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Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have teamed up to make the Senate a place of happiness and light once more. Or something. But it seems to me they're setting the bar awfully low.
During several weeks in January and February, aides said, Schumer and Alexander quietly orchestrated what both described as a “modest experiment” based on a simple premise: Senators should be able to debate, amend and pass legislation supported by members of both parties.
Why yes, yes they should. They should also be able to pass the critical legislation supported by a majority of the Senate!
In a separate interview, Alexander said that they are “trying to start a week focused on what you can do, not what you can’t do.”

“This requires restraint by all senators,” he said. “But occasionally we ought to try.”

Let's be honest here. It requires restraint by Republican senators, the ones who have been obstructing Senate business since 2007, when Democrats got the chamber back and even more since 2009, when President Obama took office. The Republican onslaught of filibuster and of poison pill amendments to every single key piece of legislation to come to the floor is and will continue to be the problem until real filibuster reform is enacted.

In the meantime, sure it'll be nice if some noncontroversial stuff gets off the floor. But that isn't going to mean that the Senate is fixed. Not by a long shot.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:58 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:59:00 AM PDT

  •  Authorize House Being Out of Session (0+ / 0-)

    on National Eggplant Day.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 12:06:25 PM PDT

  •  I don't have a lot of respect, for lack of a (0+ / 0-)

    better word, for Schumer.  I haven't been able to listen to him or read anything about him since his overwhelming support of Mukasey as the AG for George Bush.

    I view everything he says and does as publicity for himself.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 03:57:23 PM PDT

  •  baby steps? (0+ / 0-)

    Let's not knock it.... yet!

  •  This is great news... (2+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, Rikon Snow

    for everyone in line to have a US Post Office named after them!

  •  As a New Yorker (1+ / 0-)
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    karma5230

    ...what I wouldn't give to replace Wall Street Chuck with a younger, more progressive Dem, and to have Gillibrand as our senior senator...

    "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

    by Darth Stateworker on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 05:05:50 PM PDT

    •  I am a New Yorker too (1+ / 0-)
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      And he is annoying me to no end too.  

      Why yes there is a war on women and minorities.

      by karma5230 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 05:15:13 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks to both (0+ / 0-)

        Of you and your friends for putting Chuck back in office term after term after term......

        You best believe it does

        by HangsLeft on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:03:41 PM PDT

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        •  I won't vote third party (1+ / 0-)
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          see Gore v. Bush and Nader.

          I won't vote Republican.

          I would vote for someone else in a Democratic primary.  The problem is no one is going to primary Schumer.

          Why yes there is a war on women and minorities.

          by karma5230 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:22:11 PM PDT

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          •  Same problem with Feinstein in CA... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...but maybe "HangsLeft" preferred NY to be represented by Alphonse D'Amato?

            Of course CA has Boxer who's generally done pretty well, but apparently not well enough for another Purity Troll below.

            •  I can and will vote 3rd party (1+ / 0-)
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              and do when Chuck is on the ballot at this point - because he's safe, and I can safely make an ideological stand because of that...

              ...but only because I know that it's merely a protest vote and Chuck isn't going to lose to a Republican.

              However, if it came down to brass tacks and it was projected to be a close election - I'm pragmatic enough to vote for Schumer over... whatever Republican toad was put up, because I realize a ConservaCorpraDem like Schumer is still better than even a moderate NY Republican going to the Senate.

              These are nuanced strategic things that purity trolls like HangsLeft forget to take into account.

              I'm all for purity when possible, but pragmatic enough to know when it isn't and it's time to swallow hard for the greater good.  It would be great if we had instant runoff elections or whatever and could always vote our hearts without fear - but that won't happen.

              "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

              by Darth Stateworker on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 07:55:47 PM PDT

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              •  Makes Sense (1+ / 0-)
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                I'm less into purity, but perfectly happy with nuanced views. Ranked choice would be good (a couple cities around here have it, not mine), I like CA's new 'top two' primary system as well.

                The 'purity troll below' was the one who can't stand anyone but Sanders and Warren (I'm OK with Sanders and like Warren, for the record). Maybe with a party of two we'll be distilled down to our purest essence, though I'm willing to bet the result would soon be a party of one.

                •  I love Sanders and Warren. (0+ / 0-)

                  But I'm pragmatic enough to realize that the nation as a whole isn't ready for liberalism of that magnitude, even if I am.

                  However, I think people like Sanders and Warren would be much better off and we'd have more of such people in office if we had those instant runoff elections - where people didn't have to make a choice between what they feel in their heart and what pragmatism tells them they have to do.

                  This would make our current two party system basically irrelevant - something that is sorely needed in my book.

                  "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

                  by Darth Stateworker on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 08:16:22 PM PDT

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        •  Uh.... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...apparently you didn't quite get what I was saying, Slappy.

          I'm no Chuck fan, and more than willing to lodge a 3rd party protest vote against him.  Which I regularly do.

          So spare my your nonsense.

          "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

          by Darth Stateworker on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 07:45:50 PM PDT

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  •  Is ANYTHING non-controversial these days? (Nt) (0+ / 0-)

    Kip

    ". . .as singularly embarrassing a public address as any allegedly sentient primate ever has delivered." - Charles P. Pierce

    by Rikon Snow on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 05:06:58 PM PDT

  •  If the Democratic Party wants it (1+ / 0-)
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    or the President wants it. All the Republicans will be against it. If he declared that we all need water they would say no we don't need that even if under Bush they were all for it.  There is nothing that is non controversial or not subject to the Derangement Syndrome.

    And to be honest...it's not the Democrats who need to exercise restraint it's the Republican Senators that need to do so.  They are the ones obstructing every single little thing. To say otherwise is hoo hah of the highest order.

    Why yes there is a war on women and minorities.

    by karma5230 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 05:14:13 PM PDT

  •  Modest? For sure! (0+ / 0-)

    The political polarization in America is the greatest since the Civil War 150 years ago.  Short of a shooting war, we are there.  Schumer and Alexander seem clueless.

    It's like pouring a glass of water into a raging inferno.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 05:21:24 PM PDT

  •  Agree but (0+ / 0-)

    Harry needs to keep blocking things that he doesn't like. Right?

    You best believe it does

    by HangsLeft on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 05:31:09 PM PDT

  •  schumer and most (0+ / 0-)

    of the dems care more about their relationships with their gop friends then they ever have about the voters who supported them, that is unlikely to change as long as we have one party with different wings masquerading as a two party system.

  •  I wish someone would primary that snake... (0+ / 0-)

    Gah.

  •  Productivity? (0+ / 0-)

    So now the Senate needs a special project to rename post offices?

  •  With the exception of Sanders and Warren, these (0+ / 0-)

    people are simply pathetic.  Crazy, vile Republicans and ineffectual, spineless Democrats.  

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

    by accumbens on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 06:24:55 PM PDT

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