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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:11 AM

Mitch McConnell’s five biggest whoppers on the filibuster


Mitch McConnell’s five biggest whoppers on the filibuster

Senate majority leader Harry Reid and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell just had an heated, lengthy exchange on the floor of the Senate over Reid’s intention to use the so-called “constitutional option” at the beginning of the next Congress to change the rules of the filibuster using only 51 votes.

The specific changes Reid envisions aren’t particularly dramatic: He wants to be able to make the motion to debate a bill — but not the vote to pass it — immune to the filibuster; he wants the time it would take to break a filibuster to be shorter; and he wants whoever is filibustering to have to hold the floor of the Senate and talk. None of these changes would alter the basic reality of the modern U.S. Senate, which is that it takes 60 votes to get almost anything done. In my view, that means they wouldn’t do much to fix the Senate at all.

Nevertheless, McConnell is furious. But many of the arguments he was making on the floor Monday don’t hold up to even the barest scrutiny.

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Full article with the 'five whoppers' listed here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/11/26/mitch-mcconnells-five-biggest-whoppers-on-the-filibuster/




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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:35 PM

1. It wasn't that long ago these fascist pigs were...

going to use the, so called, nuclear option on us.Nuke those bastard!!!

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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:22 PM

2. I guess the idea is that if they can't have a debate

then CSPAN won't have footage of them being a bunch of douchebags on the senate floor.

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