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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:07 PM

Reid considers delaying filibuster reform vote

Sen. Harry Reid might be planning to punt on filibuster reform, delaying action by not adjourning the Senate tomorrow, after new members are sworn in, but instead going into recess. In doing that, he would technically keep the first day of Senate business open, to do filibuster reform after the congressional recess that lasts until the week of Jan. 22. Why does he want this delay?

That will buy Reid time for further negotiations with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to see if they can reach a bipartisan agreement, aides said Wednesday.


That would be the same Mitch McConnell who screwed Reid over in fiscal cliff curb negotiations by refusing to work further with him and bypassing him. It's the same McConnell who, as I wrote earlier, has vowed to take the debt ceiling hostage again and again and again. It's also the same McConnell who agreed to a "gentlemen's agreement" on the filibuster back in 2011, and agreement that he happily ignored.

Does Reid remember what he said just eight short months ago?


“If there were ever a time when Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley were prophetic, it’s tonight,” Reid said on the floor. “These two young, fine senators said it was time to change the rules of the Senate, and we didn’t. They were right. The rest of us were wrong—or most of us, anyway. What a shame.”

That hasn't changed. If anything, the last several months of Republican obstruction and McConnell's actions on the fiscal cliff reinforce that. Bipartisan agreements with McConnell are less than worthless; they're destructive.
If this reform is delayed two weeks, Reid should use the time to convince all of the members of his caucus to support real reform. He shouldn't be wasting his time on McConnell.

Tell Sen. Reid that real filibuster reform has to happen. Call him at 202-224-3542.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/02/1175785/-Reid-considers-delaying-filibuster-reform-nbsp-vote

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Reply Reid considers delaying filibuster reform vote (Original post)
Playinghardball Jan 2013 OP
unblock Jan 2013 #1
TeamPooka Jan 2013 #2
PoliticAverse Jan 2013 #3
Doctor_J Jan 2013 #4
Purveyor Jan 2013 #5
kentuck Jan 2013 #6
Lone_Star_Dem Jan 2013 #7
bemildred Jan 2013 #8
Cleita Jan 2013 #9
GardeningGal Jan 2013 #10
lindysalsagal Jan 2013 #11
Doctor_J Jan 2013 #12
FresnoDemocrat Jan 2013 #13

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:09 PM

1. so... he's filibustering filibuster reform?

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:10 PM

2. called! Message to Reform sent!

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:10 PM

3. "That will buy Reid time for further negotiations with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell"

Does Biden need to be brought in again to save Reid from himself ?

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:11 PM

4. Weclome to the New Year

a lot like the old year.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:11 PM

5. Bullshit! eom

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:16 PM

6. Right!

Don't throw me in that broad patch and I promise I will not filibuster anymore...

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:27 PM

7. We need 51 votes and the use of the nuclear option to get real reform.

Without the "talking filibuster" this vote is useless.

Get them on board Harry, we need this before the Debt Ceiling is brought up the first of February.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:29 PM

8. Bullshit. nt

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:30 PM

9. I'm just wondering if it were McConnell who was the majority leader if he would

be negotiating with Reid over the filibuster rule. I doubt it. If it were McConnell, he would probably raise the number of senators to pass a law to 175 and never even send Reid a note about it.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:41 PM

10. Get a backbone Reid - you've GOT to be kidding me.

You haven't learned yet? There isn't any hope for you....omg

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:49 PM

11. Very good news.

Especially since it looks as if the GOP will never hold a majority any time soon.

Fingers crossed.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:08 PM

12. Thinking fondly of 2009-2010 are you?

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:44 PM

13. I think

it's more likely he forgot.

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