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Senate Leader Reid’s Rule Recalls House Czar Speaker Reed

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s unilateral procedural maneuver to effectively change Senate filibuster rules on presidential nominations, resembled the actions of Republican House Speaker Thomas Reed in 1890 to eliminated minority party obstruction. Both moves met with heavy resistance from the minority party.

Debt Deal Shows How Process Becomes Policy

If you got the impression during the debt limit imbroglio that our leaders were creatively trying to extricate themselves from a box of their own making, you’ve been cribbing from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s manual: Crises (fabricated or not) can advance worthy goals—even restoring fiscal sanity. It’s getting there that sometimes seems insane.

Previous Questions' Fights Dramatize Minority's Plight

May 21, 2007 By Don WolfensbergerRoll Call Staff

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