Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) said Friday that the troubles one of his Indiana constituents is having getting on the ObamaCare website would make a great episode of Seinfeld.
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) said Friday that by limiting the filibuster and preventing votes on amendments to legislation, Senate Democrats are essentially telling Republicans to "sit down and shut up."
The Senate has been working almost without interruption since Wednesday afternoon.
James's nomination was caught up in the battle over the filibuster.
The newest member of the Senate was asked to preside over the Senate as Republicans forced Democrats to run out the clock on debate of nomination votes.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) tweeted early Friday morning that he was “Pulling the grave yard shift: Now presiding over The US Senate.”
Senate Republicans have refused to yield back any debate time on nomination votes out of frustration that Democrats unilaterally changed the Senate filibuster rules last month.
The Senate has been in session debating nominations non-stop since 2 p.m. on Wednesday and is expected to have to work through the weekend if Republicans don’t allow shorter debate times.
Republicans have used the time to criticize the rule change and ObamaCare. But early Friday morning, no one was on the floor despite the GOP’s insistence on using all the debate time.
Several Senate Republicans evoked the memory of the late-Sen. Robert Byrd (R-W.Va.) when complaining about the Majority’s recent move to unilaterally change the filibuster rules.
Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) were just a few GOP senators who used Byrd’s opposition to limiting Minority Party rights in their arguments against the recent rule change.
The Senate confirmed two Montana judges Thursday as senators continued to debate and vote on several of President Obama’s executive and judicial nominees.
The Senate voted 75-20 to confirm Brian Morris to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Montana. And on a 77-19 vote, the Senate confirmed Susan Watters to serve on the same court.
The House on Thursday evening quickly approved a resolution honoring the life of Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.
The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would give commercial space launchers more time to get licenses from the Department of Transportation and obtain insurance assistance.
The bill extends the current liability scheme for commercial space launch companies, which many see as a needed step to keep these companies competitive.