How Elizabeth Warren was the real winner in the Senate

July 17, 2013
By Seth Maloney | 13 comments

From: SalonRepublicans cave over threat of "nuclear option"

It seems like every single headline coming out of the Senate this week has been some variation of that title, and the brinkmanship that nearly brought Majority Leader Reid to use the "nuclear option" (gutting the filibuster) against the GOP's obstructionism. 

While the threat of filibuster reform was enough to move the GOP to end its filibuster on a few Executive Branch appointments, it wasn't enough to actually change the filibuster.

So who came out on top? Elizabeth Warren, that's who. 

Richard Cordray of Ohio has finally been confirmed as the boss of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after a very protracted Senate fight to have him seated. The CFPB was created by the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (usually just called Dodd-Frank), and Cordray's confirmation ends the 700 day GOP blockade.

How is Warren connected to the CFPB? She basically oversaw its creation and organization. Her work on it made her a widely popular choice to be nominated as the director, but she was ultimately rejected due to overwhelming Republican opposition (read: she scared the hell out of them). 

Warren began her fight for the CFPB in 2009, a time when the Great Recession was tearing apart the economy. Now? She not only got the CFPB, but she was presiding over the Senate when Cordray's nomination passed. Talk about icing on the cake.

The fighting in the Senate was definitely a boost for progressives, but it left the filibuster unchanged. We got the CFPB, we got the nominations, but we still need comprehensive filibuster reform.

Add your name and join 80,000 progressives demanding Harry Reid reform the filibuster!


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The filibuster is just a senate rule, not a sacred tablet!! Modify it now or even eliminate it.

Frank Nichols

I'm tired of things being held up with the nonsense such as filibusters that take place in the Congress. These people are an absolute JOKE and should be ashamed of themselves for every accepting their nominations, knowing they did not have the maturity to behave like adults. What a disgrace and an embarrassment.

Jane Wester

Please Harry Reid, don't give up on Filibuster Reform!!!!

Laurie Swiatek

Reform the filibuster, reform the Senate. Do your job for the best of the country. I cannot lobby you with money but I promise to give you hell if you do nothing.

Konrad Benz

The filibusters need to be reformed. The blocking has caused untold misery and loss to millions of constituents. The Senate should be ashamed of what they have not accomplished. They, the Republicans, took a stand to use filibusters to prevent any changes being made to improve the economy. This has all been in an effort to make the current Presidency look bad. This is disgusting behavior that should not be allowed and it shows that the Republican Senate members could care less how it impacts their constituents. People have no value to them. This is CRIMINAL. They cannot lie their way out of this. It is there for everyone to see if they care to really look.

Sheri Dunnagan

The filibuster has to go. The way it is now the Vice President has almost no official duties. It's time to let him break a tie vote, it was what the fore fathers put in the constitution. Senate rules shouldn't be allowed to override the constitution. Nor should party rules. Enough of this party BS.

Kip Folker

Senator Reid, please reform the filibuster. Thank you for your grinding work!

Carole Setzer

Senator Reid, please reform the filibuster. Thank you for your grinding work!

Carole Setzer

PLEASE, PLEASE REFORM THE FILIBUSTER!! In it's current state, the country is at a stand still. The republican road block MUST be overcome to help the American people in this terrible, terrible time. A jobs bill would help us enormously. DO YOUR JOB, PLEASE!

Glenda Morrison

PLEASE, PLEASE REFORM THE FILIBUSTER!! In it's current state, the country is at a stand still. The republican road block MUST be overcome to help the American people in this terrible, terrible time. A jobs bill would help us enormously. DO YOUR JOB, PLEASE!

Glenda Morrison

I am so angry and fed up with both parties-they are only concerned with their own well being. Avarice and greed run rampant with Congress & the Supreme Court with many of their partners & children being lobyists. They no longer care about the middle class or blue collar worker-its all about money in their pockets. There are only a few who are concerned for the elderly, low income and vets. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are my heros and we need more of them to hold office instead of these arrogant, self seeking, self indulgent, power hungry goons. Filibuster is only another way for these people to continue behaving like idiots. As you can tell my opinion of congress can not get any lower they are disgusting.

Marlene Briscoe

reform the filibuster

gail hines

Filibuster sometimes have their uses; but if they are used abusively or childishly, they may require reform. Now seems to be one of those times. I cannot believe the Republican leadership does not know why the GOP lost the recent election; manipulation of various things is childish, not the answer to their problem. They need to admit to themselves that the GOP may be suffering from a terminal ilness, and why.

George Fick
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