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Frustration with the Democratic filibusters has sparked a new debate among GOP lawmakers over whether to use the nuclear option to eliminate the legislative stalling tactic. That’s unlikely to happen, given that McConnell and even conservative firebrands such as Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) believe it is an important safeguard of minority rights. Read more […]

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We have just witnessed the U.S. Senate, which is nominally under the control of a Republican majority, vote to abdicate its power to “advise and consent” to a nuclear arms treaty with Iran. I am obviously referring to the Corker-Menendez bill that now goes to the House for consideration. The Senate filibuster rule is at […]

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Hugh Hewitt: Kill the Filibuster

 

Well, knock me over with a feather. It appears that Speaker John Boehner is showing some spine. A few months ago, the GOP developed a plan in response to Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty: Fund the rest of the government, then pass a separate spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would deny Obama the funds to implement his amnesty. The House did their part, and passed the bill. Now, as expected, Senate Democrats are filibustering it. What is a pleasant surprise is that the House leadership is standing firm, in the face of inconstant Senate GOP leadership and hostile media coverage.

So how to overcome the opposition? Hugh Hewitt argues that Republicans should follow in Harry Reid’s footsteps, and eliminate the filibuster. He writes:

Eliminate the Filibuster

 

hero1_1Ever since Democrats changed the Senate’s rules to prohibit filibusters of judicial appointments, Republicans have been debating what to do in response once they take the majority. Some have argued for returning to the status quo before the changes, while others contend that we should stick to the new rules to give Democrats a taste of their own medicine. I argue we should advance the changes and eliminate the filibuster entirely.

Liberals generally think they’ll benefit from the end of the filibuster, but the truth is that conservatives would gain far more from its repeal. For decades, the filibuster has been used to entrench the bureaucratic state. In the thirties, Roosevelt successfully intimidated the Supreme Court into overturning a century of precedent, saying that the federal and state governments had little authority to interfere in freely negotiated, private, contractual arrangements. That move paved the way for the Wagner Act, minimum wage laws, price controls, and — eventually — the ACA; basically the entire progressive agenda. The Supreme Court’s panicked reversal allowed progressive vote-buying by government spending, which led to the formation of durable progressive constituencies, and a decades-long, successful campaign to take over the judiciary.

Fortunately, Democrats have not learned the lesson of their own success. Unfortunately, neither have Republicans who favor reinstating the filibuster, despite the fact that Obama’s appointments can’t be rescinded and that unilaterally reestablishing the old rules will only concede the conservative agenda. Conservatives have to recognize that progressives have changed the nature of the relationship between the organs of government and — while adhering to the rules in the constitution — we mustn’t shy away from changing other rules to advance our agenda of greater individual freedom.

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The legislative session in Texas is set to end tonight at 12 midnight, and State Senator Wendy Davis of Fort Worth is attempting a 13-hour filibuster in an effort to prevent an anti-abortion bill from being passed by the majority Republicans. All she has to do is talk past midnight, and she will have successfully […]

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Kudos to Rand Paul for resurrecting the genuine filibuster. It’s exciting, it reinvigorated conservatives, and he got what he wanted. Even Peter Robinson is arguing that the substance doesn’t matter: Rand Paul stood up to the administration on something, and he should therefore be applauded. But, with respect to the inestimable Mr. Robinson, it’s a […]

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