is fundamentally different today because of two changes to Senate rules--changes that explain the body's current inability to act.
What Republicans did to Obama's nominee Garland was worse than a filibuster
, Schumer said.
However, in 2013, when Democrats controlled the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nv.) had employed a seldom-used parliamentary procedure, now often referred to as the "nuclear option," to change Senate rules to eliminate the right to filibuster
presidential nominees, including nominees to the lower federal courts.
There are now 20, up from 16 on Friday, who have backed Democratic leader Chuck Schumer's filibuster
Republicans are frustrated by the Senate Democratic minority's embrace of the same filibuster
tool that Republicans so skillfully used to grind legislative machinery to a halt when Democrats controlled the Senate.
During the first century of Congressional history, there were roughly twice as many filibusters
in the House as the Senate.
2 Under the new Senate rules, what will be needed to end filibusters
on most appointments?
With all that said it took a change in the filibuster
rules to win final approval of Watt's nomination.
We understand the frustration that a filibuster
can hold for a narrow majority seeking to advance its agenda, whether that's a bill or a judicial nomination.
was successful, but only delayed legislation that was easily approved by conservative lawmakers during a second special session and signed by Gov.
Not only have we seen a large increase in the threat of filibusters
in the modern era, and a corresponding use of cloture as a commonly used majority tactic, but the abusive use of the legislative "hold" has also emerged.
the same ground: the filibusters
had "allow[ed] a minority that