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But a vote likely won’t come until some point in 2014.
If passed, the bill will end the statute of limitations on assault and rape allegations; require the dishonorable discharge or dismissal of anyone convicted of sexual assault; and stop military commanders from reversing decisions made by military prosecutors.
The U.S. Senate confirmed two nominees today, one (Patricia Millett) for the D.C. Circuit court and one (Mel Watt) for a housing policy job in the administration.* These nominations had been “controversial” for months. They went through with no fanfare at all; the political world seemed more distracted by the question of whether President Obama was wrong to take a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial event.
The Republicans’ everyday obstruction, including the filibuster of Watt’s nomination, convinced [Democrats] that Republican tactics were undermining the Senate. Reforming the filibuster, they came to believe, was not a power grab. Instead, it began to look like the bare minimum required to keep the chamber functioning.
The Constitution creates three “kill points” in the process of passing or rejecting federal legislation: the president, the House, and the Senate. Frequent filibuster abuse has created a fourth kill point: the Senate minority.
Steven Hill—Now Abolish the Filibuster for Legislation, Too (via)
Much of the commentary on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rolling back the filibuster for most presidential appointees has been celebratory, even euphoric. It certainly was a step toward restoring some semblance of “majority rule” to our creaking 200-year-old republic. But commentators seem to forget that the filibuster has been used to sandbag important legislation as well, not just presidential appointments. And that’s arguably where the most damage has been done. All sorts of good legislation, supported by a majority of the nation, also enjoyed majority support in the Senate, but Reid was not able to muster 60 out of 100 votes and break GOP-led filibusters.