After Six Years Of Obstructing Obama Republicans Now Want To Outlaw Senate Filibusters


After six years of obstructing every move that President Obama made, House Republicans are demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) outlaw all Democratic filibusters.

The Hill reported:

A growing number of House GOP conservatives are pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday to invoke the “nuclear option” and change the chamber’s rules to pass a bill defunding President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Reps. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said McConnell should change Senate rules, so the House-passed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill, which includes language to revoke Obama’s immigration-related actions, can bypass a Democratic filibuster in the upper chamber.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) also endorsed the idea at a Thursday news conference. He said there’s a “way to change the rules to allow us to move forward” and “take away the ability to filibuster.”

For six years, Republicans touted the virtues of the filibuster. They were outraged when then-Majority Leader Harry Reid modified the filibuster rules so that more of the president’s nominees could be confirmed, but that all changed now that the shoe is on the other foot.

Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans spent years using a variety of techniques to block the Democratic agenda. In 2012, Speaker of the House John Boehner argued that Harry Reid’s threat to reform the filibuster was, “clearly designed to marginalize Senate Republicans and their constituents while greasing the skids for controversial, partisan measures. Any bill that reaches a Republican-led House based on Senate Democrats’ heavy-handed power play would be dead on arrival.”

Now that Republicans are in the majority, their view of the filibuster has changed. Many Republicans are arguing against “obstruction,” which isn’t obstruction at all. Republicans obstructed legislation that they supported for the singular purpose of not letting legislation pass the Senate. In contrast, Senate Democrats are voting against a bill that they wholeheartedly oppose. Senate Democrats will not support the part of the legislation that overturns President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

The Democrats aren’t blocking the legislation in order to deny the Republicans “a win.” They are voting no because they think that it is a bad bill.

The level of hypocrisy is astounding. The filibuster was fine when Democrats were in charge, but now that Republicans are in the majority, the filibuster must go.` The answer isn’t to ban filibusters. The solution is for House Republicans to stop passing bills that will never become law.

House Republicans can’t win, so they are urging Senate Majority Leader McConnell to rig the game.

63 Replies to “After Six Years Of Obstructing Obama Republicans Now Want To Outlaw Senate Filibusters”

  1. Go ahead, eliminate the filibuster. President Obama will still veto the bills. And when the Democrats eventually regain control of the Senate, a progressive agenda will be put through and there won’t be a damn thing you can do about it.

  2. If McConnell has more spine than Reid on this issue I say more power to him. At least require actual debate and not just the threat of filibuster to tie up the Senate.

  3. Republicans are a threat to the very existence of our free society……let’s hope more people vote in 2016

  4. If the rules don’t work for you, change them. The entire fabric of American politics has changed thanks in great part due to the Koch family. Starting with the John Birch Society and morphing into the radical Christian right, our government has changed from being a beacon of light leading the world into an abysmal theocratic darkness leaving developing countries to wonder, what happened to America?

  5. They want to change what THEY DID for 6 YEARS because the shoe is on the other foot.
    Can you imagine if we did this?

    We would be called un-american and treasonists, anti-constitutional…

    THEY are these and also KOCKSUCKERS!

  6. Kevin.
    I am in complete agreement with you.
    It is the GOP; not AQ; not ISIS; that undermines us.

    The GOP,
    and a utterly irresponsible Press
    that lets these creeps get away wth it.

  7. Why people acting like we are shocked? When Reid was talking about changing some filibuster rules I remember quite clearly people on this site were arguing go all the way, to hell with decorum because the minute the teahadist and kochsuckers regain the Senate they will change the rules.

  8. Republicans don’t have 67 seats in the Senate, and McConnell knows it. He also knows that because of this, eliminating the filibuster completely now will do no good for Republicans, but when Dems regain the majority in the Senate, they’ll be able to good use of it to stop Republican obstructionism and to get progressive legislation through.

    So I say…go for it Mitch.

  9. The GOP are big babies. Crying because they can’t get an easy way to do what they want. They are an overgrown bunch of adolescents with a real entitlement attitude. I hope POTUS wipes the floor with them for the next 2 years.

