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Under new rules, GOP would have no say in Obama pick for Homeland Security
The Daily Caller ^ | 7/12/2013 | Alex Pappas

Posted on 07/12/2013 3:44:21 PM PDT by markomalley

If Harry Reid gets his way, President Obama won’t have to worry about appointing a new Homeland Security secretary that is acceptable to Senate Republicans.

Napolitano’s resignation from the department on Friday comes as the Democratic majority leader is threatening to invoke “the nuclear option” and change the Senate’s rules to allow administration appointees to sail through confirmation without threat of Republican filibustering.

Under that scenario, Napolitano’s replacement would likely be the first major appointment made in the post-“nuclear option” era where Republicans would have no ability to stop the confirmation of a nominee they find unacceptable.

“The selection of her replacement could be the first test of a scaled-back check on the President’s power,” John Ashbrook, a spokesman for Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, told The Daily Caller.

When it comes to appointing cabinet officials, the Constitution says the president shall nominate a candidate with the “advice and consent of the Senate.”

“If Democrats actually do the nuclear option, it would reduce the confirmation process to one party rule,” Ashbrook said. “President Obama could install controversial nominees with a complicit Democrat majority and no real input from the opposition.”

It was announced Friday that Napolitano, the former governor of Arizona, will leave office in September to become president of the University of California system.

The “nuclear option” means Senate rules would only require 51 votes to end a filibuster on administration nominees, instead of 60.

The Senate is currently made up of 52 Democrats, 46 Republicans and two independents, meaning Obama could nominate virtually anyone despite Republican opposition if all Democrats supported his pick.

Reid has argued the rules need changing because of Republicans are blocking too many nominees. “It is a disturbing trend when Republicans are willing to block executive branch nominees even when they have no objection to the qualifications of the nominee,” Reid said Thursday.

But McConnell says Reid has concocted “a phony crisis” over certain nominees in order to push through the changes.

“Senate Democrats are gearing up today to make one of the most consequential changes to the United States Senate in the history of our nation,” McConnell said Thursday. “And I guarantee you, it is a decision that, if they actually go through with it, they will live to regret.”


TOPICS: Government; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: harryreid; homelandsecurity; janetnapolitano; nevada

1 posted on 07/12/2013 3:44:21 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Under new rules, GOP would have no say in Obama pick for Homeland Security...

Why do we need a new rule? The GOP wouldn’t have said or done anything anyway. Even if they did, who in the admin would bother listening?


2 posted on 07/12/2013 3:46:15 PM PDT by mark3681
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To: markomalley

Do it.

In 2014, don’t change the rule.


3 posted on 07/12/2013 3:47:05 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: markomalley

Van Jones (or equivalent) will head the DHS then!


4 posted on 07/12/2013 3:49:18 PM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: markomalley
Don't the Republicans rubber-stamp Democrat choices 99% of the time anyway? Like having a choice makes any difference in the outcome?
5 posted on 07/12/2013 3:49:29 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: markomalley

Obama does as he pleases. He tells the GOP to go to hell anyway.


6 posted on 07/12/2013 3:49:36 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: noprogs

Homeland Serenity Dept


7 posted on 07/12/2013 3:50:10 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: noprogs

Van Jones (or equivalent) will head the DHS then!


That’s right.


8 posted on 07/12/2013 3:50:36 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: markomalley

Don’t they still have a rule that any senator can put a hold on any nominee?


9 posted on 07/12/2013 3:51:29 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: markomalley

When is it the nuclear option and when is it the constitutional option?


10 posted on 07/12/2013 3:51:47 PM PDT by FewsOrange
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To: markomalley

So that’s why Reid went ‘nuclear’?


11 posted on 07/12/2013 3:53:26 PM PDT by wvguy
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To: markomalley
It doesn't matter about the "rules".

Obama and his posse ignore most of them anyway.

12 posted on 07/12/2013 3:58:53 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: markomalley

Perhaps the timing of Harry and Janet is not the coincidence it might seem to be.


