Nuclear Option http://wfae.org en Congressman Watt's Nomination Clears Key Hurdle http://wfae.org/post/congressman-watts-nomination-clears-key-hurdle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The nomination of North Carolina congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday.</span></p><p>The U.S. Senate voted 57-40 to break Republican opposition to <a href="http://wfae.org/post/watt-anticipates-nomination-hearing" target="_blank">Watt’s nomination</a>.&nbsp;Democrats were able to move the nomination forward thanks to a change in Senate rules that Democrats pushed through last month in response to numerous blocked nominations. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:40:35 +0000 Mark Rumsey 40843 at http://wfae.org Congressman Watt's Nomination Clears Key Hurdle Erosion Of Conservative Democrats, Liberal Republicans Made Nuclear Option Inevitable http://wfae.org/post/erosion-conservative-democrats-liberal-republicans-made-nuclear-option-inevitable <p>­Now that the “nuclear option” has been <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senates-filibuster-rule-change-will-help-obama-achieve-key-second-term-priorities/2013/11/21/ccf43c4c-52dd-11e3-9fe0-fd2ca728e67c_story.html">deployed</a> in the United States Senate, many observers have begun wondering what might be the fallout from such a move.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:15:35 +0000 Michael Bitzer 40369 at http://wfae.org Erosion Of Conservative Democrats, Liberal Republicans Made Nuclear Option Inevitable