Skip to comments.Reid moves to limit GOP filibusters
Posted on 11/07/2012 10:23:04 AM PST by jazusamo
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will try to push through a change to Senate rules that would limit the GOPs ability to filibuster bills.
Speaking in the wake of Tuesdays election, which boosted Senate Democrats numbers slightly, Mr. Reid said he wont end filibusters altogether but that the rules need to change so that the minority party cannot use the legislative blocking tool as often.
I think that the rules have been abused and that were going to work to change them, he told reporters. Were not going to do away with the filibuster but were going to make the Senate a more meaningful place.
Republicans, who have 47 of the chambers 100 seats in this current Congress, have repeatedly used that strong minority to block parts of President Obamas agenda on everything from added stimulus spending to his judicial picks.
A filibuster takes 60 senators to overcome it.
Leaders of both parties have been reluctant to change the rules because they value it as a tool when they are in the minority.
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Harry Reid has yet to pass a budget. Why do we allow these criminals to continue?
Time to take out Harry.
These rules will only be in effect until the Republicans get the majority again. Even the Democrats in the past have been careful not to do this. I suspect Reid is just trying to show he cares about his voters. Nothing will come about this because the Democrats know it will come back and haunt them.
Nope, no time at all to get on it.
Now, is the beginning of the forward half of the country is just dying to see. The change they voted for is coming. Save my spot in the bread line, thank you.
...I think that the rules have been abused and that were going to work to change them, he told reporters.
And if that doesn’t work Obama will govern by Executive Order... or Edict... Who’s going to stop him now?
Oh, I see, he’s showing how bipartisan he wants to be. You remember how Republicans always prostitute ourselves to those sacred “Independents” who simply worship bipartisanship? But apparently, Democrats, with their corrupt MSM allies, don’t seem to care about bipartisanship. Imagine that.
Harry and the Dems have short memories but I believe he’s dead serious on this and I’d bet it’s at the behest of Obummer.
Hey Nevada...I am continuing my boycott of your economy that started when you re-elected that MORON Reid in 2010.
McCain and Linda will think that’s a splendid compromise..
Yep, The Won will govern by any means necessary to trash the Constitution, changing the filibuster rule will go along with the EO and edict.
Only God can stop him. The electorate is too dumbed down and self-seeking to see the disaster staring them in the face.
This is what won last night..the European Utopian Society progressives and Communists have always wanted..now Reid and Obama can do whatever they want and if they dont get what they want, they can continue blaming Republicans..its working, idiots still blame Bush for our economy being in the toilet..and 4 years from now they will STILL blame Bush
Thus, what can only be described as a concerted judicial-filibuster campaign during the 108th Congress was truly unprecedented. Indeed, throughout the entire history of the U.S. Senate, neither the minority-party members in that chamber nor senators of the party that did not occupy the White House had ever before engaged in such a coordinated, protracted filibustering campaign to frequently deny up-or-down votes for one judicial nominee after another. In fact, beyond the 10 appellate-court nominees who were actively filibustered in 2003 and 2004, it should further be noted that Democrats almost certainly would have filibustered additional circuit-court nominees including Terrence Boyle, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Griffith had they moved from the Judiciary Committee to the floor last year.
I remember when the Repub’s were in the the majority and talked about doing this it was a lack of respect for minority rights according to the Dims. So now Harry hates minorities.
Why not just dissolve the legislature and let Dear Leader rule by fiat? We’re pretty much already there and I tire of these scoundrels and their nonsense.
I figured the arrogance of the Dems would know no bounds if Obama won, and they kept the Senate. Stupidly, the Republicans will not challenge them in the House or the Senate, and Obama will rule by fiat.
Now they are a party without a dogma!
The liberal suppression of Republicans is now becoming open warfare, thanks to the linguini-spined GOP-E who have refused to climb into the gutter with the Dems and fight them mano-a-mano. This is what we get for not demanding better.
Since the left clearly does not want to work with Republicans, I believe that the Republicans should walk out of the Senate en mass every single day that this war on them continues. At some point, the Senate Dems will want them back; even if it is just to have their doormats back.
