Mon Jan 14, 2013, 03:51 PM
DonViejo (17,336 posts)
As Time Runs Short, Filibuster Reformers Escalate Campaign
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One week before filibuster reform’s do-or-die moment, its two chief proponents are escalating their campaign, enlisting Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and the liberal Daily Kos community to help lead the charge.
The Senate returns early next week with a narrow window to either approve or scrap the resolution by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Tom Udall (D-NM) to require an obstructing minority to occupy the floor and speak for the duration of their filibuster.
Three senators and Daily Kos are issuing a new petition Monday that reads: “Just a few days left! Over the next few days, the fate of filibuster reform hangs in the balance. Let’s tell the leaders of the U.S. Senate that real reform includes a full talking filibuster.”
Meanwhile, the Fix The Senate Now coalition of outside anti-filibuster groups is sounding the alarm with its own drive for reform. The coalition, which is urging supporters to write to their senators in favor of reform, argues that Republican threats to hinder the nominations of Chuck Hagel for the Pentagon and Jack Lew for Treasury enhance the need to curtail the filibuster.
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)
Mon Jan 14, 2013, 03:57 PM
brooklynite (24,536 posts)
1. A waste of time...
...NOT fighting for filibuster reform, but endorsing an on-line petition to deliver the message. If you want the Senate Democrats to take this seriously, you have to tell them why in your own words. I've personally spoken to 21 Democratic Senators, including Harry Reid, as well as told them, and DSCC, what I'll do if it doesn't get passed.
Take five minutes, close your web browser, and WRITE A PERSONAL MESSAGE.
Response to brooklynite (Reply #1)
Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:37 PM
davidpdx (20,529 posts)
5. I agree
And there are only about a half dozen Senators we need to put pressure on. Some of them are a complete lost cause. I'm hoping both CAs Senators come around and support it. Those are the people we need to have writing and calling.