Ute water measure expected to hit Senate Thursday

CNJ staff Authorization of the Ute Water Project is expected to be on the Senate floor Thursday, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. By a 68-24 vote Wednesday, the Senate approved cloture on Senate Bill 22. Cloture is a procedure to end debate and limit amendments on a measure, contrary to […]

Ute bill makes progress in Senate

A package of bills, including a measure to authorize the Ute Water Project, passed the first of two procedural votes in the Senate on Sunday. Jude McCartin, a spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the first vote was a cloture vote to bring the bill to the floor, which passed 66-22. The second […]

Rules to limit government shouldn’t change

Freedom Newspapers As the Senate moves toward a major confrontation over judicial nominations, it might be useful to put the tradition of filibustering in context. The filibuster in its present form is not enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, which says the two houses of Congress can make their own rules. In the early years, both […]