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Reid: Bet on filibuster changes if Obama, Dems win in November
The Hill ^ | June 7, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz

Posted on 06/07/2012 9:15:50 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy

A frustrated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he and other Democrats would likely push for changes to Senate filibuster rules if the Democrats hold the Senate in November, and blamed Republican obstructionism for forcing these changes.

"I'll just bet you … if we maintain a majority, and I feel quite confident that we can do that, and the president is reelected, there is going to be some changes," Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday morning. "We can no longer go through this, every bill, filibusters on bills that they agree with. It's just a waste of time to prevent us from getting things done."

Reid was frustrated over Thursday's planned 10:30 a.m. procedural vote on the farm bill — specifically, a vote to end debate on the motion to proceed to that bill. Reid implied that Republicans have not consented to proceeding to the bill, which forced his hand to try ending debate through a vote.

"We're going to have a cloture vote on the ability for us to proceed to the bill, the ability of us to start legislating," Reid said. "I don't need to give a lecture … about how vexatious this is that we have to do this every time."

Despite Reid's frustration, the vote to end debate on the motion to proceed to the bill is expected to succeed, which should launch several weeks of work on the farm bill.

Still, the Senate has been plagued with many of these procedural votes in the 112th Congress, which has slowed Senate work on several key bills and has contributed to what members of both parties in the House have said is a historically underperforming Senate.

Reid spoke in a morning session over which Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) presided, and noted Udall's proposal last year to amend the filibuster rules. Udall is a leading proponent of reform, and last year proposed that senators should have to remain on the floor in order to maintain a filibuster. He also proposed an end to secret holds on nominations.

Last month, Reid said he should have listened to these reform proposals last year, but said no changes would be made in this Congress.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 112th; 2012; congress; corruption; democratcorruption; democrats; elections; filibuster; govtabuse; liberalfascism; nobama2012; nodemocrats2012; obama; reid; senate; socialistdemocrats; tyranny; wheresthebudget
Gee Reid, why don't you want to force any changes through before the election? Worried they might bite you on the butt next year when you are in the minority?

Man up Reid. Propose specific changes to the filibuster rule that you want to enact. That way the Republicans can point to your support when they enact them next year.

1 posted on 06/07/2012 9:15:54 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Reid will be indicted by then.


2 posted on 06/07/2012 9:19:36 AM PDT by baiamonte
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Breathing in all of that smelly tourist odor has damaged his brain.


3 posted on 06/07/2012 9:22:50 AM PDT by JPG (Don't just talk about it, make it happen.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

You won’t hold the Senate, Reid, and it’s looking more and more like Hussein won’t win either.


4 posted on 06/07/2012 9:24:04 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Reid, there are differences between you and a t*rd:

1. A t*rd is more intelligent.
2. A t*rd is more useful.
3. A t*rd is more honest.
4. A t*rd is more trustworthy.
5. A t*rd can be flushed.

Hopefully, soon we’ll talk to you a bit more about difference #5.

Shove it up your dishonest, low IQ, crooked septic Obama, Reidhole.


5 posted on 06/07/2012 9:28:33 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: JPG

The Central Comity Chairman despises smelly tourists.


6 posted on 06/07/2012 9:30:58 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Bubba_Leroy

I don’t know which is slimier: Harry Reid or Chuck Schumer. Both nauseate.


7 posted on 06/07/2012 9:31:20 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: KansasGirl
You won’t hold the Senate, Reid, and it’s looking more and more like Hussein won’t win either

But expect cries that would put a million banshees to shame should a Republican majority suggest this very thing....

8 posted on 06/07/2012 9:40:03 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Thank you Wisconsin!!!!)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Hey Harry, who was/is obstructing you from submitting a budget? ...for 3 years now!


9 posted on 06/07/2012 9:41:05 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Rule Three. Oh. Eight.


10 posted on 06/07/2012 9:55:46 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

They have tipped their hand however.

