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Chuck Schumer, Lamar Alexander might have solution to fixing Senate
washingtonpost.com ^ | 3/10/14 | Ed Okeefe and Paul Kane

Posted on 03/13/2014 11:07:44 AM PDT by cotton1706

In the next few days, the Senate will begin debate on the reauthorization of a child-care development block-grant program — a small, relatively noncontroversial program that is likely to pass.

In this case, it’s not the “what” of the effort that’s most important but the “how.” The debate is expected to take a different course, with both sides getting equal time to make arguments and offer amendments — a practice that has pretty much all but disappeared in the increasingly partisan Senate.

Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to cede control of the floor to the bill’s lead sponsors, Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who will lead the debate and allow Democrats and Republicans to introduce amendments.

More important — if it works — Reid is expected to permit more debate on other bipartisan measures on subjects ranging from sentencing overhauls to manufacturing and energy efficiency. In some small ways, the Senate may begin to look more like the great deliberative body it’s supposed to be.

Two people who get much of the credit for this development are Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who arguably have developed the most important friendship in the Senate in recent years.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democratcare; donkeycare; elections; jackasscare
Chuck Schumer is the architect of the "increasingly partisan Senate!" But it seems he has a new pal in Lamar Alexander (who wants to be Leader if McConnell falls). Alexander is, in Schumer's words, one of "our republicans"

Reading between the lines, it looks like the democrats in the senate have started to feel the heat of their obstructionism! Isn't it nice of Harry Reid to "allow" debate and amendments in a legislative body!

1 posted on 03/13/2014 11:07:44 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Lamar Alexander is up for reelection next year. His primary is in August.


2 posted on 03/13/2014 11:08:36 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

McCain is hiding, Linda is gone, McConnell is going.
Schummer has found a new bitch.


3 posted on 03/13/2014 11:12:31 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: cotton1706
MSNBC Host: Democrats will Lose Senate in 2014
4 posted on 03/13/2014 11:12:38 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Zathras

“McCain is hiding, Linda is gone, McConnell is going.
Schummer has found a new bitch.”

Yup. That’s exactly right.


5 posted on 03/13/2014 11:13:56 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It is too late for the desperate DIMocRATs to act civil. They must go...preferably to a prison cell for their crimes against the Constitution, against Free America and against Reason. This move is an obvious play to further confuse the uninformed voter.


6 posted on 03/13/2014 11:15:21 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: cotton1706

If it doesn’t involve suicide vests, I don’t want to hear anything from either of those two asshats.


7 posted on 03/13/2014 11:16:11 AM PDT by EricT. (ARBEIT MACHT FREI- now get back to work you taxpaying peasant!)
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To: Zathras

“Schummer has found a new bitch.”
I think a better description is butt boy.


8 posted on 03/13/2014 11:17:32 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: cotton1706

I can fix the Senate in one move. Throw them both out on their asses.


9 posted on 03/13/2014 11:22:16 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: cotton1706

What, both of them are going to resign? Would be a giant leap forward.


10 posted on 03/13/2014 11:24:02 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: cotton1706
Tennessee: throw Lamar out and replace him with Joe Carr!
11 posted on 03/13/2014 11:26:44 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Zathras

Lamar isn’t very popular with conservative here at home. He is worried because he was running campaign ads on the radio before the end of last year.


12 posted on 03/13/2014 11:27:16 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: cotton1706

The author of this article is completely stupid if he thinks offering equal debate on a bi-partisan bill fixes the Senate. All this means is bi-partisan amendment to spend more money and over regulated our lives.


13 posted on 03/13/2014 11:27:55 AM PDT by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: cotton1706

The only bipartisan solution from Lamar and Schumer I would support is having both place nooses around their necks and stepping off a platform holding each other’s hands.


14 posted on 03/13/2014 11:29:38 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: cotton1706

Child-care development block grant program.

Smells like some Bill Ayers smoke screen for re-education (early childhood development)


15 posted on 03/13/2014 11:30:57 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: cotton1706

Crap...I thought they were going to repeal the 17th Amendment. I’m bummed out now.


16 posted on 03/13/2014 11:31:46 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: cotton1706

“Chuck Schumer, Lamar Alexander might have solution”

And in other news, unicorns might be real.


17 posted on 03/13/2014 11:32:42 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Hedley Lamar would make that snake McConnell look effective. Snitch will come out and at least huff and puff before surrendering or orchestrating the surrender behind the scenes. Hedley Lamar wouldn’t even do that before waiving the white flag.


18 posted on 03/13/2014 11:34:55 AM PDT by sarge83
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To: cotton1706

THis is just theatrics. Reid knows he stands a good chance of loosing control of the Senate.

Now he throws out a few crumbs of cooperation, so after the change in leadership he and his gaggle of Nazis can whine to the press that the Republicans aren’t playing fair.

Go rot in the Sun Reid and take that Fraud Chuckles Schumer with you.


19 posted on 03/13/2014 11:41:31 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: VRWCarea51

Ding, ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!

Purely positioning for the DEMAND that the Senate go back to the old filibuster rules.

The Repubs would be complete morons to comply. Which means that’s precisely what they’ll do.


20 posted on 03/13/2014 12:18:48 PM PDT by afsnco
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To: cotton1706

If Shumer and Alexander are involved, one thing is certain. It is not a solution.


21 posted on 03/13/2014 12:19:43 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: cotton1706

Yes Lamar, bring UpChuckie down to campaign for you.


22 posted on 03/13/2014 12:52:50 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: cotton1706

The positive spin you can see from this is that Schumer might be tipping his hand that he sees a loss in November, and he is making his move to throw Dingy Harry out of his way and take his job as Minority Leader in 2015. Remember all these guys are politicians. They are not loyal to anyone or anything but themselves and their careers.


23 posted on 03/13/2014 2:27:29 PM PDT by gusty
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