  10. I wonder if this article was inspired by my posting the links to The Hill’s story on the Even Republicans Know They’re Failing: Call GOP Run Congress A Rickety Ship of Disasters article.

    That being said Harry Reid should have done this 6 years ago.

  11. I would agree with you if half the country was sane. But we don’t live in that country. Let them change the rules. We still have the Presidents veto and if its what lesson that can be learned from 2014 is do not go against the base and the President because you will lose by trying to be bisexual.

    Also remember the teahadist has to defend seats that are blue come 2016

  12. hahaaa

    ok then just watch ….someone will anonymously put a hold on the bills.

    It not, PBO will just veto any crap they try to pass.

    Republicans always have knee jerk reactions

  13. The filibuster should go. I hate seeing my elected officials spend hours wasting my tax dollars talking about non sense. We elected you to do a job now do it.
    Also if the repubs do away with it their cutting their own nose off. Just cause they don’t want the dems to be able to give a little payback.

    Some yall may find this an interesting read:
    Its fairly un biased and a good read, it shows we can work together if we try and find common ground.

  14. This is Mitch McConnell’s worst nightmare coming true, John Boehner’s inability to deliver on his part. I don’t think Mitch wants to allow house tea party members to dictate the rules of the senate. The real battle in this issue will be between Boehner and the hardcore elements of his caucus.

  15. 7 weeks in and the school yard bullies are throwing tantrums because they cannot bully Obama and the dem’s. Their corporate masters are not happy.They spent a lot of money to buy the election.

  16. Good! Marse, I hope they have buyer’s remorse, and a lot of it.

    The GOP deserves every veto they get.

  17. McConnell can’t even control the members of the senate in his own party. I don’t think even Mitch in his arrogance, believes he can coordinate a deal with the house. He’s slimey and will do whatever it takes to get his way. Hope Boehner likes the underside of the bus.

  18. President Obama will veto any TP/GOP insane legislation. Thus, the TP/GOP will look like what they are INCOMPETENT!

  19. Turtle will squelch any abolishing of the fillibuster because even as stupid as the gopers are, they know that if they lose control of the senate (2016), it could really bite them in the ass. That’s why Reid tinkered with it, but didn’t try to kill it off completely.

  20. hey Boehner – what goes around comes around twice as hard and I wish until 2016 you get back what you gave.

  21. The people commenting on this website are completely idiotic. The Republicans are the only evil ones. You people work with Republicans or have family members and friends who are Republicans. They are nice people who simply disagree

  22. I was one of the people saying to go all the way because as soon as Republicans had control, they would certainly do it. I understand Harry Reid’s reluctance to do it, but things might be a whole lot different right now if he had.

    I know that hindsight is always 20/20, but look at what we have now.

  23. The GOP needs to be DESTROYED. Pure and simple. They are FAR WORSE than terrorists, because their policies KILL children, women, minorities, and LGBT.

    They are lawless, they are out of control. We need to incarcerate EVERY ONE OF THEM. A Republican, BY DEFINITION, is a PSYCHOPATH and needs to be treated as such.

    Ban capitalism. Nationalize EVERY industry. Re-patriate EVERY CENT of anyone who has over a million dollars and vote republican.

    Seriously. If we have competent legal counsel, we can essentially CRIMINALIZE the GOP, and IT MUST BE DONE!!

    Ban the GOP…NOW!!

  24. Harry Reed had the same opportunity to do this in the Senate but he didnt think it was was good for the flow of debate because he is a gentleman. Let these pricks do what they think they have to do. 2016 is going to be an eye opener for them.

  25. Repuglicans are the scourge of America, as they serve their puppet masters. They are committing Grand Theft to the tune of billions of$ which they will lay @ the feet of the Cockpit brothers. Remember the midterms? Bet you wish you had shown up @ the ballot boxes then, now.

  26. Until (hopefully never happen) Republicans can gain two thirds of the Senate, Mitch McConnell won’t use the nuclear tactic. It would be a waste of his time and a stupid move. Mitch McConnell may be a slime ball and bought by the Koch brothers, but he’s not stupid. I can’t say as much for Republicans in the House.

  27. And Marse, they will spend more to win the next. As I have said before, nothing, absolutely nothing is beyond a rethug. They will stoop low, roll around in all the dirt possible and come out calling themselves pure white clean not guilty .

