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  •  It prevents (12+ / 0-)

    a single, anonymous senator from blocking a bill or nomination. It makes the minority work. If someone wants to block something, s/he has to round up 40 colleagues to agree to vote with them to keep a filibuster going. They can't just send an e-mail to leadership saying they object and then head out for the weekend.

    It will force opposition to become public and transparent. What would make it stronger is if it required that 41 people have to be there to go to a quorum call during extended debates, meaning not only would you need 41 votes to keep a filibuster going, but the minority would have to be the ones producing bodies for quorum calls. That'd be good.

    But this would be a good start.

    "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 10:09:23 AM PST

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    •  Have the Republicans ever hesitated to vote no? (1+ / 0-)
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      They vote 'no' on cloture now, in numbers greater than 40.

      Unless the talking filibuster is in place, the Senate would then move on to other business, same as now.

      When extra-terrestrial beings make their first appearance on our planet, and ask for representatives of our species to best exemplify humanity, I'm sending a nurse, a librarian, and a firefighter.

      by Wayward Son on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:37:33 PM PST

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