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November 13, 2013 | By Michael McGough
Senate Republicans who blocked the second of three of President Obama's recent nominees to an important federal appeals court this week deserve most of the bad things being said about them. The filibustering of qualified nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is blatantly partisan and intellectually dishonest. The Republicans claim they are blocking the nominations because the D.C. Circuit is underworked and could get by with fewer judges - and besides, Obama is trying to “pack” the court with liberals.
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NEWS
November 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans blocked another of President Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the latest chapter in a long-running battle between the parties over seats on the influential court. The 56 to 41 vote for Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, a Georgetown law professor, was shy of the 60 needed to end a Republican filibuster. One senator voted present. Pillard was one of three nominees Obama announced in June to fill out the court, considered second only to the U.S. Supreme Court in its importance in the judicial branch.
OPINION
November 2, 2013
Re "Senate GOP blocks Obama picks," Nov. 1 As the result of GOP filibuster abuse, five years after President Obama first assumed office, Bush administration holdover Edward J. DeMarco still heads the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The Wall Street-friendly DeMarco is one of the nation's greatest obstacles to meaningful economic recovery. DeMarco blocked efforts to provide debt relief to the victims of Wall Street scammers. He did so even after the U.S. Treasury offered to pay the FHFA 63 cents for every dollar forgiven.
NATIONAL
November 1, 2013 | Michael A. Memoli
Senate Republicans' rejection Thursday of two key nominations by President Obama revived a battle over filibuster rules and opened a new partisan front just as congressional leaders and the White House are searching for a budget compromise to avert another government shutdown. Democrats in the Senate immediately renewed a threat to use their majority to impose the so-called nuclear option, making a historic change to long-standing Senate rules that would prevent a minority party -- currently Republicans -- from blocking such nominations through filibuster.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - In blocking the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to head a top housing agency, Senate Republicans showed they preferred to keep oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the hands of a career bureaucrat who opposes providing more aggressive aid for struggling homeowners. Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, was nominated by President Obama to be director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The nomination failed a key procedural vote Thursday. The White House and congressional Democrats plan to continue to press for Watt to replace acting Director Edward J. DeMarco, who has led the housing regulatory agency since 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to the children at bedtime is perfectly acceptable way to end the day in most American households. Choosing to do it from the floor of the U.S. Senate , then using the story as a metaphor for why you oppose Obamacare is a little weird, but no weirder than putting on a 20-hour faux filibuster designed to get your colleagues to vote against a bill you actually support . At least when...
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON -- Wendy Davis, who garnered national headlines in June for filibustering a controversial bill restricting abortion access, confirmed Monday that she was considering a bid for governor of Texas next year. Speaking at a packed lunch at the National Press Club here, the Texas state senator announced she would either run for reelection in the Senate or for the governorship of the nation's second-largest state. Though she has settled on those two options, Davis said she was still considering what her family and Texas voters want.
NATIONAL
July 17, 2013 | Michael A. Memoli
The bipartisan accord that ended a sometimes bitter Senate debate over filibusters Tuesday handed the Obama administration a significant victory, ensuring the confirmation of several major nominees and the functioning of federal agencies endangered by determined Republican opposition. Democrats had been poised to force through a major change in Senate rules, ending the power of a minority to block executive branch nominations by threat of filibuster. Republicans had said they would respond by bringing the Senate to a halt.
OPINION
July 17, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The Senate averted a partisan meltdown Tuesday when Republicans agreed not to block votes on several White House nominees and Democrats dropped their plan to ban filibusters on key executive branch positions. That's a good thing, at least on first glance. But the peace in the Senate is an uneasy one, given the air of mutual distrust between the two parties' leaders. And it's not clear yet whether the filibuster abuse that has become the norm in the Senate has been stopped or merely suspended until the next logjam.
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