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(58 posts)
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:12 PM Jul 2017

Kochs want to kill this Senate rule. Here's why.

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Source: USA Today

The Koch brothers want to kill a key Senate rule. Here's why.


The influential donor network tied to billionaire Charles Koch is taking aim at a longstanding Senate tradition that allows Democratic senators to block judicial nominees from their states, as conservatives race to seize on one-party control of Washington to rapidly reshape the federal judiciary.

Their target: The “blue-slip” process, which keeps judicial nominees from moving forward in Senate confirmation if a home-state senator raises an objection. Since Republicans hold a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate, honoring the practice could give Democrats significant power to delay confirmation of President Trump’s nominees …..

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/kochs-want-to-kill-this-senate-rule-heres-why/ar-BBDKsge?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

The SUPREME COURT is more at risk than anyone realized!!!!!

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(29,748 posts)
1. These "men" are monsters.
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:16 PM
Jul 2017

When will they have enough, you ask? When they have EVERYTHING.


(100,213 posts)
2. The Kochs can go fuck themselves!!!! They are not our overlords!!!
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:17 PM
Jul 2017


(24,757 posts)
7. These two assholes and there other right wing dark money minions who think
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:30 PM
Jul 2017

that there shit doesn't stink. They have been getting away with there shit for a very long time, and they have been hurting all of us for a very, very long time----------------FUCK THEM and the horse they rode in on

I think it really time to start protesting in front of these two houses and others assholes offices and other assholes houses like the Popes and the DeVos KLAN, every fucking day, they are really fucking dangerous, and they should be called fucking dangerous


(100,213 posts)
8. Agreed! Right now the Heritage Foundation is a bigger threat to America than ISIS is!
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:33 PM
Jul 2017

not fooled

(5,817 posts)
10. Yep
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:46 PM
Jul 2017

dumbass donnie--who has no clue about governing and no desire to learn how to do so--has outsourced the running of the Federal government to the Heriturd Fuckdation, which was only too happy to step up and take over. Literally--this stink tank's "Blueprint for the Federal Government" document is being followed to the letter as the dump admin seeks to wreck Federal agencies and destroy the Federal government.

The kochs are running the country.

They accomplished what Hitler was unable to do--take over the U.S. without firing a shot.


(5,191 posts)
3. Those two and the Mercers need to be stopped!
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:22 PM
Jul 2017

Enough: they may own the politicians, but they don't own us!

To all the Bernie haters out there: at least Bernie often called them out by name and made people aware of who they are. We need more of this!


(10,173 posts)
4. I knew about the Kochs before Bernie mentioned them, ... They were known in politics..
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:24 PM
Jul 2017

since 2010.


(108,797 posts)
5. Correct!!
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:29 PM
Jul 2017


(100,213 posts)
9. Yup! Glenn Beck brought them out of the shadows.
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:34 PM
Jul 2017


(1,180 posts)
11. The Easiest Way to Neuter the Kochs et al
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 02:14 PM
Jul 2017

Is to get private money out of politics and only allow public financing of all elections.


(5,191 posts)
12. Move to amend!
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 02:38 PM
Jul 2017


(3,970 posts)
6. Wiki cites a 2003 CRS report of Blue-Slip practice up to that point. The history doesn't suggest a
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:30 PM
Jul 2017

consistent or long-standing Senate Tradition.

"From 1917 through 1955: The blue-slip policy allowed home-state Senators to state their objections but committee action to move forward on a nomination. If a Senator objected to his/her home-state nominee, the committee would report the nominee adversely to the Senate, where the contesting Senator would have the option of stating his/her objections to the nominee before the Senate would vote on confirmation.

"From 1956 through 1978: A single home-state Senator could stop all committee action on a judicial nominee by either returning a negative blue slip or failing to return a blue slip to the committee.

"From 1979 to mid-1989: A home-state Senator’s failure to return a blue slip would not necessarily prevent committee action on a nominee.

"From mid-1989 through June 5, 2001: In a public letter (1989) on the committee’s blue-slip policy, the chairman wrote that one negative blue slip would be “a significant factor to be weighed” but would “not preclude consideration” of a nominee “unless the Administration has not consulted with both home state Senators.” The committee would take no action, regardless of presidential consultation, if both home-state Senators returned negative blue slips.

"From June 6, 2001, to 2003: The chairman’s blue-slip policy allowed movement on a judicial nominee only if both home-state Senators returned positive blue slips to the committee. If one home-state Senator returned a negative blue slip, no further action would be taken on the nominee.

"2003: A return of a negative blue slip by one or both home-state Senators does not prevent the committee from moving forward with the nomination — provided that the Administration has engaged in pre-nomination consultation with both of the home-state Senators."



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13. Locking - the hosts feel this is a feature article, not about a news event
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 02:42 PM
Jul 2017

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