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  •  Nominees is where this matters (10+ / 0-)

    I could care less about the whole amendment issue related to legislative filibusters. But the practice of anonymous holds must end, as should the ability of the minority party to painlessly delay nominees.

    If you think a judge or other appointee is so terrible for America that the duly elected Presdent's Constitutional authority to nominate them should be superceeded, you better get on the floor and tell America just how awful you think they are.

    Frankly, I have little hope for important legislation in the second term, which is why I want the President and Senate to focus on filling the federal bench.

    •  The problem with amendments (3+ / 0-)
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      chuckvw, Remillard, OffTheHill

      and guaranteeing the GOP gets them (their demand is that these guaranteed amendments could be passed by simple majority) is that they do nothing but create poison pills to force Democrats to end up voting against their own legislation on final passage.

      But, yeah, fixing nominations is critical.

      "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

      by Joan McCarter on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:11:12 AM PST

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      •  And a Balanced Budget Amendment would pass... (1+ / 0-)
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        GOP Caucus plus Manchin, Heitkamp, Tester, Pryor, Landrieu, and Donnelly.  


        "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

        by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:28:07 AM PST

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      •  fix in conference (0+ / 0-)

        That's why the second-most important issue to my mind is preventing the filibuster on motions to conference with the House. Back in my Hill days, when the roles were reversed, Senate Dems would insert improvements to horrible legislation, and the GOP knew they would just pull them in conference and then let Senate Dems explain why the "were for it before they were against it."

        We constantly got rolled by the House GOP in conference, I'd love to see Senate Demst start to do the same.

    •  Clearing the path for nominees is key (3+ / 0-)
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      Senor Frog, Nick Lento, llywrch

      There are 105 federal judicial vacancies - either open or pending - right now. That's 12% of all federal judgeships open, with many more to come over the next 4 years.

      Plus the various cabinet positions that are open, plus EPA, ATF, and hundreds of other Executive appointments Republican senators have been holding hostage.

      Having the Executive and Judicial branches working and effective is at stake here.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:44:22 AM PST

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