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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:47 PM

Filibuster Reform Champions Say Democrats Have 51 Votes To Change Rules

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Source: TPM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has 51 Democratic votes to reform the filibuster, the two leading champions of weakening the minority's power to obstruct business said Friday.

An aide to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) told TPM he believes Reid -- who has vowed to move forward using the constitutional option next month if Republicans don't sign on -- has secured the necessary votes.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) concurred, according to The Hill, saying: The crucial thing for all of you to know is Harry Reidís got 51 votes to do the Constitutional option at the beginning of the Congress. My sense is if he canít get agreement on the other side, then heís going to go forward.

The two senators are pushing a talking filibuster which would change the rules to require filibustering senators to occupy the floor and speak if they want to halt Senate business.

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/filibuster-reform-champions-say-democrats-have-51-votes



Cantwell after the meeting in filibuster reform: There's 51 votes to do something, that's for sure.

https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/284741805734506497
Ryan Grim

Leading proponent of filibuster reform claims he has 51 votes
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/274791-leading-proponent-of-filibuster-reform-claims-51-votes-for-nuclear-option

Breaking the Filibuster
http://data.huffingtonpost.com/interactives/2012/12/18/filibuster-reform?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008
The Huffington Post is tracking where Democratic senators stand on filibuster reform ó specifically, the "talking filibuster," which would require senators to participate in debate in order to block legislation. If every Republican senator votes against the legislation, 51 Democratic senators ó or 50 plus Vice President Joe Biden breaking the tie ó will be needed to pass the bill.

4 No / Leaning No
http://data.huffingtonpost.com/interactives/2012/12/18/filibuster-reform?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008









51 Yes / Leaning Yes

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Reply Filibuster Reform Champions Say Democrats Have 51 Votes To Change Rules (Original post)
cal04 Dec 2012 OP
patrice Dec 2012 #1
putitinD Dec 2012 #2
DRoseDARs Dec 2012 #6
RDANGELO Dec 2012 #3
jonthebru Dec 2012 #4
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2012 #5
DRoseDARs Dec 2012 #7
PoliticAverse Dec 2012 #8
immoderate Dec 2012 #11
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2012 #14
lobodons Dec 2012 #9
SoCalMusicLover Dec 2012 #10
SwankyXomb Dec 2012 #15
broadcaster75201 Dec 2012 #12
RetroGamer1971 Dec 2012 #13
xxxsdesdexxx Dec 2012 #16
malz Dec 2012 #17
davidpdx Dec 2012 #18

Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:50 PM

1. Adding this to my phone call notes for "our" "representation" nt

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:53 PM

2. change them NOW

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Response to putitinD (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:59 PM

6. *cough* The Republicans can easily filibuster any such attempt, which is kinda the point. Gonna have

...to wait until the new session congress is seated.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:56 PM

3. ALL RIGHT!! SLAM THAT HAMMER DOWN!! n/t

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:57 PM

4. Hey, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV);

Do your job and save this country from the corporatist morans!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:59 PM

5. Can the Senate bring it to a vote without 61 votes?

Won't the Republicans just filibuster the bill? Or throw a secret hold on it?

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:00 PM

7. Yeah, they can easily filibuster. The start of a new session is the best time to do it. nt

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:09 PM

8. In the first session of each new senate you have an opportunity to change the rules with 50+ votes.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:56 PM

11. I hope everybody sees ^^THIS^^

That's why they're all citing the 51 votes they need to set new rules. But will they do it ??

--imm

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:52 PM

14. Thanks, I didn't know that!

And I thought democracy was simple!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:18 PM

9. "if he canít get agreement on the other side"

Agreement from the GOP? Um, didn't Reid already try this in 2010? How did that work for him?

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Response to lobodons (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:24 PM

10. Ask Nicely

I'm sure the other side will readily agree. What's the problem?

And Harry, I got this bridge to sell you in Nevada. Right near Hoover Dam. Interested?

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Response to lobodons (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:03 PM

15. He and McConnell

had a handshake deal to avoid abusing the filibuster, which lasted as long as it took Mitch to wipe his hands off.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:07 PM

12. Waiting on Reid to fold and "compromise"

This is 4 years of that crap talking. I hope they will surprise me.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:26 PM

13. GOOD!

I think this is a good idea. If anyone in the future wants to filibuster, do it in the light, where we can all see you.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:08 PM

16. YES! k&r

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:26 PM

17. Good

 

Now RAM IT THROUGH!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:16 PM

18. Crossing my fingures

I posted the graphic on Facebook with the senators names and states. Please everyone do the same. People who have lots of friends on Facebook are bound to have at least one in the four states.

I think the four who are wavering on yes are Leahy, Reed, Feinstein and Boxer.

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