God has turned his back on this country.
WE don't. WE call them out. The MSM and the 47% do.
Here's a clue free of charge - because we no longer have any power, any authority and the rule of law has been flushed down the crapper.
Rather than engage in a pointless to fight to try to overcome this war on Republicans/conservatives, we should start planning on seceeding from the United States of Liberal Loonyville. That's our only option.
Unless they are really sure they have a permanent majority.
And, just how, exactly, do you plan to do that?
Boehner - so we "got nuthin'".
Those who refused to vote for Romney/Ryan have allowed the criminals to contine.
And just last night he was talking about “working together”.
He’s going with the “nuclear option.” I guess he figures there won’t be a Republican majority anytime soon.
Very likely, he’s right.
I have an idea that I think should be considered. We should set up a tent, and a vigil, outside Feinstein and Boxers homes, and protest them 24x7. We should follow them where ever they go, and heckle them, protest them and harass them. We should let people know what kind of criminals they have been, and how they have robbed the American people of this country and it’s wealth. We need to set up a plan, and a duty roster, and a “work schedule” that will have at least 12 people every day, protesting them. Every day of their life, on vacation, out to dinner, shopping, everywhere.
Yep, just one more of his lies that are now too numerous to count.
Of course his way of working together is his way or the hiway.
“God has turned his back on this country.”
This country turned its back on God.
Here’s the point many are missing ... he’s going to make it neigh unto impossible for the GOP to filibuster judgeships. To heck with legislation, THAT’s the biggie.
“Hes going with the nuclear option. I guess he figures there wont be a Republican majority anytime soon.
Very likely, hes right.”
They already have their strategy down with the media to gain control of the House in 2014. From then on, with the help of the media, a few token “Republicans” will be allowed to hold seats in Congress and the Senate. They will be there to play as window dressing. They will be the Washington Generals to the democrat Harlem Globetrotters.
Conservatism, as an electable national philosophy, died last night. The media will see to that.
God has turned his back on this country...
Listen! The Lords arm is not too weak to save you,
nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.
2 Its your sins that have cut you off from God.
Because of your sins, he has turned away
and will not listen anymore.
Take time to read the rest of the chapter.
The nuclear option is now being loaded............
“Hes going with the nuclear option. I guess he figures there wont be a Republican majority anytime soon. Very likely, hes right.”
They have an outside shot in 2014. Reid knows this. That’s why they want to go nuclear now. Did you think 2010 would have ever happened the day after Obama was elected?
There is a solution to this threat: NO MORE UNANIMOUS CONSENTS!
Have the senate vote on absolutely everything. Get these people on the record for every single vote they take. No voice votes. Yeas and Nays for everything.
And an extra check is the House. No negotiations with the senate before they pass something. Let them pass a bill, get their members on the record, and then the negotiations with the House begin (as is the proper legislative conference process).
Harry Reid hates to have to take votes. He hates having to put his members on the record. And he hates not knowing what’s going to happen ahead of time. He wants himself, Boehner, and Obama to get together, decide what’s going to happen, then ram it through.
The answer to tyranny is regular legislative order, each House acting on its own issues, holding votes on them, then going to conference, agreeing on one common piece of legislation, passing it and THEN sending it to the president. There should be lots of votes, lots of conference committees and lots of votes. Make the senators work for their pay!
I actually don't mind this. It will lay the groundwork for the death of the filibuster. If the Republicans can't get a majority, they don't deserve to stop legislation, and if they do ever get a majority, I don't want Dems blocking legislation. Delays are fine; they must be limited in duration, though.
The reality is this: it is not Romney or Ryan's fault that they lost; they are both honest, decent, honorable men who are infinitely better qualified than Obama and Biden to run the country, and they both ran a solid, hard fought campaign.
The fault for failure does not lie with any of these people, the fault for defeat lies with America, and squarely upon the Americans who voted them into power. Nearly every decent, honest and honorable candidate running honorable campaigns based upon traditional Judeo-Christian American values running for election on our side lost to evil, dishonest, dishonorable, godless, Marxist-Socialist opponents who were purposely chosen by the electorate INSTEAD of the decent, honest and honorable candidates running against them.
