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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:11 PM

Reid Extends ‘First Day’ Of Congress To Leave Room For Filibuster Reform

Reid Extends ‘First Day’ Of Congress To Leave Room For Filibuster Reform

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Thursday that he will use a procedural move to extend the first legislative day of the 113th Congress in order to leave room for filibuster reform via constitutional option, if need be.

He said on the Senate floor:

"The Senate is simply not working as it should… But I believe this matter warrants additional debate during the 113th Congress. And Senators deserve additional notice before voting to change Senate rules. So today I will follow the precedents set in 2005 and again in 2011. We will reserve the right of all Senators to propose changes to the Senate rules. And we will explicitly not acquiesce in the carrying over of all the rules from the last Congress. It is my intention that the Senate will recess today, rather than adjourn, to continue the same legislative day, and allow this important rules discussion to continue later this month. I am confident the Republican leader and I can come to an agreement that allows the Senate to work more efficiently."

A Democratic aide involved with filibuster reform expects the legislative day to last until roughly Jan. 22.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/reid-extends-first-day-of-congress-to-leave

Yay!

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ProSense Jan 2013 OP
ret5hd Jan 2013 #1
Duer 157099 Jan 2013 #2
BlueStreak Jan 2013 #4
Duer 157099 Jan 2013 #5
bemildred Jan 2013 #3
ellisonz Jan 2013 #6

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:21 PM

1. So THAT"S how god did it in 6 days!!!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:23 PM

2. I just hope our employers don't get any ideas

Imagine if they extended our working days like that!

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:08 PM

4. When my boss asks me if I will have that big report done today, I'll wink and say

"Sure thing, boss". Then I'll take my recess.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:28 PM

5. Hah, good one

Just hope our paychecks don't reflect the new definitions...

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:59 PM

3. I suppose he thinks he can use the "threat" as a lever. We will see. nt

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:44 PM

6. McConnell is only reasonable when it's politically expedient...

...filibuster reform is not politically expedient. Just bloody do it already!

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