  28. Half the population is Republican and they are NOT all evil people. You are surrounded by them in your daily life- There is so much vile hatred on this website, against Christians, Jewish, Republican/Tea Party and white people. Hatred will get you nowhere and will eat you up. Go out into the world. Make a good living, volunteer, spend time with your families and do some good in the world.

  29. Who the fuk are you to presume who or what I hate and what I do? Just because I tell the truth about CONS that means I hate white people. Stop making ASSumptions

  30. wow! pretty telling comment. At least you admit what it is the left really wants. By the way, “republicans are by definition psychopaths”. Is what you would call “stereotyping”….and it is always a bad thing. Nationalize every industry?- seriously? Because the government handles the institutions it runs so well? Go ahead, go down to the ss office and see how long your wait is. The DMV is ALWAYS a quick and pleasant experience. Call the 1800 usps will be on hold for over an hour. But, yes, by all means, let’s make this the norm for EVERY industry…

    I mean it’s not like socialism has been tried multiple times and proven flawed. Oh, wait a minute…

  31. They’ve cut back on filibustering of Executive branch appointments. That’s good.

    They’ve cut back on filibustering of judicial appointments. That’s good.

    I suppose a Senator can still put a hold on a judicial (or perhaps other) appointment of someone from their own state. That’s okay.

    To do away with legislative filibusters at this time is tempting, but it seems right to return a favor to Mitch McConnell for his abuse of the filibuster. Maybe a year from now it could be doable.

  32. It’s not like the theory that giving corporations massive tax breaks and denying middle class and working poor to achieve the American dream hasn’t been tried during the majority of the yrs that Republicans have been in almost complete control since Reagan; the result, the worst economy since the depression; the best,Democrats since Clinton—-cleaning up Republican messes.

  33. This will come back to bite them in the butt next year when the democrats retake the senat, the house and also retain the presidency which will happen because the republicans have marginalized themselves and alienated Americans. They can only win elections where the majority of people dont vote and in a presidential election year that wont happen also they have completely lost the latino vote which means they have lost florida and even Texas will be threatened within the next ten years

  34. McConnell threatened to do away with the filibuster when the GOP took over. I haven’t youtubed it, but I remember when Harry used the nuclear option on judges and other nominees,Mitch threatened to do away with it if he got control of the Senate. It just surprises me that he didn’t do it the day he got the gavel.

  35. I’m a hardcore liberal who voted for Obama twice. Personally, I would love to rid of the filibuster. It should have been gone a long time ago.

    America is the only democratic/representative country to have a legislative body that requires 60% of all its legislators to AGREE on something before it can happen.

    I blame Harry Reid & the Democrats for not getting rid of it when they could. But unfortunately, too many Democrats with memories of what it was like to be in the minority were in the Senate, and they didn’t want to lose their ability to use it should they be in the minority some day.

    I don’t care who’s in control of the Senate. The filibuster needs to go.

  36. Republicans whine about the Obama doing “unconstitutional” things yet they pull this? Hypocrisy makes the world go ’round.

  37. To filibuster or not, is not the issue.
    What we need to eliminate are parties! No more Democrats -OR- Republicans. Candidates should be elected on what they as individuals have to say to their constituents. If they stop identifying themselves with special interest groups and prove that each of them can be part of a team, maybe we’ll see some serious, meaningful and much needed reform in our government. Until that happens, every time they open their mouths it’s still a “filibuster”.
    But I’d bet we’re not likely to see it change in our lifetimes because there are too many people who are entrenched in the party tradition.
    It’s really sad when so many voters can’t think out of the box.

  38. I agree 100%. There’s nothing mandated in our Constitution about parties, and all the (R) or (D) after a candidates name does is allow us to snap to a decision without thinking or investigating. They’re bumper stickers in their simplicity and do us no good.

  39. Then they need to regain control of their own party. Once upon a time, they weren’t psychopaths, we just disagreed. That is no longer true. The so-called leaders are indebted to their masters and want to keep the peasants under control. And people bought into it, continually voting against their own economic well-being because they were brainwashed into thinking that gay marriage and abortion were more important than jobs and hea lth care.

