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Federal Court Begins Hearing on Senate Filibuster Challenge


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

Carrie
- 625 days ago - washingtonpost.com
Debate over changing the rules of the Senate moved to federal court just blocks from Capitol Hill on Monday as a judge considered a legal challenge to the chamber's rules.



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Jennifer C. (172)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:55 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Jason S. (57)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:53 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

John B. (215)
Monday December 10, 2012, 7:55 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the report by Mr. O’Keefe and Ms. Marimow. I'm torn both ways on this situation. I do believe in the independence of the three branches of government but if the Senate has a rule that is unconstitutional then it should be challenged in the federal judicial venue. I will be following this with great interest. Read and noted.
 

John Gregoire (255)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 6:13 am
A watchdog website on a recent house vote says it all:

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Amending Language in Federal Law – Suspension - Vote Passed (398-1, 32 Not Voting)

In its final action of the week, the House cleared a Senate bill that would remove the pejorative “lunatic” from the United States Code. The lone House dissenter was Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, who insisted that lunatic should be retained, pointing to his fellow Members of Congress as living, breathing examples of the term. The bill awaits the president’s signature.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:45 pm
" the filibuster preserves the rights of the minority"
BS It gives us minority rule!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 5:17 pm
Noted w/thanks, Carrie. I didn't know this and am interested in learning the verdict, although I'm betting it will just be to continue with the status quo. So, that will put the burden on Reid on the very 1st day of the new Senate. It's the ONLY day he can change the rules to a simple majority. Of course, his other choice could be to make them actually filibuster, rather than just stating that they will. At this point, anything would be an improvement.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 6:52 pm
Go back to making them do the time.
 

James Maynard (68)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 9:44 pm
This is a no-brainer. Congress is constitutionally
required to pass legislation by a simple majority
vote. At least that's what the Constitution I read
says.
 
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