Press release: Bingaman talks unemployment filibuster, ‘Green Chile Month’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a variety of issues, including a the beginning of “Green Chile Month” in the Senate cafeteria. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman030110m.mp3

Today’s filibuster pale shadow of its former self

Freedom Newspapers With the bipartisan deal announced Monday night, it appears the hallowed tradition of the filibuster will not be wiped off the Senate rule books. In fact, the hallowed tradition that most people think of actually has not been used in many years, even though Democrats claim to have filibustered a number of Bush […]

Rules to limit government shouldn’t change

Freedom Newspapers As the Senate moves toward a major confrontation over judicial nominations, it might be useful to put the tradition of filibustering in context. The filibuster in its present form is not enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, which says the two houses of Congress can make their own rules. In the early years, both […]

GOP needs to let filibuster continue as designed

Freedom Newspapers Jimmy Stewart fans will probably remember the moment in the classic movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” where Stewart’s title character explains, “Now, I had some pretty good coaching last night, and I find that if I yield only for a question or a point of order or a personal privilege, that I […]

Shoe on the other foot not comfortable

Steve Chapman Back in 1993, a Democrat was in the White House, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and liberal thinkers had an idea to make it easier to get what they wanted. They proposed to abolish the Senate filibuster — which allows a minority of senators to block action by the whole body. One […]