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Republicans plan 30-hour talkathon to protest 'nuclear option' use in Senate
The Hill ^ | December 11, 2013 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 12/11/2013 1:22:28 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Senate Republicans will stage a more than 30-hour talkathon on the Senate floor to protest Democrats’ triggering of the "nuclear option" last month.

The GOP protest, which could extend into the weekend, will throw a wrench in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) hopes of wrapping up legislative business for 2013 as soon as possible.

Republicans will delay a final vote on Cornelia Pillard, one of President Obama’s picks for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, until about 1 a.m. Thursday.

Then, Senate Republicans will hold the floor throughout the night, speaking out against Reid’s use of the nuclear option. Reid invoked the controversial tactic before Thanksgiving to strip Republicans of the power to filibuster judicial and executive branch nominees. The rules change did not affect Supreme Court picks.

“When you blow up the Senate rules, there has to be a consequence,” said a Republican senator.

“We’ll stretch this into the weekend if need be,” said the GOP lawmaker.

A GOP source said that so far 36 senators have signed up for hour-long speaking slots on the Senate floor, which would tie up business until early Friday morning.

The tactic is similar to all-night talk sessions Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) held on the floor to protest the administration’s drone policy and the Affordable Care Act, respectively.

A Senate Democratic leadership aide said the GOP floor protest will not stop the Senate from voting on other nominees Thursday.

"All they're doing is highlighting their own impotence," said the aide. "The Republicans no longer have the tools to delay that they had before."

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) started the extended debate Wednesday afternoon by slamming Pillard’s nomination and decrying the Democrats’ unilateral effort to rewrite Senate procedures.

Republicans are still fuming over the use of the nuclear option, which allowed Democrats to change Senate rules with a simple majority vote. Traditionally, 67 votes are needed to alter the rules.

“What they did on this rules change, the first time in the history of the United States Senate that we changed the rules without 67 votes,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). “The ill will that has been inflicted by that action is incalculable.”

Democrats argue they did not rewrite the Senate rules but instead changed the chamber’s precedent, which has the effect of a rules change.

Reid argued the Senate changed its rules 18 times since 1977 before triggering the nuclear option.

Republicans say they will retaliate by forcing Reid to call in his colleagues to a vote on Pillard after midnight.

“I imagine people will want a full and robust debate on this very controversial nominee,” said a Senate GOP leadership aide.

"This is exactly the sort of nominee who had zero chances of confirmation before the nuclear option," said another senior GOP aide.

Reid could alter the schedule by postponing the vote on Pillard until regular business hours on Thursday, a GOP aide noted.

Democrats, who themselves are irate over Republican obstruction, said they will stick to their plan to confirm Pillard as soon as possible, even if it leaves them bleary-eyed.

“We’re voting at 1 a.m. if Republicans keep playing their damn games,” said a Democratic aide.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: confirmations; filibuster; nuclearoption; senate

1 posted on 12/11/2013 1:22:28 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yay for protests. So much better than action . . .


2 posted on 12/11/2013 1:23:06 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

What’s the rush? Why not wait another month?


3 posted on 12/11/2013 1:25:19 PM PST by Tymesup
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Klingon proverb: Revenge is a dish best served cold.


4 posted on 12/11/2013 1:25:54 PM PST by VRW Conspirator (Obama is a proven liar)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The GOP capitulates on everything else and protests this??

Seriously?

5 posted on 12/11/2013 1:27:13 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yeah, that will have them quaking in their jackboots.


6 posted on 12/11/2013 1:27:32 PM PST by AU72
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To: VRW Conspirator

There would be no revenge from McConnell and Bonehead


7 posted on 12/11/2013 1:27:47 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Nice but TOO LATE!!! It’s the CHRISTMAS season and everyone is BUSY and PARTYING.....they are NOT TUNED IN!!! A WASTE!!! SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE WHEN IT HAPPENED!!!! IDIOTS!


8 posted on 12/11/2013 1:28:11 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I doubt they have the guts.


9 posted on 12/11/2013 1:32:22 PM PST by Jean2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

to be followed by brandy and cigars with their Good Friends from across the aisle (don’t doubt me)


10 posted on 12/11/2013 1:34:15 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Senate Republicans protest to allow them to surrender to Democrats in the manner of their choosing.


11 posted on 12/11/2013 1:37:08 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: bigbob
to be followed by brandy and cigars with their Good Friends from across the aisle (don’t doubt me)

You forgot pat on the backs, laughing and smiles all around.......Just saying.

