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  •  you should get rid of this abomination. (6+ / 0-)


    •  I agree with that. It's an un-democratic rule. (3+ / 0-)
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      But at the very least there needs to be effective reform that puts this procedure back in its historical context, where it is used rarely, not as a matter of course.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 11:02:39 AM PST

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      •  If a Senator has (3+ / 0-)
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        a legitimate issue with the pending legislation they should be able to articulate it.
        I would alter the process as follows: at least 10 or more Senators must sign a document that they are calling a filibuster,  Those 10 or more must shoulder the responsibility of speaking to the issue – without a break.  At any time a vote for cloture can be called with 60% of those present.  If no member of the opposition stands to speak cloture is declared .  
        Ideally, the filibuster should be dumped because it is anti-democratic aberration but, short of that, anything that makes it more difficult (and inconvenient) the less likely it will be used.

        "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov (8.25 / -5.64}

        by carver on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 01:18:49 PM PST

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      •  Would ending the multi-tracking = magnifying glass (2+ / 0-)
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        elwior, OlyPenDem

        Right now multiple filibusters can be run concurrently. I am actually suggesting to slow the process down by eliminating this and have each filibuster individually stop all Senate legislative traffic until resolved. Historically that's what the filibuster was about. It was onerous to perform and it brought everything to a halt. Perhaps the problem is the public is mostly unaware of it because we allow so many uneventful filibusters. Unless the GOP is shamed by the public for the obstructionism, they lose nothing.

        But, if every time one allowed under the new rules occurs, the Democrats need to have a field day with the media about it. They need to point out the the GOP is grinding everything to a halt again and remark on their stonewalling. They must inform the voters that the GOP is obstructing the people's business again. After this has happened about 25 times the public might wake up and demand the GOP cut out all unnecessary delays. Until it stops we need to make filibuster abuse become the Senate story of the year.

        It is currently so far away form average citizen's consciousness it's nearly laughable. Shine a huge national spotlight on their tirades and show how the GOP are the onerous bad guys.

    •  Hear! Hear! (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, OlyPenDem

      No democratic body should allow a minority to thwart the will of the majority.  Our country has some huge challenges to meet, and we can't do it with a dysfunctional legislative branch.

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