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  •  Why is this taking so long? (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, bear83, Matt Z

    We have 54 Senators.  We only need 51 votes, correct?  What is the hold up?

    •  We actually have 55, and the other Independent, (5+ / 0-)

      Angus King is firmly on board.
         It may turn out to be a squeaker, but the sponsors are fairly confident they've got 51 votes.
        There are fence-sitters on this one like Levin, Leahy, Baucus, Cardin, Feinstein, Reed (RI), Schumer, perhaps even Boxer, so we need to call, write, tweet, etc. to make our wishes known.
         It's looking good, but this is too big a deal to take anything for granted.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:04:52 PM PST

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    •  This is how the Senate works (3+ / 0-)
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      cocinero, winkk, Matt Z

      and old bulls get listened to. Reid's style, like that of other leaders before him, is to get all his people on board. If some of his most senior members have concerns then he'll do his best to meet those concerns. This is just how it works... and this part is part of the design... unlike the modern day filibuster which has no part in a properly working Senate.

      "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

      by Andrew C White on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:21:00 PM PST

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