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Should the Senate filibuster be abolished?

L.A. Times 2013/01/25 16:00:00
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shocked and infuriated many of his fellow Democrats on Thursday when he backed away from his pledge to put an end to the curse of the filibuster.

Minority Republicans have been flagrantly using the old filibuster ploy to block even the most mundane bills unless they can win votes from at least 60 of 100 senators. This has effectively stunted the Democrats’ 53-seat majority and stifled initiatives from the Obama White House.

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  • Hawkeye 2013/01/25 19:20:45
    No
    Hawkeye
    +37
    WHY is it that every time the Democrats don't get their way they want to change the rules??

    THEN just before the Republicans take over,, they reinstate the rules that they had changed..

    Of course.. I already KNOW the answers to these questions..

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  • Bun 2013/02/22 23:48:52
    No
    Bun
    +1
    Nop it has it's place.
  • thefatguy 2013/02/05 20:57:01
    No
    thefatguy
    +2
    Harry Reid is the roadblock in the Senate, not the GOP. He hasn't allowed a vote on a budget in years. Reid should be thrown out with the trash, along with the L.A. Slimes.
  • Elaine Magliacane 2013/01/31 18:19:08
    No
    Elaine Magliacane
    They should have to actually take the floor and TALK about the bill... not the BS way they do it now. Watch the Demoncraps SQUALL if the Republicans take the Senate in 2014...
  • postmamy 2013/01/31 02:00:06
    No
    postmamy
    +1
    ah~~~just watch and give it a rest~~~~
  • Cleaver62 2013/01/30 23:30:40
    No
    Cleaver62
    I don't believe it should be abolished but it is being abused by Republicans in the Senate. According to law, bills pass and people are confirmed with a simple majority vote of 51. Republicans have abused this policy by filibustering everything that the Democrats do and don't allow anything to come to vote. To stop debate on a topic, 60 votes are required. So Republicans are not allowing issues to be voted on. This is just plain wrong. If they want to hold up a vote, they should have to stand there and plead their case to the Senate about why they don't think the issue deserves a yes or no vote. They shouldn't be able to just stop votes because they don't like something. They should have to explain themselves and when the explanation is completed, the vote for cloture should be held again.
  • steven Cleaver62 2013/07/17 23:44:14
    steven
    +1
    Abused the same way dems do when they want to pitch a fit. It is all that delays long enough to actually read a bill and find out what is hidden in it.
  • Cleaver62 steven 2013/07/20 00:17:01
    Cleaver62
    A one hit wonder. I guess that's why Democrats did work with Republicans during the Bush administration but for some reason Republicans swore a blood oath on the day Obama was inaugurated to make sure he didn't pass any bills that would help the economy.
  • concerned2 2013/01/30 22:28:09
    No
    concerned2
    +3
    The majority always wants the filibuster abolished. When the Republicans were in the majority in the Senate (pre-2006) there was a call from the Republicans to abolish the filibuster. Just the fact that those in power don't want to have to listen to the little guy is enough for me. Without the filibuster one party will be able to bulldoze over the other without discussion, debate, or any attempt to compromise. It would be a disaster, no matter who's in charge.
  • steven concerned2 2013/07/17 23:44:57
    steven
    It is all that delays long enough to actually read a bill and find out what is hidden in it.
  • Jake Blanton 2013/01/30 22:13:06
    No
    Jake Blanton
    +2
    If the leftists don't like it, then I'm all for it!
  • steven Jake Bl... 2013/07/17 23:45:35
    steven
    It is all that delays long enough to actually read a bill and find out what is hidden in it.
  • Jake Bl... steven 2013/07/19 14:58:03
    Jake Blanton
    Plus, anything that slows down the government, I'm probably for anyway... Creating new laws is seldom the answer regardless of what the "problem" might seem to be at the time.
  • aphotodude 2013/01/30 18:49:12
    No
    aphotodude
    +1
