Skip to main content

Kaboom! Republicans dared Harry Reid to do it, and he just did, finally. The Senate has voted to change the filibuster rules, 52-48. Democrats Carl Levin, Joe Manchin, Mark Pryor voted against changing the rule.

The new rule that will allow just a simple majority vote for all nominees except for the Supreme Court. For the remainder of this Congress, President Obama's nominees will only need 51 votes to be appointed. What that means immediately is that, while the Republicans continue to play games to delay action on the Defense Authorization, the nominations of Patricia Millett, Nina Pillard, and Roberts Wilkins to the D.C. Circuit can move forward. So can the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to the federal housing agency. In other words, the Senate can start functioning again. At least on nominations.

This will likely just further enrage Republicans, making them even more obnoxious and obstructionist. So next stop, ending the filibuster on legislation. That will probably happen at the beginning of the next Congress, January, 2015.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 09:36 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, norm, chuck utzman, Yosef 52, RF, Bill in Portland Maine, fcvaguy, True North, Andrew C White, Hesiod, eeff, rubyr, Caneel, dweb8231, Heart of the Rockies, slouching, retLT, CyberHippy, hangingchad, Eyesbright, johanus, Steven Payne, defluxion10, papercut, riverlover, dkmich, imicon, side pocket, KayCeSF, Pola Halloween, Sybil Liberty, Limelite, Ohkwai, bloomer 101, blueyedace2, Simplify, Kayakbiker, jane123, Rusty in PA, coloradorob, lgmcp, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, vigilant meerkat, cybersaur, Ky DEM, Kimball Cross, Wednesday Bizzare, wild hair, Lashe, gpoutney, NCJan, Preston S, mangusta, AllDemsOnBoard, bumbi, nother lurker, agent, Statusquomustgo, dochackenbush, PatConnors, FishOutofWater, flumptytail, Dave in Northridge, Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle, deepeco, sfbob, jayden, jnhobbs, gchaucer2, Wreck Smurfy, Got a Grip, leonard145b, TomP, gizmo59, wayoutinthestix, Thomas Twinnings, Aureas2, bythesea, TokenLiberal, glendaw271, Tross, JamieG from Md, Nica24, pileta, J M F, ewmorr, don mikulecky, Nebraskablue, tari, maryabein, Ohiodem1, War on Error, followyourbliss, RJH, politicalceci, Denise Oliver Velez, jpmassar, Larsstephens, Railfan, henlesloop, FogCityJohn, LaughingPlanet, gramofsam1, klompendanser, elginblt, kacemo, SoCalHobbit, Storey, rja, BlueFranco, ericlewis0, stevenaxelrod, slice, Onomastic, surfermom, Bluefin, kayak58, spooks51, Catherine R, stone clearing, valkyrry, mikejay611, PorridgeGun, thomask, BarackStarObama, marshstars, peregrine kate, PhilJD, poliwrangler, bakeneko, Vatexia, jolux, ratcityreprobate, stlsophos, DRo, googie, Rejoinder, quill, hulibow, devans00, OldDragon, Feadog, IndieGuy, Eric Nelson, The Lone Apple, Mr Robert, belinda ridgewood, jts327, Buckeye54, Rixar13, wxorknot, splintersawry, GAladybug, Glen The Plumber, Marjmar, Australian2, flevitan, UnionMade, MarkW53, John Crapper, DamselleFly, Late Again, remembrance, SanFernandoValleyMom, 3rock, northerntier, akze29, OjaiValleyCali, Avilyn, ModerateJosh, the oklahoma kid, ET3117, tampaedski, BetterDemocrats, Shadowmuffin, MrAnon, RUNDOWN, Dodgerdog1, maryannm, Penny GC, Sir Roderick, theBreeze, libertyjusticemercy, ApostleOfCarlin, SouthernLeveller, CJB2012

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site