13 posted on 07/12/2013 4:00:54 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: austinaero

No such thing as coincidence in this evil administration. It is all planned to a tee!


14 posted on 07/12/2013 4:07:05 PM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary)
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To: markomalley
GOP is the battered wife in this game. There is no hope coming from these imbiciles
15 posted on 07/12/2013 4:09:02 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Yesterdays conspiracies are todays truths)
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To: markomalley

Phooey,

I was looking forward to a transgendered Muslim.


16 posted on 07/12/2013 4:23:19 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: markomalley

Do you suppose that Harry Reid knew that Napolitano was about to resign, so decided to change the rules?


17 posted on 07/12/2013 4:29:11 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: markomalley

Choose a commie who will make all the federal employees spy on each other and report on their supervisors. Call THAT security.


18 posted on 07/12/2013 4:34:19 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama does not know how bad he really is.)
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To: markomalley
We need a Senate that is independent of the party politics of the likes of Harry "Casino Daddy" Reid.

We need to repeal the 17th Amendment.

19 posted on 07/12/2013 4:34:21 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who could have guessed that one day pro wrestling would be less fake than mainstream journalism?)
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To: markomalley

Choose a commie who will make all the federal employees spy on each other and report on their supervisors. Call THAT security.


20 posted on 07/12/2013 4:34:53 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama does not know how bad he really is.)
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To: markomalley

Don’t worry, the next time the Republicans gain control of the senate, they’ll change it back right away.


21 posted on 07/12/2013 4:37:28 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Harriet Meiers is looking pretty good right about now.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Do you suppose that Harry Reid knew that Napolitano was about to resign, so decided to change the rules?
It might be worse.

Consider the possibility that the Administration has been given a "heads up" about a Supreme Court Justice retiring. Then the cheese would get really binding.

22 posted on 07/12/2013 4:40:59 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: markomalley

Doesn’t matter. 0bama can make a recess appointment anytime he feels the Senate is in recess, which is anytime.


23 posted on 07/12/2013 5:01:50 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: markomalley

Well who could be worse than incompetanto?


24 posted on 07/12/2013 5:07:27 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: markomalley

I wonder if the new secretary will be...... BLACK? GAY? or BOTH?


25 posted on 07/12/2013 5:11:05 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: markomalley

I under stand that Perez Hilton is being seriously considered....


26 posted on 07/12/2013 5:12:43 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: beethovenfan
How about Dennis Rodman?
27 posted on 07/12/2013 5:15:08 PM PDT by mware
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To: Erik Latranyi
"In 2014, don’t change the rule."

You're not paying attention: When Democrats are the Minority, they run to the USSC with complaints of "Un-Constitutional"....When Republicans are in the Majority, they kiss the Majority Leader's ass, and vote with the other Side.

28 posted on 07/12/2013 6:23:04 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks markomalley.

Reid sets up Senate showdown, calls for votes on seven Obama nominees
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3041815/posts

Harry Reid Moves to Destroy the Senate Rules that are Blocking Passage of Gun Control
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3041783/posts

Harvey Whittemore, former Nevada powerbroker,
guilty in (Dingy Harry Reid) contribution case
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3026553/posts


29 posted on 07/12/2013 7:02:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: markomalley

Ok, now I understand why the nuclear option story was floated yesterday...

But seriously, why doesn’t 0 just appoint a golf cart as head of DHS for all the opposition that anyone is going to give. It doesn’t matter. At this point, every move the regime makes is just a giant adolescent middle finger to the nation.


30 posted on 07/12/2013 8:49:14 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: markomalley

Oh Mitch,I think you protest too much,we all know what the Republicans would do with such a rule if they were to regain the majority in the Senate,the FIRST thing they would do is Change it back before they could use it,REPUBLICANS HAVE NO BALLS,yo have to hand it to the Democrats,they have as their goal to destroy the country and they set out to do it and they do! Republicans huff and puff and fold like cheap cameras.


31 posted on 07/13/2013 5:43:27 AM PDT by ballplayer
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