If they EVER regain the Senate you can bet the filibuster will be gone, and they’ll hit the ground running with a plan to ram thru the entire Socialist agenda in the first 90 days.


11 posted on 06/07/2012 10:11:41 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Reid ISNT going to keep the Senate, and I know he had nefarious reasons, however, I actually agree that if they want to filibuster they should have to stay on the floor of the Senate. No more of this “Im going to filibuster” crap...


12 posted on 06/07/2012 10:28:46 AM PDT by BallparkBoys (RESIST WE MUCH! ....We must, and we will much, about that, be committed!)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
The is no way - until He$$ freezes over - that both bozo the clown wins his WH back AND Harry Reid maintains control over the Senate in the Nov 6 election.
13 posted on 06/07/2012 10:34:25 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Yeah, we’re use to your underhandedness. This is why you will not last another election. People are coming to their senses.


14 posted on 06/07/2012 10:36:42 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Criminaliens or Crimigrants...0bamao's people?)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

and that’s becoming a damn big IF, Reidy!


15 posted on 06/07/2012 10:47:12 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Reid, I'll tell you I told the Republicans when they were in charge but not by much. If you don't like the filibuster, then don't accept the postcard check-off version of it. Make your opponent hold the floor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if they want to filibuster. The Dems would have broken after a few days if the Republicans forced the issue. I would give the current batch of Republicans under fifteen minutes before they throw in the towel if Reid enforces a real filibuster.
16 posted on 06/07/2012 10:48:26 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: KarlInOhio
Reid spoke in a morning session over which Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) presided, and noted Udall's proposal last year to amend the filibuster rules. Udall is a leading proponent of reform, and last year proposed that senators should have to remain on the floor in order to maintain a filibuster. He also proposed an end to secret holds on nominations.

Well, I just read this part and I have no idea when (or if they really did, Reid might be lying) this change was made. I had assumed that no one forced the other side to speak constantly because both sides (especially the reach across the aisle Republicans) wanted to be congenial rather than force a real fight.

17 posted on 06/07/2012 10:54:58 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Wait ‘til the Republicans try this after they’re in the majority! Just imagine the screaming and hollering! The knashing of teeth! The rending of hair! The holding of breath! The running away from home!


18 posted on 06/07/2012 11:06:42 AM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
If they EVER regain the Senate you can bet the filibuster will be gone, and they’ll hit the ground running with a plan to ram thru the entire Socialist agenda in the first 90 days. They would need to take the House also to pass bills.
19 posted on 06/07/2012 11:39:58 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Says the guy who will not allow for any voting on the alternative budgets being passed in the house.


20 posted on 06/07/2012 12:02:50 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

” “I’ll just bet you … if we maintain a majority, and I feel quite confident that we can do that, and the president is reelected, there is going to be some changes,” Reid said “

will lose Senate.....and Obama too.


21 posted on 06/07/2012 12:03:09 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Cheerio

Unless they cheat.


22 posted on 06/07/2012 4:41:20 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Don't think so Reid. Even with the massive democRAT voter fraud in WI, your side lost. It will be the same outcome in November.

Speaking about November, I can see it from my lanai.

5.56mm

23 posted on 06/07/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Bump to read later


24 posted on 06/07/2012 4:57:58 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: M Kehoe

No filibuster change, not gonna happen!

Obama has convinced independents who are not particularly politically astute that he is an American hating communist racists.

He will not win one state in the next election, he’s toast!
You could run the Dog catcher against him.

And that crack about his wife “ not going all the way down “ He is a living on the down low PIG! scum!


25 posted on 06/07/2012 5:01:04 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: TsonicTsunami08

It’s even worse....he actually said first that Ellen said Moochelle didn’t go all the way down (on her)!!! DISGUSTING, CLASSLESS, DIRTY GHETTO SCUM!!


26 posted on 06/08/2012 8:52:41 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Are these Senate “procedural rules” changes the Democrats are contemplating the same rules that the media always refers to as “The Nuclear Option” when Republicans are in charge?


27 posted on 06/08/2012 7:19:54 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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