welcome back. here is the story for the folks who take a shower after work. we focus on that every week on the last part of the show. you know, when you clock out after a
's work, the last thing you want to hear about is, what, the filibuster? after working a double. it's hard to keep up with the conservative obstruction going on in republicanfilibusters threat have resulted in 79 judicial vacancies. while you're outdoing your job for a living, the
made the 112 congress the least productive on record. the vacancies on the
national labor relations board
could leave workers across america without vital safeguards, and the
's refusal to confirm judicial nominees threatens exactly what makes
what republicans are doing is an affront to democracy itself. they have taken a process. our
, and rigged it to be a one-sided game of obstruction.
is said to be reconsidering the so-called nuclear option to revisit the filibuster reform if the senate
blocks three upcoming key nominations. reid passed on his opportunity to change the
, this time americans need to stand up and say enough is enough. this goes far beyond labor. this is not just about judicial seats. this is about democracy. this is about republicans doing everything in their power to block the
will of the people
and this president and denying the last two elections even took place. i'm joined by
, president of the
communications workers of america
who spent countless hours trying to get
to change the rules of the senate so we can move on as a country. explain to viewers why this is such a threat to democracy.
we elect a president by an overwhelming majority. and then his nominees can't get through? if they do get through, it's months or years later. there's never been obstruction like this. republicans are playing extreme politics. too many
are playing by
rules. the two don't work together. we need to step up.
need to say enough is enough.
they haven't done that?
they haven't done that. they can do that at any time. the constitution says it loud and clear. the senate makes it's rules. particularly on nominations, this is a no-brainer. they need to act. they need to make it clear that this president's nominees have a right to a vote. that's all we're talking about.
let's get down to it.
could not have won re-election against
had he not had labor
boots on the ground
. what is the holdup? lack of loyalty here or he's afraid of the next session?
it's not just
, it's four or five
in his caucus. all of us, whether we're label, greens, students fighting student debt that is extraordinary or consumers, there's no consumer financial protection bureau director confirmed. we need to stand up together and say to
which side are you on? if you don't fight for the president's nominees now, in the next two months, you have no use to us. there are
who have said to us how will i get my funding for my next election? we say to them you're not going to get your votes for the next election. you're done.
wow. it's come to that. there's such a level of frustration amongst progressive workers in this country, you're almost threatening lawmakers to move on this.
wouldn't be threatening. it would be about democracy democracy means we can run primaries, too. if they don't step up and have a
democracy where we can get up or down votes on the president's nominees, what use are they? it's not just the republicans here.
need to decide which side are they on? the
chamber of commerce
firms that are rejoicing every day with new opportunities, or are they on the side of the
? that's what's at stake today.
why should we care if the
national labor relations board
doesn't get staffed. i know why. i want to hear it from you.
80 million workers, whether they have a union or not, that's the floor they walk on every day. they could be fired just for speaking up. whether they're in
or professionals at work. this is the only defense there is for american workers. now we have corporations attacking even the regional labor boards, that they don't have no standing.
why won't the republicans fill out the board?
it's the attack on
across the country. they believe in
kap capitalism, markets only. we believe in rights, not just markets. what's the next move in trying to get the nlrb functional with only one person sitting on it now?
the next move is that
's committee has cleared the nominees. the next move is senator reid will put at least one of them up for a vote. if the republicans block the vote, he will need to go to the floor and say we're changing the rules. if the
can't do that what are they in business for?
, thank you very much. that's "the ed show" join us tomorrow night right here at 5:00 eastern.