Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:47 PM
cal04 (38,634 posts)
Filibuster Reform Champions Say Democrats Have 51 Votes To Change Rules
Last edited Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:25 PM - Edit history (1)
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.
Leading proponent of filibuster reform claims he has 51 votes
Breaking the Filibuster
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
51 Yes / Leaning Yes
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Filibuster Reform Champions Say Democrats Have 51 Votes To Change Rules (Original post)
Response to putitinD (Reply #2)
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:59 PM
DRoseDARs (5,372 posts)
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.
Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #5)
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:09 PM
PoliticAverse (9,706 posts)
8. In the first session of each new senate you have an opportunity to change the rules with 50+ votes.
Response to lobodons (Reply #9)
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:24 PM
SoCalMusicLover (638 posts)
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?
Response to cal04 (Original post)
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:16 PM
davidpdx (16,002 posts)
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.