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  •  What if they put a limit on the number of (5+ / 0-)

    filibusters that could be used in a year?

    Kind of like American Idol's judges "save".  Once it's used, it's gone.

    Say they get 4 filibusters a year, averages one a quarter, but can be used any time.

    They would want to hold on to at least the last one because as soon as it's used, the other side would bring out the stuff they really hate.  So, they would have to let some laws get through on majority alone.

    Thoughts?

    “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”-Brandi Snyder (in memory of my Nick)

    by YellowDogInGA on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 10:50:31 AM PDT

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    •  I like it . . . (3+ / 0-)
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      Glen The Plumber, Samer, paradise50

      But I don't know enough about the process for originating a bill. Suppose a bill has been killed by filibuster. Couldn't the majority just originate a similar bill and force the minority to use their second filibuster?

      Maybe I'm being too lawyerish. Maybe there would be enough respect by some members of the majority for the wishes of the minority to prevent this.

      In all, I like your suggestion. It would certainly be an improvement on the present rules.

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      by Tim DeLaney on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 11:05:01 AM PDT

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      •  You could add rules to prevent that (2+ / 0-)
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        e.g., "Invoking a filibuster automatically permits the Senator invoking the filibuster to invoke it again, without penalty, on any bill that incorporates the content of that bill by reference, or any bill that incorporates the majority of the text of that bill." or some such.

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        by Samer on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 03:25:40 PM PDT

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