    Turtle Man’s own state of Kentucky is a perfect example. Hate Ocare but love KY Connect or whatever it is called which is, of course, Ocare. How can we as a country be so stupid? So yeah, I hate them.

  40. Well we ARE living in an Oligarchy after all. You’re free to speak, vote and think as long as it conforms to the Plutocrat’s ideals!

  41. i am against removing the filibuster power, if mitch and republicans knows whats good for them they will not remove the filibuster, why well cuz no party keeps control forever, the democrats will eventually win us senate back and the gop will be in the minority again, so if mitch gets rid of filibuster then when dems win back senate gop will not have not have the filiuster as the minority to filibuster dem bills, so mitch and gop better not do it

  42. also I called my senator today roy blunt, roy blunt is the chairman of the us senate rules committee and roy blunts office told me today that mitch mcconnell and roy blunt is dead set against removing filibuster, his aid told me removing the filibuster is dead it is not going to be removed, so the filibuster will remain period, also roy blunt is a republican and his aid told me it is a myth the majority to remove all filibusters has to be approved by the us senate rules committee and mr roy blunt is the chairman and mr blunt has already he will not allow a vote on the rules committee to remove filibuster, so the tea party nutcases can run there mouths but the filibuster will stay, even if they did remove the filibuster and the bill passed the senate, they all know that the bill is doa at the white house and the senate gop does not have the votes to override obama veto thank you

  43. finally republicans cannot remove the power of the president called the veto pen, so what i am saying, even if the remove the filibuster, obama will veto dhs funding bill then gop will not be able get the 67 votes to override presidents veto, it dont matter the current dhs bill as it is, is dead, so the gop loses anyway and if all filibster is gone what good would it do, obama will veto bills and gop cannot remove the veto power of the prez so gop loses either way,and i honestly believe gop will lose us senate in 2016 senate gop would be shooting themselves in the foot if they remove filibuster, besides john boehner and his tea nuts assholes needs to shut up and quit butting there noses in us senate business, and some of u on this site go ahead and thumbs me down that proves im right

  44. The republicans have destroyed SSA & USPS to the point of having folks overworked. Talk to your mail carrier they’ll tell you what’s going on. Republicans screwed USPS in 2006. Read up on it. Yes, SSA makes you wait because they’ve been cut back also. But when you get to talk to someone they’re helpful. Do your research before you make such statements.

  45. Good! They are likely to lose the Senate in 2016, without regard to who wins the Presidency. Let them do this.

  46. Its sad to see so many anti-american brainwashed libtards. Your president is already known as a Nazi and an enemy of the United States. That’s who you freaks support though. “Yea, let’s Socialize the country!” You people are truly unintelligent. I already knew that you were stupid but the level of stupidity is terrible. Its known that liberalism is some sort of mental disorder so you need help. If it was up to me I would start a movement to forcefully remove you freaks. You lost the Senate in a landslide vote and the Dems are afraid that they will continue to lose due to their assault on the constitution.

  47. You are singular…well, unfortunately , not. Normally, anybody who uses the word, “libtards”, gets sent to the trash, but you deserve to be exhibited.

  48. shut up brandon and even pollsters are now saying dems will win back senate in 2016 u just hush idiot

  49. brandon is brainwashed stupid idiot, it is well known in presdiential election dems turn out in huge numbers and brandon 2014 was not a landslide idiot

  50. Kevin, you are very right.
    Currently, some 77 percent of U.S.-Americans believe that abortion should be allowed in some or all circumstances. Eighty-nine percent believe that birth control is morally acceptable, and 69 percent believe that female contraception should be covered by health insurance plans.
    So, of course, some of the first thing Republicans do when they con the electorate into putting them in charge by putting on their best “ixnay on the egitimate-lay ape-ray” faces is to attack abortion and contraceptive rights.
    Gay marriage: 51 percent of U.S.-Americans approve, with only 34 percent opposed.
    And even on the president’s recent immigration action nearly 80 percent approve, including a MAJORITY of Republicans.
    Yet, those imbeciles cast it as the president thwarting the will of all us ‘Murkans.

    So, to recap: If you support the right to choose, contraception availability, gay marriage and the executive action on immigration, you are clearly in the…

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