Skip to comments.Harry Reid's filibuster plan and the Supreme Court (Reid to make good his threats)
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 ...
All the more incentive to win back the Senate in 2014.
One more check on my “this is fascism” list for the so called Deomcrat ( Nationalist Socialist) Party.
You see there are no minority opinions allowed in the United States of Zimbabwe Congress. Minority opinions are what fascists say they are.
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...
Bill Frist was afraid to do this and W’s nominees languished in limbo.
Reid will pay for his perfidy.
Sessions said if Reid did this the GOP would shut the Senate down.
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....
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”......
“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?
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.
If just 3 of them kick the bucket soon ...
Sen Jeff Sessions said that this would happen.
No he won't. Liberal facsists never pay a price for what they do...
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.
Win back the senate? LOL. We will have a hard time hanging on to the House.
Oh, like Lautenberg? Krispy Kreme Christy would probably promote the illegal alien sex criminal working for Mendez to promote.
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.
He is, but he knows if that did happen the Spinelessicans would agree to put it back in force for “fairness.”
I wasn’t counting on Christie.
Who is the dictator
So I assume this will apply to gun control also...just 50 votes to push through.
I’m right there with ya Osage, on all counts.
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.
Yes Reid will pay.
Reid was re - elected by virtue of the Mafia and the Unions they control.
Harry: Money, Mob & Influence In Harry Reids 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.
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.
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.