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  •  Oh Harry Reid ... (1+ / 0-)
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    VA gentlewoman

    Sic 'em, boy. Put on your boxing gloves and let fly.

    The reason the Senate hasn't passed a budget in four years is the filibuster.

    NUKE THE FILIBUSTER. Eric Cantor just threatened default unless you do. You really have no choice.

    End the GOP's ability to filibuster the budget, or Cantor will destroy human civilization.

    Take off and nuke the filibuster from space. It's the only way to be sure.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:24:50 AM PST

    •  Not true. (1+ / 0-)
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      The reason the Senate hasn't passed a budget in four years is the filibuster.
      The reason the Senate has not passed a budget resolution is that Senator Reid has not brought one to the floor.  See here.
      •  You've said this a few times (2+ / 0-)
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        blue aardvark, vcmvo2

        This still doesn't address the reality that others have brought up -- being the filibuster and the general meaningless of doing so because of it. I'm not sure why I should be demanding they waste my tax money investing their time into pointless, dead-end exercises.

        •  Because the law requires it? (1+ / 0-)
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          VClib

          Specifically, the 1974 Congressional Budget Act requires it.  

          And the country should demand an open and transparent process on the Budget in compliance with that act.  We don't know whether the Republicans would have filibustered a budget resolution that came to the floor of the Senate because we don't know what it would contain. The House passed the Ryan Budget, and if the Senate had brought up the House bill, the Senate Republicans would not have filibustered that.  I don't think the Senate can say, you'll filibuster any Budget Resolution no matter what it says, so we won't even put one out for consideration.

          And if the Democrats in the Senate have a Budget Resolution that can get 51 votes and the Republicans filibuster it, the country deserves to know that.  

          And the country deserves the open and transparent process set out in the 1974 Budget Act, not the negotiation in some back room of a short term continuing resolution.  

      •  You must explain WHY he doesn't bring it up (1+ / 0-)
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        vcmvo2

        for a vote ... and demonstrate that those reasons do not include the filibuster.

        I'll check back in a few.

        Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

        by blue aardvark on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:46:24 AM PST

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