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Blast from the past: McConnell makes the case for confirming nominees with simple majority vote.
Mitch McConnell, July 14, 2013: Filibuster rules reform on executive nominees is a "threat to blow the Senate up."

Mitch McConnell, 2005: "What they did last Congress was change 200 years of history during which we had never killed an executive branch nomination by use of the filibuster. They introduced that. It’s a terrible precedent. The Senate with 51 votes, not 60, reversed that precedent. And I believe that it’s time to do that. I believe we will go forward with that at a time of the majority leader’s calling."

It's not a surprise to find that McConnell is being a hypocrite on the procedure for confirming executive branch nominations, but what McConnell is doing now goes beyond just simple hypocrisy and well beyond what the Democrats were doing in 2005. Their efforts were to keep right-wing ideologues from lifetime appointments on the federal bench. Now, the GOP is attempting to prevent a popularly elected president from appointing his team to do the work of government. That, McConnell said on Meet the Press Sunday, isn't going to change.

It really kind of comes down to three appointments that the federal courts have told us were unconstitutionally recess appointed. Two members of the N.L.R.B. and the C.F.P.B. We need to talk about that. And we're going to talk about it at a rather unusual joint session in the old Senate chamber, on Monday, of all senators. And we need to start talking to each other instead of at each other, and see if we can't resolve this in the same way that we did ten years ago when Republicans had genuine provocation.
According to McConnell, blocking nominees in an attempt to actually nullify the laws and dismantle departments isn't "genuine provocation." Republicans have no objections to the actual nominees either to the NLRB or the CFPB. They want to cripple these agencies. To wit:
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “Given its recent actions, the NLRB as inoperable could be considered progress.” [Press Release,  12/9/11]
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL): “We made clear to the President that without these reforms we would not vote to confirm any nominee to run the CFPB, regardless of political affiliation or qualifications.” [Floor Speech, 12/8/11]
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT): “My opposition to Richard Cordray's nomination has nothing to do with him personally, but rather to the lack of accountability of the position and the new agency as it's currently structured.” [Press Release, 12/8/11]

Republicans want to shut down the NRLB and to leave the millions of American workers—and employers—in limbo. They want to destroy organized labor and see this as a way to hasten its demise. And they want make sure that the American consumer doesn't have any means of standing up to Wall Street, that there is no agency of government looking out for Main Street.

That's unprecedented. And it's time that it ends.

Keep up the pressure through Tuesday morning. Send an email to Harry Reid and your Democratic senators telling them to hang tough and to vote for real filibuster reform.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM PDT.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 11:50:48 AM PDT

  •  the filibuster is a dead rule walking. (5+ / 0-)
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    Wino, JeffW, ridemybike, skip945, ferg

    The Republican radicalism in every state they control, and their total abuse of the filibuster and other rules in both houses, means the filibuster is dead.

    The only question remaining is, will the Democrats take advantage of it now while they still have control of the senate, or will they make yet another monumental mistake and do something half-ass and let the Republicans kill the filibuster so they can do exactly the type of things they've been doing in states like WI, TEXAS, FL...

    You have to be sleeping pretty hard to not realize what the Republicans are going to do when they regain control of the senate.

  •  no matter what we as dems do.... (1+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy

    .... and we absolutely must change the rules...

    you can rest assured, you can bet the house...
    you can bet the farm.... bet everything you've got
    that should the rethuglicans ever retake control of the senate
    they will change the rules immediately.
    they won't wait to see if we filibuster everything... no way!!

    because they play dirty.
    we're the smart ones... facts and fairness, etc.
    but it's out of control.... the time for us to change the rules
    is looooooong overdue!

    every adult is responsible for every child

    by ridemybike on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 02:21:54 PM PDT

    •  The lying dems are at it again (1+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy

      It seems the Demobabies can't stand the taste of their own medicine.  If you want to stop the filibusters, then stop nominating hacks to the NLRB and other regulatory positions.

      You can bank on one thing.... if the Dems change the rules, the Republicans will change them even further and roll back all of the bullshit that has been put in place for the last 80 years.

      The long knives are out.  We're coming for your precious government bureaucracy.

  •  Presented with the facts about this (2+ / 0-)
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    HashHoward, Sarenth

    obstruction, no reasonable person would side with the republicans. I wonder why the Dems don't go on TV and publicly shame the GOP. Prime time. Using Cash $$$. Like a PSA. I find this obstruction nothing short of shocking. Kinda makes me thing the dems don't really care about the NLRB and CFPB.
    I only hear about this on NPR a couple of times. Certainly not on local news in the morning.

