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End the filibuster

Posted by Charles II on January 4, 2013

Credo has a petition to end the filibuster here.

So, call, e-mail, or whatever, but D-O  S-O-M-E-T-H-I-N-G to end this farce.

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Filibustering Health Care Reform? Welcome To The Primaries

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 29, 2009

Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln thinks that her big campaign kitty, stuffed with insurance-industry dollars, will protect her from the consequences of screwing her fellow Arkansans — and Americans — on health care reform.

Let’s prove her wrong. FDL shows how.

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In Which Harry Reid Throws Down

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 18, 2007

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 (As Bartcop says:  Use the BIG Hammer!)

More like this, please:

Ratcheting up the stakes in the wake of the GOP’s successful blocking of a vote on Iraq withdrawal just moments ago, Harry Reid just announced on the Senate floor that he won’t allow a vote on the entire Defense Authorization bill until the Senate GOP drops its filibustering of votes on Iraq.

Here’s what Reid had to say on the matter:

I have temporarily laid aside the Defense Authorization bill and have entered a motion to reconsider.

But let me be clear to my Republican colleagues – I emphasize the word “temporarily”. We will do everything in our power to change course in Iraq. We will do everything in our power to complete consideration of a Defense Authorization bill. We must do both.

And just to remind my Republican colleagues – even if this bill had passed yesterday, its provisions would not take effect until October.

So we will come back to this bill as soon as it is clear we can make real progress. To that end, I have asked the Democratic Whip and Democratic Manager of the bill to sit down with their counterparts to work on a process to address all outstanding issues related to this bill so the Senate can return to it as soon as possible.

Here’s why it’s a big deal:

What this means is that Reid isn’t allowing any votes on any other Iraq amendments — not the toothless Warner-Lugar amendment, not the Ken Salazar amendment that would force adoption of the Baker-Hamilton plan, nothing.

Fellow TPM reporter Spencer Ackerman also says that Reid’s move is very significant in another way:

Because the Pentagon’s priorities won’t become law until a Defense Authorization bill is passed, the Pentagon’s fiscal 08 priorities won’t get funded until this standoff is resolved — and Reid is insisting that won’t happen until the GOP allows a vote on the Iraq withdrawal measures.

More soon.

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Yes, But Not the Way He Meant It

Posted by MEC on July 17, 2007

Senator Mitch McConnell, during the filibuster of the Reed-Levin amendment:

The Democrats thought they were going to teach the Republicans a less on Iraq, but instead we get a lesson on why the Democrats haven’t accomplished any of their goals….

Yes, Senator, we do see why: because the Republicans are being kneejerk obstructionists to make sure the Democrats can’t claim any accomplishments.

[Edited to add:] And now Senator Lamar Alexander just said that debating whether continuing the war will accomplish U.S. goals shows disrespect for the U.S. soldiers fighting over there. Um, yeah. Considering whether it’s worth more of our soldliers dying really disrespects those soldiers.

Do these people even pay attention to what they’re saying?

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