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Video: 'We Have To Continue The Filibuster Fight'


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Kit
- 701 days ago - blog.ourfuture.org
"What's going to happen now to Social Security and other budget issues? What's going to happen to immigration reform?," Cohen asked.



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Kit B. (276)
Friday January 25, 2013, 6:46 pm
(photo of Jimmy Stewart from "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" by gawker.com)


The fight for filibuster reform does not stop with what MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz on Thursday dubbed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s “fail-ibuster.” Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen told Schultz that “we have to continue that fight.”

Cohen said there are real consequences to the decision by Reid to agree to only slight modifications to Senate procedures rather than a total rewrite of the rules conservatives have abused to obstruct legislative priorities supported by the American majority.

“What’s going to happen now to Social Security and other budget issues? What’s going to happen to immigration reform?,” Cohen asked.

Schultz agreed. “I mean, folks, climate change? Forget it. Immigration reform? You probably won’t get that. Taxation and more revenue to the treasury? You’re not going to be able to tax Wall Street now.”

Cohen encouraged using the one wedge in Reid’s agreement with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “I think we send a message of total determination that, as every issue is being discussed and if Mitch McConnell has to sign off to put it on the floor, … we have to link this up and say, ‘You said if it wasn’t functioning you would change it. Fifty-one can change it.”
***SEE VIDEO at VISIT SITE****

By Isiah Poole | Campaign for America's Future

Video: ‘We Have To Continue The Filibuster Fight’

 

Angelika R. (144)
Friday January 25, 2013, 8:25 pm
This is the way Daily Kos sees things:
We are getting stronger. When we attempted filibuster reform two years ago, all we got was a "gentleman's agreement" between Reid and McConnell that accomplished exactly nothing. That's because two years ago we weren't powerful enough to scare McConnell into agreeing even to watered down reform. Now we are, and momentum is on our side.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Friday January 25, 2013, 8:29 pm
and this is David Waldman's view: Takeaways from the filibuster fight
 

Angelika R. (144)
Friday January 25, 2013, 8:31 pm
Oh, and I think its cute how the young James Steward is called "Jimmy" in the pic above :-))
 

pam w. (191)
Friday January 25, 2013, 8:42 pm
I hope you're right, Angelika!
 

JL A. (276)
Friday January 25, 2013, 8:51 pm
Thanks Kit for keeping it on our radar--there is an agreement to revisit if not working as intended, etc. And thanks Angelika--one thing that was addressed is making the secret hold impossible to do any more.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday January 25, 2013, 8:55 pm

If this gentleman' s agreement has any meaning why then did Mitch McConnell use it for campaign ads saying, "We beat the democrats". Trusting him is a kin to turning your back on a rattle snake - a no win proposition.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday January 25, 2013, 8:57 pm

Honestly Angie I don't think I ever heard Jimmy Stewart called James - maybe in his early years.
 

Jae A. (321)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 12:23 am
Me either Kit..Jimmy was it from the time I was a wee child/lad :-).

The D.C. Pro Game has kicked off for another season. Two teams..and the drama will be .....each side chanting "Push em back , Push em back, way back"...while the corporate vendors continue to rake in the tax dollars. It's the stuff that makes the producers of Reality Tv envious.
 

John B. (122)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 3:58 am
Thanks Kit for the post and link to the video clip. I was disappointed and will continue to press for filibuster reform and support the progressive Senators who worked so hard for a complete overhaul of the filibuster rule. Read, viewed and noted.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:13 am
I never liked the fillibuster. It really is bad now so if we must have it, fix it!!
 

Arielle S. (317)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 8:44 am
Not much hope for the important things if they can't deal with the easy things - very disappointing, Mr. Reid.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 11:38 am

I am very unimpressed by Reid's lack of leadership. There was a one day window and Reid gave in to the windbag McConnell. It will be 2014 before a major rule change can occur again.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 12:47 pm
If Obama would only be more of a presence, what he promised the American people would not just be words. The man is not a politician, a game player. He clearly does m=not have a friend in the House which is just pathetic -how can a President be viewed as a bad risk by his own party? Well, it seems to be happening.
As the article said, they have no clue to immigration reform, nor Social Security reform. All I know is, under Obama's plan, I am paying $2,000 more a year into Social Security because this administration hasn't a clue to reform it, nor are there Democrats in the House with a plan.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 1:17 pm

I have no idea what you personal opinion of Obama or sad tale of a slight increase to pay for Social Security has to do with the filibuster. I don't really expect republicans to make sense.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 4:27 pm
Noted. For a "gentleman's agreement" first you have to 2 gentlemen....which is not the case with McConnell.
 

Suheyla C. (230)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 7:29 pm
noted
Thanks Kit
 

marie c. (168)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 5:36 pm
Noted
Thanks Kit
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:25 pm
Thanks.
 
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