Filibusters - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Filibusters AP Explains: How Byrd rule shapes GOP push on health care WASHINGTON (AP) — The success of Republican efforts to repeal and replace Democrat Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act could depend on an obscure Senate rule that few people have heard of and even fewer understand. It's called the Byrd rule, named for the late West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd and designed decades ago to preserve Senate filibuster rights. Wha... Wed, 10 May 2017 07:53:00 GMT 2017-05-10T07:53:00Z Colorado GOP blocks nation's 1st well-mapping requirement DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans used a late-night filibuster Monday to block a first-of-its-kind requirement that oil and gas producers provide the locations of all their gas lines. Democrats who rule the House were planning to pass the bill before midnight, their deadline to get it to the governor's desk before the Legislature concludes work for the year. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 07:54:00 GMT 2017-05-09T07:54:00Z Health care fight shifts to Senate, where GOP wants a reboot WASHINGTON (AP) — It took blood, sweat and tears for Republican leaders to finally push their health care bill through the House last week. Don't expect the process to be less arduous in the Senate, though more of the angst in that more decorous chamber will likely be behind closed doors. No one expects a new bill to be written quickly, but Senate Majorit... Mon, 08 May 2017 23:20:00 GMT 2017-05-08T23:20:00Z Government 'needs a good shutdown,' frustrated Trump tweets WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Tuesday the U.S. government "needs a good shutdown" this fall to fix a "mess" in the Senate, signaling on Twitter his displeasure with a bill to keep operations running. But Republican leaders and Trump himself also praised the stopgap measure as a major accomplishment and a sign of his masterful negotiating with Democrats. ... Wed, 03 May 2017 02:20:00 GMT 2017-05-03T02:20:00Z Republicans in position to reshape federal bench WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation's highest courts. Democrats have few ways to stop them. The Republican opportunity comes with the GOP in control of Congress and the White House, about 120... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:18:00 GMT 2017-04-24T07:18:00Z Gorsuch confirmation rolls Supreme Court to the right WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of turmoil, the Senate confirmed Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch as the Supreme Court's youngest justice Friday, filling a 14-month vacancy after the death of Antonin Scalia and restoring a rightward tilt that could last for years. Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday and will quickly begin confronting cases of consequence, including o... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:51:00 GMT 2017-04-07T20:51:00Z Gorsuch heads for confirmation as Senate tears up own rules WASHINGTON (AP) — In a confrontation that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations, Republicans tore up the Senate's voting rules Thursday to allow Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch to ascend to the high court over furious Democratic objections. Democrats denounced the GOP's use of what both sides dubbed the "nuclear option" to put Gorsuch on the court, c... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:35:00 GMT 2017-04-07T00:35:00Z The Latest: Senate vote on Gorsuch expected midday Friday WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate debate on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will resume debate on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Friday morning, with a vote expected about midday. McConnell's comments late Thursday c... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:22:00 GMT 2017-04-06T23:22:00Z Dems elevate attacks as Supreme Court showdown nears WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats elevated their attacks against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Wednesday, portraying him as an ally of the powerful and an enemy of the weak as an explosive showdown loomed on the Senate floor. Republicans defended Judge Neil Gorsuch, accusing Democrats of trying to block him out of frustration over Trump's election victory. ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:37:00 GMT 2017-04-05T20:37:00Z McConnell claims votes to bust Supreme Court filibuster WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is claiming he has the votes necessary to thwart a planned Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, as a showdown draws near that could change the Senate, and the court, for generations. "They seem determined to head into the abyss," the Kentucky Republican said of De... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:24:00 GMT 2017-04-05T11:24:00Z The Latest: Democrat gives marathon speech against Gorsuch WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate debate on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley has been talking on the Senate floor in opposition to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for several hours and plans to remain "as long as I am able." Merkley's extended sp... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 03:24:00 GMT 2017-04-05T03:24:00Z Dems claim votes to block Gorsuch; GOP will override them WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats claimed the votes they needed Monday to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, but the victory was only fleeting, setting up a historic showdown with Republicans who intend to rewrite Senate rules and muscle Neil Gorsuch onto the high court. The coming fight was assured as the bitterly divided Judiciary Committee... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:22:00 GMT 2017-04-04T05:22:00Z The Latest: McConnell stops short of pledging rule change WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats' planned filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is a "new low" but stopped short of saying he will change Senate rules to confirm him. M... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-04-03T20:46:00Z How Senate Dems have said they will vote on court pick Senate Democrats have enough votes to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who plan to change Senate rules to confirm President Donald Trump's pick. The crucial 41st vote came from Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware who announced his decision Monday. Coons' opposition will prevent Republic... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:40:00 GMT 2017-04-03T17:40:00Z Fights over Supreme Court nominees are nothing new WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering when Supreme Court nominations became so politically contentious? Only about 222 years ago — when the Senate voted down George Washington's choice for chief justice. This year's brouhaha sees Senate Democrats and Republicans bracing for a showdown over President Donald Trump's nominee, Neil Gorsuch. It's the latest twist in the political wrangling... