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Unintended consequences

The new precedent that any rule can be changed at any time by the majority inevitably will lead to the elimination of the filibuster for all nominations and eventually for legislative matters.

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What changing Senate chairs portend

On the heels of the release of Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) tax reform draft proposal on energy, the White House announced that he has been nominated for ambassador to China.

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Mandatory timelines for federal appointments

The “nuclear option”, which eliminates the ability to filibuster most presidential nominations, forces a vote.  But is that what is necessary to break decades of gridlock when it comes to presidential nominations?

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Ending the Senate filibuster may be bad for government

The recent vote in the U. S. Senate to end the filibuster in judicial nomination cases (with the exception of Supreme Court nominees) will allow the majority party to confirm the President’s judicial nominees more swiftly and with less vocal opposition, but will the end of the filibuster mean better government?

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