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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:48 PM

FILIBUSTER: Will Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats Change the Rules?

or will they cave.
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Yes
19 (53%)
No
17 (47%)
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Reply FILIBUSTER: Will Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats Change the Rules? (Original post)
Pryderi Nov 2012 OP
cherokeeprogressive Nov 2012 #1
LeftofObama Nov 2012 #2
elleng Nov 2012 #3
CrispyQ Nov 2012 #4
annabanana Nov 2012 #7
Hutzpa Nov 2012 #12
LeftInTX Nov 2012 #16
Warpy Nov 2012 #5
uponit7771 Nov 2012 #6
Lasher Nov 2012 #8
bluestate10 Nov 2012 #9
quakerboy Nov 2012 #10
x2 vancouverite Nov 2012 #11
Raine Nov 2012 #13
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #14
LeftInTX Nov 2012 #15
kentuck Nov 2012 #17
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #18
Pryderi Nov 2012 #19
woo me with science Nov 2012 #20
Javaman Nov 2012 #21
libtodeath Nov 2012 #22
Poll_Blind Nov 2012 #23
Pryderi Nov 2012 #24
Pryderi Nov 2012 #25
dchill Nov 2012 #26
bigwillq Nov 2012 #27

Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:52 PM

1. Nnnnnnope. n/t

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:53 PM

2. I voted yes,

but it's just wishful thinking on my part.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:01 PM

3. from Mark Udall:

Dear Ellen,

Thank you for speaking up and supporting a reasonable solution to ending partisan gridlock.

With an outpouring of support from citizens like you, we’re close to having 8,000 people sign my petition demanding a fair and common sense solution to Republican abuse of the filibuster!

Can you help us get over 8,000 signers by midnight tonight?

The voices of regular Americans asking for reasonable, bi-partisan solutions goes a long way to convincing legislators to act.

Please share on Facebook and forward the email below to your networks, and help make sure people know about this opportunity to weigh in on important issues that truly affect our ability to govern.

We need to get citizens to weigh in by the end of the day today!

Thank you,



Senator Mark Udall


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It's time to reform the U.S. Senate's broken filibuster rules. The current rules have been used too many times in recent years to block important legislation. It's got to stop.

Don't get me wrong: no matter which party controls the Senate, reasonable filibuster rules are important for protecting the rights of the minority party.

But in recent years, the minority party has broken all past precedent and has used the filibuster on a regular basis to stop common-sense bills and nominations from receiving up-or-down votes.



Gone are the days of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," where senators who wanted to filibuster spoke on the Senate floor to argue their points before the American people. Often times, the minority party blocks considerations of bills without even having to speak on the Senate floor.

Sign my petition demanding that the Senate filibuster rules be reformed to reduce the obstruction that has kept the Senate from doing the people's business.

I have been privileged to help lead the filibuster reform fight since I joined the Senate four years ago. One of my rule changes -- which says that the minority party can no longer force the entire reading of thousand-page bills, just to gum up the process for days on end -- has already been adopted.

But there is so much more to be done to clean up the system.

We need to change the rules to require senators to actually be present in the Senate chamber to conduct a filibuster - no more frivolous absentee obstruction. We also need to limit filibusters to one per bill. And we need to streamline the rules to make it much harder to block up-or-down votes to confirm judges.

The time is quickly approaching where the Senate will decide whether to allow filibuster rules changes. But the forces of obstruction are trying to stop us.

Sign my petition -- demand that the Senate filibuster rules be reformed.


Sincerely,



Senator Mark Udall

http://www.markudall.com/page/s/fix-the-filibuster

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:07 PM

4. +1 . . .

& kick!

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:11 PM

7. THANK YOU FOR THE LINK! - - signed!

Now let's tweet & facebook the sucker!

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Response to annabanana (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:25 PM

12. +1

nt

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:44 PM

16. Thanks. It's signed!

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:10 PM

5. Hard to say, Reid is such a chickenshit about this stuff

and would seemingly rather exist in a bubble and believe that compromise is possible with a party that held up necessary legislation from their own party just to make a president look bad.

Still, I think any suspension of the filibuster needs to have two things: first, a reasonable sunset and second, a provision to reinstitute it when more than 50 bills and appointments are being filibustered.

The problem isn't the filibuster so much as it is a criminal party abusing it to overturn the will of the people.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:10 PM

6. I'm sorry, I can't put any stock in Reid...dems fold too easy for me. Reid was lied to by

...McChinless last time...this should be no question that the filibuster rules should be changed and McChinless voted out of office

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:19 PM

8. The filibuster gives power to individual Senators.

Most Senators want to cling to that power.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:25 PM

9. Reed definitely need to change the Filibuster and the Anonymous Hold.

Force assholes that want to stop a bill or stop an appointment to leave some slobber and toil on the Senate floor.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:56 PM

10. I hope they will

I have as yet to find a single person, who when I describe the filibuster process as it was and as it is, who doesn't think it should be changed. Left, center or right.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:23 PM

11. They'd better!

 

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:47 PM

13. I hope so but I doubt it, they're more talk than action. nt

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:25 PM

14. Won't believe it till I see it!

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:29 PM

15. I emailed Harry Reid

This is what I said. I don't know if it is worth beans or not
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Dear Senator Reid:

I am very concerned about the filibuster issue. I have been hearing that the Republicans are abusing the filibuster. I heard that it is so bad that federal judges aren't being approved. Please reform the filibuster.

If someday Republicans gain control of the Senate, I bet the first thing they will do is reform the filibuster. Why should Democrats be left at such a disadvantage?

Thank you very much,

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:54 PM

17. Reid is thinking that 2 years from now 23 Democratic Senators will be up for re-election...

And does he want to have the same rules or worse apply to the Democratic Party??

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:58 PM

18. they need to regrow some balls first.

 

big brass ones.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #18)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:40 AM

19. Harry lost his nerve in 2010 and will lose it in 2012:

March 10, 2010

Reid promises filibuster reform
"The filibuster has been abused," Sen. Harry Reid said at a reporter's briefing this afternoon. "But next Congress, we are going to take a look at it. And we're going to make some changes in it.”


http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/03/reid_promises_filibuster_refor.html

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:26 AM

20. Kick

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:40 AM

21. I think some sort of screw job compromise will be struck...

harry will fall for some repuke bullshit "promise", only for the repukes to laugh at him behind his back (like they always do) and at the first opportunity, break that said promise. And it will be all to the shock and surprise of harry and his other gullible Dems.

Yet harry and the other Dem senators will still keep their side of the bargain because "they won't lower themselves" to the level of the repukes.

and that's how we lose time and again.

rinse and repeat.

etc., etc., etc...

blah blah blah.

Whatever.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:00 AM

22. I sure hope they do,the filbuster as the repukes use it is undemocratic

as a country we voted for a Democratic controlled Senate and they are thwarting the will of the people.

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:01 PM

23. TPM: McConnell Extends Olive Branch To Reid To Avoid Filibuster Reform

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #23)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:05 PM

24. McConnell will screw Reid, and we'll never get the reform. nt

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #23)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:07 PM

25. HARRY REID'S PHONE NUMBER!

Phone: 202-224-3542 / Fax: 202-224-7327
Toll Free for Nevadans: 1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343) - Restricted to calls originating from area codes 775 and 702

http://www.reid.senate.gov/contact/offices.cfm

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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:22 PM

26. Voted no...

Wanna be wrong.


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Response to Pryderi (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:23 PM

27. I voted no

Let's see what happens.

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