Brewing Senate fight over curbing filibusters could threaten postelection co-operation

  • Article by: ALAN FRAM , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 12, 2012 - 3:00 AM
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checkandNov. 11, 12 8:51 AM

Good morning, I'm a liberal and vote accordingly. I just read this article and wanted to comment right away. Democrats! Republicans! Why are we ending statesmanship so quickly? I want both sides to talk more publicly and in depth. This is too much too soon. Checkand

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crystalbayNov. 11, 1211:15 AM

I've been appalled at the abuse of the filibuster by the Republicans, It was historically high - far more than Democrats have ever used it, and they did so to make governing nearly impossible. They use it to stop or stall even the most minor of appointments needed to fill over one hundred offices that all new presidents have to fill. They used it to block even debating bills. They used it most of the time simply to protest that their party was not in power. They used it because they could and did so recklessly and relentlessly. Historically, the filibuster has been used only for major bills, not like a knee-jerk tactic for every single thing. Whenever a rule is so blatantly abused, it's time to revisit it.

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tooty123Nov. 11, 12 1:24 PM

Something needs to be done about the filibuster. All that it takes is for one Senator to call in a hold and that's it. One Senator holding up the work of the Senate. Even that one Senator isn't known and doesn't have to speak about why they put the hold. If it isn't changed, the Republicans have to really search their hearts about what their filibustering has done to stop any progress in Congress for the last 4 years. People voted that they wanted compromise; not filibustering.

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firefight41Nov. 12, 12 9:38 AM

I've been appalled at the abuse of the filibuster by the Republicans, It was historically high - far more than Democrats have ever used it, and they did so to make governing nearly impossible. They use it to stop or stall even the most minor of appointments needed to fill over one hundred offices that all new presidents have to fill. They used it to block even debating bills. ------ , the Republicans have to really search their hearts about what their filibustering has done to stop any progress in Congress for the last 4 years ************ Both comments forget that the filibuster was stopped more times than not when the democrats invoked Cloture. Is the filibuster being used more than it should, maybe, but if it is true as to what Reid is doing about republican bills, than maybe it should be used more.

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knicholsNov. 12, 12 9:58 AM

As a non partisan I would remind both parties "What goes around comes around" The pendulum swings both ways and one day Dems will not be in the majority and will complain about the new rule if it is put in place. There is a reason fo rules, and you don't change them just because the rule is in your way. It is what you are to abide by.

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playatommieNov. 12, 1210:20 AM

I agree, the filibuster has been overused by the GOP. However, a much more serious issue hasn't been getting the attention it deserves. Nearly all Republican senators and Congressmen have signed Grover Norquist's "The Pledge". Anyone signing the pledge promises that they will NOT agree to any bill which raises taxes or even tax deductions which can be construed as a tax increase. These signers have pledged their loyalty to Grover Norquist not to uphold the Constitlution of the United States of America.

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Mippy1Nov. 12, 1210:49 AM

re:"... Both comments forget that the filibuster was stopped more times than not when the democrats invoked Cloture..."-----Not true. From 2009-2012, the Senate GOP filibustered a record shattering 241 times. Cloture was successfully invoked only 100 times during the same period.

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wileyrulesNov. 12, 1211:13 AM

We'll have the sixty votes in two years. We can wate the obstructionists out.

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tranqwhlNov. 12, 1211:56 AM

@wileyrules; "wait" is how it's spelled. Really we're looking to you for an intelligent comment when you can't spell "wait"?

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millelacs70Nov. 12, 1212:05 PM

Democrats would be crazy not to change the fillibuster rules. If they don't, Republicans will continue to block everything again.

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