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Filibuster Reform Is Good for the Planet


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: environment, climate change, global warming, senate, reform )

Jeremy
- 1291 days ago - redgreenandblue.org
We can't protect the planet if popular measures supported by majorities of Americans can't even come up for a vote in the Senate. Which is why it's good that all 53 returning Democratic Senators have signed on to a letter calling for filibuster reform.



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. (0)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 2:53 am
Noted, thanks
 

KS Goh (0)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 5:48 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 12:20 pm
The fascist enemy just used a record number of filibusters against our progress. Is it wise to take it from ourselves as they take power?

This seems like an insane time to reverse the rule. The right will want to undo all of our environmental laws. Do we want to be defenseless against them?
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 12:22 pm
Add. We need to go back to a 51/49 majority.
 

Marti Williams (170)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 12:29 pm
We need fillibuster reform....
 

Jen S. (108)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 12:38 pm
We need this reform desperately...as well as more than one or two Democrats and Independents as capable of working the system as well as the far right.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 12:58 pm
My mistake. :)
 

Jeremy Bloom (16)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 5:08 pm
Keep in mind that when we were in the minority and the right was in charge... we barely used the filibuster. Because they jumped up and down and screamed about how undemocratic it was and how we were blocking the will of the people.
Anyway, they're not talking about getting rid of it - just making it real. As in "If you want a filibuster you have to actually stand on the floor of the senate and keep talking. And when you're done talking we get to vote". That's the way it was supposed to be.
The current system lets the Repubs filibuster just by saying they intend to, which is insane, and invites the abuse we've seen this year.
 

Joshua Gray (9)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 6:13 pm
i hope so!
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 9:41 pm
How is it tha the republican always out manuever democrats. If I recalled. Didn't Pres. Bush use something called the nuclear option, which is a simple majority to pass things like the dreaded tax cuts for the rich and the pharmacy bill, which was done in the dead of night?

Is it that most politicians belong to the class of the wealthy and only pay lip service on legislation that benefit the average American, but neglect to really go to the mats to support the interest of the American people?

Whatever happened to compaign finance reform of elections. As long as so much money is slushing around, and being used to bribe these politicians, I don't care what kind of filibuster reform you have. Our government will still remain in the hands of the oligarchs instead of in the hands of the American people.
 

Marilyn K. (51)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 12:56 pm
Along with doing away with the "Filibuster" we must do away with lobbying and implement campaign reform where corporations are not allowed to contribute to politicians as only individuals should have that privilege and a corporation's money should be used for their employees, not company benefits.
 
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