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  • Commentary posted July 16, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Tuesday's First Strike on the Filibuster

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pushing hard to eliminate the filibuster for executive nominations, on the grounds that Republicans have stood in the way too many times and are refusing to confirm qualified nominees. What’s so striking about this reason is that it’s false. President Obama’s success rate with nominees is actually higher than that of his Republican…

  • Backgrounder posted June 4, 2012 by Brian Darling Tyranny in the United States Senate

    Abstract: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has regularly used a procedural tactic called “filling the amendment tree” to restrict Senators’ right to debate and offer amendments. While previous Majority Leaders have occasionally used this tactic, Senator Reid has used this tactic often—more than all of his predecessors combined. This tactic combined with another…

  • WebMemo posted February 7, 2012 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Alison Acosta Fraser Senate Initiative Would Block Blow to Military Readiness

    Last week, six U.S. Senators, including John McCain (R–AZ) and Jon Kyl (R–AZ), endorsed draft legislation that would block the automatic defense cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Under their proposal, those additional cuts to the Pentagon would be offset by targeting spending reductions elsewhere in the federal workforce. Finding…

  • Backgrounder posted August 17, 2010 by Marion Smith Remember the Jay Treaty: START Behaving Like Senators

    Abstract: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration have touted the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) as a beneficial and necessary negotiation, and urged for its immediate ratification. However, the negotiating record of New START—which contains critical information—has not been released to the U.S. Senate. Because of the…

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  • Commentary posted July 16, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Tuesday's First Strike on the Filibuster

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pushing hard to eliminate the filibuster for executive nominations, on the grounds that Republicans have stood in the way too many times and are refusing to confirm qualified nominees. What’s so striking about this reason is that it’s false. President Obama’s success rate with nominees is actually higher than that of his Republican…

  • Backgrounder posted June 4, 2012 by Brian Darling Tyranny in the United States Senate

    Abstract: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has regularly used a procedural tactic called “filling the amendment tree” to restrict Senators’ right to debate and offer amendments. While previous Majority Leaders have occasionally used this tactic, Senator Reid has used this tactic often—more than all of his predecessors combined. This tactic combined with another…

  • Backgrounder posted August 17, 2010 by Marion Smith Remember the Jay Treaty: START Behaving Like Senators

    Abstract: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration have touted the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) as a beneficial and necessary negotiation, and urged for its immediate ratification. However, the negotiating record of New START—which contains critical information—has not been released to the U.S. Senate. Because of the…

  • WebMemo posted February 7, 2012 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Alison Acosta Fraser Senate Initiative Would Block Blow to Military Readiness

    Last week, six U.S. Senators, including John McCain (R–AZ) and Jon Kyl (R–AZ), endorsed draft legislation that would block the automatic defense cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Under their proposal, those additional cuts to the Pentagon would be offset by targeting spending reductions elsewhere in the federal workforce. Finding…

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  • Backgrounder posted June 4, 2012 by Brian Darling Tyranny in the United States Senate

    Abstract: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has regularly used a procedural tactic called “filling the amendment tree” to restrict Senators’ right to debate and offer amendments. While previous Majority Leaders have occasionally used this tactic, Senator Reid has used this tactic often—more than all of his predecessors combined. This tactic combined with another…

  • WebMemo posted February 7, 2012 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Alison Acosta Fraser Senate Initiative Would Block Blow to Military Readiness

    Last week, six U.S. Senators, including John McCain (R–AZ) and Jon Kyl (R–AZ), endorsed draft legislation that would block the automatic defense cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Under their proposal, those additional cuts to the Pentagon would be offset by targeting spending reductions elsewhere in the federal workforce. Finding…

  • Backgrounder posted August 17, 2010 by Marion Smith Remember the Jay Treaty: START Behaving Like Senators

    Abstract: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration have touted the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) as a beneficial and necessary negotiation, and urged for its immediate ratification. However, the negotiating record of New START—which contains critical information—has not been released to the U.S. Senate. Because of the…

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