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?
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?
The beauty of the American Dream is that no one has a claim to it, but everyone has a stake in it. Success in this country doesn’t stem from a face or a name – it stems from a contribution. Good ideas rise; hard workers are promoted; and our society reaps the rewards for providing the greatest upward mobility in the world. As Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) meet with President Obama this week, promoting opportunity for all is chief on our agenda.
In other words, can women achieve the pinnacle of success in both their family lives and careers?
While the discussion of finding the balance between work life and personal life is certainly important, this question, in my view, misses the point.
Late last week the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) unanimously approved a resolution calling on Members of Congress to support Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) in his bid to become Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
For those of you who, like me, live far from the Washington Beltway, you
may not until recently have been familiar with the junior senator from
New York. It’s time we all are.
When Hillary Clinton resigned from the U.S. Senate to become secretary of State in 2009, such renowned names as Caroline Kennedy, Andrew Cuomo and several others were bandied about as possible appointees to fill the vacated seat. Among the lesser known names was Kirsten Gillibrand. Fortunately, substance trumped celebrity.
Since she was appointed to fill the seat — and subsequently won reelection in 2012 – Gillibrand has displayed several essential leadership skills often lacking among politicians today.
Rubio has somewhat of a mixed record with the immigrant community.