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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:56 PM

Harry Reid Declares He Has 51 Votes For Filibuster Reform

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SAHIL KAPUR JANUARY 23, 2013, 12:48 PM

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.

“The proposal from the majority leader,” Durbin said, “suggests changes in reducing and eliminating the motion to proceed, how many cloture votes you’ll face in conference committee, what happens to nominations after cloture, whether it’s 30 hours a piece or 2 hours a piece — that is a significant change.” After cloture, he said, “We all believe there should be an obligation to stay on the floor and speak or move the question.”

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:57 PM

1. I know it's already been said this week but....

SUCK IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:03 PM

2. please do it!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:04 PM

3. So he has 51 votes, but not for the talking filibuster then ? n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:07 PM

4. Are they going to force people who filibuster

To actually stand on the floor and talk? I'm sick of this bullshit where they just declare one and don't back it up. Damn it, my tax dollars pay their salaries, and if they're going to filibuster, they're going to filibuster!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:13 PM

5. Locking as a duplicate. Please join this earlier discussion. ->

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