October 16, 2009 |
After months of keeping a low profile on healthcare, there was Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on the Don Imus radio show this week, warning that Democrats better not take his vote for granted. Sen. Roland W. Burris, the scandal-plagued freshman Democrat from Illinois, blasted out a news release declaring that he had "emerged as a key player in the healthcare debate." Even Sen. Ben Nelson, the centrist Democrat from Nebraska who has enjoyed months of White House wooing, made a point of reminding a scrum of reporters in the Capitol that he was still uncommitted.
June 7, 2008 |
Senate leaders withdrew legislation that would have mandated major cuts in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions after falling a dozen votes shy of ending a GOP filibuster. Although the bill enjoyed bipartisan support, the weeklong floor debate devolved into partisan bickering over which party was most responsive to the plight of Americans trying to cope with rising gas prices. The bill would have cut greenhouse gas emissions 18% below 2005 levels by 2020 and nearly 70% by midcentury.
January 18, 2010 |
President Obama swooped into Massachusetts on Sunday on a mission to rescue his party's struggling U.S. Senate candidate and prevent the collapse of the Democrats' healthcare overhaul. "Understand what's at stake here," Obama told a spirited crowd of about 1,500 people assembled in a small arena at Northeastern University. "It's whether we're going forwards or going backwards." Massachusetts, which has not elected a Republican to the Senate since the Nixon administration, may have been the last place Obama expected to show up this month.
December 15, 2010 |
After stumbling last week, the effort to end the policy banning gay troops from serving openly in the military received a boost Wednesday, as the House approved a measure repealing the policy in an effort to force the Senate to do the same before lawmakers go home for the holidays. The House vote on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy -- essentially a repeat of a similar vote in May -- puts fresh pressure on the Senate leaders to prioritize the repeal as they struggle to schedule votes on a handful of last-chance priorities for Democrats.
May 8, 2005
In response to "The Republicans' Filibuster Lie," Commentary, May 3: Missing from David Greenberg's otherwise excellent analysis of the Republican lie on judicial filibusters is perhaps the ultimate in delicious irony: Bush nominee Richard Allen Griffin, whose ascent to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has been blocked by Democrats, is the son of Republican Sen. Robert P. Griffin, the former Michigan lawmaker who in 1968 led the GOP filibuster opposing...
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.