Did Harry Reid get duped again?

After weeks of threatening filibuster reform, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had a closed-door meeting with the entire Senate last night. Lawmakers met for nearly four hours to resolve the stalemate over presidential nominees, but expressed a mix of opinions after that meeting. This morning, Senator Reid announced that lawmakers had reached a tentative deal to avoid a filibuster showdown.

The plan requires GOP Senators allow votes on most of President Obama's nominees, in exchange for Democrats replacing two of the nominees for the National Labor Relations Board. Essentially, Republicans demanded that the President give up his constitutional right to make appointments, in order to get the GOP to agree to do their jobs.

After agreeing to this so-called compromise this morning, lawmakers finally began the process of considering stalled confirmations. They started off by advancing the consideration of Richard Cordray, the nominee for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Later today, the full Senate will finally vote on Cordray's appointment, which Republicans have filibustered since 2011.

Majority Leader Reid is expected to call for votes on several other controversial nominees, but it is uncertain if those votes will be blocked by the GOP. Senator Reid had previously pledged to employ the nuclear option, which would bar Republicans from blocking presidential appointments, if they continue to delay confirmations. However, it is unclear if he will keep that promise after giving in to Republican demands on two NLRB appointments earlier today.

Many Americans around our nation are fed up with the GOP's refusal to confirm the President's nominees. They're watching this fight closely, and hoping that Majority Leader Harry Reid won't concede to more Republican demands just get these appointments confirmed.


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Raineyb 9 years 46 weeks ago

Harry Reid is always getting duped by the Republicans. Why after all that has happened would anyone believe anything the Republicans in the Senate say anymore? They lie.

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ptg0 9 years 46 weeks ago

Reid and the "president" are simply following orders. Our government was hijacked on 11/22/1963 and we are all being played like fish. Thats why we have a "president" forcing the failed "republiCON" for profit health care policy on us and reid and his sissy theatrics.

Both "parties" are BAD for America and they all need a good coat of tar and feathers.

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ptg0 9 years 46 weeks ago

How do you tell the difference between a democRAT and a republiCON?

Chet1948 9 years 46 weeks ago

Harry was duped again and needs to go Nuclear on everything. 51 votes and get everything passed.He can Ditch Mitch while he's at it.

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rgruenhaus 9 years 46 weeks ago

Very true! Sometimes I think the whole congress and Senate play the game of politics by looking like they are resisting for their constituents when they just want to pay the game to stay in office like they are lords and we are the peasants and as long as they look like they are doing things in our name and actually are just playing the push back game to share the pig that government is and republicans and democrats alike loot us taxpayers equally.

Talk shows don't help. All they do is stall action .

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DAnneMarc 9 years 46 weeks ago
The New American: "Where Does Harry Reid's Wealth Come From?"
Quote Brian Koenig:Betsy Woodruff of National Review, for instance, blastedSen. Reid for investment strategies allegedly influenced by his standing in public office. The Nevada senator, who was raised in poverty and worked his way through law school, has spent his professional life as a public servant, currently earning $193,400 a year. “You probably wouldn’t expect him to have millions in stock, bonds, and real estate,” Woodruff observed.

According to OpenSecrets.org, Reid’s net worth is somewhere between three and 10 million dollars. How he made this money is uncertain, as he has refused to release his tax returns — despite harassing Romney for releasing his own tax returns. Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson affirmed earlier this month that Reid will not be releasing his returns because “he’s not running for president.”

Underscoring such hypocrisy, the Las Vegas Review-Journal revived a 1974 statement in which Reid stated, “Any man or woman who will not be completely candid about his or her finances does not deserve to be in public office.” Responding to the charge, Reid averred, “In 1974, I wasn’t in Congress.”

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DAnneMarc 9 years 46 weeks ago
Quote Thom Hartmann:Many Americans around our nation are fed up with the GOP's refusal to confirm the President's nominees. They're watching this fight closely, and hoping that Majority Leader Harry Reid won't concede to more Republican demands just get these appointments confirmed. - See more at: http://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2013/07/did-harry-reid-get-duped-again#comment-222100

Well I suppose that depends on the bribe doesn't it. If the price is right Senator Reid will make it happen just like any other successful whore.

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CURTISLWALKER 9 years 46 weeks ago

Harry is an embarassing man who should be kicked from the Democratic party for hisrepeated failures in fixing the fillibuster problem. Not just for presidential appointees, but for all legislation. Senate is a joke, different from the joke the House is, but still a joke. His actions has likely turned many supporters and activists to folks who will never even vote again. Just like with Travon Martin, the FIX is already in before the votes are even counted.

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Gregory Wonderwheel 9 years 46 weeks ago

The people who were duped were the people who thought that Harry Reid would actually do anything. Reid was only playing to the media and never had any intention of changing the filibuster rules. When will the rank and file Democrats learn that Reid is a liar?

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Gregory Wonderwheel 9 years 46 weeks ago

The Con will rat on you, and the Rat will con you. The Con takes your money in the game and the Rat takes your money an the races.

