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Received this e-mail today from Senator Tom Udall (D. NM) regarding filibuster reform:
Once again, abuse of the filibuster is threatening to grind Washington to a standstill.

Filibusters were once a rare occurrence. Not anymore. Today, we are seeing unprecedented obstructionism -- a situation in which even confirmations of fully qualified individuals require a Senate supermajority.

It’s ridiculous that in an institution that has been called the greatest deliberative body in the world, we can’t get anything done. The rules are clearly broken. It’s time we fixed them.

We’ve got a window of opportunity to turn up the pressure for filibuster reform. Click here to add your name to our petition today:

Today’s filibusters are not like Jimmy Stewart from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington anymore. Filibusters today are more like silent movies. Any Senator can hold up business, no explanation necessary.

New Mexico’s families deserve better than gridlock – they deserve action. And when the rules are preventing that action, they need to be changed.

I want to get Washington working again -- and I need your support. Sign the petition calling for filibuster reform:

I’ve fought for reform since I got to the Senate. And I have no intention of letting up now.

Thank you for continuing the fight with me.


Tom Udall

You can click here to sign Udall's petition:

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:06 AM PDT.

Also republished by New Mexico Kossaks, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Climate Hawks, In Support of Labor and Unions, Youth Kos 2.0, LatinoKos, and Four Corners Leadership Project.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    Fordmandalay, elwior, Brian82, eztempo

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:06:53 AM PDT

  •  Well, that's 'Filibuster Reform Petition' #12,354 (3+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony, Possiamo, afisher

    That I've signed in the past 3 years. Hope this one is more effective than the others.

    Once I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes. But then I met a man who had no feet. So I pointed at him and laughed and felt a lot better. - GOP parable

    by Fordmandalay on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:16:26 AM PDT

  •  Will Udall be satisfied with the latest from Reid? (0+ / 0-)

    If so, he's part of the problem.  And, I should add, the above is a serious question - I don't know where he stands.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 10:17:26 AM PDT

    •  Udall has always been true blue on this issue, he (1+ / 0-)
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      helped Merkley and Harkin draft filibuster reform rules.  Not sure what you mean by the latest but no, Udall is not part of the problem.

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 10:24:44 AM PDT

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      •  I mean limiting it to regulatory appointment - (0+ / 0-)

        that is, not for judicial appointments or legislation.  As far as I'm concerned, limiting it to jut regulatory appointments means you can forget seeing further filibuster reform whether or not Reid wins on this one.  In either case, they will have shot their wad and there will be little enthusiasm for further reform.

        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 10:28:32 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

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