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    Harry Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

    Harry Reid prepares Senate to go 'nuclear,' end nomination filibusters - Washington Times

    Senate Democrats laid the groundwork Thursday to trigger the “nuclear option” against minority filibusters, setting up a dramatic Tuesday showdown in which Republicans either will have to accept seven of President Obama’s controversial appointments or watch as Democrats change the rules and end filibusters of executive branch nominees.

    The move would fundamentally alter the balance of power between the White House and the Senate and would give the president more latitude to put his team into place. But it also would aggravate a contentious atmosphere in the Senate and dim prospects for bipartisan agreements this year, with spending, debt and immigration fights still simmering.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said at the beginning of the year that he would not use the option.

    He changed his mind Thursday after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, broke his side of an agreement by delaying confirmation of some of the president’s nominees.

    “A deal is a deal, a contract is a contract, an arrangement is an arrangement, a bargain is a bargain, as long as each party to such an agreement holds up his end of the bargain,” Mr. Reid said in a morning floor speech.

    Republicans warned that they could retaliate easily if they reclaim the majority by ending other filibusters, which would let them push through their own priorities without fear of minority obstruction.
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    Re: Harry Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

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    Democrats better get rid of Reid, the man is an unhinged gang weasel. If the Reps regain the Senate, there will be hell to pay.
    He wants to undo measures that were put in place for fairness to the American People? Wow.....
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    Re: Harry Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

    If this is really a problem (and I am willing to accept the possibility that it is), then it seems the best change is not to get rid of the fillibuster - but to enforce it. If a candidate is so noxious that he or she should be fillibustered, then let the Senators take the floor.

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    Re: Harry Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    He wants to undo measures that were put in place for fairness to the American People? Wow.....
    How does denying the majority will of the people equate to fairness for the people?

    Is this measure only going to change the vote procedure for nominees or for all legislation?
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    Re: Harry Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    How does denying the majority will of the people equate to fairness for the people?

    Is this measure only going to change the vote procedure for nominees or for all legislation?
    Majority is not the same as majority will of the people.
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    Re: Harry Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    Majority is not the same as majority will of the people.
    Senators are duly elected representatives of the people. As such, they generally reflect the will of the people. Why should not a majority of them not be able to enact legislation or confirm appointments?
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    Re: Harry Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Senators are duly elected representatives of the people. As such, they generally reflect the will of the people. Why should not a majority of them not be able to enact legislation or confirm appointments?
    Because there are safeguards to protect other areas of the country and have their voices heard too. By the way does legislation not require 60 votes in the Senate?
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    Re: Harry Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Senators are duly elected representatives of the people. As such, they generally reflect the will of the people. Why should not a majority of them not be able to enact legislation or confirm appointments?
    Heya HM. That's not necessarily true with Senators. I would say moreso with Congressmen and women.

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    Re: Harry Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    Because there are safeguards to protect other areas of the country and have their voices heard too. By the way does legislation not require 60 votes in the Senate?
    Why can't their voices be heard through Senators who agree with them in normal floor speeches?

    Where did I say that legislation requires 60 votes?
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    Re: Harry Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    Because there are safeguards to protect other areas of the country and have their voices heard too. By the way does legislation not require 60 votes in the Senate?
    The constitution says 51 votes. The filibuster makes it effectively 60.
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