Compromise, Senate GOP Style
Who could have predicted the outcome of the latest filibuster imbroglio in the Senate? Republicans paid the full ransom. What else is new? Once again, Mitch McConnell outsourced his leadership position to the McCain-Graham duo. He tapped them, along with Bob Corker and Roger Wicker – all from solid red states – to negotiate a compromise with Reid and Schumer over the filibuster and executive | Read More »
UPDATED: Senate Republicans Cave: Filibuster ‘Compromise’ Keeps NLRB Firmly Under Union Control
Well, the fix is in–and, frankly, it looks as though Senate Republicans have caved in on everything–and have little to show for it.
In their effort to “save” the filibuster, according to Politico, Senators John McCain (RINO-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) brokered a deal that gives Democrats nearly everything* they wanted.
In sum, here’s how it shakes out: Harry Reid gets to keep the threat of using the nuclear option at some later point. In exchange, the GOP gets to keep the pretense of having the ability to filibuster in return for caving in on five out of seven of Obama’s controversial appointments:
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DC Appeals Court Strikes Down Obama’s Recess Appointments
Thankfully, a week that has gone awry for conservatives on the legislative front has ended with great news. Aside for Saxby Chambliss announcing his retirement from the Senate, the DC Appellate Court has tossed out Obama’s recess appointments he made on January 4, 2012. Last January, while Congress was in a district work period, Obama made an end run around the Senate and appointed Richard | Read More »
Cordray and NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional
Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese and Todd Gaziano, both with my employer The Heritage Foundation, have written an excellent piece in the Washington Post explaining why the installation of Richard Cordray as head of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Richard Griffin, Sharon Block and Terence Flynn to be on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are unconstitutional acts.The president claimed to use the constitutional power of the | Read More »
President Obama to flip-flop on recess appointment?
CNN is just now reporting that the President plans to recess appoint Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Such a recess appointment was previously assumed to be impossible, given that: the assumed minimum length of time is three days; and the Senate is deliberately meeting every two days in order to prevent recess appointments during that time period. The Hill helpfully notes | Read More »
Richard Cordray, The Filibuster And The CFPB
Senate filibusters over nominations often have more to do with policy issues than the qualifications of a nominee. That’s the case now with the nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to be the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Much has been written about Cordray’s history as a liberal activist, yet the real motivation behind the Republican filibuster is an effort to protect consumers from | Read More »
This Week in Washington – October 17, 2011
The Senate is in session this week working on a package of appropriations bills called the “Minibus.” The House is out this week, but will be meeting in pro forma session to block the Obama Administration from making recess appointments. No Child Left Behind is starting to wind through the committee process in the Senate.
Sen. Richard Shelby on Why He’s Blocking the New Consumer Czar’s Confirmation
Richard Cordray, President Obama’s pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, won approval from the Senate Banking Committee last week on a party-line vote. His confirmation to run the new agency faces fierce opposition from Republicans, who have vowed to block Senate approval until reforms are made to the agency. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) is leading those calls for reform. As the ranking Republican on the | Read More »
Richard Cordray and Over-Regulation
A vote is scheduled today on the nomination of Richard Cordray to be the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the Senate Banking Committee. This nomination battle is a proxy fight over Dodd-Frank, also known as the “Wall Street Reform Bill,” and regulatory excess. Expect Republicans to fight the Cordray confirmation as a means to slow a regulatory behemoth that imposes a | Read More »
Liberals Continue Push for Job-Killing Agency and Regulations
Last year, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) sent the President a letter raising concerns about 191 pending regulations that costs American business billions of dollars a year. The President ignored the letter, so Speaker Boehner sent him another one. The potential cost of these Obama regulations will be devastating to an already sputtering economy and constitute a massive hidden tax on all Americans. The only way for Senators to stop regulations | Read More »
Tech at Night: FCC, Google, Texas
Tonight I will be brief. My wrist is begging I not type another word tonight, but I have a queue of things I don’t want to leave until Monday. So I will share them, but with less commentary than usual. Apologies from my wrist.
Tags: deem and pass
, Net Neutrality
, Richard Cordray
, Third Way
, Title II
, Title II Reclassification