HisLowness 9 years 46 weeks ago

Harry Reid is a spineless dishrag. He has no backbone when confronting the GOP and consistantly caves in to their lying demands. We need a new Senate leader with some forward thinking and resolve.

meemee 9 years 46 weeks ago

Lets "hope" we all do more than "hope" -- let's TELL Majority Leader Reid exactly what we want, need and require from OUR elected representatives. We must BE involved, not just holding our breath on the sidelines. Thank you, Thom, for re-inviting us all back into our democracy, and encouraging us to "get active." Here's a chance. THX. Janie

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MMmmNACHOS 9 years 46 weeks ago

Yawn...Really Thom!?!After wasting yesterday on Zimmerman, Harry Reid is the best topic you could come up with...Your loosing your edge!

Did some one shout CAMPAIGN FINACE REFORM ??? Oh, it was you DANNEMARC...Well I second that.

movetoammend.org Over turn Citizens United... Abolish Corporate Personhood, NOW!!!

If We the People (living breathing humanbeings and not corporations) want to regain our Independence from a Corporate hijacked Government than We the People need to deliver a class action lawsuit against those elected into the U.S. Government, for breeching their sworn oath to uphold, protect, and abide by the U.S. Constitution (The law of this Land), as well as protect and uphold our Civil Rights as clearly written.
Without a mass collective of U.S. Citizens standing up and exercising our Right to alter or abolish any government that becomes destructive of the basic principles as written in the Declaration of Independence; " 'The Equal Right' to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness", we will continue to further have our Rights dismantled and further slip away from a Democratic Government of, for, and by the People. The Zimmerman incident can't hold a candle stick to that kind of down trodden!

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Kend 9 years 46 weeks ago

DAnnemarc it blows me away how wealthy you can become in politics down there. What is more scary is that no one seems to care. Chelsey Clinton is worth over 10 million Can you imagine how much the Clinton's are worth now.

From yesterday it is interesting that the black vote is always that strong for the Dems. It doesn't seem to be working for them though.

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washnwmn 9 years 46 weeks ago

Knowing that they cannot be trusted, that they have lied before, that they keep somehow shmoosing their way out of giving up their filibuster power, YES he has been duped again. When will they learn? When will they get it? How many times do they have to made fools of, before they take the power they earned when elected by the people of this country? Or is it just a big show, because so many have been bought and paid for?

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Pointofgrille 9 years 46 weeks ago

It's not Reid being duped. It is the people being duped. We must have massive voter registrations and get out the vote movements, to throw all the GREEDY BA&#^%€S out of office. Minimum requirement for anyone to get my vote is PLEDGE to VOTE TO REPEAL CITIZENS UNITED and make it law that CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE and MONEY IS NOT FREE SPEECH!

If Grover Norquest can extract pledges to destroy our middle class, we demand a pledge that government be returned to the people, AND.......if we stop allowing these GREEDY profit at all cost worshipers

from keeping us all divided over single issues and UNITE THE PEOPLE IN PROGRESSIVE CAUSES we can begin the process of cleaning up this mess created by the right wing ideological dismantling of our government. GOOD GOVERNMENT IS WONDERFUL......BAD GOVERNMENT IS INTOLERABLE and we, the voters, have the ability to return the nation to good government.

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MMmmNACHOS 9 years 46 weeks ago

Hmmmm...So POINTOFGRILLE, who do you want to run for President in 2016? That and the party they represent will be a HUGE factor in regaining our hijacked government back from the corporations...Leading to what you call Good Government.

We the People need to step-up our voice in the mid term elections in order to set the stage for 2016. Lotsa work to be done so lets get started now!

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PLSzymeczek 9 years 46 weeks ago

Yes, he did.

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Pointofgrille 9 years 45 weeks ago

I'm much more concerned about winning control of congress in 2014 then about who we elect as president of this nation in 2016."Good Government" is responsive to the people rather moneyed special interests and corporate profits.

Of course the people must step-up our voice and our actions. I agree, let's get started now. Everyone can find at least one person who needs to get registered to vote. Find them, take the to registration office. Commit to transportation on election day, stay in touch with others of like mind. We can also work to educate the public concerning the differences, those of us who call our selves progressive, have allowed corporate powers to use in a matter that hinders a united approach. They use the divide and conquer ploy effectively only as long as the people allow them to use such tactics.

Control on both chambers after 2014, should propel numerous good prospects for the Presidency to the forefront.

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rleighton27 9 years 45 weeks ago

I couldn't disagree more about talk shows...if you think that the Tea Baggers, way too stupid and lazy to read a manifesto and too busy flipping between Fox and Honey Boo Boo reruns to really watch TV news, didn't get their fires fueled by guys like Rush Limbaugh, then you are nuts! The problem is that the progressive left has been trying to be civil, be polite, observe the FCC rules in their radio or televison pundit pulpits...and what it's gotten them is a mobilized Far Right and a muddled mess of everything else...

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