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Response to markpkessinger (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:21 PM

13. Sent.

Had to edit out some parts so I could fit the message in what the e-mail allowed me at Senator Levin's site but the all the main points were included. Again, thanks for allowing use of your letter!

What I sent:

"Dear Senator Levin,

Having just read the details of the proposed filibuster "reform" bill introduced by you and Senator McCain (and some others), I disagree with it. For the past four years, despite Democrats having won the White House and having retained a majority in the Senate, a minority party has been able to block bill after bill and nominee after nominee. The bill you have proposed merely adds a few additional burdens to those wishing to filibuster legislation or executive and judicial branch nominees. But the actual ability to filibuster is the thing that needs to be seriously curtailed in the interest of enabling the electorate to express its will while at the same time having a reasonable expectation that such electoral will would be honored.

Any meaningful filibuster reform MUST include ALL of the following if it is to be considered to be at all serious: (1) Eliminate the ability to filibuster the motion to proceed; (2) Require that those wishing to block legislation or nominations take the floor and actually filibuster—i.e., mandating “talking filibusters”; (3) Assert that 41 Senators must affirmatively vote to continue debate rather than forcing 60 Senators to vote to end debate; and, (4) Streamline the confirmation process for all nominees by eliminating the currently required 30 hours of post cloture debate on a nominee to zero or at a minimum no more than 2 hours.

Thank you.

XXX XXXX"

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