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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:08 PM

Exclusive: Major Unions And Progressive Groups Create Filibuster Reform Coalition

Source: TPM

Brian Beutler

Major unions, environmental advocates and other progressive groups are reconvening an advocacy coalition to build public support for reforming the Senate filibuster rules and pressure members to follow suit at the beginning of the 113th Congress, TPM has learned.

“Facing unparalleled challenges—a languid economic recovery, crushing debt, and threats at home and abroad—the country cannot afford another two years of inaction fostered by outmoded and broken legislative institutions,” reads a statement from the newly reconvened Fix the Senate Now coalition, provided to TPM. “In recent decades, Senate conventions have devolved to remove incentives for bipartisan comity, collegiality, and compromise. Whereas Senators once resorted to filibustering only in rare and exceptional instances of intense opposition, rampant obstruction has now transformed standard operating procedure.”

The Fix the Senate coalition includes the Alliance for Justice, the Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, the Communications Workers of America, the Sierra Club, and the United Auto Workers.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/11/exclusive-major-unions-and-progressive-groups-create-filibuster-reform-coalition.php





Brian Beutler

Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight, and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:27 PM

1. This seems to be good, but will they then be able to filibuster the Grand Bargain and the TPP?

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:58 PM

2. "reconvening"

Why did they unconvene?

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Response to RUMMYisFROSTED (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:02 PM

3. Every two years there is a New Congress and it Convenes the first part of January.

Before the Senate has actually convened, the Senate Rules may be modified with only Majority vote as the very first action taken. After that the old rules apply...

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Response to Bandit (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 07:53 PM

4. ?

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