Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:06 PM
alberg (412 posts)
If you want a *talking filibuster*, make the phone call tomorrow (Wednesday 1/23/13).
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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If you want a *talking filibuster*, make the phone call tomorrow (Wednesday 1/23/13). (Original post)
Response to Atticus (Reply #1)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:21 PM
alberg (412 posts)
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.