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Harry Reid's filibuster plan and the Supreme Court (Reid to make good his threats)
Washington Examiner ^ | 1/3/13 | Duffield

Posted on 01/03/2013 12:53:20 PM PST by pabianice

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has announced he will begin the new Congress today by violating Senate rules and forcing through a set of procedural changes that will undermine Senate conservatives' ability to influence legislation. But the "Reid Plan" will have its most dramatic impact on presidential nominations, especially for the Supreme Court.

The Senate is a unique legislative body that protects the rights of individual senators both to debate and to amend. These rights are valued so highly that it takes a supermajority -- today, 60 votes -- to deny fellow senators those rights. This higher vote threshold and the prospect of extended debate encourage deliberation, compromise and moderation.

Many Senate liberals want to gut this long-standing protection for minorities. Buried in the Reid Plan is a new rule, the "standing filibuster requirement," that will allow a partisan majority to shut off deliberation and pass legislation by a bare majority. Disguised as a debate-promoting measure, this new plan is actually just a mechanism to eliminate the higher vote threshold that has long been required to proceed to final passage of bills and nominations.

This spells the effective end to minority rights in the Senate. Today's 60-vote bar to end debate will be gone, and the Senate will be transformed into President Obama's rubber stamp.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist

1 posted on 01/03/2013 12:53:25 PM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice

All the more incentive to win back the Senate in 2014.


2 posted on 01/03/2013 12:56:24 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: pabianice

One more check on my “this is fascism” list for the so called Deomcrat ( Nationalist Socialist) Party.

Good Briefing:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html

You see there are no minority opinions allowed in the United States of Zimbabwe Congress. Minority opinions are what fascists say they are.


3 posted on 01/03/2013 12:57:17 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: pabianice

You would think Harry would be smart enough to realize that he has seven democrat senators from Red states that are in serious danger of losing in 2014, and once the filibuster is gone, it’s gone...for future senates where democrats are the minority as well...


4 posted on 01/03/2013 12:58:38 PM PST by apillar
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To: Candor7

Bill Frist was afraid to do this and W’s nominees languished in limbo.


5 posted on 01/03/2013 12:59:01 PM PST by Memphis Moe
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To: pabianice

Reid will pay for his perfidy.


6 posted on 01/03/2013 12:59:01 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: pabianice

Sessions said if Reid did this the GOP would shut the Senate down.


7 posted on 01/03/2013 12:59:16 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: pabianice
If this is passed, will the Republicans have the courage to then demand the reading of every single bill and reject the use of unanimous consent and require a recorded vote on every single action of the Senate? Essentially grind the Senate to a complete halt if the they can't use the filibuster.
8 posted on 01/03/2013 1:01:08 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: pabianice

Ried is just a “useful idiot” for Obama. This is all part of Obama’s agenda to “BURY THE CONSTITUTION” -— as it is reportedly stated, that he told Putin, in spite of Putin’s own warnings about Obama’s agenda....

Read this for more history: http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1299.htm

The greatest enemy of America is a domestic one....


9 posted on 01/03/2013 1:01:42 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: pabianice

Wait where are the “Concerned” Senators? Where is the Media outrage....What No gang of 14? Sen. Grahamnesty is fine with Democrats ending the filibuster?? Oh that’s right the Selective Outrage only happens when Republicans are in charge. The RINO’s in Washington are fine being the permanant minority in Congress as long as the Dems are their “Friends”......


10 posted on 01/03/2013 1:01:56 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: pabianice

“Weepy” Boehner did promise that the House would take-up no bills the senate passed after it eliminated the filibuster. But that won’t stop Obama’s psychotic judicial appointments, will it?


11 posted on 01/03/2013 1:02:03 PM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Perdogg

Boehner needs to come out and tell Reid that if he does do this, the House will send the Defense and Social Security budgets and appropriations bills to the Senate and that will be all of the government that will be funded until his tyranny is reversed.

Oh wait.. This is Boehner I’m talking about.. He’ll just cry.


12 posted on 01/03/2013 1:02:52 PM PST by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: apillar
There are several old Dem senators from states with Republican governors.

If just 3 of them kick the bucket soon ...

13 posted on 01/03/2013 1:05:11 PM PST by eCSMaster (2012 elections: American Coup d'etat!)
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To: KarlInOhio

Sen Jeff Sessions said that this would happen.


14 posted on 01/03/2013 1:06:10 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Candor7
Reid will pay for his perfidy.

