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.
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.
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.