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  •  thank you for contributing to the blogathon. (14+ / 0-)
    Today's scheduled diaries (all times Eastern):

    9am ~ We Are All Newtown: 12/14 Blogathon by Glen The Plumber

    11am ~ Why No Action Was Taken by Dave in Northridge

    1:30 pm ~ The Price of Inaction is hard to Count by jamess

    2:30 pm ~ Shots Felt Around the World by koNko

    3pm ~ Baby Teeth by VetGrl

    4pm ~ MonteFrank

    6pm ~ 88kathy

    8pm ~ remembrance

    We are not broke, we are being robbed...but we can fight back...#KosKatalogue

    by Glen The Plumber on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 01:03:52 PM PST

    •  End the Filibuster on Legislation (9+ / 0-)

      This is a powerful, and beautiful, diary and series. Thanks to this diarist and everyone else who is participating in it. I started a diary a few weeks ago about the filibuster, and its role in paralyzing Congress after Newtown. Never posted it, but I thought this might be a place to discuss the idea.

      As Steven Hill wrote recently at the Atlantic,
      Much of the commentary on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rolling back the filibuster for most presidential appointees has been celebratory, even euphoric. It certainly was a step toward restoring some semblance of "majority rule" to our creaking 200-year-old republic. But commentators seem to forget that the filibuster has been used to sandbag important legislation as well, not just presidential appointments. And that's arguably where the most damage has been done. All sorts of good legislation, supported by a majority of the nation, also enjoyed majority support in the Senate, but Reid was not able to muster 60 out of 100 votes and break GOP-led filibusters.
      At the top of Hill's list of sandbagged legislation: gun control:
      After the horror of Sandy Hook and other massacres, 54 senators supported legislation in April 2013 to institute background checks aimed at stopping would-be buyers who are ineligible to own guns. Polls showed that 90 percent of Americans supported the measure. Yet the bill died because its advocates could not round up the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. President Obama called it a "shameful day for Washington," but it was really a pretty typical day in this era.
      And, as Amy Davidson put it recently, regarding the terse report on Sandy Hook, we're no closer to understanding why nothing has been done.
      The report doesn’t have an answer for why this happened, but it does pose a situation: a man with “significant mental-health issues” and “familiarity with and access to firearms and ammunition.” The many numbers in the report do not include 54-46, the vote by which modest gun-control measures failed to get past a filibuster in the Senate, this April. The great mystery, not addressed in its pages, is why, in the year since Sandy Hook, we have not done anything about our relationship with guns—either our familiarity or our access. What is the motive for that?
      End the filibuster on legislation, and maybe we can start putting real gun control legislation in front of the House. Congresspeople who refuse to support it should at least have to explain their reasons to their constituents.

      There may be good reasons why Senator Reid kept the filibuster for legislation, but in this particular case it seems misguided, to me.

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