    I support the two-state solution: for the USA.

    by plok on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 02:23:05 PM PDT

    •  Tantamount to Treason! (1+ / 0-)
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      Sarenth

      The Republicans' obstructionism on all aspects of Congressional Progress, and simple government spending, is tantamount to treason.

      Their actions are impeding the ability of the United States to do work necessary to move forward, including on defense plans.

      The sequester has blocked numerous plans to fund infrastructure repairs all over the country, as the lowered, or blocked, funding is not getting to the projects needed to keep the country moving, traffic-wise.

      Someone ought to slap an indictment on them and drag them into court, just to see how fast they will turn things around.

      OR ... maybe not ... since the DEMs don't seem to have the 'stones' to force the GOP to play fair.

    •  Thankfully, the public is well insulated (1+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy

      For some odd reason, a popular media that can focus so obsessively on some guy's pole-dancing girlfriend is absolutely powerless to discern slow-motion treason happening right in front of its collective proboscis. Events of the last decade, the last year, the last month, hell since last night, have passed completely from the collective conscious of the media talking chuckleheads. The world is created anew each day, taken from its vacuum-sealed pouch with no history and no lead-in.

      "Up or down vote!" "The will of the people!" "Majority rules!" are all phrases parroted ad nauseam by the Republicans when any one of their pet stooges was held up for some minor peccadillo. Bernie Kerik would have made a great director of Homeland Security, and anyone who says different is unamerican at best, and probably in league with the worst terrorists in the world.

      Why shouldn't Harriet Miers get a seat on the Supreme Court? She's a lawyer and stuff.

      When you hear the inevitable "balance" brought to this issue, mention Kerik and Miers and ask the balancer which nominees Obama has put forward are in quite that league. I'll be happy to give you a shiny nickel if you get anything but a blank stare in response to those names.

    •  Sadly, there is a sizable faction of GOP voters (0+ / 0-)

      who will go along with what McConnell and his cohort is doing because they applaud anything that shows the black man in the White House who's boss.

      "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

      by SottoVoce on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 03:20:23 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  1/2 could be shamed into shutting their yappers (1+ / 0-)
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        HM2Viking

        this is abuse of power. Killing agencies through procedure is worse than calling the POTUS a liar at the SOTU.

        This is about the agencies. Do Americans want rights for workers and consumer protections? Of course they do. It's a no brainer.

        I support the two-state solution: for the USA.

        by plok on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 03:26:26 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  yes, it should be a no-brainer (0+ / 0-)

          but their brains have been tampered with, and they've been told a range of lies, over and over.  People should want healthcare, but they're told so many lies they turn against it.  I'm sure that they've been told the NLRB is there to give cushy treatment to those lazy union employees that get a free ride while "we" struggle; I'm sure they've been told that the CFPB will be  runaway government with no accountability, taking "our" tax dollars and giving them to brown people.  The idea of killing agencies through procedure is a complicated thing to explain to someone with a closed mind.  All they know is that their reps are sticking it to Obama.  That's good enough for them.

          "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

          by SottoVoce on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 05:22:53 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  the dems don't really care about (1+ / 0-)
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      Sarenth

      about much of anything. If they had actually wanted to reverse the crap that eight Bush years left us, they would have done this on day one, 2009. After a few decades, the accidental collusion starts to look fishy.

      How many divisions does OWS have?

      by Diebold Hacker on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 04:21:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Harry's going to fold (4+ / 0-)

    Just got the news that Harry said reform maybe if the Senate doesn't vote on 7 appointments.  Once he negotiates down to 3 and lets McConnell choose 2 of them we'll be all set.  Then, of course, Harry's choice will come third and the deal will be off.

    Harry Reid wouldn't get a good deal negotiating with an empty bag.  McConnell will win again.  Pisses me off significantly.

  •  if they take the Senate back (4+ / 0-)
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    skip945, davidkc, Capt Crunch, HM2Viking

    they will implement the nuclear option so fast it will make our heads spin

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 02:44:50 PM PDT

  •  Sen Speaks on the Need to Fix a Broken Senate (0+ / 0-)

    Tom Speaks on the Need to Fix a Broken Senate
    Time:9:50, Sen. Udall mentions 2005
    http://www.youtube.com/...

    Excellent speech by Sen. Udall

  •  Why don't (1+ / 0-)
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    Sarenth

    they just make the filibuster require actual filibustering again?  This whole auto-filibuster where you just say "I filibuster" and you are done is bullshit.  

    Make the assholes actually filibuster for hours on end.  Then they'll never actually do it.  Because they won't do anything that requires them to inconvenience themselves.

    •  The filibuster rule is the one thing... (0+ / 0-)

      I think Texas has right with their state.  At least the filibustering person has to stand and actually speak, on topic, as to why they disagree.  

      Everything else in Texas seems ass backward, but they got this one thing right.

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