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March 3, 2015

Late Night Meeting Produces No Deal on Filibuster

Wall Street Journal: “The Senate moved closer Monday night to a clash that could poison relations between the parties and stall a range of legislative business, after an unusual, closed-door meeting of nearly all 100 senators failed to resolve a dispute over President Barack Obama’s executive-branch nominees… Several senators said they didn’t expect any deal before a series of votes set for Tuesday morning that could trigger historic changes to how the Senate operates.”

The New York Times explains the basic mechanics of reforming the filibuster: “Signs earlier on Monday pointed to Mr. Reid exercising a version of what has come to be known as the ‘nuclear option’ — meaning that rather than the 67 votes usually needed to change the Senate rules, Democrats would do so with a majority.”

“Without a deal, Mr. Reid planned to move to cut off debate on Tuesday morning on the nomination of Richard Cordray, the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to become the new agency’s first permanent chief… If Mr. Reid failed to get 60 votes, he could move to change the rules of the Senate immediately.”

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