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Sun Nov 25, 2012, 08:58 PM

GOP warns of shutdown over filibuster


GOP warns of shutdown over filibuster

A partisan war is brewing that could bring the government to a screeching halt as early as January ó and no, itís not over the fiscal cliff.

Itís all about the filibuster.

Democrats are threatening to change filibuster rules, in what will surely prompt a furious GOP revolt that could make those rare moments of bipartisan consensus even harder to come by during the next Congress.

Hereís what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering: banning filibusters used to prevent debate from even starting and House-Senate conference committees from ever meeting. He also may make filibusters become actual filibusters ó to force senators to carry out the nonstop, talkathon sessions.

Republicans are threatening even greater retaliation if Reid uses a move rarely used by Senate majorities: changing the chamberís precedent by 51 votes, rather than the usual 67 votes it takes to overhaul the rules.

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Full three page article here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/84195.html?hp=f2



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Tx4obama Nov 2012 OP
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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 09:16 PM

1. Hey repubs, we won now sit down and STFU!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 09:21 PM

2. I am glad to see the republicans have changed

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:07 AM

3. They're going to filibuster the filibuster! n/t

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:15 AM

4. So, what happens in the future, when the shoe is on the other foot ...

... and WE want to filibuster but have changed the rules, essentially screwing ourselves in advance?


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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 02:31 PM

5. You can't threaten people with stuff they are not afraid of. nt

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