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Just wanted to float an idea for a halfway measure for filibuster reform that might be workable.  Senators could invoke a filibuster pretty much as they can currently but the Senator in question would move to a status functionally equivalent to holding the floor and talking on the specific issue.  If the Senate moved on to other business (immediately, or after some grace period, e.g., 3, 5, 7 , or 14 days), the Senator in question could be counted as present/nonvoting for rollcall votes but otherwise treated as if they were committed to physically holding the floor in another location.  Except for the specific action they were filibustering, they would be ineligible to vote, speak on the floor, participate in committee meetings, or even be recognized on the floor (except for motions on the item they were filibustering).  The reform could be further augmented by allowing cloture to be invoked by any vote that satisfied the two conditions: (1) pro-cloture votes gained a plurality AND (2) the votes to SUSTAIN the filibuster failed to gain 40.  Obviously, one party would have to target their filibuster invocations very carefully because their voting ranks to sustain multiple filibusters, and for any other business, could be depleted very quickly.  

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  •  Another Possible Refinement (1+ / 0-)
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    Possibly exempt the final vote to pass/confirm or defeat a nomination, bill, or resolution from the proposed changes but apply them to everything else, particularly procedural votes like a motion to proceed.

  •  Much Simpler (1+ / 0-)
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    Like the NFL: The minority party can filibuster X bills or nominations per year.  Just need to figure out what X is.

    Someday soon Republicans are going to drown Grover Norquist - in a bathtub.

    by nuketeacher on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 07:49:40 PM PST

  •  That is one of the worst ideas I've heard yet. (0+ / 0-)

    No offense, but your suggestion does nothing to help solve the problem with the misuse of the filibuster.  In fact, your idea could delay the Senate even longer on really important bills as well as giving an individual Senator holding the filibuster  and the minority party calling for a filibuster nearly absolute power to control the Senate.  In your scenario the minority gains even more power.  Tremendous power in fact,  because the minority gains the power of cloture over their own filibuster by decreasing their support to sustain a filibuster by simply withdrawing supporting votes, while the majority party would still need a majority vote to call for cloture.

    Your scenario makes the minority party more powerful than the majority party because the minority party will have complete control over beginning a filibuster and ending a filibuster.

    The Senate could be manipulated and even controlled by the minority party.

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