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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:06 PM

If you want a *talking filibuster*, make the phone call tomorrow (Wednesday 1/23/13).

Harry Reid:
(202) 224-3542

Possible holdouts

Baucus Max MT D (202) 224-2651
Boxer Barbara CA D (202) 224-3553
Feinstein Dianne CA D (202) 224-3841
Heitkamp Heidi ND D (202) 224-2043
Hirono Mazie HI D (202) 224-6361
Leahy Patrick VT D (202) 224-4242
Reed Jack RI D (202) 224-4642

Also, and most important, call your own State Senators.

Changing the rule to require a "talking filibuster" is the right choice. It would be the right choice even if we were the minority.

This is about preventing the minority party from paralyzing the Senate. A "talking filibuster" preserves the ability of the minority party to hold up legislation if the minority party believes strongly enough that it is worth the fight. What it also prevents is the ability a few Senators from blocking the will of the majority by merely sending an email expressing disapproval.

In the history of the Senate, the "talking filibuster" was the tradition until recent years. We need to go back to it.

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Reply If you want a *talking filibuster*, make the phone call tomorrow (Wednesday 1/23/13). (Original post)
alberg Jan 2013 OP
Atticus Jan 2013 #1
alberg Jan 2013 #2
patrice Jan 2013 #3
alberg Jan 2013 #4
patrice Jan 2013 #5
alberg Jan 2013 #6
patrice Jan 2013 #7

Response to alberg (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:11 PM

1. The Udall-Merkley-Harkin bill is the "talking filibuster" bill. nt

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Response to Atticus (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:21 PM

2. What I get from the news is that almost all the Democratic Senators

want the talking filibuster, except for a few holdouts ,but that Reid is still looking for a compromise with the Republicans that would water down the rules change. Both of my State Senators have come out for the Talking Filibuster - one was on the fence until the last few days. I know all the Senators are getting a'lot of calls on this. If we can get enough calls in the next 24 hours it may provide the tipping point we need in the negotiations and compel Harry Reid to go for it. At least I hope so.

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Response to alberg (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:30 PM

3. K&R

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Response to patrice (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:16 PM

4. Thanks. It would be great if we could get this post kicked throughout tomorrow

and get some significant phone activity during the day.

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Response to alberg (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:23 AM

5. Will do & feedback call notes. Journalling this. nt

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Response to patrice (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 11:07 AM

6. Thanks. Maybe you could post something similar as a reminder to folks.

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Response to alberg (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:53 PM

7. I posted all the info to FaceBook yesterday. Do you know if the vote has occured yet?

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