    Well they would want it even more if it was them using it ! The Filibuster has served all sides well at one time or another and the o---bummer (white?) house needs stifled more than any in history!
  • Joker~RWAC/CFM 2013/01/30 17:09:48
  • Samantha Lewis 2013/01/30 16:13:16
    No
    Samantha Lewis
    +3
    What and give one party free reign? Nope
  • MrWmnHtr 2013/01/30 15:10:15
    No
    MrWmnHtr
    +2
    There should have been a third choice, Do you care? It's just theater. That's why they don't actually debate. They haven't been told what to think yet. I see 66% of the people are ignorant as usual. Isn't that same percentage of Dems to Repubs in congress? All Dems and Repubs should do the country a favor and kill themselves. They are all the same party just pretending to be on opposite sides.
  • Ozymandias 2013/01/30 05:54:08
  • steven 2013/01/30 01:24:56
    No
    steven
    +4
    Not until they also institute, pass and enforce by severe penalty a bill that requires ALL bills to be single issue only, with no pork and riders of any kind. So long as that is not in place, I say the longer they spout off steam and blather about nothing, the less harm they do to us who are under the thumb of their bills.
  • aphotodude steven 2013/01/30 18:52:37
    aphotodude
    +2
    You Got it right!!!!
  • concerned2 steven 2013/01/30 22:29:42
    concerned2
    +2
    I like it!
  • RubenRibnik 2013/01/29 22:50:05
    No
    RubenRibnik
    +4
    Leave it to Harry to want to do away with something he himself and the dems used against Bush.. LOL 2 faced son of a b i t c h , and I am from Nevada
  • Angus 2013/01/29 21:49:52
    No
    Angus
    +2
    But Harry Reid should !!!!!!!
  • RubenRi... Angus 2013/01/29 22:50:47
    RubenRibnik
    +4
    yeah Harry should GO
  • aphotodude RubenRi... 2013/01/30 18:53:25
  • Kenneth Huang 2013/01/29 20:33:19
    No
    Kenneth Huang
    +4
    The Senate is supposed to allow for debate. So let's have some actual debate. If Senators don't want to end debate, they should be required to actually debate. That means talking.
  • steven Kenneth... 2013/07/17 23:37:54
    steven
    They don't. They pass the bill so fast no one knows what is in it. The filibuster allows time for it to be discovered what is hidden in it.
  • Kenneth... steven 2013/07/21 07:16:55
    Kenneth Huang
    That's great; Senators can talk about what's hidden in the bill on the Senate floor. Basically, if they're going to hold up a bill they have to publicly explain why instead of just chilling in their offices as they do now.
  • John BNO 2013/01/29 19:12:20 (edited)
    Yes
    John BNO
    Absolutely. It is nothing more than a cope-out way of blocking legislation as it is used today. Return to the old rules and keep the "filibuster" live on the floor.
  • Angus John BNO 2013/01/29 21:50:30
    Angus
    +4
    It's a slide into dictatorship. PERIOD
  • Ramón 2013/01/29 18:39:22
    No
    Ramón
    +4
    Filibuster is another valid tool the minority uses to even the playing field. Like running out the clock in a ball game.
  • johnnyg 2013/01/29 18:01:24
    Yes
    johnnyg
    +1
    The senate should be abolished.
  • Joker~R... johnnyg 2013/01/30 17:11:04
  • aphotodude johnnyg 2013/01/30 18:54:51
    aphotodude
    Commie!!!
  • johnnyg aphotodude 2013/02/01 16:20:38
    johnnyg
    +1
    Commies love government. I hate government.
  • Igor 2013/01/29 17:54:34
    No
    Igor
    +3
    He knows that sooner or later dems will be in minority and so he is very reasonably does not want to loose the power to block republican president
  • t.eliot, topbard 2013/01/29 16:08:55
    No
    t.eliot, topbard
    +6
    Not abolished, but senators should be required to hold the floor and speak for the duration of their filibuster.
  • rbeas 2013/01/29 15:59:12
    Yes
    rbeas
    +3
    If I were a Senator I would have kicked Harry's rear end on the Senate floor.
  • mrdog 2013/01/29 15:07:15
    No
    mrdog
    +2
    Keep traditional rules....I like it...bark
  • rbeas mrdog 2013/01/29 16:01:43
    rbeas
    +7
    I dont have a problem with the filibuster. But do it like it was done on the floor for 200 years. TALK!
  • mrdog rbeas 2013/01/29 16:04:23
    mrdog
    +2
    That is fine with me....I saw Mr. Smith Goes to Washington....bark
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