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Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:10 PM

70 former U.S. senators in letter: The Senate is failing to perform its constitutional duties

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/former-us-senators-the-senate-is-failing-to-perform-its-constitutional-duties/2020/02/25/b9bdd22a-5743-11ea-9000-f3cffee23036_story.html



By 70 former U.S. senators

Feb. 25, 2020 at 1:04 p.m. EST

The following signers are all former U.S. senators: Dean Barkley (I-Minn.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), David Boren (D-Okla.), Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), Bill Brock (R-Tenn.), Hank Brown (R-Colo.), Richard Bryan (D-Nev.), James Buckley (R-N.Y.), Roland Burris (D-Ill.), Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), Jean Carnahan (D-Mo.), Max Cleland (D-Ga.), William Cohen (R-Maine), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), Jack Danforth (R-Mo.), Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), Mark Dayton (D-Minn.), Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), David Durenberger (R-Minn.), Daniel Evans (R-Wash.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Wyche Fowler (D-Ga.), Slade Gorton (R-Wash.), Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Gary Hart (D-Colo.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Gordon Humphrey (I-N.H.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Bennett Johnston (D-La.), Ted Kaufman (D-Del.), Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Paul Kirk (D-Mass.), Robert Krueger (D-Tex.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.), Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), Bob Packwood (R-Ore.), Larry Pressler (R-S.D.), David Pryor (D-Ark.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Donald Riegle (D-Mich.), Chuck Robb (D-Va.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), Jim Sasser (D-Tenn.), Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Bob Torricelli (D-N.J.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), John Walsh (D-Mont.), John Warner (R-Va.), Lowell Weicker (I-Conn.), and Tim Wirth (D-Colo.).

An open letter to the U.S. Senate:

Congress is not fulfilling its constitutional duties. Much of the responsibility rests on the Senate. We are writing to encourage the creation of a bipartisan caucus of incumbent senators who would be committed to making the Senate function as the Framers of the Constitution intended.

As their first priority, the Framers explicitly entrusted all legislative responsibility in Article I of the Constitution: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” To the extent that Congress doesn’t function as the Framers intended, policymaking is left to the less democratic executive and judicial branches.

Examples of Congress ceding its powers to the executive through the years include the power to regulate international trade, the power to authorize the use of military force in foreign conflicts and, when the president declares national emergencies, the power of the purse. In addition, the partisan gridlock that is all too routine in recent decades has led the executive branch to effectively “legislate” on its own terms through executive order and administrative regulation. The Senate’s abdication of its legislative and oversight responsibilities erodes the checks and balances of the separate powers that are designed to protect the liberties on which our democracy depends.

Anecdotally, we have been told by sitting members that the diminished state of the Senate has left them doubting whether there is any point in continuing to serve, and it has caused potential candidates to question whether the reality of Senate membership is worth the considerable effort and expense of running for office.

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This would make a great ad against McConnell in KY.

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Reply 70 former U.S. senators in letter: The Senate is failing to perform its constitutional duties (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Feb 25 OP
dem4decades Feb 25 #1
democrank Feb 25 #2
pangaia Feb 25 #3
2naSalit Feb 25 #5
malaise Feb 25 #7
Pacifist Patriot Feb 25 #9
Hermit-The-Prog Feb 25 #20
hangaleft Feb 26 #25
DAMANgoldberg Feb 25 #4
Frustratedlady Feb 25 #6
MiniMe Feb 25 #10
Frustratedlady Feb 25 #11
Firestorm49 Feb 25 #23
Frustratedlady Feb 25 #24
True Blue American Feb 26 #26
maxsolomon Feb 25 #8
NewJeffCT Feb 25 #12
llmart Feb 25 #13
bucolic_frolic Feb 25 #14
Magoo48 Feb 25 #15
Duppers Feb 25 #16
jalan48 Feb 25 #17
geardaddy Feb 25 #18
GoCubsGo Feb 25 #19
Firestorm49 Feb 25 #21
democrattotheend Feb 25 #22
Mickju Feb 26 #27

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:12 PM

1. Remember when the (R) Senate took a shit on Bob Dole? They don't give a shit.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:14 PM

2. Highly recommended

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:15 PM

3. It is NOT the SENATE.. It is REPUBLICANS !!!!!!!!!!!!!



REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE !!!!


