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  •  Repeal or Replace US Senate Rule #22 (7+ / 0-)

    and reset the US Senate to the rules under which it's 50+1 to pass any vote in the US Senate.

    Which means merely to void Rule 22, which allows those stupid #VoteB4TheRealVote votes, which are nothing more than Republicans hiding the vote they would've had to have to cast, if they hadn't Filibustered the Bill on the Floor, and shelved it, instead of voting Yea or Nay on it.

    This is the rule which has stymied the US Congress since the advent of Tom "the Hammer" Delay and Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist, in the mid-1990s. It's given out-sized power to the Party in the Minority to obstruct.

    And these Republicans, oh, have they obstructed.

    In 2010, the Senate Majority Leader and other senior Senators of the Democratic Party decided that they wouldn't deal with Senate Rule 22 - even knowing that they had one chance - at the very opening of the New Congress (which occurs every 2 years) - and that's it. They would be stuck with the same rule which had laid waste to so much legislatively in the 2 years since Obama's inauguration, by filibustering so many of the numerous Bills sent to them by Speaker Nancy Pelosi from 2009 to 2011.

    But that wasn't enough to get those old goats to strike that terribly mis-used and abused Senate Rule, not in 2010.

    God help us all if Senator Reid does NOT do so this coming January (and I'm not even contemplating the idea of a Majority Leader McConnell).

    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

    by Angie in WA State on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 07:53:17 PM PDT

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