12 posted on 12/11/2013 1:40:14 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: Ann Archy

That’s what I’m wondering, why didn’t they do this
BEFORE the rats pulled the switch???

Slow thinking is no way to win a dog fight.


13 posted on 12/11/2013 1:43:11 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

How about we all refuse to pay our taxes and teach the treasonous dem bastards the meaning of the word “impotent”.


14 posted on 12/11/2013 1:43:35 PM PST by butterdezillion (Free online faxing at http://faxzero.com/ Fax all your elected officials. Make DC listen.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Too late you morons.


15 posted on 12/11/2013 1:47:52 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: SgtHooper

I know, how about planning to do it in 2022 when Ryan’s cuts go into effect.


16 posted on 12/11/2013 1:49:19 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

why protest it? you are just giving them ammo to use against you when we retake the Senate next year and wish to keep the same process.


17 posted on 12/11/2013 1:50:06 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They’ll be talking to an empty room and no television audience.


18 posted on 12/11/2013 1:51:53 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: VRW Conspirator

The GOP will NOT use the same tactics against the dems.
I guarantee it.


19 posted on 12/11/2013 1:55:21 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: tet68

SLOW THINKERS!!!


20 posted on 12/11/2013 1:56:19 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Are these the same GOP Senators that blasted Paul, Cruz and Lee for such a tactic?


21 posted on 12/11/2013 1:58:09 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"All they're doing is highlighting their own impotence," said the aide. "

Ur doing a heck of a job there Mitchie....

22 posted on 12/11/2013 1:59:32 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
There wouldn't be any protests had there been no primary challenges filed against those seven Republican senators.

Just call me a "glass half full" kind of guy...smirk.

23 posted on 12/11/2013 1:59:40 PM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Filibuster used to be 67 votes, not 60. Blame Mondale.


24 posted on 12/11/2013 2:00:20 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Republicans plan 30-hour talkathon to protest ‘nuclear option’ use in Senate”

That’ll show them. What a cackle of do-nothings.


25 posted on 12/11/2013 2:01:23 PM PST by inkfarmer
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To: VRW Conspirator
Klingon proverb: Revenge is a dish best served cold.

It's best served hot compared to the usual Republican method of sticking it in the back of the refrigerator until it gets moldy and is thrown out long after anyone can figure out what it is anymore.

26 posted on 12/11/2013 2:01:47 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: bigbob

You are absolutely right. It’s theater. People are still being duped by this. They’ve had 5+ years to fight resist this slip into tyranny.


27 posted on 12/11/2013 2:03:07 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: butterdezillion
It won't stop the beast, it's got a demon spawn life of its own now, it will just print all of the fake money it needs and that will only give the IRS a reason to incarcerate individuals who do not pay.

We will hang together or we will hang separately. Either way we will hang.

28 posted on 12/11/2013 2:03:45 PM PST by infool7 (The ugly truth is just a big lie.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Which might be the only reason to do it. Keeping in mind that they like DC’s consolidation of power and are not constitutional conservatives. When they have power, we’ll wonder why they’re not decreasing government and getting us back to the constitution. “Well, gosh darn it, the Democrats keep obstructing us.”


29 posted on 12/11/2013 2:08:49 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Yeah, they'll restore the filibuster just as soon as they retake the Senate...

Oh, wait...

30 posted on 12/11/2013 2:14:27 PM PST by Carry_Okie (0-Care IS Medicaid; they'll pull a sheet over your head and take everything you own to pay for it.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This will accomplish precisely bupkis.


31 posted on 12/11/2013 2:18:49 PM PST by RKBA Democrat ( There is no worst president but owebama, and valerie jarrett is his prophet.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wow! THAT”LL teach those meanies a thing or two!


32 posted on 12/11/2013 2:30:49 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: SgtHooper
Too late you morons.

I'm curious Sarge: What would you have done earlier and differently? Was there a way for the Republicans to prevent the nuclear option from passing?

33 posted on 12/11/2013 2:38:39 PM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty” - Thomas Sowell
34 posted on 12/11/2013 2:39:50 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: inkfarmer
That’ll show them. What a cackle of do-nothings.

So what do you suggest they do instead?

35 posted on 12/11/2013 2:41:19 PM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: butterdezillion

Because we are all cowards. Because we are about TEA, alright, but only in name and lip service, plain and simple.


