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  •  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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      chuckvw

      GOP Caucus plus Manchin, Heitkamp, Tester, Pryor, Landrieu, and Donnelly.  

      Boom.

      "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.

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