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  •  Why didn't they do this in 2009 for 2010 terms? (1+ / 0-)
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    The Senate rules are up for approval or revision every  January, so the filibuster could have been dropped for the 2009 and 2010 terms if the Democrats had been serious about passing all that legislation that died in the House. Of course, maybe they never were all that serious. I do know that I never heard Obama mention this as a possibility for 2010 after the Republican minority in the Senate blocked everything in his first year.

    To change the rule now that the Republicans control the  House will not affect legislation and  will only render the Democrats even more powerless when they lose control of the Senate in 2012.

    "Para dialogar, preguntad primero; después... escuchad." - Antonio Machado

    by Valatius on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 02:54:36 PM PST

    •  I thought only under a new Congress (0+ / 0-)

      could the rules be changed.  So they would have had to change in 2009, the day the 111th Congress was seated.  Politically that would have been tough, since the nation hadn't seen the insane level of intransigence by the Republicans yet.

      •  Apparently, they all like it this way (0+ / 0-)

        By its own tradition, the Senate votes on rules annually. All that Article 1, section 5 of the Constitution has to say on how they choose to run things is:

        Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.

        So, at any point in the past two years, 51 Democrats could have dropped the entire filibuster thing, but this was apparently unthinkable. One of the most devastating results of this is that the Waxman-Markey carbon trade bill that passed the House died in the Senate. Not to mention the gutting of health care reform, financial regulation etc - all of which could safely be blamed on the supposed need to get 60 votes for anything

        If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks. -Frederick the Great

        by Valatius on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 04:45:50 PM PST

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        •  Sickening (0+ / 0-)

          With the Republicans' record of obstruction to use against them, the Democrats fail to make the one change that could have saved our nation...our planet...and, most importantly, Democratic chances for re-election in 2010.  


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