REPUBLICANS everywhere...


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Response to pangaia (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:23 PM

5. +1

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Response to pangaia (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:30 PM

7. THIS

is the truth

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Response to pangaia (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:50 PM

9. Thank you!

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Response to pangaia (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 06:50 PM

20. Republicans are the biggest threat the nation faces.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 07:35 AM

25. Starting with the traitorous triumvirate of Trump, McConnell and Barr

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:22 PM

4. To my count...

16 Republicans signed this letter, and I am not really surprised by those that did. With few exceptions, they would have been castigated as Not Real Republicans. It's a crying shame that it has come to this.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:28 PM

6. Finally!!!!! This has been going on since Obama was elected and they should be ashamed!

An uprising should have happened when McConnell and his cohorts announced that they would make Obama a one-term president.

I should be ashamed for not writing to my senators and demanding they abolish that idea...that it was leading to disaster for our democracy, but I didn't.

Now, we are truly faced with a president who is only winning at being the worst president in U.S. history and he has our hands tied in the senate, as well as the courts. He is scary beyond our wildest dreams and we don't know how to solve the problem. Vote him out? Will our votes count?

The House and the Senate need to do their jobs or get the hell out.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:57 PM

10. The House has been doing their job, there are almost 400 bills sitting on McConnel's desk

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 05:15 PM

11. You are correct, but passing bills isn't their only responsibility.

The House did a great job in bringing out the truth during the impeachment trial. Many kudos for that. Perhaps they could make more of a stench about the bills rotting on McConnell's desk? McConnell hates publicity. They could publicize daily or weekly lists of the bills and what they cover. Let citizens know why solutions aren't being brought forward for gun safety, prescription costs, election security, etc. Saying there are 400 bills sitting on Moscow Mitch's desk doesn't describe what those bills are for and if we could be remedying grave problems in our country. We aren't paying either party to sit on their hands. Make the wheel squeak!

Those Republican senators who are wimping out to stay away from Trump Trashing, need to stand up and save our country. I hope the Democratic senators are putting pressure on the Republicans to finally get a backbone. The Democrats are trapped by the numbers, but I still believe there are some Republican senators who will consider our country of more importance than Trump OR their own jobs. They just need to be rooted out. I can't believe most are comfortable with the position they are presently in because of their fear of Trump. He's a wimp with a mouth!



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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 07:06 PM

23. They had a long term plan. We didn't.

There’s no pacifying what we’d like Republican politicians to come to realise. They know what they’re doing, and at this point wishful thinking ain’t going to cut it. We have been defenceless against their plan of shoving law and the constitution up our asses. Nothing can or has been done to curb their plan. Apparently, nothing short of an overthrow is going to stop this Hitleresque administration, which of course I’m not advocating.

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Response to Firestorm49 (Reply #23)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 07:16 PM

24. There is surely a way, we just aren't devious enough to come up with one.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 09:25 AM

26. Actually,

The House is doing their job. The Republican Senate is not!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 04:30 PM

8. 1 current Senator:

So?

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 05:18 PM

12. Weicker was a Republican

when he was in the Senate for 3 terms

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 05:48 PM

13. Interesting.

Maybe Olympia Snowe could have a little chat with her cohort Concerned Susan.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 06:03 PM

14. What they say is true .. soon to be Streamlined government

Trump, McConnell, Roberts. Been that way awhile. No one else has been allowed to do very much.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 06:06 PM

15. Republicans in The Senate are useless, disgraceful, and embarrassing.

Oh, and they are tied to IQ45 forever.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 06:11 PM

16. K & R

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 06:30 PM

17. These folks are trying to break the government. By making the Legislative Branch

ineffective they make the Judicial (review only) and especially the Executive more powerful.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 06:40 PM

18. I'm not surprised that Norm Coleman isn't a signer

but am surprised that Joe Lieberman is on there.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 06:49 PM

19. It would make a great ad against Lisa Murkowski, too.

Considering one of the signers is her father.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 06:59 PM

21. We're in much deeper schmidt than most of us realise.

Viva Rome!!!!!!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 07:06 PM

22. There's a surprising number of Republicans on that list

Some not even particularly moderate.

I thought Weicker was a Republican?

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 12:30 PM

27. Get rid of Moscow Mitch for a start.

And a Democratic majority will do the rest.

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