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  •  I have been waiting (3+ / 0-)

    for the result of your interview, and you did a good job.  I wish there was more of the process of taking the two committee bills and getting one bill out of it.  It must be strange to be on both committees.

    I also wish people who should know better - Senators in particular - would stop saying they need to get 60 votes to pass anything in the Senate.  They need 50 votes, with the VP as the tiebreaker, to pass anything.  The Republicans have made this myth that the mere threat of a filibuster should move legislation to the right, but that is far from true, especially with reconciliation as a possibility.  I think there needs to be an instistence from leadership that breaking filibusters is a party obligation, though anyone can choose not to vote for any bill.

    If not me, who? If not now, when?

    by ramara on Thu Oct 01, 2009 at 07:13:58 PM PDT

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    •  I generally agree with that remark. (4+ / 0-)
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      SarahLee, Kitsap River, KayCeSF, ramara

      This interview occurred on September 18, before Kirk was named to replace Kennedy. At that point, the Dems did not have the votes to block a fillibuster without winning support from a Republican.

      When Kirk was appointed (after the interview) the dynamic changed entirely. The Dems can block a fillibuster and now need only 51 votes to pass a bill. It is possible for purple dems to vote for cloture but against the bill, still leaving enough votes to pass it.

      I imagine Bingaman's current strategy is aimed at moving the bill out of finance so it can be improved on the Senate floor.

      Remember, if MLR has the votes, an amendment can be added on the floor.

      I blog on healthcare issues for Tikkun Daily as Lauren Reichelt.

      by TheFatLadySings on Thu Oct 01, 2009 at 07:20:52 PM PDT

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    •  The 60 required votes (0+ / 0-)

      puts too much power into too few hands.  This defeats the mandate for change that the majority desires and worked for last election.

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