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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:37 PM

Filibuster reform: ... post cloture time for non appellate judges will be cut from 30 hours to 2


Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell Reach Filibuster Reform Deal

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Supporters of the deal insist that even without using the "nuclear option," Reid was able to secure tangible changes on the pace and conduct of Senate business.

The deal, said one top Democratic aide, is "not everything Reid wanted but there are significant changes. Everybody was so focused on the filibuster, but as you know there were a lot of Dems who really felt uncomfortable going there. Let's face it, if not for 60 then Roe v. Wade might be dead and Social Security would be private accounts. But, Reid gets the power to get on bills without having to file cloture. That's a big deal. Also, post cloture time for non appellate judges will be cut from 30 hours to 2. That's huge because now Reid can stack nominations, which forces the Repubs' hands."

Added another supportive Democratic Senate aide: "We are now a more efficient Senate; we'll be able to get on bills without having 60 votes and without having to spend a week to do it. We are getting the ability to confirm certain nominees who have objections against them. Instead of taking a week to confirm them, it'll take a few hours. That's all Reid ever really wanted."

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/harry-reid-mitch-mcconnell-filibuster_n_2541356.html

Good news!



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Reply Filibuster reform: ... post cloture time for non appellate judges will be cut from 30 hours to 2 (Original post)
Tx4obama Jan 2013 OP
Atman Jan 2013 #1
PoliticAverse Jan 2013 #2
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #4
Blue Idaho Jan 2013 #3
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #5
Blue Idaho Jan 2013 #6
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #7
Blue Idaho Jan 2013 #9
high density Jan 2013 #10
rhett o rick Jan 2013 #8

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:43 PM

1. Well, after all...it's only about what Reid ever wanted.

McConnell wins. If McConnell agreed to anything, it's because he wins and gets what he wanted. McConnell could give a shit about what is right or fair. Reid just bends over every time, no matter who strong his hand.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:49 PM

2. "if not for 60 then Roe v. Wade might be dead" - Roe v. Wade was a Supreme Court decision

you don't override that with a bill that passes the Senate.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:52 PM

4. That part might be referring to amendents regarding restrictions/regulations.

The republicans are still always introducing bills to restrict abortion - but with having to have 60 for cloture they've been failing.

Can't really tell for sure because the article is a bit too vague regarding that issue.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:49 PM

3. Harry Reid is a God Damn Disappointment.

This crap deal leaves the fox in the hen house - thanks for nothing Harry.

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Response to Blue Idaho (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:55 PM

5. We will have to agree to disagree. I think even the modest changes are going to be a big improvement


I've been following the judicial nominations for several years and the new change is going to be a HUGE help in getting them confirmed faster.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 05:01 PM

6. I appreciate that

And that would be terrific if that were the only job of the Senate, sadly Harry has once again fallen short of the mark.

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Response to Blue Idaho (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 05:08 PM

7. It was the republican's obstruction of the judicial nominees over the past four years ...


was what brought the issue of reforming the filibuster to a head.

I realize that some folks wanted a 'major' reform - but looking at the issue in context helps put this in perspective and shows that this is still a big win for our side.



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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 05:13 PM

9. Thanks for pointing that out...

I would like to see major reform but you make a very good point. Frankly, with the dysfunctional state of the republican run house, judicial nominees may just be the most important work that can get done by congress.

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Response to Blue Idaho (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 05:30 PM

10. I agree, this sounds terrible

I have a feeling like Senate Democrats always feel like they get bonus points for compromising with the GOP. Nobody gives a shit in the voting booth, the Democrats get demonized no matter what they do. Then look at what the House GOP gets away with.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 05:09 PM

8. Tell me this wasnt formalized via a handshake with McConnell. nm

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