Recently, the roofing industry has been subjected to a
significant increase in regulatory activity by the federal
government. Given current events in Washington, D.C., this trend
appears likely to accelerate in the years ahead.
In November 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
used the so-called "nuclear option" to pave the way for Senate
confirmation of some of President Obama's nominations to judicial
and executive branch positions. The Senate voted 52-48 (with three
Democrats joining all Republicans in opposition) to change its
rules to essentially eliminate the option to filibuster all
presidential nominations except Supreme Court nominations. The
filibuster is a procedural tactic used by senators to delay or
block a vote on most legislation and nominations.
The change means obtaining Senate confirmation for most
presidential nominations will now, for the first time in U.S.
history, require a simple majority of 51 votes instead of the 60
previously needed to cut off a potential filibuster. Senators have
long used the filibuster to delay votes on presidential nominations
for months and, in some cases, to derail nominations. The previous
rule requiring 60 votes for confirmation of nominees served as an
important check on the power of the majority under our...
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