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Hey Liberals! Time to Ratchet Up Pressure on Filibuster Reform


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: filibuster reform, government, ethics, democrats, republicans, news, politics, americans )

Carrie
- 745 days ago - washingtonpost.com
Yes, we're really likely to get filibuster reform. Harry Reid appears to be fully committed to getting something done, and he'll almost certainly have 50 votes for something.



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John B. (122)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:38 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article by Jonathan Bernstein. This reform is sorely needed and I really do hope Sen, Reid can get the full support of all the Democratic Senators. and maybe a couple of Republican Senators. Read and noted.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:47 pm
The voters are tired of our do-nothing Congress and they're making noise about it. I agree with the author. We have to "ratchet up pressure on filibuster reform"! The squeaky wheel gets the oil...
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:07 pm
The 112 th Congress, led by John Boehner, has been deemed as having been the worst in US history.

Filibuster reform is needed!

Ty, Carrie.
.
 

Chris C. (151)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 11:29 am
You go, Reid. We need to reform the filibuster...YESTERDAY!
 

JL A. (276)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:25 pm
Which means at a minimum that every time we see another petition or request to contact our senators, we should do so and if there is a week where we do not see it, to write on our own addressing this issue so our senators have the continued flow of reform filibuster messages!
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Friday December 7, 2012, 5:44 pm
Only one the very 1st day of the Senate can Reid implement a change that will make a "majority rule" which allows only 51 votes rather than either 60 or 67. He's declined this option in previous years. I believe it's called the "nuclear option." He hesitates because if the GOP takes over, they will need only 51 votes as well. I wonder if he could simply implement it for a year, but don't know the particulars.
An easier change could be to make the filibuster "real" again....forcing those members to actually speak for hours on the floor of the Senate...like in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Right now, all a Sen. has to do is say, "I'm going to filibuster this," and never speak another word.
 
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