No he won't. Liberal facsists never pay a price for what they do...

15 posted on 01/03/2013 1:06:44 PM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: apillar

Do you think “No-Chin” McConnell won’t cave in 2014 when Reid is under 50 Senators and the Mainstream Media screams for “minority rights” that the so vocally did under Bush?

Our side folds before the flop.

We have no stones, no convictions and a media who scares us. I hope that dizbag beats McConnell next election.


16 posted on 01/03/2013 1:07:37 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: 9YearLurker

Win back the senate? LOL. We will have a hard time hanging on to the House.


17 posted on 01/03/2013 1:07:43 PM PST by kabar
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To: eCSMaster

Oh, like Lautenberg? Krispy Kreme Christy would probably promote the illegal alien sex criminal working for Mendez to promote.


18 posted on 01/03/2013 1:10:10 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Perdogg
I used to think my two Senators represented me....

I don't much think so today....

Inhofe and Coburn....our my state's Senator's.

I'm sorry to say it....Coburn has gone into hiding really....and Inhofe is mute too.

I'm switching to the Independent party....after 30 plus years of being a Pubbie.

19 posted on 01/03/2013 1:10:57 PM PST by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: apillar
.for future senates where democrats are the minority as well...

FUNNY!! You typed that like Republicans would actually use it IF they get back in the majority.
20 posted on 01/03/2013 1:13:55 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: apillar

He is, but he knows if that did happen the Spinelessicans would agree to put it back in force for “fairness.”


21 posted on 01/03/2013 1:19:43 PM PST by mykroar (BAD-ANON: One Game At A Time)
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To: wac3rd

I wasn’t counting on Christie.


22 posted on 01/03/2013 1:21:02 PM PST by eCSMaster (2012 elections: American Coup d'etat!)
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To: pabianice

Who is the dictator


23 posted on 01/03/2013 1:41:50 PM PST by falcon99
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To: pabianice

So I assume this will apply to gun control also...just 50 votes to push through.


24 posted on 01/03/2013 1:43:37 PM PST by opentalk
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To: Osage Orange

I’m right there with ya Osage, on all counts.


25 posted on 01/03/2013 2:07:35 PM PST by aragorn (We do indeed live in interesting times. FUBO.)
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To: pabianice

brought to you by those D****heads in GOPe, RNC and putting Mutt Romney on the top of the ticket.

He was a drag down ticket because many republican voters stayed home and we lost an unbelievable opportunity to increase our majority in the House and get a majority in the senate.

Just insane what those tools did and next up will be two black robes that will be ideologically moored to Obama.


26 posted on 01/03/2013 2:15:02 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Common Sense 101

Yes Reid will pay.

Reid was re - elected by virtue of the Mafia and the Unions they control.

Harry: Money, Mob & Influence In Harry Reid’s Nevada is available at Amazon.com. Reid it. ( pardon the pun.)

When one is controlled by the Mafia, one will pay. Harry will pay. The way so many have paid at the hands of the Mafia before.


27 posted on 01/03/2013 5:03:14 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: pabianice

Each body, House and Senate, write their own rules and seat their own members. Just after the Civil War, the Republican congress actually *refused* to seat many Democrats, and they could do that. So the SCOTUS could not stop Reid from doing this.

The only thing the Republicans can do is threaten the Democrats that if Reid does this, when the senate goes Republican in the future, the Republicans will give the Democrats the same disdain, and there will be at least two years when the Democrats cannot extensively road block *anything* the Republicans wish to do.

And that could spell the end of a vast amount of what the Democrats want.

Bottom line: this is brinksmanship. Mutually Assured Destruction at two year intervals, but only if the Democrats want it. If they reject it, the balance of power continues. But if they embrace it, the Republicans will embrace it too, and *everything* the Democrats have built over the last hundred years may be forfeit.

This could mean the end of the New Deal. The end of the Great Society welfare state. Slashing the size of the federal government by 50% or more, and throwing countless Democrat bureaucrats out of work.

Their choice.


28 posted on 01/03/2013 5:13:21 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: pabianice

The House can IMPEACH for any reason they wish, the term high crimes and misdemeanors means WHATEVER CONGRESS deems it to be, furthermore Congress has the Absolute Right to LIMIT WHAT the SUPREME COURT has Jurisdiction over, Read The Constitution.


29 posted on 01/03/2013 6:19:57 PM PST by eyeamok
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