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This is an active petition I just wrote at the "We The People" White House site, and I need 150 signatures before they make it public on their site - anyone willing to sign or share the link further, please check below. Thanks.

Ask Joe Biden, as President of the Senate, to change rules to allow 51 senators to confirm all presidential appointees.

The U.S. government is unable to move forward in the courts and in many agencies because of several unfilled vacancies. Many of these have been held up due to obstructionist tactics in the Senate. Because of convoluted partisan considerations, political agreements have further tied the hands of the Senate leaders and this keeps many of these vacancies from a simple up or down vote on the senate floor.

We ask that Vice President Biden, as President of the Senate, simply and diplomatically sidestep these complications and very publicly take charge of a senate rules change to arrange for a simple up or down vote, requiring a 51 vote majority approval for all open vacancies, effective immediately.

This would allow the leadership of the Senate to continue legislating...

Ask Joe Biden, as President of the Senate, to change rules to allow 51 senators to confirm all presidential appointees.

The U.S. government is unable to move forward in the courts and in many agencies because of several unfilled vacancies. Many of these have been held up due to obstructionist tactics in the Senate. Because of convoluted partisan considerations, political agreements have further tied the hands of the Senate leaders and this keeps many of these vacancies from a simple up or down vote on the senate floor.

We ask that Vice President Biden, as President of the Senate, simply and diplomatically sidestep these complications and very publicly take charge of a senate rules change to arrange for a simple up or down vote, requiring a 51 vote majority approval for all open vacancies, effective immediately.

This would allow the leadership of the Senate to continue legislating...

5:04 PM PT: http://wh.gov/...

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman, Hammerfell Aegis

    "We must not confuse absolutism for principle." - Barack Obama

    by Beastly Fool on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 04:55:47 PM PST

  •  helpful explanation of nuclear option (0+ / 0-)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    the VP can certainly be considered the "presiding officer" of the Senate...

    "We must not confuse absolutism for principle." - Barack Obama

    by Beastly Fool on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 04:57:47 PM PST

  •  Our Senators are Shameful (3+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW, alice kleeman, Alden

    No, I will not blame McConnell first. I will blame Reid first for refusing to demand that nominees be voted on. Reid needs to hold the Senate in session 7/24 until the nominations are voted on.

    Americans can make our country better.

    by freelunch on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 05:58:50 PM PST

  •  Just to be clear (1+ / 0-)
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    FG

    You'd be okay with Miguel Estrada as Chief Justice of the United States?

    •  Just to be clear, I'd be okay with a functioning (2+ / 0-)
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      Hammerfell Aegis, Alden

      American government. This one more and more resembles the pre Polish partition parliament:
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      Sejm session at the Royal Castle, Warsaw, 1622
      The liberum veto (Latin for "the free veto") was a parliamentary device in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. It allowed any member of the Sejm (legislature) to force an immediate end to the current session and nullify any legislation that had already been passed at the session by shouting Nie pozwalam! (Polish: "I do not allow!").

      From the mid-16th to the late 18th century, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth had the liberum veto, a form of unanimity voting rule, in its parliamentary deliberations. The principle of liberum veto formed a key role on the political system of the Commonwealth, strengthening democratic elements and checking the royal power, going against the European-wide trend of strong executive (absolute monarchy).

      Many historians hold that the principle of liberum veto was a major cause of the deterioration of the Commonwealth political system—particularly in the 18th century, when foreign powers bribed Sejm members to paralyze its proceedings—and the Commonwealth's eventual downfall. Piotr Stefan Wandycz wrote that the "liberum veto had become the sinister symbol of old Polish anarchy."
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      "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

      by TofG on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 07:34:51 PM PST

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  •  Are appointments more important than (1+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman

    a minimum wage increase or a public option or increased food stamp funding?

    Why oppose only one narrow application of the anti-democratic filibuster?

    income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

    by JesseCW on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 07:31:33 PM PST

    •  It isn't ABOUT (0+ / 0-)

      "one narrow application" its about ALL of the @#$@# filubuster.

      •  the change has to begin someplace (0+ / 0-)

        begin with appointments - wait for the GOP to make themselves look like they're being completely undemocratic again, I mean royally Randian and intransigent, so much that they're whispering to each other about their public manners - THEN change the rules on the filibuster for some highly popular legislation stick it to them in stages - make them squirm, like Elizabeth Warren did this morning with the regulators...

        "We must not confuse absolutism for principle." - Barack Obama

        by Beastly Fool on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 11:40:44 AM PST

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