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:38:00 GMT 2017-04-03T08:38:00Z 2 Democratic senators split over support for Gorsuch WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators on Sunday split over supporting Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana said he would vote in favor of Gorsuch's confirmation while Sen. Jon Tester of Montana announced he would not back the federal appeals court judge based in Denver. Donnelly became t... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 01:03:00 GMT 2017-04-03T01:03:00Z Senate heads for Supreme Court showdown WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is headed for a tense showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee that could have far-reaching consequences for Congress, the high court and the nation. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republicans are determined to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch within the week. But to do so, they will likely have to override Democratic objec... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 03:04:00 GMT 2017-04-02T03:04:00Z Dem opposition to Trump court pick grows; Schumer warns GOP WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee swelled Friday as Democrats neared the numbers needed for a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who have the votes to confirm Neil Gorsuch. Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Brian Schatz of Hawaii became t... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:32:00 GMT 2017-03-31T20:32:00Z The Latest: Sen. McCaskill says she will oppose Gorsuch WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination (all times local): 4 p.m. A day after saying she was torn over the decision, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she will oppose Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will vote with fellow Democrats to filibuster his nomination. McCaskill, who is... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:01:00 GMT 2017-03-31T20:01:00Z Schumer warns GOP against rules change on Supreme Court WASHINGTON (AP) — As he tries to line up enough votes to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, the Senate Democratic leader is strongly warning Republicans against changing Senate rules to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lost two in his caucus Thursday when Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi H... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:16:00 GMT 2017-03-31T12:16:00Z 2 Dems to vote for Trump's court nominee; Schumer urges 'no' WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democrats facing tough re-elections in GOP states said Thursday they will vote for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, even as the Senate Democratic leader strongly warned Republicans against changing Senate rules to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York had tough words for his Republican c... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 05:07:00 GMT 2017-03-31T05:07:00Z Kaine to oppose Trump court pick, join filibuster WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Tim Kaine is joining with most of his Democratic colleagues and says he will vote to filibuster President Donald Trump's choice of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. The Virginia Democrat and vice presidential running mate last year for Hillary Clinton cited Gorsuch's opinion that employers have the right to deny gove... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:19:00 GMT 2017-03-29T14:19:00Z White House calls for domestic cuts to finance border wall WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall. The White House documents were submitted to Congress amid negotiations over a catchall spending bill that would ave... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:32:00 GMT 2017-03-29T02:32:00Z AP EXPLAINS: What is the Senate's 'nuclear option'? WASHINGTON (AP) — To blow up the rules or not? Senate Republicans and Democrats appear to be on collision course over President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court and whether to changes Senate rules to get him confirmed. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has announced that he will vote no on the nomination of Judge Neil Go... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:30:00 GMT 2017-03-27T20:30:00Z Democrats oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers WASHINGTON (AP) — Five more Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him. California Sen. Kamala Harris, Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse all said they believe the Denver-based appeals court judge has ruled too often against workers and in fav... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:07:00 GMT 2017-03-24T22:07:00Z Democrats threaten delay on Supreme Court nominee WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats vowed Thursday to impede Judge Neil Gorsuch's path to the Supreme Court, setting up a political showdown with implications for future openings on the high court. Still irate that Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nominee, Democrats consider Gorsuch a threat to a wide range of civil rights and think he was too evasive during 20 ho... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:32:00 GMT 2017-03-23T20:32:00Z The Latest: Law professor: Gorsuch won't be 'robotic vote' WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A law professor says Judge Neil Gorsuch may be conservative, but he's predicting that President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court won't be "a robotic vote for the right of the court." Jona... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:01:00 GMT 2017-03-23T19:01:00Z High court nominee: I'll be unbiased or 'hang up the robe' WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch pledged to be independent or "hang up the robe" as the U.S. Senate began rancorous hearings Monday on President Donald Trump's conservative pick to fill a Supreme Court seat that has been vacant for more than a year. Gorsuch sought to take the edge off Democratic complaints that he has favored the wealt... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:37:00 GMT 2017-03-20T21:37:00Z Democrats warn against funding border wall in spending bill WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats are warning Republicans controlling Congress against adding billions of dollars for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall to a coming $1 trillion-plus spending package. The warning from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and others came in a letter Monday to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. T... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:43:00 GMT 2017-03-13T14:43:00Z Liberal groups warn Senate Democrats not to back Gorsuch WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal groups that oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court are telling Democratic senators to oppose him or face the consequences. The groups on Thursday formed "The People's Defense," billed as a massive grassroots campaign to defeat Gorsuch's nomination in the Republican-controlled Senate. The ... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:45:00 GMT 2017-03-09T21:45:00Z