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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.


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.


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?


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?


Senator to remember

Thirty years ago this week the U.S. Congress created a foundation to remember Mike Mansfield, the former U.S. senator from Montana and Majority Leader of the Senate from 1961-1977.


Bring back the legislative veto

While some may be concerned about decreasing revenues in the congressional lobbying world, the same cannot be said for lawyers engaged in the federal rulemaking process, particularly those focused on healthcare and financial services.  Those who practice in this area may see Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as lifetime annuities providing enough income to put their children and grandchildren through college.


Asian-Pacific caucus urges Obama on diversity

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.


Good old days were only yesterday but they're gone

It certainly ranks as one of the coolest moments of my 25- year history on Capitol Hill - that summer afternoon in 2004 when I had caught up with John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the Senate subway and brought him up to date on a problem that I had been having with the Department of Defense.


A matter of priorities

Recently, much attention has been paid to the question of whether women should – as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg put it in her recent book – “lean in” more in the workplace. A separate piece in The Atlantic prompted women across the nation to ask, “can women have it all?”

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.