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  •  Will we change the rules of the Senate? (3+ / 0-)
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    skillet, mightymouse, Laconic Lib

    NYTimes thinks we should, and so do I.

    Remember, you can't have crazy without az.

    by Desert Rose on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:49:41 AM PST

    •  Harry Reid will do this. (2+ / 0-)
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      Desert Rose, David54

      Count on it.

      Victory is sweet-November 6, 2012

      by al23 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:51:57 AM PST

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      •  As long as we get our more (1+ / 0-)
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        conservative Democrats lined up behind him, we will. There's the rub.

        But Democrats can’t count on a number of their “old bulls,” as was reflected by a vote just two years ago.

        Udall, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) proposed a package of reforms for the 112th Congress that would have eliminated filibusters on motions to proceed to new business. Their package also would have required senators wanting to hold up legislation or nominees to actually hold the floor and debate, and shortened to two hours the time that must elapse after a filibuster on a nominee has been cut off.

        The package failed in a 44-51 vote, with Democratic Sens. Jim Webb (Va.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Herb Kohl (Wis.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jack Reed (R.I.) and Reid voting no. Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), John Kerry (Mass.) and Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) did not vote.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:42:38 AM PST

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