Richard Shelby

Open Thread: Wall Street Reform Vote Coming?

A cloture vote to end debate is on the schedule for Wednesday so barring any obstructionist tactics from any of the typical filiblusterers (not likely given the financial environment of chaos that still exists and Americans of all political stripes wanting this fixed) the law MIGHT be signed by President Obama as early as July 4th:

Shelby Stomps Feet, Takes Ball and Goes Home

How is this for bipartisan?

Shelby Blocks All Obama Nominations In The Senate Over AL Earmarks

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary "blanket hold"
on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate,
according to multiple reports this evening. The hold means no
nominations can move forward unless Senate Democrats can secure a
60-member cloture vote to break it, or until Shelby lifts the hold.

"While holds are frequent," CongressDaily's Dan Friedman and Megan Scully report
(sub. req.), "Senate aides said a blanket hold represents a far more
aggressive use of the power than is normal." The magazine reported
aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were the source of the news
about Shelby's blanket hold.

Somebody call the wahhhhmbulence for this poor kid. Sadly, this is pretty typical of the ridiculous number of bipartisan efforts as the GOP has taken the act of fillibusters to heights unseen in American politics: