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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:16 PM

This Is How Filibuster Reform Comes Back To Life

BRIAN BEUTLER FEBRUARY 1, 2013, 7:17 PM 19257
In the spirit of the bipartisan, but toothless rules reforms the Senate passed last week, Senate Minority Mitch McConnell and over 40 of his members are vowing to block confirmation of a permanent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director unless Democrats agree to pass legislation dramatically weakening the agency.

Republicans pulled the same trick in 2011. It was a back door attempt to nullify an existing law they didn’t like because they couldn’t change it via normal democratic processes. But at least back then they had a decent case for slowing Obama’s legislative juggernaut ahead of a referendum in 2012. They lost, of course, but that hasn’t deterred them one bit.

For now, Richard Cordray remains CFPB director, thanks to a recess appointment. But that appointment expires at the end of the year, and could come to an end earlier thanks to the DC circuit court, which ruled that similar appointments to a different regulatory body were unconstitutional.

This is a real problem. Without a director, the CFPB loses a lot of its power. But the milquetoast rules reforms that passed last week give Harry Reid no parliamentary tools to pry the GOP off its position. Short of battling it out with Republicans in the public sphere and hoping they crack, President Obama will see one of his signature accomplishments neutered by what amounts to an ad hoc legislative line item veto…by a congressional minority.

Unless Reid decides to play hardball. The court decision, and McConnell’s renewed filibuster threat seem to have caught him by surprise somehow. But if at some point later this year it becomes clear Republicans will continue to block Cordray past the end of his recess appointment, Reid could in theory revisit the filibuster reform fight.

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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2013/02/this_is_how_filibuster_reform_comes_back_to_life.php?ref=fpa

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:21 PM

1. The future being when? Before the next Congress or this Congress?

Too late imo for it to happen this Congress.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:35 PM

2. I don't think anything can be done in this Congress, can it?

Isn't it too late?

The title of the article made me think that there was some mechanism by which it could be done in this session, but nothing in the article says how, or if, that could happen.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:58 PM

3. Why should this catch Reid by surprise when they'd already tried it in 2011?

Nothing the GOP does surprises me.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:02 PM

4. "seem to have caught him by surprise somehow." - lol. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:05 PM

5. you knew darn well I was a snake before you took me in - nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:25 PM

6. "Reid could in theory revisit the filibuster reform fight."

Not sure how this could be accomplished now that the "First Day" is over. Wouldn't he now need a super majority?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 08:55 AM

7. Reid and fight in the same sentence is an oxymoron to me

What fight does Reid have in him when he caves to republicans.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:15 AM

8. AND THAT IS WHY HARRY SHOULD LEAVE.

it is all his fault

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Response to trueblue2007 (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:13 PM

9. Seriously - that he was 'surprised' ...

... after 250 years in the Senate, by anything that was on the GOP's radar, signs his pink slip.

Time to retire & get your eyeglasses & hearing aid checked, Harry ...

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