filibusters

McConnell Laments Democratic Stall Tactics to Federal Nominees
 

“In different times, we may have even considered [these nominees] on voice votes,” McConnell said. “But this is where we are.”

As Ted Cruz Lifts Hold, Diplomats Have a Chance at Confirmation (Video)

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There's a chance at least some of the ambassadors caught in a legislative holding pattern might be confirmed before the August recess.  

While the process of filling the diplomatic corps has been slow in the aftermath of the "nuclear option" standoff last fall, Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that he had withdrawn his more recent objection.  

Reid Responds to Obama's Comment on Changing Filibuster

"Does he know we already did that?" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quipped when asked about a comment President Barack Obama made Wednesday about changing the Senate's filibuster rule.  

Obama told a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee audience in New York that changes are needed to "how a filibuster works." "We have made significant progress with regard to judges, tremendous progress," Reid said. "We have ambassadors that should be all over the world. These are people who have worked hard, and finally get a chance to be an ambassador. Republicans don't allow votes on these," Reid said.  

Reid: Recess Won't Start Until After Judicial Nomination Vote

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in no mood to delay a scheduled confirmation vote for a Ninth Circuit judicial nominee — warning he'll keep the Senate in session Friday if Republicans don't consent to an earlier vote.  

"We're not punting," the Nevada Democrat told CQ Roll Call when asked if the confirmation vote on President Barack Obama's choice of Michelle T. Friedland for a seat on the Ninth Circuit would be put off until after the two-week recess.  

Would McConnell Have a Governing Majority?

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Sen. Mitch McConnell has long coveted the chance to be Senate majority leader, and while he could get the job come 2015, it may be more than he bargained for.  

The Kentucky Republican and current minority leader could end up with the narrowest of majorities, with tea party firebrands such as Ted Cruz of Texas holding the power to sink, for example, a Republican budget blueprint if they aren't satisfied.