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Democrats win votes on four nominees in ‘nuclear option’ showdown(Wimp McConnell caves once again)
wash times ^ | 7/17/13

Posted on 07/17/2013 5:25:00 AM PDT by bestintxas

Bowing to an ultimatum, Senate Republicans agreed Tuesday to drop objections to key Obama administration nominees, delivering a victory to Senate Democrats who said they will shelve — for now — their own plans to change the rules and curtail filibusters.

The last-minute deal, announced just before the Senate was slated to hold a critical test vote, still leaves Democrats able to employ the so-called “nuclear option” and change the filibuster rules later this year if they think Republicans are obstructing appointments unfairly.

Republicans said they got President Obama to withdraw two controversial nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, but the president won assurances that his new picks will be approved before the Senate leaves for its monthlong summer recess.

Both sides said escaping this week without a major blowup counts as a victory for a Senate that has been plagued by partisan gridlock for much of the past decade.

“I think there is a good feeling here in the Senate, the best feeling we’ve had in a real long time,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said moments after meeting with his party colleagues to discuss the informal deal.

Late in the day, Mr. Obama reaped the first fruits of the cease-fire when the Senate confirmed Richard Cordray to be head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a powerful new board set up in the wake of the Wall Street collapse to monitor banks and other financial institutions.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cordray; nlrb; reid
We need Ted Cruz to be the GOP leader of the Senate.

Everybody agree?

1 posted on 07/17/2013 5:25:00 AM PDT by bestintxas
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To: bestintxas

He seems to be the only man in the Senate.


2 posted on 07/17/2013 5:26:21 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: bestintxas

No question about it.


3 posted on 07/17/2013 5:36:57 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: bestintxas
Been saying that from the beginning.

McConnell has Beltway Disease, probably brought it with him when he went there. Same for a minimum of 80% of the rest in the Big GuvCo of Amerika.

Cruz doesn't have it, yet, and appears to have the thoughts that usually give one immunity.

It would be in our own motivated self interests to have him as majority/minority leader.

I don't know which factions of the oligarchy the others work for, but if they do anything on behalf of we, the people, it's by accident, not by design.

4 posted on 07/17/2013 5:39:43 AM PDT by GBA (Our obamanation: Romans 1:18-32)
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To: bestintxas

I’m not a fan of McConnel, but what did you expect him to do after McCain and his traitors made the deal with Dirty Hairy? If you’re going to get mad, make sure you have the right target.


5 posted on 07/17/2013 5:41:45 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: bestintxas

It wasn’t all bad. McConnell did get a concession on the NLRB. The nominees that Obama “recess” appointed are stepping down.

A federal court had found that the appointments were illegal, but they refused to resign. With this deal, they are gone.


6 posted on 07/17/2013 5:42:40 AM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: bestintxas

The GOP cannot be led.


7 posted on 07/17/2013 5:42:43 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: bestintxas

McConnell did not cave or surrender his priniciple’s, McConnell is one of them, he is the Senate leader of the Republocrats in the senate. IOW- McConnell and his minions are socialist/fascists just like the democrats and desire the same ends as the democrats do, once you accept this it all makes sense.


8 posted on 07/17/2013 5:47:48 AM PDT by stockpirate (Rule number one: NEVER BRING SKITTLES TO A GUN FIGHT!)
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To: McGavin999
I’m not a fan of McConnel, but what did you expect him to do after McCain and his traitors made the deal with Dirty Hairy?

Kick them out of the Republican Party.

9 posted on 07/17/2013 5:48:36 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto
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To: bestintxas

As Zimmerman witness said “ They be old people and old school!”


10 posted on 07/17/2013 5:51:17 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: bestintxas

groupthink. mitch would rather abandon principle than allow “damage” to the “institution of the senate” — forgetting completely that he wasn’t the one threatening the “damage”.


11 posted on 07/17/2013 5:51:18 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: JohnBrowdie

Exactly. And why doesn’t the GOP issue its own “nuclear option” in the House if the Dems in the senate threaten to exercise their nuclear option. Allegedly, the GOP controls the House. It should use that leverage in a show of solidarity with Senate Reps. It doesn’t have to be done publicly.


12 posted on 07/17/2013 5:59:47 AM PDT by kabar
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To: bestintxas

I was solicited by the Repub. Party the other day. Wanting money to oppose Obama, blah blah.

I told the girl,” Get rid of Boner, McConnell then get back to me.”


13 posted on 07/17/2013 6:38:33 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: bestintxas

Stinky, little Dingy Harry is running rings around the cowardly Republicans in the Senate.


14 posted on 07/17/2013 6:38:51 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Keep your powder dry.)
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To: Alex in chains
It wasn’t all bad. McConnell did get a concession on the NLRB. The nominees that Obama “recess” appointed are stepping down. A federal court had found that the appointments were illegal, but they refused to resign. With this deal, they are gone.

How is this a good thing? They were most likely going to be thrown out anyway when SCOTUS ruled it was unconstitutional. Now we will never know one way or another on this crucial issue because that case will most likely be dropped.

15 posted on 07/17/2013 6:43:28 AM PDT by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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The SC has already agreed to hear the case. I would be surprised if it gets dropped. At least they won’t be around to cause trouble in the mean time.

I read that there were also a handful of nominees whose names were withdrawn. So that is good.


16 posted on 07/17/2013 6:46:47 AM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: bestintxas

Guys like McCain and John Roberts care more about the future of their own institutions than they do about the future of the country.


17 posted on 07/17/2013 6:50:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: bestintxas
Now that Harry Reid has learned all he has to do is shake his fist and yell “nuclear option” and the Republicans will cower and give him their lunch money, he's not going to stop there, bullies never do. I fully expect him to force straight majority votes on controversial bills like the previously defeated gun control with the same threat.
18 posted on 07/17/2013 6:55:15 AM PDT by apillar
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To: bestintxas

The GOP is dead.


19 posted on 07/17/2013 7:01:22 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Alex in chains
With this deal, they are gone.

Yes, but with this deal they'll be replaced with candidates who are EVEN WORSE. Obama has carte-blanche because he knows they'll get an up or down vote. Supposedly the General Counsel of the AFL-CIO has already been nominated.


20 posted on 07/17/2013 7:22:14 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: bestintxas

McConnell caved and the Dhimms can still impose the 51 vote rule whenever Dirty Harry dictates.

The Dhimms got what they wanted—radical nominee approvals—and the Republicans got nothing, as usual.

With McConnell and Boehner as negotiators, it doesn’t matter whether the Republicans control the Senate and/or the House; they’ll always be losers.


21 posted on 07/17/2013 7:52:00 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Alex in chains

Trouble? How? Did the rules passed while those two were on board get over-turned/tossed-out? Haven’t heard word one that’s happened.

All the GOP did was bend over (again) and take one for the DEMs, willingly. Hell, I’d bet they’ve begun to like it.


22 posted on 07/17/2013 9:56:51 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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To: McGavin999

“I’m not a fan of McConnel, but what did you expect him to do after McCain and his traitors made the deal with Dirty Hairy? If you’re going to get mad, make sure you have the right target.”

Cruz’s first action would be to strip McCain and those like him of any leadership positions, Period.

How’s that?


23 posted on 07/17/2013 2:05:22 PM PDT by bestintxas (Anyone who votes for Obama after these 4 miserable years needs to take a mandatory citizenship test.)
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