Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Republican cloture train about to come to a STOP?


The frequency of cloture motions this session has really focused attention on whether or not the Democrats will reach a 60-vote majority in the Senate after next Tuesday’s elections. Right now, the general feeling seems to be that it’s within reach. What this would mean, assuming that their is a sympathetic President in the White House, is that Democrats would be able to fairly easily pass a lot of their policy priorities that have been blocked by Republicans this session.

Here are just a handful of the kinds of bills that have been filibustered this session, but could be passed by Democrats next session if they reach, or come near, 60:

S.3036 – Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008

H.R. 800 – Employee Free Choice Act of 2007

S. 1348 – Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007

H.R. 2831 – Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007

S. 1257 – District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007