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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:54 PM

Harry Reid Declares He Has 51 Votes For Filibuster Reform

Source: TPM

Senate Democrats have the 51 votes necessary to weaken the filibuster, the top two Democrats declared unequivocally on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he’s continuing discussions with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) over a bipartisan resolution. But when asked if he has the 51 votes for filibuster reform via the constitutional option if that fails, he didn’t mince words.

“Yes,” Reid said.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) told reporters that the Merkley-Udall “full talking filibuster” approach likely won’t happen because it “does not have 51 votes.” But he said a more modest package that Reid has put forth to McConnell, aimed at shifting the burden from a governing majority to an obstructing minority, would pass.

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Reply Harry Reid Declares He Has 51 Votes For Filibuster Reform (Original post)
UrbScotty Jan 2013 OP
HERVEPA Jan 2013 #1
NYC Liberal Jan 2013 #2
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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:58 PM

1. How exciting. Reform without actual change.

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Response to HERVEPA (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:01 PM

2. Isn't he saying he has the votes for the nuclear ("constitutional") option?

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:11 PM

3. Seems to be the case... (nt)

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:15 PM

4. The nuclear option is just the method to get the "reform" passed.

Look at the body of the original message. What he's looking to use the nuclear option to do isn't worth much, and will still require the 60 votes to get something through. It'll just make the Rethuglicans look a little uglier when they do it, and they don't really care about that.

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Response to HERVEPA (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:08 AM

48. +1

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