Reid: ‘McConnell Took Obstruction to New Heights by Filibustering His Own Bill’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats were left to marvel Thursday as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell ended up filibustering his own legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling in order to prevent its passage. Although McConnell apparently brought up the bill thinking it would not attract Democratic support, Democrats called his bluff and the Kentucky Republican was forced to filibuster it — apparently marking the first time in U.S. history a senator blocked his own bill, according to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “The Senate should pass Senator McConnell’s proposal to give the President the authority to avoid the knock-down, drag-out fight we had over the debt ceiling last year – a fight that caused the first-ever downgrade … Continue reading

Obstruction On Trial: Advocates ‘DREAM’ Of Filibuster’s End

After years of complaining — and a failed attempt at reform from within — several Democratic lawmakers and others have taken decisive action against the Senate filibuster in the courts. Reps. John Lewis ( D-Ga.), Michael Michaud (D-Maine), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) joined a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington by Common Cause, a government watchdog organization. The suit charges that the rule is unconstitutional and was never contemplated by the nation’s founders. The lawmakers on the suit say they all have introduced legislation in the House only to have it blocked in the Senate by use of the filibuster, which allows a minority to block further action on nearly any bill. Once a rarely used … Continue reading