Senate set to pull all-nighter
December 11th, 2013
09:36 PM ET
4 months ago

Senate set to pull all-nighter

(CNN) - Frustrated Republicans are retaliating for a Democratic power play to weaken their hand in opposing presidential nominations by forcing an all-night session.

Votes on judicial and other appointments were set in the early morning hours on Thursday as fallout over efforts by majority Democrats to enforce their rule change to expedite consideration of appointments, the so-called "nuclear option," grew more intense.

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  1. ThinkAgain

    Repubs are retaliating ... how precious ...

    Vote all Repubs OUT in November 2014 -

    December 11, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    This Congress set a record for being the least productive in our nation's history. This Congress also has an approval rating of about 8%.

    Solution? Get rid of the repub majority come November 4, 2014.

    FIFY

    December 11, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  3. simplyput

    They need to debate Jeh Johnson all night long. He looks like he might last 24 hours before his first nervous breakdown...Homeland Security people just don't act like him. He already looks nervous, and he doesn't even have the job. Maybe you should stop photographing these people, because some of them acually LOOK incompetent, if that is even possible.

    December 11, 2013 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. just me

    A juvenile hissy fit. If they hadn't abused the filibuster on non controversial nominees this wouldn't be happening. enjoy your latest pointless gesture.

    December 12, 2013 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  5. truth hurts but reality bites

    Now that the Senate has been fundamentally transformed into an Obama rubber stamp factory, why even bother convening at all, right Democrats? Just turn out the lights, declare you will approve whatever Obama wants, then go home and collect your checks. Why continue this facade of a duly elected body representing their constituencies with debates, give and take?

    The fact is that Obama has turned the Executive branch into a mini lawless dictatorship that disregards the Constitution every day and now the Senate Democrats have destroyed the Senate with their power grab in order to jam their left wing nominees down the throats of this nation, just like they did with Obamacare. The Democrats will rue the day they did all this because they are ill equipped to live under the same rules and many of them will cash out. That will start after the 2014 elections.

    December 12, 2013 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Not impressed. They should have been working for the country not their crazy teaklan side or the koch brothers since 2009.
    At least they are finally working so they can take off for the rest of the month of December while those paying their salaries still have to work!

    December 12, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  7. current state of the union

    Wwaaahhh, crybabies will cry, music to my ears. They wanted them left vacant until they get into power, to bad, didn't get your esy again, and que the outrage.win elections without rigging the vote you idiots, you can't with your ideology, and refuse to change

    December 12, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Filibuster reform, earmark reform, term-limit reform, voter reform federally, immigration reform, tax-re-coding etc, long overdue. Work on them.

    December 12, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  9. Tony in Maine

    I really hope C Span broadcasts this latest absurdi tantrum – I know the networks won't dare for fear of angering a couple of tea party nutjobs who figured out how to turn on their tv without mommy to help
    .

    December 12, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Spoiled babies

    December 12, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Democrats screwed up. They should have pulled the plug on the silent filibuster, not the 60-vote rule. Mkae the people opposing something come out onto the Senate so that they can "show their love." I think that you would wind up with a lot fewer filibusters, most particularly with appointments that blocked before a person is even nominated.

    December 12, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  12. Moderate Sean

    A pointless maneuver, from a pointless and useless set of cry baby politicians (i.e. Republicans). They just cannot get over the fact that the President of the United States is Mr. Obama! Twice now.....

    December 12, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |