Going Nuclear: The Radioactive Senate needs to step up


With our new Senate in office less that 20 days the prospects of getting things done looms large. Despite the fact that the majority of Americans would prefer that Congress undo the damage that they’ve done (i.e. Obama-care etc.) we can think of a number of legislative actions that would be beneficial. There are few bills that are more important than the authorization to move forward on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Yet, recently this bill was thwarted in typical Washington fashion, with a wimper:

Senate pulls brake on Keystone pipeline bill

Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked the Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward on Monday, but supporters of the project vowed to push ahead and eventually get a vote on the measure.

The Senate voted 54 to 37 to limit debate on the bill that would allow Congress to approve TransCanada Corp’s project to link Canada’s oil sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The measure needed 60 to pass.

But, don’t you remember this move by Dirty “Make my day” [mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ]:

Reid, Democrats trigger ‘nuclear’ option; eliminate most filibusters on nominees

November 21, 2013

Senate Democrats took the dramatic step Thursday of eliminating filibusters for most nominations by presidents, a power play they said was necessary to fix a broken system but one that Republicans said will only rupture it further.

Democrats used a rare parliamentary move to change the rules so that federal judicial nominees and executive-office appointments can advance to confirmation votes by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote supermajority that has been the standard for nearly four decades.

The big red button has already been pushed. What are you waiting for [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ]? Use the same rules to reduce cloture votes to the 50 mark. You’re making your moves to increase your position and profile. This will show the Democrats that you mean business. Otherwise you’ll be taken for the pansy we all think that you really are.