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USA Freedom Act Filibustered: Debate Over National Surveillance And Government Data Collection Likely Scuttled Until Next Year

The USA Freedom Act was blocked in the Senate on November 18 when the sponsors could not obtain cloture, the 60 votes needed to shut down debate and obtain a vote on the bill. The bill addressed the limits of government data...more

Filibuster rule change: an explanation for Director Cordray’s confirmation?

Numerous media sources have reported that Senate Democrats “went nuclear” today and, by a vote of 52-48, voted to change Senate filibuster rules to only require 51 (a simple majority) rather than 60 votes for most...more

Impasse on CFPB Director Resolved

One of the most unsettled issues facing mortgage servicers and lenders has been the uncertainty regarding the host of new regulatory rules regarding loan servicing and origination set to go into effect on January 10, 2014....more

Agreement Not To Filibuster Nominations For Secretary Of Labor And NLRB Avoids “Nuclear Option” In The Senate, But Poses “Time...

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate avoided the “nuclear option” on pending nominations for Secretary of Labor-Designate Thomas Perez and for a package of nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). ...more

Nuclear Stand Down: Senate Compromise Paves Way for Full Complement of Pro-Labor Controlled NLRB

A bold threat by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to change Senate filibuster rules to reduce the number of votes necessary to approve Executive branch nominees – the so-called “nuclear option” – helped to ensure...more

The House Takes Action on Energy Legislation, and Senate Leader Forces Vote on Presidential Nominations – ML Strategies Weekly...

The House took the lead on energy issues last week. On Wednesday, the House approved H.R. 2609, the FY14 Energy and Water Appropriations bill; the package includes $30.4 billion in funding, including $24.6 billion for the...more

Let’s Make a Deal!

Reportedly there is a tentative deal between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate which will avoid the so-called “nuclear option” of eliminating filibusters of certain Presidential nominations....more

Senate appears poised to confirm Richard Cordray as Director of the CFPB

I heard from many media sources that a “deal” has been struck in the Senate which will result in Richard Cordray being confirmed by the Senate as Director of the CFPB for a 5-year term....more

Senate votes in favor of cloture for confirmation of Richard Cordray as Director of the CFPB

The Senate voted 71-29 in favor of cloture. That means that the Republicans will not use the threat of the filibuster to block a confirmation vote in the Senate of Richard Cordray’s nomination by President Obama to be...more

Will Senator Reid “go nuclear”? Observers see even odds

According to Isaac Boltansky of Compass Point, “the rubber will hit the road” tomorrow morning on whether Senator Harry Reid will “go nuclear” and seek to change Senate filibuster rules to only require 51 rather than 60 votes...more

Financial Services Legislative And Regulatory Update -- January 28, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - The week began with the theater of official Washington appearing to...more

DREAM Act Suspended by Filibuster

The Development, Relief and Education for Minors Act (the “DREAM Act”), which would grant conditional legal status to young, undocumented immigrants who are pursuing college educations or serving in the U.S. military, came up...more

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