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  •  Biggest concern is Harry Reid. (12+ / 0-)

    TPM:

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) still wants filibuster reform. But he’s voicing support for a set of changes to the current filibuster rules that would fall short of the more sweeping proposal from leading reformers, and the leading Senate champion of filibuster reform believes Reid’s proposed changes are not strong enough.

    The only entitlement that needs reforming is the inbred belief of the 0.1% that they are entitled to 99.9% of the wealth and 100% of the power.

    by flitedocnm on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:50:19 AM PST

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    •  Let's put the pressure on him (10+ / 0-)

      and the WH, too.  Reid usually doesn't back this kind of reform unless the WH wants it, too.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 11:53:38 AM PST

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      •  This is Senate business. Why would the WH ... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... weigh in?

        It is all too clear what must be done, and is sure to happen if there is not significant and durable reform.

        We've been foiled before on this. If Leader Reid can't lead meaningful reform, he should be replaced as a leader.

        2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

        by TRPChicago on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:49:36 PM PST

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        •  Because... (3+ / 0-)
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          this isn't just Senate business, this is governance business...which the White House takes part in.  It would also be part of the reason that the President chose Biden to be his VP.

          "[I]n the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone...They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."

          by cardboardurinal on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 02:14:27 PM PST

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          •  Yes, it's governance and Yes, Biden was a Senator. (4+ / 0-)

            From those, you draw the dots that somehow the White House can set Senate rules strategy? The Senate is pretty jealous of its prerogatives.

            So, 50-plus Democrats (Sen. Merkley says he has them) isn't enough. Reid needs a push from the White House?

            But OK then, why would the WH not favor filibuster reform? Aggressive, meaningful filibuster reform! After all, the President's agenda will undoubtedly be advanced more by the Democrats' ability to pass legislation and fill nominations and appointments than by toadying to a Republicans who insist on something mild.

            I think Reid needs to be on the hook for this in every way possible, his very leadership at stake. All I can figure is that he wants 60 votes to pass it, and can't get 'em without a huge compromise. Screw 60 votes ... and fight out each challenge if that's what it takes. The Republicans will challenge anyway.

            2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

            by TRPChicago on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 02:25:17 PM PST

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            •  Set...no... (2+ / 0-)
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              pressure behind the scenes, absolutely!  Reforming the "filibuster" is in the best interest of the White House.  Why wouldn't they join in to pressure wavering Democrats?  

              "[I]n the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone...They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."

              by cardboardurinal on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:34:15 PM PST

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      •  This one is up to Harry more than anyone else. (6+ / 0-)

         Senate rule changes were made often by Robert Byrd when he was Majority leader (late 1970's and again in the latte 1980's), and most often by up-and-down vote, i.e., simple majority, a.k.a. democracy-style.
          Call Harry everyone please. Here's his contact info:
         Carson City
        600 East William Street, #304
        Carson City, NV 89701
        Phone: 775-882-7343 / Fax: 775-883-1980

        Las Vegas
        Lloyd D. George Building
        333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 8016
        Las Vegas, NV 89101
        Phone: 702-388-5020 / Fax: 702-388-5030

        Reno
        Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse and Federal Building
        400 South Virginia Street, Suite 902
        Reno, NV 89501
        Phone: 775-686-5750 / Fax: 775-686-5757

        Rural Nevada
        If you live in Esmeralda, Lincoln, or Nye Counties:
        Phone: 702-388-5020 / Fax: 702-388-5030
        If you live in Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey or White Pine County:
        Phone: 775-686-5750 / Fax: 775-686-5757

        Washington
        522 Hart Senate Office Building
        Washington, DC 20510
        Phone: 202-224-3542 / Fax: 202-224-7327
        Toll Free for Nevadans: 1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343) - Restricted to calls originating from area codes 775 and 702

        Reid Newsroom
        Sen. Reid’s Nevada Press Office 202-224-9521 (for inquiries from Nevada media)
        Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center 202-224-2939

        And don't forget to REC this diary so more eyes get to see it.
         We want Harry's phone ringing off the hook.

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

        by elwior on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 01:23:12 PM PST

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    •  What is on Reids plan (1+ / 0-)
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      on cabinet appointees and federal judges? That is the biggest issue in all of this IMO.

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