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SpartanDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:31 PM
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The Myth Of The Filibuster: Dems Can't Make Republicans Talk All Night
Hoping for a C-SPAN spectacle of GOP obstruction, some impatient Democrats are urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to call Republicans on their filibuster bluff.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) made a plea typical of the genre, recently telling Politico that Reid should force Republicans into a filibustering talk-a-thon, "so that the American people can see who's undermining action."

By threatening a filibuster, the shrunken bloc of 41 GOP senators has just enough members to prevent a vote, requiring Democrats to make concessions to pick off a few moderate Republicans.

Reid has heard the calls. But his answer will surely disappoint: Sorry. It can't happen.

Reid's office has studied the history of the filibuster and analyzed what options are available. The resulting memo was provided to the Huffington Post and it concludes that a filibustering Senator "can be forced to sit on the floor to keep us from voting on that legislation for a finite period of time according to existing rules but he/she can't be forced to keep talking for an indefinite period of time."



Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/23/the-myth-of-th...
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:40 PM
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1. "his answer will surely disappoint" - That part is certainly true.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:24 PM
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2. I posted this link here this morning in this thread in post #4:
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