Tag: filibuster

Join Jim and Greg as they recap the saving of the filibuster by Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. They recoil as the president suggests minor Russian incursions might not merit a strong response. And they fire back as Biden suggests this year’s midterm elections might not be legitimate unless his legislation passes.

Senate Democrats’ Latest Crazy Filibuster Idea

 

While you’ve been busy watching football or digging out of snowstorms, both House and Senate Democrats have been working overtime to find a way of enacting a partisan federal takeover of America’s elections. They are desperate to get a bill to the president’s desk.

And they are almost there. But that last hurdle is a doozy.

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin for refusing to eliminate or alter the filibuster despite massive pressure from their own party. They also welcome the Supreme Court’s decision striking down President Biden’s vaccine mandate on all businesses with more than 100 employees while also noting a separate decision that upheld the mandate on personnel at health care facilities. And they take a look at even more signs that Russia may be planning to invade Ukraine in the coming weeks.

Happy New Year! Join Jim and Greg as they are pleasantly stunned to see the European Union embracing natural gas and nuclear power as their wind and solar energy efforts fall far short of producing the amount of energy needed. They also slam Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s latest effort to skirt the filibuster to pass Dem legislation on elections. And they hammer teachers unions for once again leading the charge to return to distance learning or just “pause” schools for two weeks to weather the Omicron cases of COVID.

Happy New Year! Jim and Greg conclude the Three Martini Lunch Award season by announcing their choices for person of the year and turncoat of the year. They also make some rather sobering predictions about 2022.

 

Jim and Greg salute Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for yet again refusing to end or change the filibuster. They also roll their eyes as Democrats finally notice the surging crime rates in America’s cities and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has no idea where the lawlessness is coming from. And they get a kick out of Sen. Elizabeth Warren wanting to add four more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court just days after Biden’s judicial commission did not recommend doing that.

 

Senate’s Parliamentarian Back Under the Klieg Lights

 

Klieg lights, Wikipedia tells us, were intensely bright “carbon arc” lights used in filmmaking. They were so bright that they allowed Hollywood directors to film daytime scenes at night. They were also so bright as to cause inflammation of the eye, known as “Klieg eye.”

Let’s hope the Senate’s Parliamentarian, Elizabeth McDonough suffers no such injury. Or worse. Few people like the spotlight less than the Senate’s Parliamentarian, a senior staff member and legal expert who reports to the Secretary of the Senate, the chamber’s senior officer. And now, she has won a new Twitter hashtag, #FireTheParliamentarian.

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for staying consistent on her refusal to kill the filibuster, much to the dismay of her party. They also wince as the Taliban  regains control in much of Northern Afghanistan amid the withdrawal of American troops. They end their discussion by highlighting the voter ID flip-flopping of Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock and other Democrats after years of calling the idea racist and tool for voter suppression.

 

Greg and guest host Alexandra DeSanctis Marr cheer a unanimous Supreme Court decision that says faith-based adoption agencies can limit their clients to traditionally married couples and that government must work with them. They also call out Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin for comparing those who want to kill the filibuster with the heroes of D-Day. And they react to the Biden administration issuing guidance declaring that Title IX protections against sex discrimination apply to sexual orientation and gender identity issues as well.

 

Has Snidely Whiplash Schumer Been Foiled Again?

 

As previously discussed, Senate Democrats, with their slim tie-breaking vote majority, have been trying to find a way to pass an aggressive agenda. It includes not just an expansive $2 trillion American Jobs Plan “infrastructure” spending package – very broadly defined – but a massive tax increase to pay for much of it.

The Senate’s 1974 budget rules provide the only way a majority party can pass legislation by a simple majority (51 votes, if everyone shows up, including the Vice President). But it has fit within the context of a federal budget – spending and taxes – with further “Byrd rule” prohibitions against “extraneous” items, increasing the deficit beyond a certain point and touching Social Security.

Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy watching the Dems’ case for killing the filibuster wither away. They also discuss the House GOP fight over Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney and the impact it’s having on the party. And they shake their heads as Brookline, Massachusetts, insists on requiring masks outside despite he CDC easing those restrictions.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Sen. Joe Manchin joining Sen. Sinema in refusing to end or reform the filibuster and hope he means it this time. They also shake their heads as another scandal emerges involving New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, this time that they kept track of all nursing home-related COVID deaths but did not report them all. And they sigh as Virginia Dems flock to once-disgraced Gov. Ralph Northam for endorsements and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax ludicrously compares himself to George Floyd and Emmett Till.

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for thus far refusing to kill or even “reform” the Senate filibuster – despite immense pressure from the left. They also shake their heads as New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tries to argue that paid leave, child care, and caregiving fall under infrastructure. And the California recall spectacle may already be underway as the first celebrity hints at running for governor.

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On the cusp of practically eviscerating the Senate’s filibuster to advance the Democrat’s aggressive if somewhat unpopular progressive agenda, including outlawing voter ID requirements and some gun ownership, US Senate Majority (tenuously, by one vote) Leader Charles Schumer is now focused on an issue that clearly seems to have broad public support: Legalization of Marijuana. […]

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Clever minds have been at work amidst Democratic circles in the US Senate to find a way to circumvent the filibuster – that pesky Senate Rule 22 provision that requires a three-fifths supermajority to end debate and bring a matter to a final vote. But the Democratic caucus isn’t unified, at least yet. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they react to former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield believing that the COVID outbreak probably started with a lab leak in Wuhan. They also discuss Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey saying President Biden is obviously not taking the border crisis seriously when he appoints someone like Vice President Kamala Harris to focus on the problem. And they point out all the ways Biden is nothing more than an opportunistic hypocrite when he now agrees that the Senate filibuster is a “Jim Crow relic.”

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome analysis from a Johns Hopkins University expert that we are much closer to herd immunity against COVID than Dr. Fauci will admit. They also shudder as President Biden is planning to ram through an aggressive, far-left agenda rivaling the New Deal or the Great Society. They shake their heads as the Suez Canal is effectively shut down because a ship has gotten stuck there. And Greg shares a family story in connection with the bicentennial of modern Greek Independence.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the special congressional election win for Julia Letlow in Louisiana, as this impressive woman wins the seat her late husband won last year. They also cringe as Democrats plan to pass every agenda item possible through reconciliation, which would also render the Senate filibuster irrelevant. And Jim unloads on federal and state officials as barely half of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered three weeks after FDA approval.

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The US Senate’s “filibuster” rules have been front and center since last year’s contentious presidential election. Actually, it has been contentious pretty much non-stop for about 64 years, and maybe longer. When a great many Americans hear the word “filibuster,” many of a certain age think of Jimmy Stewart’s legendary performance as the fictional US […]

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