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  •  Limiting it to 2 or 3 effectively eliminates it (3+ / 0-)
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    dzog, rainmanjr, isabelle hayes

    Because the majority party would just introduce 3 or 4 separate bills about essentially the same thing and eventually get their way.

    I prefer the proposal that requires rising numbers of senators opposing cloture to actually be on the floor when it is invoked. That would take care of the problem of 2 senators at a time obstructing everything.

    But in reality, changing the filibuster from invisible to highly visible is a great improvement. Many republican senators do not have the luxury of gerrymandered districts that their house colleagues have, and putting the crazy obstruction on display would be a problem for them.

    •  I don't trust the power of visibility to control (1+ / 0-)
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      isabelle hayes

      Republican obstruction, and I dread seeing the Dems waste their one chance at filibuster reform, and thereby gamble the effectiveness of this second term, which is crucial in certain ways (in dealing with climate change, for instance; we have a limited window to make basic infrastructure changes in time).

      But the idea of requiring Senators who oppose cloture to be on the floor when it's invoked -- that has real potential.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:49:17 AM PST

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