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Mon Jul 15, 2013, 07:21 PM

97 senators arrive for rare joint caucus on 'nuclear option'

Nearly every senator returned to Washington Monday evening in time to attend a closed-door joint caucus to discuss filibuster rules.

Ninety-seven senators participated in the mandatory quorum call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) requested ahead of the 6 p.m. caucus in the Old Senate Chamber.

The GOP cloak room said Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) was the only missing Republican, while Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) and Bob Menendez (N.J.) were the absent Democrats.

Reid has threatened to use the “nuclear option” — changing the Senate rules to allow presidential nominations to proceed with a simple-majority vote instead of a 60-vote super-majority — in order to thwart Republican obstruction on seven of President Obama’s cabinet nominees.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters heading into the joint caucus that lawmakers had agreed to the outlines of a compromise on nominees although a senior Democratic aide disputed the claim.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/311135-nearly-all-senators-return-for-joint-caucus-to-avoid-nuclear-option#ixzz2Z9t1jN9G

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 07:24 PM

1. And Nate Silver has the republicans very plausibly picking up the majority next election.

Damn.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 07:38 PM

7. Really?

That would suck.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 07:42 PM

9. Yeah, the Dems lose, at the very least,

Montana. I've not taken that close a look at the rest yet but I can't see any scenario wherein the Dems gain any seats in 2014.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 07:45 PM

10. West Virginia, South Dakota, Louisiana, and Arkansas, too.

It's going to be close.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 07:24 PM

2. Wow.. sounds like Harry got their attention.

Something good might actually happen tonight... fingers x'd.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 07:25 PM

3. Another bullshit compromise. Good ol' Harry never misses a chance to cave. n/t

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Response to leeroysphitz (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 07:28 PM

5. Harry is working toward a compromise. Just like the last two on this subject. His compromise

like the last two will entail that the Republicans can do any-fucking-thing they want.

Comon Harry, make me a liar. Plez

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 07:26 PM

4. Any bettors out there? 1000 to 1 Hapless Harry doesnt go nuclear. nm

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 07:36 PM

6. McConnell said on Sunday to just put the nominees up for a vote. Reid will have accomplished

What he set out to do on getting the nominees voted on. Before Reid is caused of caving in we must understand if we lose the majority in the Senate we will need this rule in place to halt GOP trash bills.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 08:07 PM

11. They will regret changing it when the R's are in the majority

I think they will pick up the Senate in 2014 and basically do anything they please if you get rid of the filibuster.

Just make it a real filibuster, where they have to talk on the floor for hours.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 09:38 AM

12. kick

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