive in the Senate to stop cooperating with Sen. Reid until he stops playing McConnell's game for him.

    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

    by plh225 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:24:12 PM PST

  •  a show of hands, please, on who didn't see this (7+ / 0-)


    and, if anyone thinks the r's won't junk the 60-vote rule in a ny minute if they ever get the majority back (shudders in horror), i've got a bridge to sell you.

  •  This is a perfect opportunity for the Pres. to go (3+ / 0-)
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    RadGal70, indie17, tb mare

    before the public and make the case that Republicans are obstructing an agency that will benefit them, further hurting their national standing in the process.

    Let's hope his newfound fighting spirit will apply to nominees as well, part of which must be a full-throated defense of the agency itself. He shoulders at least some of the blame for letting his nominations die in the Senate without putting up a fight.

  •  Time to Whip Out the Constitution (3+ / 0-)
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    aseth, tarminian, ontario

    Which, in Article 2, Section 3, says:

    He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information on the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
    Note the part I've emphasized. He may adjourn Congress. All he needs is one member of Congress to disagree with it being in session. (Well, YMMV.) At which point he points to that person and says, "You guys are in recess until I convene you." Then, he appoints Cordray for another year and welcomes them all back to Washington.

    You've got to figure what the Republicans would do then. They would respect him.

    Or, of course, they could just have an up-or-down vote on the nomination. Less drama, but then they could get on to other, more important things, like better wages and more jobs.

    •  Sorry (2+ / 0-)
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      Liberal Thinking, ontario

      "Them" applies to the Houses, not a particular member of Congress.  You think John Boehner and his lockstep majority in the House is going to give him that power?

      •  One Person One Vote (1+ / 0-)
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        That's your reading. My reading is that if there's disagreement, the President can step in.

        Let me ask you this: Is it constitutional for Republicans to block a vote on a nomination? The Constitution says that they will advise. That requires a vote.

        I'm tired of them playing fast and lose with the rules and then saying, "Bu bu bu you can't do that!"

        Not that I think there's any chance whatsoever that Obama would pull a George W. Bush and use his power to get something done for the other side of the equation.

  •  God forbid that ordinary Americans catch an (2+ / 0-)
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    ontario, apimomfan2

    even break.

    These guys forthrightly and unabashedly represent the monied interests, the crazy religious interests, and the nutcase rights interests.  All of this without regard to real-life political consequences -- becoming a minority for a generation or more.  Pretty soon they will even be a minority interest within the plurality of white people in this country.  The only thing that sustains their white vote is the the relatively higher birthrate amongst poor, rural and southern whites.  What a great birthright.

    You don't need a quadrophonic Blaupunkt, you hayseed. You need a curveball!

    by GoBlue08 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 05:07:46 PM PST

  •  They should use the Nuclear Option. (4+ / 0-)
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    oxfdblue, indie17, ontario, apimomfan2

    The real one, that Frist threatened.  Render the filibuster unconstitutional mid-session.

    They've proven that they're uninterested in comity or good government.  F them.

  •  Thanks A Lot Harry!! (3+ / 0-)
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    indie17, ontario, Patango

    Instead of doing his job and getting REAL reform through when he could do it, he cozies up with Yertl the Turtle to ensure the same old, same old. Way to Reid. Now, please, fall graciously on your sword and allow someone with a set of real ones to assume leadership.

  •  c'mon (2+ / 0-)
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    indie17, apimomfan2

    Harry has their backs ..he will give Republicans 36 hours...or or...well pie.

  •  Let me see what Google Translate has listed for (2+ / 0-)
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    apimomfan2, Patango

    "bipartisan comity":


    "Bluegrass reach-around."

    Ahh... that explains so many things.

    [Exception: undefined object]

    by here4tehbeer on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:42:48 PM PST

  •  No One Could Have Possibly Predicted This (1+ / 0-)
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    Barack Obama for President

    by looty on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 07:25:24 PM PST

  •  Who DOESN'T believe Reid wanted this? (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Fool me once, shame on the GOP, Fool me twice... (2+ / 0-)
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    Patango, ontario

    Shame on you, Harry.  You KNEW this was going to happen, with dozens of cabinet and agency appointments and, of course, the many federal judicial appointments that the GOP has been sitting on since, well, forever.

    And you did what you did.  Shame on you.

    Well, at least until 2014, there is no real way to fix this without a supermajority to change the rules.  Darn.

    Except that there is a way to handle constitutional appointments, requiring advice and consent for "Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law"

    Even in the middle of the term, Biden could rule that the Rules are unconstitutional to the extent they require a supermajority for advice and consent for appointments listed above, which probably include the administrative appointments.

    But he won't.  No cojones.

  •  gop black mailing america. (2+ / 0-)
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    Patango, ontario
  •  And *this* is why we wanted (3+ / 0-)
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    Patango, tb mare, ontario

    REAL filibuster reform...and why Harry Reid didn't.

    Now, the kabuki theatre can go on, and Wall Street can make more billions protected by both parties - the GOP openly, and the Democrats behind the scenes.

    "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

    by Australian2 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 01:38:06 AM PST

  •  Harry Reid and filibuster reform. (NOT) (2+ / 0-)
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    Patango, ontario

    When I saw that the votes were there and Senator Reid was absolutely fed up with the 380 filibusters, I really thought that this was going to be the time they changed the rules. I was generally excited that Mitch McConartist was finally going to be put in his place and rendered powerless over all of the filibusters. After all, what goes around comes around, right? Now this bone headed maneuver by the Spineless Senate Majority leader probably will guarantee McConnells reelection. Although I am encouraged that only 17% of Kentuckians are in Mitch Mc
    Connell's camp. Harry Reid could have stopped him and made life easier for Ashley Judd. Man, this is still infuriating me- weeks later.

    When it became known that he not bring it to a vote and made a handshake deal with the lizard that looks like a turtle- because that worked out so well last time, I was absolutely flabbergasted. He was with in his reach of a goal he said he wanted. All he had to do is bring it to the Senate floor for a vote and it would have past.

    It is bad enough that we have to fight idiots like McConnell and Boehner, but to have to fight the majority leader in the Senate who shoots himself in the foot at every opportunity. I almost wonder if Harry Reid has a problem with the president over executive power so this was his way of the tail wagging the dog.

    I am so disappointed in Harry Reid. With friends like Senator Harry Reid, who needs enemy's?

  •  This will sound absurd (0+ / 0-)

    But dems need to learn how to title these agencies

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau , sounds to much like the EPA


    Then you force the GOP to say they are FOR SNAKE OIL SALESMEN

    and for the EPA


    would work better for the EPA  , now those are outrageous , but you can get better labels for what these agencies really do , my mind can relate to THE "EPA"  just fine , but joe public in Georgia can not connect the dots , people hear CFPB , and just go blank IMO

  •  "Senate GOP declares war" (0+ / 0-)

    That's all they do. Ever.

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 07:16:36 AM PST

  •  Scum n/t (0+ / 0-)

    What is valued is practiced. What is not valued is not practiced. -- Plato

    by RobLewis on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 07:27:56 AM PST

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