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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:56 PM

If you didn't support filibuster reform before, you will after reading this


Five Exceptional Nominees Locked Out Of Public Service By The Senate’s Broken Rules

From the founding of the Republic until the beginning of the current Congress, the Senate voted to break a filibuster on a president’s nominee only 89 times. Nearly one quarter of all of these were Senate Republican filibusters of President Obama’s nominees. No senate minority in American history was as aggressive in filibustering presidential nominees as the minority led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Lest there be any doubt, this kind of obstructionism does far more than simply frustrate President Obama — it denies the American people a fully functioning government and discourages the most talented potential nominees from seeking government jobs in the first place. Here are just a few of the most exceptional nominees blocked by the Senate’s nonsensical filibuster rules:

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Full article with the five nominees listed here: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/11/29/1251981/five-exceptional-nominees-locked-out-of-public-service-by-the-senates-broken-rules/



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Reply If you didn't support filibuster reform before, you will after reading this (Original post)
Tx4obama Nov 2012 OP
MannyGoldstein Nov 2012 #1
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #2
msongs Nov 2012 #3
Cali_Democrat Nov 2012 #5
Jeff In Milwaukee Nov 2012 #7
world wide wally Nov 2012 #4
davidpdx Nov 2012 #6
Filibuster Harry Nov 2012 #8

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:59 PM

1. I hope it will happen, but

I suspect that senior Democrats will ultimately see it as too partisan. And anyway, they handily won the last election even with the obstruction, so I suspect they don't see it as a particularly bad thing.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:07 PM

2. I disagree. I believe the filibuster rule will be changed the first day of the 113th Congress


In 2012 President Obama appointed over 30 federal judges and the Senate GOPers have allowed ONLY TWO full senate floor confirmation votes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_judges_appointed_by_Barack_Obama

The Senate rules 'must' change.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:24 PM

3. harry is waffling and offering weak reform. repubs will block block block nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:48 AM

5. So what do we do?

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Response to msongs (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:13 AM

7. They can't

It takes 51 votes. Only Democrats can screw this up.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:31 AM

4. Prediction...

If nothing is done to change the filibuster rules, McConnell will immediately use it to stab the country in the back just like he did for the past 4 years.
No appointments
No legislation passed
No effective government

Strictly more of the same obstructionist bullshit

Democrats better grasp this simple fact.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:09 AM

6. Email and call Senators Feinstein and Kerry

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:03 PM

8. The filibuster rules MUST change. It was not intended to be used the current way and the reason

is simple: if you want to filibuster stand there and talk, talk, talk. Not this I object and sit down and wait until 60 votes or nothing is done at all.

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