March 7, 2013 |
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a nearly 13-hour filibuster Wednesday of John Brennan 's nomination to lead the CIA . Paul used his time on the floor to question the legality of the White House 's policies on drone use, beginning at 11:47 a.m. EST and ending at 12:39 a.m. EST Thursday. Below is the transcript of Paul's remarks, as his office released them, hour by hour. Hour 1: I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan's nomination for the CIA I will speak until I can no longer speak.
November 29, 2012
Re "Fixing the filibuster," Editorial, Nov. 25 Indeed, we should rein in this obnoxious abuse. As you write, "Senators who want to mount a filibuster should have just one chance of doing so" - preferably only once in six years, in my opinion. As Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein make clear in their book, "It's Even Worse Than It Looks," today's senators use the filibuster infinitely more often than their predecessors did. Worse yet, they have added the shameful custom of the "hold," by which a single senator can secretly stop any legislation or nomination from being debated or coming to a vote.
February 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans refused to allow a vote Wednesday on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to lead the Defense Department, staging the first filibuster against a president's choice to head the Pentagon since the agency was created. Majority Leader Harry Reid called the move “a shame” as he announced on the floor of the Senate that he was unable to reach an agreement with the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee to avoid such a delay. Reid filed a motion to end the filibuster, which he said he expected to vote on Friday, at which point Democrats believe they will have enough votes to confirm Hagel's appointment.
January 5, 2013
Re "Disarm the filibuster," Opinion, Jan. 2 Joyce Appleby, in her otherwise excellent critique of the Senate's filibuster rule, leaves out the most telling constitutional argument against it. The vice president is given only one job by the Constitution beyond succeeding the president if necessary. That job is to break a tie vote in the Senate. Clearly the framers of the Constitution assumed that a majority vote would normally decide issues before the Senate, but since each state has two senators, there is always the possibility of a tie; so they put in a method to avoid legislative paralysis.
January 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Hopes dimmed Thursday for vast rules changes in the Senate to limit the filibuster as a weapon in the partisan obstruction that has ground action in the chamber to a near standstill. Senators, mostly liberal Democrats, had sought to bring reforms at the start of the new Congress, and a key component was the requirement that any senator wishing to conduct a filibuster must remain talking on the Senate floor in the style actor James Stewart made famous in the film “Mr.
January 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders reached a tentative agreement Thursday for rules changes that would limit the use of the filibuster as a weapon in the partisan obstruction that has ground action in the chamber to a near standstill. The deal, between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), fell short of the sweeping reforms sought largely by liberal senators and their allies at the start of the new Congress. The package of changes was expected to come to a vote late Thursday.