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  •  Here's my federal filibuster reform idea (2+ / 0-)
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    boadicea, Maverick80229

    ...and it's called the "Wendy Davis Rule". Filibusters in the U.S. Senate would be required to be done by a single Senator (i.e., no handing off to other speakers), standing up without leaning on any object (exemptions for disabled Senators are allowed on case-by-case basis), talking continuously, not going even slightly off-subject (three violations ends filibuster), not being allowed to use the bathroom, eat, drink, etc.

    "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

    by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:24:05 PM PDT

    •  I can think of as many as five Dems in the Senate (1+ / 0-)
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      that might vote for your idea. Most of the Senators are old and can't go very long without a bathroom break.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:35:23 PM PDT

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      •  Give them a few bathroom breaks (3+ / 0-)
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        VClib, leu2500, Maverick80229

        but nothing more.

        If they want to filibuster or put a hold on legislation, let them work for it.

        "If you can't take their money, eat their food, drink their booze and then vote against them, you have no business being in DC."

        by Betty Pinson on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:53:52 PM PDT

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      •  Governed by incontinence (4+ / 0-)

        It definitely seems out of bounds to have rules on debate that are physically cruel and discriminatory toward the infirm. Still, I think that we need to have a mechanism that gives those wanting to halt governance some real obstacles to overcome.

        The current system where all it takes to sustain a filibuster (the legislative equivalent of a scream of outrage) is to slip an anonymous note to your party leadership is an utter failure of democracy.

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