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  •  Can someone explain to me again (0+ / 0-)

    why Harry had the Senate still in session over the break which caused this disaster?

    •  It wasn't Reid (0+ / 0-)

      it was the Republicans.

      Democrats did the exact same thing during Bush's two terms.

    •  House Republicans caused the Pro Forma sessions (3+ / 0-)

      The House has to agree for the Senate to adjourn, and they won't agree in order to prevent recess appointments by the President.

      Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

      by bear83 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:57:20 AM PST

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      •  Since when does the House have veto power (0+ / 0-)

        over the Senate's business?

        The layers and levels of collusion and intrigue are impenetrable, with Harry Reid and the so-called traditionalists complicit in assuring the administration's business, and the whole nomination process, remain tied up in knots...

        That changing the rules thing on the first day of a new congress really ought to be strategized well in advance next time, with the newer members organizing with the true progressives in the caucus to forge some binding new leadership agreements - with no negotiating the filibuster rules on nominations, no secret holds, guaranteed up or down votes, public transparency - all spelled out in advance.

        Why the senate has to appear opaque and oblique to the public in its movement of legislation is a disservice to the country and a tribute only to the hubris of its members' myopic righteousness.  That senators refuse to be responsive to the needs of a well functioning government, even by the simple act of approving appointed judges and officials - they call this public service?  Hardly...

        "We must not confuse absolutism for principle." - Barack Obama

        by Beastly Fool on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:39:14 PM PST

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      •  Thanks for the answer! (1+ / 0-)
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        bear83

        I didn't realize that both the Senate and the House needed to agree to adjourn.

        That means perpetual sessions until one Party controls both and the irony that even though Congress never adjourns they are conducting business on fewer days than ever before.

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