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  •  I love the idea of the discharge petition (5+ / 0-)

    It puts Republicans in the House on the spot - individually.

    Other tax bills would never get through the Senate under current filibuster rules. Now come January, if Senate Dems finally wise up and reform the filibuster, all of these bills could present a delicious quandry for Senate Republicans - vote for the Democrats' bills, or stand in front of cameras on the Senate floor and filibuster middle class tax relief. OMG, that would be fun to watch.

    It is long past time for Americans to understand why Congress gets so little done. It's name is Mitch McConnell.

    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:56:33 PM PST

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    •  bear - Nancy needs to find 25 Republicans to sign (0+ / 0-)

      her discharge petition or else it has no legislative value. I like that she is trying, and I think it is a very good tactic, but unless she can find those 25 signatures nothing will come to the House floor for a vote. I don't think the Senate tax bills (which in theory are supposed to all originate in the House) are a problem for Republicans in the Senate because they know they will never see the light of day in the House.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 12:11:21 AM PST

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