What happened? = America is under the direct judgment of Almighty God, that's what happened and will continue to happen.
Some are already playing the blame game but the reality is: The problem with the results of this election do not rest with Romney, nor Ryan, Barone or Morris. Romney and Ryan are honorable and good men (as men count goodness)and they ran an admirable, hard-fought campaign.
The problem rests with us, it is one of the heart and soul of America itself. We have forsaken Christ, and forsaken His Word. God did not have mercy and deliver us. I believe we are under the judgment of Almighty God as a direct result of our ongoing lawlessness, ungodliness and sin. He has given America over to our sin and degradation (cf. Romans 1:18-32)and we have reached the tipping point of no return as a nation. I do not want to say these things, it breaks my heart because I, along with millions of other believers love America, but God is not mocked:
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. (Galatians 6:7-10) As a man sows, so shall he reap and we are reaping now what we have sown. Pray because at this point, the very existence and future of our nation rests in the hands and predetermined will of God. Romney, Ryan, no mere man or party can save America and her people, only the Lord Jesus Christ.
If the outcome of this elections stands (and it appears it has) and Obama gains reelection (and it appears he has), we are about to enter the refining crucible of Almighty God as a result of our sin and God's divine judgment as a nation and as individuals. The key is to know and stay close to/walk with the Lord Jesus in the midst of it all and to stay faithful to Him because things are going to get very bad from here on out. This was prophesied in the Word of God and we are privileged to see these harrowing events come to pass: "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man." (cf. Luke 17:26-33)
Those of us who know the Lord Jesus must follow the injunction to: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall make your path straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
I wept, writing those words. It grieves my heart to say these things and to see what has become of our beloved country and to see God remove His hand of protection and blessing from America. The evil, wicked, dictator God has imposed upon us, and the utter shame and degradation which God has allowed to fester and cover the land from the top down, as a direct result of our rejection of Him and His Christ.
America is "Ichabod", ...the Lord has departed. That said, God is in control; all of this was prophesied and we are seeing it fulfilled before our very eyes.
Take heart, and find your hope and strength in the Lord Jesus Christ because He is coming back sooner than many people are willing to recognize or accept, Maranatha!
Nevertheless, not my will, but thy will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Reid, “I think the rules have been abused...”
Must be checking the mirror for his reflection, again...
I have no faith in the long-term future of this grand experiment. Last night’s results are Tocqueville’s words writ large. The takers who vote now outnumber the producers who vote.
The only answer is for the producers to establish another Constitutional Republic, without the absurdities of the leftists and their incessant demand for their entitlements.
The American people have given President Obama a chance to start over. He can take steps this time to govern responsibly. He can work with, not against, Republicans in Congress and governors around the nation. He can put an end to his reckless disregard for our rule of law and spare our nation another long, painful and expensive four years for American families, taxpayers and employers.
We must hold his and Congress feet to the fire to once and for all cut spending, repeal Obamacare and withdraw federal encroachment into state decision-making and personal liberties. Our nations long-term prosperity and security absolutely depends on it.
Meanwhile, states have the opportunity to pave the way for Washington by promoting common-sense policies of smaller government, lower taxes and restrained spending that create jobs and prosperity for their citizens.
I commend Mitt Romney and his entire campaign team for a disciplined, focused and hard-fought race. Anita and I wish him, Ann and his team all the best. - Texas Gov. Rick Perry [Nov 7, 2012]
Knowing the spineless GOP Liberal RINOs in the Senate...they probably will let Dingy Harry do this....because it would be “bi-partisanship”
Fortunately, the House is still GOP....and maybe a change of leadership there will strengthen the House GOP
If we had a decent leader in the house nothing would move in the next 4 years, absolutely nothing. Just stonewall everything. Sure O will get some things done by executive order but we should do everything we can to make it as difficult as possible.
and the Democrats too!