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Wed Sep 30, 2020, 12:39 AM

Schumer, in rare move, takes control of floor to force health care vote

Source: CNN

(CNN)Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in an extremely rare move Tuesday, took control of the Senate floor and is forcing a procedural vote on a bill, a step that is typically done only by the Senate majority leader.

The top Democrat's action now sets up a vote later this week related to a bill that would protect people with pre-existing conditions if the Supreme Court sides with the Trump administration's Department of Justice and strikes down the Affordable Care Act after arguments are heard in November.

Schumer's surprise steps were extraordinary because such motions are typically offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who controls the Senate and dictates what gets considered on the floor. Schumer has never before tried to force such a cloture vote in his time as the top minority leader, aides said.

The rules say any senator can do what Schumer did Tuesday but senators typically don't take these extreme steps because doing so regularly would shut down the Senate.


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Reply Schumer, in rare move, takes control of floor to force health care vote (Original post)
brooklynite Sep 30 OP
dweller Sep 30 #1
lagomorph777 Sep 30 #23
NYC Liberal Sep 30 #2
padfun Sep 30 #3
ancianita Sep 30 #7
nykym Sep 30 #26
mjvpi Sep 30 #4
Bev54 Sep 30 #5
BigmanPigman Sep 30 #6
wnylib Sep 30 #17
BigmanPigman Sep 30 #20
SergeStorms Sep 30 #8
ffr Sep 30 #11
DallasNE Sep 30 #12
lagomorph777 Sep 30 #24
Roy Rolling Sep 30 #9
scarletwoman Sep 30 #10
lastlib Sep 30 #22
moonscape Sep 30 #30
Igel Sep 30 #34
calimary Sep 30 #13
BlueNProud Sep 30 #28
calimary Sep 30 #31
BadgerMom Sep 30 #14
SeattleVet Sep 30 #15
proud patriot Sep 30 #16
ALBliberal Sep 30 #18
BumRushDaShow Sep 30 #19
George II Sep 30 #21
bluestarone Sep 30 #25
Hotler Sep 30 #27
AKing Sep 30 #29
Pluvious Sep 30 #32
Politicub Sep 30 #33
WhiteTara Sep 30 #35

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 12:56 AM

1. so can we do this daily ?

and shut down the Senate daily?

✌🏼

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Response to dweller (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 09:30 AM

23. Wait, what? Why is THIS not the plan now?

C'mon Chuck! You've been holding out on us?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 12:56 AM

2. "doing so regularly would shut down the Senate"

Sounds like we need to be doing it regularly then.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 12:58 AM

3. Actually, shutting down the Senate sounds like a good idea

until the next senate takes over.

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Response to padfun (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 01:18 AM

7. Yeah, let's do a cloture vote every day until Jan 20 2021.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 01:00 AM

4. I fourth the motion

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 01:06 AM

5. Why didn't he do this a long time ago? n/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 01:13 AM

6. Call the Senate (202) 224-3121

Encourage the Dems and tell the GOP that they won't get reelected if they don't support the ACA!

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 03:31 AM

17. Hmm. My Senator IS Schumer.

I can tell him to keep up the good work.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #17)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 05:38 AM

20. Yes, and thank him for all of us!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 01:29 AM

8. Good. Shut down the Senate.

Trump won't get his handmaiden SC judge, and it's not like McConnell wants to do anything but seat judges anyway. It's time to start fucking with republican Senators BIGLY!

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 02:45 AM

11. ! Excactly!

Make us proud!

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 02:47 AM

12. They Could Do That To Name Post Office Buildings

Start off by naming one for Hillary Clinton and then go from there.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #12)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 09:31 AM

24. I propose we start with the Old Post Office in DC; currently has "Trump Hotel" plastered on it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 01:39 AM

9. What?!

If the Senate has multiple cloture votes, it will delay the Supreme Court nominee hearings.

Damn shame.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 02:39 AM

10. So, Schumer - or any other Dem Senator - have had the ability to do this all along???

WTF!?!?

Then why the hell haven't they been using that particular power instead of spending all these years getting rolled by McConnell and the Republicans???

Seems like this is exactly the kind of hardball that's been needed for some time. Yes, by all means "shut down the Senate" - I fail to see a downside at this point.

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #10)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 09:25 AM

22. The time to do this is after SC nomination has cleared the Judiciary Committee

eom

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #10)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 01:24 PM

30. Is that now what McConnell will be doing to us after January?

Not saying I'm not in favor, but McConnell is obviously far more ruthless than we are.

We have so much to get done

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Response to moonscape (Reply #30)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 05:59 PM

34. That's what people seem to be saying is an okay practice.

Of course, the only proper thing to do would be to use it now, and then in January change the rules.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 02:50 AM

13. Why have you not gone to extremes like this before now, Schumer?

So sick of you pulling your punches, talking a good game and then doing nothing to back it up.

I want you to fight dirty. Fight like a republi-CON. They get it done. It's always all the wrong stuff. But they sure do make it happen.

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Response to calimary (Reply #13)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 11:23 AM

28. Exactly We need a partisan rattfu**er right now not a technocrat

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Response to BlueNProud (Reply #28)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 01:33 PM

31. I want somebody who fights dirty like the bad guys do.

Besides, the bad guys won’t be expecting that behavior. It might knock them off their guard. It’s uncharacteristic behavior and they’ll be prepared for more mushmouth and what passes for alleged backbones.

No fight will EVER be “fair” as long as only one side plays by rules and the other refuses to. The playing field MUST be level for a true, legitimate “fair fight.” And under the present conditions, seems to me, the only way to level the playing field is for OUR side to get tough, sneaky, and ruthless. Just like THEY do.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 02:58 AM

14. More of this, please.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 03:05 AM

15. "doing so regularly would shut down the Senate"

They say that like it's a bad thing.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 03:20 AM

16. The first of many I hope

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 03:42 AM

18. The only "work" the senate gets done on a typical day is

voting on federal judges. Rarely is there any other business (not any stimulus package at this time). Shut it down every damn day.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 04:58 AM

19. Extreme times require extreme measures

All manner of decorum and respect has been eliminated by Turtle and if there are "rules" that are available to use, then dammit, use them!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 08:55 AM

21. He may have done it to se a "precedent" for the remainder of the time before the election....

And has others lined up to do likewise to delay a vote on Barrett.

If true, that's a wise move.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 09:55 AM

25. WOW! i hope THIS is our answer!

Please continue!!!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 11:06 AM

27. If Chuck as been holding back, Nancy has been holding back.

I we come out on top this election, we need new leaders in the House and the Senate. We need a lot more bark and a lot more bite out of our leaders.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 11:48 AM

29. Schumer needs only to ask himself one question before on embarking on this regularly...

In a similar situation would Moscow Mitch....use the same tactic?

You may now proceed Senator Schumer with a clear conscience.

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Response to AKing (Reply #29)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 01:47 PM

32. If these aren't desperate times calling for desperate measures, then what is ?

This is kinna like the final play, the hail Mary pass, the blow the bridges out behind us ?

The future isn't looking bright, just very very murky.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 02:35 PM

33. Shut down the senate, you say?

Hmmm.... the mind boggles as the possibilities.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 06:08 PM

35. Good job Chuck!

Now keep up the pressure. You succeeded once so now you know how to do it! Do it every day!

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