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    Here is another reason for real filibuster reform:
    On Nov. 17, 2010, President Obama nominated Andrew Traver to the newly created position of Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. There has been no action on his confirmation due, I assume, to a filibuster threat. In the meantime Byron Todd Jones is the acting director, while he also serves as the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Does this bother you? Should Mr. Traver get and up-or-down vote? Does the lack of full-time leadership of this very important agency have any effect on the level of gun violence in our country? Does it seem that serious reform of the filibuster along the lines that Senators Harken, Merkley, and Tom Udall advocate would contribute to progress on decreasing the carnage of gun violence in our country? Call and email your Senator:

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