The battle for the U.S. Senate

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , New York Times
  • Updated: November 6, 2012 - 10:46 AM

For Republicans, winning a GOP majority in the U.S. Senate is almost as important as winning the presidential elecction.

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traderbillNov. 6, 1212:14 PM

The sad thing is that the Senate leadership (sic) has done nothing. After watching 60 Minutes last Sunday I am more inclined to blame Mitch McConnell than Harry Reid (who I believed was the obstructionist). Thus the status quo will remain with the GOP threatening to filibuster (they don't even have to do it, just announce they plan to), and Reid tables everything the GOP puts forth. This is a recipe for continued gridlock and not serving the American people in a time of crisis. We are lucky to have not one but two, able, non-obstructionists representing us. We have little else to be thankful for as a nation.

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gandalf48Nov. 6, 12 2:17 PM

traderbill - [The sad thing is that the Senate leadership (sic) has done nothing. After watching 60 Minutes last Sunday I am more inclined to blame Mitch McConnell than Harry Reid (who I believed was the obstructionist). Thus the status quo will remain with the GOP threatening to filibuster (they don't even have to do it, just announce they plan to), and Reid tables everything the GOP puts forth. This is a recipe for continued gridlock and not serving the American people in a time of crisis. We are lucky to have not one but two, able, non-obstructionists representing us. We have little else to be thankful for as a nation.] *** Budgets don't require 60 votes, no budget has been passed in the Senate since Obama has been in office. I put the blame for that directly on Harry Reid.

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Mike1eyeNov. 6, 12 2:53 PM

Avoiding "savage budget cuts" does not equal fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget. Stop printing debt dollars like they have no impact on the nation's future!

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pumiceNov. 6, 12 5:59 PM

Re: "Budgets don't require 60 votes, no budget has been passed in the Senate since Obama has been in office." Partially true, gandalf48. The Senate can, indeed, pass a budget resolution on a simple majority vote. But for that budget resolution to take effect--for Congress to implement the budget resolution by passing the 13 appropriations bills which fund the federal government--the Senate must have either the cooperation of the US House (see ACA), or a supermajority to call cloture on a filibuster. Democrats no longer have either a majority in the House or the possibility of 60 votes in the Senate.

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