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  •  The solution... (5+ / 0-)
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    polecat, Major Tom, BMarshall, ardyess, We Won

    as you suggest, is to abolish the filibuster.  It's that simple.  Adopt the constitutional option.  The Constitution requires only a simple majority for final passage.

    Why should a bill require 60 votes in the Senate to get to the point where it only needs a simple majority to pass?  All that does is raise the requirement from the constitutional simple majority to a supermajority not specified anywhere in the Constitution.  There are only two instances where a supermajority is required: ratification of treaties and removal from office.

    If the filibuster was gone, then these senators would actually have to explain why they're opposed to a nominee, and do so in public, on the floor of the Senate.

    I belong to no organized party, I'm a Democrat - Will Rogers

    by Mets102 on Mon Aug 23, 2010 at 06:23:57 AM PDT

    •  Drivel will still come out of their mouths, (2+ / 0-)
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      Major Tom, Mets102

      but at least it would be possible to get legislation through.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      -Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Mon Aug 23, 2010 at 06:30:49 AM PDT

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    •  40 votes v. 60 votes (0+ / 0-)

      A simple change- require 40 votes for a filibuster rather than 60 votes to break a filibuster. A filibuster would have to be an active rather than passive process. All of their members would have to be present- it would take considerably more effort.

      This is less than ideal- majority is the way it should be. But some Democrats are not willing to make it a majority vote.

      Even better than 40 votes- require 45 votes to filibuster.  

      At a minimum it needs to be difficult to filibuster rather than being difficult to break a filibuster.  

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