November 1, 2013 |
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.
July 14, 2013
Re "Senate Democrats threaten filibuster change," July 12 So, the GOP is threatening to "shut down" the Senate if the filibuster rule is tweaked to allow a simple majority to approve executive branch nominations. Through their historic abuse of the filibuster, Republicans have already shut down the Senate. As for their threat to use the rule change against a future Democratic minority: With the Republican Party in a demographic death spiral, when will they ever have a Senate majority again?
February 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Fifteen GOP senators called on President Obama to withdraw Chuck Hagel's nomination to lead the Pentagon, even as support from another Republican increased the likelihood he will be confirmed when Congress returns from recess next week. In a letter to the White House, senators warned it would be unprecedented for such a controversial choice to be installed at the Defense Department. “Over the last half-century, no Secretary of Defense has been confirmed and taken office with more than three senators voting against him,” the group, led by Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas)
February 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans vowed Thursday to block a final vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary until after next week's Presidents Day recess, arguing Democrats were unnecessarily rushing a vote on a controversial choice. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has nonetheless called for a vote Thursday afternoon seeking to end the what he called a GOP filibuster - a vote that will likely fall short of the 60-vote threshold needed to proceed. But several key Republicans pledged to support moving forward with a final confirmation vote when the Senate returns on Feb. 25, saying the 10-day delay would allow more senators to study Hagel's full record and allow remaining concerns to be satisfied.
May 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The political battle over President Obama's plan to keep student loan interest rates from skyrocketing escalated as Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic proposal to tax wealthier earners to pay for it. Republicans stopped the effort with a filibuster, even as some in the GOP view this as a politically risky move at a time when middle-class families continue to struggle to afford college. Rates for 7 million new undergraduate student loans are set to double to 6.8% on July 1 if Congress fails to act. The vote was 52-45, failing to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome the GOP filibuster.
December 7, 2011 |
Republicans blocked a vote on President Obama's pick for a seat on the crucial federal appeals court in Washington, dealing the White House a setback as it continues to struggle to fill judicial vacancies across the nation. The Senate GOP filibustered the nomination of Caitlin Halligan, a New York lawyer who had won praise from some conservatives. Republicans said they were concerned about Halligan's record on gun rights and terrorism detainee issues. All but one — Alaska's Lisa Murkowski — voted to prevent her nomination from going to the floor for a final vote, where the judge could have been approved by a simple majority.