Senate GOP Warns They Will Shut Down The Senate

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    Senate Republicans Warn They Will Shut Down The Senate If Harry Reid Goes Through With Unprecedented Plan To Change Filibuster Rules…​





    They better.

    Via Politico:


    A partisan war is brewing that could bring the government to a screeching halt as early as January — and no, it’s not over the fiscal cliff.

    It’s all about the filibuster.

    Democrats are threatening to change filibuster rules, in what will surely prompt a furious GOP revolt that could make those rare moments of bipartisan consensus even harder to come by during the next Congress.

    Here’s what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering: banning filibusters used to prevent debate from even starting and House-Senate conference committees from ever meeting. He also may make filibusters become actual filibusters — to force senators to carry out the nonstop, talkathon sessions.

    Republicans are threatening even greater retaliation if Reid uses a move rarely used by Senate majorities: changing the chamber’s precedent by 51 votes, rather than the usual 67 votes it takes to overhaul the rules.

    “I think the backlash will be severe,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), the conservative firebrand, said sternly. “If you take away minority rights, which is what you’re doing because you’re an ineffective leader, you’ll destroy the place. And if you destroy the place, we’ll do what we have to do to fight back.”

    “It will shut down the Senate,” the incoming Senate GOP whip, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, told POLITICO. “It’s such an abuse of power.”​

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    Due to their expertise at lowering expectations, Democrats can get away with things for which Republicans would be pilloried.
     
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    If only addressing the filibuster rules had not become necessary.

    Whine away, bitches. Elections have consequences.
     
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    Lowering the closing of a debate to a simple majority is a constitutional option.

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    If the republicans do so, as the op is suggesting, they will pushbthe rest of the country farther away, so I hope they do so, cause if they do 2014/2016 will be good years.
     
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    I assume you considered that a legitimate option regarding the Bork nomination for SCOTUS?
     
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    See those words I used? A "constitutional option." Guess where I got those from?

    Journey back in time with me to 2005: Cheney Enters Filibuster Fight, Backing Change in Senate Rules


    "Republicans call this a constitutional option". :D

    Hypocrisy on both sides.

    I was going to wait and let the retards defend the positions of their masters on the filibuster issue, but...what the hell.

    Both sides hope everyone is too stupid to remember their previous positions on filibusters.

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    The use of the filibuster requires honest brokers. When the intentions of those using it are politically motivated, it fails us.
     
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    Couldn't hurt with the idiot running it.
     
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    Bork was rejected 58 to 42.
     

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