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Oh no, the House already went and pulled the "nuclear option!"

113th Congress 1st Session
H. RES. 5
Adopting rules for the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress.

In the House of Representatives

Resolved, That the Rules of the House of Representatives of the One Hundred Twelfth Congress, including applicable provisions of law or concurrent resolution that constituted rules of the House at the end of the One Hundred Twelfth Congress, are adopted as the Rules of the House of Representatives of the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, with amendments to the standing rules as provided in section 2, and with other orders as provided in sections 3, 4, and 5.

House Vote on Passage
Jan 03, 2013 4:56 p.m.
Passed 228/196
They changed the rules... at the beginning of the session... with only a simple majority?! Damn the Republican House leadership, damn Speaker John Boehner and Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, how dare they steamroll and disrespect the minority in a legislative body like that! Where in the Constitution does it say they can do that? Comity is destroyed, and the Representatives will engage in unbridled (if figurative) nuclear war. The republic is in peril, peril I say!!!!

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Oh, wait. They changed the rules, at the beginning of the session, on a majority vote? Just like pretty much every other representative organization does, all the time? Well, damn, that seems perfectly reasonable (even if I disagree with them). What's the big deal?

Well, there is no big deal. It only is when footdragging, corrupt Senators and the stale, corporatized press make it one.

The move to curtail and reform the out-of-control filibuster is not coming about through an abusive and disrespectful process. It is a big deal in the sense of a start on fixing an utterly broken and unrepresentative half of the legislative branch of America's government.

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  •  I'm not sure if I would want the Democrats (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz, Alice Olson

    to control the House instead of the Senate if we could only have one House.  On the one hand, being able to approve judges, appointees and treaties is a nice thing - if you can approve them (I'm looking at the Republicans who sank that disability treaty last fall).  On the other hand, having the Republicans in the House have to come up with the cuts they want to make in the budget puts them on the spot and I think it's better they originate the budget bills.  It should give the Democrats something to hit them over the head with, if the media would just stop fawning all over Ryan's biceps.  

    I hope beginning in 2015 Nancy Pelosi AND Harry Reid are the leaders in their respective houses.

  •  Can you notify Harry Reid about this? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not quite convinced he realizes it's an option.

    "Teach a man to fish, he can feed himself for a life. Don’t feed fish." - Future President Paul Ryan

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 05:40:09 PM PST

    •  Reid Knows It's An Option. Democrats Play to Lose (1+ / 0-)
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      Simplify

      Once you realize that, then all this seeming "foot-dragging" and incompetent politics from the Dems makes sense. Dems need an effective filibuster to stop progressive legislation, otherwise, they'll have to go on record as opposing the actual substance of a bill instead of killing it with procedural maneuvers.

      Part of the republican brand is that they support the rich and powerful, the traditional Democratic brand is the opposite, though in reality, they also support the rich and powerful. Democrats have a harder balancing act because of their traditional brand so they have to pretend to be feckless at politics so they can delude their base into continuing to vote for them and to donate money to them in the hopes that they'll "learn to fight" or "grow a spine" one of these days.

      "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

      by Aspe4 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:11:55 AM PST

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