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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:41 PM

Tom Harkin: Filibuster Reform Failure Hamstrings Obama Agenda [View all]

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) warned President Barack Obama that he "might as well take a four-year vacation" if the Senate fails to pass real filibuster reform -- and the plan being unveiled Thursday by Senate leaders doesn't qualify, the veteran lawmaker said.

"It's a baby step. Really, it's a baby baby step," Harkin told reporters Thursday before heading into a caucus meeting on the filibuster plan.

The Senate filibuster -- in which a single lawmaker can hold up a bill unless 60 senators vote to end debate on the matter -- has become the favored tactic for stalling Senate action over the last three sessions, with nearly 400 instances.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had threatened action to change the rules, but the deal coming out Thursday only modestly limits filibusters at the start of debates and not on the bills themselves or other steps along the way.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/tom-harkin-filibuster-reform_n_2544153.html



Yep. The President is now a lame duck with a veto.

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