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Mon Sep 24, 2018, 03:59 PM

If and when we are again in a position to do so . . .

. . . I believe Democrats should push hard for legislation limiting the power of the Senate Majority Leader. It is true that the Constitution allows each of the House and Senate to set its own procedural rules. But there is absolutely NO credible argument to be made that it was the intent of the framers of the Constitution (which doesn't even contemplate the existence of political parties) that one Senator (let alone one from a state whose registered voters comprise less than 1% of the population of the entire country) would be able to control what comes up for debate and vote on the Senate floor or impede the Senate from exercising its constitutional role of advice and consent (as McConnell did with the Garland nomination). In fact, that kind of power invested in a single individual -- of ANY party -- is actually counter to what the framers were trying to accomplish!

I know some Democrats won't want to do this in the event we are again in the majority, but it would make our system a healthier one irrespective of which party is in power.

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