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Heinrich, Udall criticize filibuster of unemployment insurance extension

Heinrich, Udall criticize filibuster of unemployment insurance extension

The Senate was unable to extend unemployment insurance because of a Republican filibuster. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, both Democrats from New Mexico, voted to end the filibuster and allow an up-or-down vote on extending the benefits. In all, 55 Senators voted to move forward and vote on the bill itself. It requires 60 votes to bypass a filibuster and move on. “I’m extremely disappointed that despite a number of attempts to work out differences, the … Read entire article »

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Udall hails Senate eliminiation of filibusters on executive, judicial nominees (updated)

Udall hails Senate eliminiation of filibusters on executive, judicial nominees (updated)

The U.S. Senate voted 52-48 to change its own rules and eliminate filibusters on executive and judicial nominees. The move came after dozens of nominees by President Barack Obama had been denied an up-and-down vote while Republicans filibustered. Senate Democrats, and President Barack Obama, said the Senate Republicans were setting too high a standard by all-but requiring 60 votes for any nominees to go forward. Sixty votes is the amount needed to invoke cloture and end debate … Read entire article »

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Udall speaks with Merkley on Senate floor about filibuster reform

Udall speaks with Merkley on Senate floor about filibuster reform

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., have been advocates of reforming the filibuster since they joined the U.S. Senate in 2009. In that time, Senate Republicans have consistently filibustered legislation and nominees, making it necessary for 60 votes to break a filibuster on nearly all matters in front of the Senate. A deal struck at the beginning of the current Congress said that Republicans would only filibuster in “extraordinary circumstances.” This was to head … Read entire article »

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Udall slams latest filibuster of judicial nominee

Udall slams latest filibuster of judicial nominee

Sen. Tom Udall, a proponent of filibuster reform, again slammed Senate Republicans for blocking the nomination of a nominee by President Barack Obama. This time, it was a nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals which currently has three vacancies. Republicans refuse to allow up or down votes on nominees that Obama has put forward, accusing him of attempting to “stack the deck” on the court of appeals. The nominee is Cornelia “Nina” Pillard. “Once again … Read entire article »

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Udall says blocking of two nominations shows need for further filibuster reform

Udall says blocking of two nominations shows need for further filibuster reform

The Senate rejected two nominees of President Barack Obama, including rejecting the nomination of a sitting member of Congress for the first time in over a century. Senate Republicans successfully blocked the nominations of U.S. Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and Patricia Millett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Both nominees received a majority of the votes but the Senate … Read entire article »

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Udall says filibuster deal ‘a very positive breakthrough’

Udall says filibuster deal ‘a very positive breakthrough’

Sen. Tom Udall says that a deal reached to end the filibuster on presidential appointees is “a very positive breakthrough” in ending the gridlock that has plagued the chamber in recent years. “The agreement to confirm nominees for the slate of presidentially appointed positions before us today is a very positive breakthrough,” Udall said in a statement. “Their confirmation is good news for consumers and the health and well-being of families across the country, and I … Read entire article »

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Sen. Tom Udall responds to Paul’s filibuster

Sen. Tom Udall responds to Paul’s filibuster

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., responded to the filibuster by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., after being prompted by New Mexico Telegram. In an email response earlier this evening, Udall told NM Telegram, “I respect Sen. Paul going down to the floor and demonstrating what a real filibuster looks like.” Udall was a support of filibuster reform, including requiring a “talking filibuster” like the one that Paul has been doing for over 12 hours. Paul is filibustering against … Read entire article »

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Udall’s office says Hagel filibuster may show more need for reform

Udall’s office says Hagel filibuster may show more need for reform

Nearly all Republican Senators voted to delay the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense on Thursday. The Republican Senators denied that it was actually a filibuster. The Washington Post has an explanation on what is exactly going on. Sarah Binder, an expert on legislative politics at George Washington University, explains what looks to be a distinction without a difference. “Technically, there’s no hard or fast definition of what constitutes a filibuster,” said Binder. “There’s just … Read entire article »

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Udall’s filibuster reform efforts fall short

Udall’s filibuster reform efforts fall short

The efforts by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and other progressive Democrats to reform the filibuster have failed, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have reached a deal to change the filibuster — but not as far as Udall and others would have liked. Updated 11:20 pm: See Udall’s statement at the bottom of the post. It appears that Reid used the threat of the progressive plan to extract more concessions from the … Read entire article »

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Heinrich co-sponsors Udall filibuster reform resolution

Heinrich co-sponsors Udall filibuster reform resolution

The officer of Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., has co-sponsored the Senate resolution put forward by Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Jeff Merkely, D-Ore., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, to amend filibuster rules. Heinrich had previously supported the efforts to amend the Senate filibuster rules by using the “constitutional option” but had not taken a stance on Udall’s specific reforms until now. “The abuse of the filibuster over the last decade has prevented vital legislation like the DREAM Act and … Read entire article »

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