Today’s vote to change the filibuster rules is not the result of momentary pique. It was a long time in coming. Based on her own experience, Victoria Bassetti shows how filibusters became part of every lawmaker’s daily tool kit.
Unfortunately, our federal courts, which were designed to be outside of politics, have become entrenched in partisan battles. Slashing court budgets and refusing to confirm judges for petty political advantage is now standard practice.
Democrats and Republicans recently reached an agreement to move forward on confirming certain stalled executive branch nominees. But before we begin celebrating, it is worth noting that judges were not part of the deal.
By delaying the administration of justice, by thwarting the principles of finality and certainty, judicial vacancies, especially at the trial court level, cause real harm both to the American people and to the free market.
On last week's background check vote, special interests were able to commandeer some of our sovereignty by exploiting arcane Senate rules and porous campaign finance laws, breaching the social contract at the heart of our democracy.
While Sen. Rand Paul’s talking filibuster of John Brennan as CIA Director was an improvement to ongoing silent obstructionism in the Senate, he and his colleagues should also drop their ongoing silent filibuster of judicial nominees.
Senate leaders Thursday adopted a bipartisan package of rules changes designed to smooth Senate procedure and curb government gridlock, but the dream of truly reforming the filibuster came to an end (for now).