Category Archives: Congress

Four New Justices and Two Senators in D.C.

four new justices, two new senators

The House introduced legislation last week to pack the Supreme Court with four new justices. So why not add a couple senators while they’re at it? Done. They passed a bill on Thursday to make Washington DC the 51st state.

Maxine Waters Gets Confrontational

Maxine Waters, Derik Chauvin

Maxine Waters told protesters to get “more confrontational” if the jury delivered the wrong verdict. Fortunately, the members found Derik Chauvin guilty, guilty, guilty. But Judge Cahill says Rep. Water’s words might be grounds for appeal.

Biden Unlikes Filibuster Relic of Jim Crow Era

Biden unlikes filibuster, Relic of Jim Crow, White House Press snoozes

President Biden has unliked the filibuster. He now thinks it’s a relic of the Jim Crow past.

However, he used to think the filibuster was a relic of “fair play.” He said so in a speech on the Senate floor in 2005. Senator Ben Sasse read Biden’s speech aloud on Wednesday night. But if you’d like to hear it from the crow’s mouth here’s Senator Biden himself.

By the way, Jim Crow is “Jim Eagle” compared to the Georgia voting law passed last week.

Scorched Earth Response to Filibuster Nuclear Option

scorched earth, nuclear option, filibuster

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell gave a “scorched earth” speech last week. Democrats have been threatening to end the filibuster which requires 60 votes to pass legislation. But McConnell said if they do that they’ll turn the Senate into a “100 car pile-up.” And nothing will get done:

Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues: Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin — can even begin to imagine — what a completely scorched earth Senate would look like.

Mitch McConnell on the U.S. Senate floor

Senate rules require the consent of all its members to conduct business. So Republicans could easily grind the place to a halt. For example they could withhold consent to minor votes without quorum calls.

Harry Reid invoked the “nuclear option” in 2013 to kill the filibuster for approving most presidential appointments. But when the worm turned McConnell added Supreme Court nominees to Reid’s list and Trump landed three new justices.

More than Covid Relief in Covid Relief Bill

More than covid relief

The $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill was about more than Covid relief. $350 billion went to state governments and another $129 billion to schools. Here’s a breakdown from the Tax Foundation.