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bain_sidhe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-05 05:49 PM
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31. if it happens
The last I read was Reid is planning on a three-pronged slowdown strategy.

First, to refuse to agree to passing many bills by way of the "unanimous consent" roster. A lot of "routine" (uncontroversial) bills are put on a list for "unanimous consent," and passed in bulk on a voice vote. But if even one Senator objects to a bill's presence on the list, that bill has to be debated and voted on separately.

Second, there's the reading of the bill. Theoretically, each bill has to be read out loud twice before there can be a vote on it. In practice, the Senate almost always waives the reading of the bill. But, again, one Senator (I think) can object to the waiver, and the bill then has to be read out loud.

Third, there is a "rule" by which a bill can go directly to the floor for debate and a vote. Most bills are sent to a committee, and this is where Democratic bills go to die, as the committe chair (ALWAYS a member of the "majority party) can simply refuse to let them be brought up in, let alone voted out of, the committee. But Reid has announced his intention to use that rule to submit Democratic bills directly to the floor. He's got a great list of bills the plans to do that with, too! I read about it at PoliticalAnimal ( ) but I know other places have covered it too.

Here are the nine bills they have in mind, from the link above:

Women's Health Care (S. 844). The Prevention First Act of 2005 will reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions by increasing funding for family planning and ending health insurance discrimination against women.

Veterans' Benefits (S. 845). The Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2005 will assist disabled veterans who, under current law, must choose to either receive their retirement pay or disability compensation.

Fiscal Responsibility (S. 851). Democrats will move to restore fiscal discipline to government spending and extend the pay-as-you-go requirement.

Relief at the Pump (S. 847). Democrats plan to halt the diversion of oil from the markets to the strategic petroleum reserve. By releasing oil from the reserve through a swap program, the plan will bring down prices at the pump.

Education (S. 848). Democrats have a bill that will: strengthen head start and child care programs, improve elementary and secondary education, provide a roadmap for first generation and low-income college students, provide college tuition relief for students and their families, address the need for math, science and special education teachers, and make college affordable for all students.

Jobs (S. 846). Democrats will work in support of legislation that guarantees overtime pay for workers and sets a fair minimum wage.

Energy Markets (S. 870). Democrats work to prevent Enron-style market manipulation of electricity.

Corporate Taxation (S. 872). Democrats make sure companies pay their fair share of taxes to the U.S. government instead of keeping profits overseas.

