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  •  End the painless filibuster (6+ / 0-)

    The Senate values tradition, perhaps more than it should.  Reid does not need to change the rules so that a majority vote is all that is needed to end debate.  The Senate should end the practice of allowing a Senator to filibuster by raising a finger.  If a Senator wants to filibuster then get up and start reading the phone book.  Stop the business of the Senate.  We would see fewer filibusters, and only related to issues of real significance.

    I wonder if Reid will do even that much.  I am afraid that he will end the secret hold on nomination and leave it go at that.

    A new birth of freedom..

    by docterry on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 04:32:58 AM PST

    •  It needs to be much more than that. (5+ / 0-)

      They'll just read redstate articles these days.

      No, they need to make it 40 votes to affirm a filibuster instead of 60 to break one, and let whoever is holding the gavel call for reaffirmation at any time. This let's the minority filibuster if they think it's important, but theyll need 40 in the chambers at all times. No fundraising. No parties. No comfortable beds unless the leader wants to let them have them.

      I want a painful filibuster, so it's only used in important situations.

      This also gives the majority the option to play nice if the opposition is playing nice, but let's them be brutal if they're being obstructionist abusers.

      •  From what I read a few months back (0+ / 0-)

        they were talking about more votes being needed to maintain the filibuster over a period of time.
        Say the minority has 40 votes, a day later they would bring up the bill again and it would require (random number here) 45 votes to maintain. 12 hours later, it would require 50 votes.
        Something along those lines anyway.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:47:18 AM PST

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