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GOP trying to chop down Reid's amendment tree
thehill.com ^ | 1/17/14 | Pete Kasperowicz

Posted on 01/18/2014 6:03:40 AM PST by cotton1706

Senate Republicans have deployed a new parliamentary tactic designed to end — or at least call attention to — the frequent Democratic ban on considering GOP amendments.

Republicans have tried it four times, without success. But GOP aides say Republicans are likely to keep trying, to remind the Senate its members are being denied the chance to amend legislation.

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GOP senators have been outraged over the inability to offer any amendments to big-ticket items like the budget deal and the National Defense Authorization Act. "I can't remember … when there was a bill the size of the Defense authorization bill up, and nobody gets to offer amendments," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in December.

In the Senate, the majority leader gets the first crack at filing amendments to legislation that comes before the body. When Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) calls up legislation, he frequently offers several minor or technical amendments to the bill right away.

That process is known as "filling the amendment tree," and it usually blocks Republicans from offering up their own proposals for changing the bill. Republicans say Reid has used this tactic much more often than other recent Senate leaders.

Four times in the last few weeks, Senate Republicans have tried a new way of attacking Reid's procedural move. Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) developed the idea, and was the first to try it out in December.

During debate on the House-Senate budget agreement, Sessions made a motion to table Reid's filling of the amendment tree. He made that move to protest language in the budget deal that cut $6 billion in military pensions over the next decade, language that both parties have since said they would try to eliminate in some future bill.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 01/18/2014 6:03:40 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Just filibuster any bill that does not allow the minority to offer up at least 1/3 of the amendments without any strings attached. PLAY HARDBALL!


2 posted on 01/18/2014 6:37:06 AM PST by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius

Don’t stop with Reid’s Amendment Tree, chop down Reid himself and get the misery over with.


3 posted on 01/18/2014 6:46:32 AM PST by Progov
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To: cotton1706

Just go home. The republican senators are a whiney group of impotent career hacks. The most powerfull statement they could make is to just walk off the floor at the same time. (Kidnap Mccain if you have to)

The only public statement; “Harry, it’s all on you now.”


4 posted on 01/18/2014 7:03:06 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: cotton1706; fieldmarshaldj

If I were them I’d try making a statement by using the Senate chamber as a urinal. Since the rats use the constitution as TP they shouldn’t have a problem with that.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 10:26:13 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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