Standing with our troops (S. 11). Democrats believe that putting America's security first means standing up for our troops and their families
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  -Senate Dems Float Filibuster Compromise (i.e.: cave to save filibuster)  May-16-05 04:33 PM   #0 
  - Dear small group of Senate Dems;  LynnTheDem   May-16-05 04:37 PM   #1 
  - Yes.  renaissanceguy   May-16-05 05:23 PM   #21 
  - Couldn't have said it more eloquently myself...n/t  Total Disaster   May-16-05 05:27 PM   #26 
  - This is the last straw for me. What is the matter with the Democrats? Hold  Boneman   May-16-05 05:58 PM   #33 
  - They might as well go home then, no need to keep paying Senators  fob   May-16-05 04:37 PM   #2 
  - Repubs won't accept. The whole point is to get rid of the filibuster  Pirate Smile   May-16-05 04:37 PM   #3 
  - Ha! Let's start calling him that from now on.  oxbow   May-16-05 04:39 PM   #4 
     - I keep picturing him riding a tricycle talking about his neato cool bike  Pirate Smile   May-16-05 04:44 PM   #6 
  - A "small group", eh...?  regnaD kciN   May-16-05 04:41 PM   #5 
  - The article does not mention Lieberman - - it's Nelson & Pryor   May-16-05 05:12 PM   #17 
  - To be fair, Leiberman's website claims he's with Schumer on this.  MGKrebs   May-16-05 05:59 PM   #34 
  - I really have a problem with this.  katsy   May-16-05 04:49 PM   #7 
  - If I recall correctly, Napoleon once said something along the lines  Massacure   May-16-05 05:13 PM   #18 
  - How is caving and offering compromise at this point...  katsy   May-16-05 05:20 PM   #20 
  - Frist already said he won't accept a compromise.  Massacure   May-16-05 05:27 PM   #25 
     - No he's not - the polls consistantly show that the "public" is  TankLV   May-16-05 06:19 PM   #39 
        - Don't take anything for granted.  Massacure   May-16-05 06:25 PM   #41 
           - Like that'll work - like it's worked soooo well before.  TankLV   May-16-05 07:10 PM   #47 
  - and if that doesn't work  bain_sidhe   May-16-05 05:25 PM   #24 
  - You said it.  TankLV   May-16-05 06:17 PM   #38 
  - A blue herring?  despairing optimist   May-16-05 04:50 PM   #8 
  - yep  jbond56   May-16-05 04:53 PM   #9 
     - Great minds doing that "thinking alike" thing! n/t!  bain_sidhe   May-16-05 04:57 PM   #12 
  - Hold your fire... this could be brilliant stratergery  bain_sidhe   May-16-05 04:56 PM   #10 
  - Explain...  katsy   May-16-05 05:06 PM   #15 
  - Not calling you stupid!  bain_sidhe   May-16-05 05:23 PM   #22 
  - Okay.  katsy   May-16-05 05:28 PM   #27 
     - if it happens  bain_sidhe   May-16-05 05:49 PM   #31 
  - democrat negotiation tactics  Warren Stupidity   May-16-05 08:02 PM   #50 
  - Yeah - sure. Don't hold your breath.  TankLV   May-16-05 06:20 PM   #40 
  - I agree. The fundies are holding Frist's ass to the fire over this issue.  6th Borough   May-16-05 06:33 PM   #44 
  - Well that's fucked up enough to be true.  spotbird   May-16-05 04:57 PM   #11 
  - PUSSIES!!!! We have no leadership with backbones  Demonaut   May-16-05 04:58 PM   #13 
  - "If you promise not to kill us, we'll "hold still" while you rape us  SoCalDem   May-16-05 05:02 PM   #14 
  - Reid is playing for support from centralists republicans  Gothmog   May-16-05 05:10 PM   #16 
  - Unfortunately, both Reid and Daschle before him tried this strategy   May-16-05 05:15 PM   #19 
  - Once was enough.  renaissanceguy   May-16-05 05:24 PM   #23 
  - I understand your frustration...  jbond56   May-16-05 05:40 PM   #29 
     - Tommorrow I may see it your way.  katsy   May-16-05 05:46 PM   #30 
  - You got it--and besides the 'compromise' is the status quo--  pacoyogi   May-16-05 05:54 PM   #32 
  - How could "any" Congressional member use the words  AuntiBush   May-16-05 05:29 PM   #28 
  - Not a cave  Teaser   May-16-05 06:03 PM   #35 
  - We HAVE read the "fine print" - it's a CAVE any way you look at it.  TankLV   May-16-05 06:33 PM   #43 
  - A promise from Frist is worthless.  MGKrebs   May-16-05 06:03 PM   #36 
  - This is the last straw for me.  TankLV   May-16-05 06:16 PM   #37 
  - What will they 'cave' in on next or does it matter since  Daphne08   May-16-05 06:32 PM   #42 
  - Moot point.  americanstranger   May-16-05 06:34 PM   #45 
  - The Dems will not filibuster ANY of these appointments.  BadNews   May-16-05 07:09 PM   #46 
  - No, No, No, No, NO!  JerseygirlCT   May-16-05 07:33 PM   #48 
     - If your bullets are limited, you better make each one count!!  BadNews   May-16-05 07:40 PM   #49 
        - That is so wrong.  Warren Stupidity   May-16-05 08:08 PM   #51 
        - I have no delusions on this.There is a good chance we will lose...  BadNews   May-16-05 08:55 PM   #54 
        - Save The Ammunition? Senator Reid Makes Leiberman Look Radical!  Itsthetruth   May-16-05 08:15 PM   #52 
        - This is the frog in the hot water all over again   May-16-05 08:19 PM   #53 

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