36 posted on 12/11/2013 2:46:22 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Senator_Blutarski
-- What would you have done earlier and differently? Was there a way for the Republicans to prevent the nuclear option from passing? --

When the republicans were getting ready to do the same thing, McCain rounded up a Gang of 14 to prevent it. The announcement of the blocking move was made a few hours before Frist was going to set the process in motion.

So, if the republicans wanted to stop this, for the second time, all they had to do was round up a sufficient number of Democrats to prevent Reid from getting a majority.

Failing that, the 30 hour token protestS (plural) should have started that day, and continued.

I'm not impressed at all with the planned show of protest. They might as well just carry on "as normal." If they protest about the loss of the right of a minority to block nominations, then the party comes off as hypocritical, just as much so as Reid who flipped flopped the other way.

37 posted on 12/11/2013 2:47:00 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Senator_Blutarski

“So what do you suggest they do instead?”

How about no more unanimous consent on anything, period?


38 posted on 12/11/2013 2:52:45 PM PST by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: Olog-hai

“BLAH BLAH BLAH”.

As long as Obamacare is law, he wins and America dies.


39 posted on 12/11/2013 2:56:18 PM PST by SC_Pete
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’m sorry but I want to see less talk and more action from both sides of the Republican party.

I am tired of talk.While they talk,Obama gets away with murder and the destruction of our economy and civil rights.

They can have their Talk-a-thon but I won’t be watching.I’ve had it.


40 posted on 12/11/2013 3:03:02 PM PST by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: butterdezillion

You go first.

hasn’t worked for anyone yet.


41 posted on 12/11/2013 3:05:54 PM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: VRW Conspirator

*Klingon proverb: Revenge is a dish best served cold.*

http://youtu.be/V-je6hkGoL0


42 posted on 12/11/2013 3:14:34 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: Senator_Blutarski

No, I think not, but they should have been shouting en masse about this to the public. We barely heard a peep.


43 posted on 12/11/2013 3:14:44 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

No. That is symbolic and useless. Make it hurt. The GOP should deny “unanimous consent” every time it is requested. make the Senate read everything, vote on everything, and do everything by the book, without any shortcuts. The House should cut funding to any court with a judge approved through the shortcut, and the cut should match the salary of the marginal judge, with no negotiations on those cuts.


44 posted on 12/11/2013 3:29:11 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
The GOP protest, which could extend into the weekend, will throw a wrench in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) hopes of wrapping up legislative business for 2013 as soon as possible. Republicans will delay a final vote on Cornelia Pillard, one of President Obama’s picks for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, until about 1 a.m. Thursday.
Thanks Cincinatus' Wife.


45 posted on 12/11/2013 4:51:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Olog-hai

yeah huh


46 posted on 12/11/2013 4:56:42 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: SgtHooper
No, I think not, but they should have been shouting en masse about this to the public. We barely heard a peep.

Sarge, given the orientation of the mainstream media, how do we know the Republicans didn't sound off on this? In fact many of them did sound off, but their message never got out. If the roles had been reversed the media would have handled the matter immediately for the Democrats.

The media is the real enemy. They bury anything unfavorable to the liberal side, ignore liberal lies and hypocrisy, and distort conservative messages beyond recognition.

47 posted on 12/12/2013 4:34:50 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Idiots. Why don't you try taking back The Senate.
48 posted on 12/12/2013 6:15:12 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Olog-hai
Yay for protests. So much better than action . . .

Girls, girls, girls ...... come on. <sigh>

This is so stupid. Like he said, do something.

49 posted on 12/12/2013 11:17:55 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Senator_Blutarski
The media is the real enemy. They bury anything unfavorable to the liberal side, ignore liberal lies and hypocrisy, and distort conservative messages beyond recognition.

During the 2012 Republican convention, Mark Halperin, formerly of TIME and before that a Clinton staffer (how many Clinton staffers are "journalists" now?), came on to Charlie Rose's set in the PBS prebends in the convention hall and gloated that nobody would see either the Romney "introduction to the voters" video the GOP had put together, nor the great speech by Clint Eastwood.

Halperin, chapped by Clint's bravura performance, promised Charlie that whatever the GOP message was, would get so sliced, diced, and spun-up by Halperin's evil 'RatMedia towel buddies as to be utterly incomprehensible to the electorate. (Call that coverage "accurate, but deliberately FUBAR".)

50 posted on 12/12/2013 11:24:01 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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