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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    The GOP had already agreed to 1 of them before the rules changes, but Reid wouldn't pick which one
    Was that before or after the GOP proposed to eliminate the three vacant judicial seats? Do you have a link?



    WASHINGTON -- A dozen state attorneys general are urging the Senate to reject an effort by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to strip the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals of three of its seats and therefore prevent President Barack Obama from filling vacant judgeships on the court....read..

    AGs Reject Chuck Grassley Effort To Shrink D.C. Circuit Court

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    And here come more changes....

    Harkin calls for more rule changes | TheHill

    After the Senate voted to change filibuster rules Thursday, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) called for more reforms.

    “This has been escalating for a long period of time and it was time to stop it and that’s what we did this morning,” Harkin said. “Now we need to take it a step farther and change the filibuster rules on legislation.”

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    LOL....

    I like watching Maddow. She has a number of fiscally conservative views that I can agree with. We differ on many, many things, but I still like watching her. She makes me think. Most times I just laugh, but some times she makes me say "Hmmm" and those are the times that make it worth while to watch.

    As for the court appointments? This was a power grab for the DC Circuit since that's the only court (other than SCOTUS) that reviews Congressional actions or hears cases regarding laws passed by Congress.

    Yes, there are 93 total vacancies in the courts. Since Obama came to office, the Senate has approved (consented) to 200+ court appointments, so it's not like there haven't been any.

    3 of those 93 are in the DC Circuit. Currently, the DC Circuit is balanced, 4 Dems and 4 Reps, and that court is not behind on case load, so there's no need for the other three judges.
    I read that, too....
    "....Republicans backing Grassley's bill say the D.C Circuit isn't busy enough to warrant filling its three empty seats, a charge that Democrats contest. Obama has said he has a constitutional duty to fill court vacancies. GOP senators have also falsely accused the president of "court-packing" for trying to fill empty seats..." AGs Reject Chuck Grassley Effort To Shrink D.C. Circuit Court
    As president, Obama has a right to fill those empty seats just as much as a republican president would. Do you doubt for a minute that the GOP wouldn't if they could?


    Rachel talked about the entire federal court being balanced right now, but that isn't the concern. The balance of the DC Circuit is, and should be a concern for all of us.

    I wouldn't want the DC Circuit overloaded with either sides appointees. Balance in that court is a good thing.
    I suppose. But if there are three vacant seats then that suggests the court hasn't always been balanced and if has to lean I would prefer it to lean left....especially given the fact that SCOTUS leans to the right There's the balance.

    There are other circuits that ARE behind in case load, and need appointments. And those should have been the focus since the balance of those courts is not as critical, if critical at all.

    This whole thing has been coming to a head for over a decade. Both parties have obstructed the other when they were in the minority. Dems and Reps. It's what has become the normal in DC.

    Personally, I prefer to have the filibuster, no matter which party is in power. It forces the majority party to slow down, get consensus from at least some to the minority, and makes for a more deliberate and thought out process.
    I hope they bring the old style of filibuster back.....
    ...Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, said that he would like to see the next fight on the filibuster to be to require senators to actually stand on the floor and talk if they wanted to stall legislation.
    You're a good poster and make some good points, Beau. It's a pleasure talking to you.

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    That is just your opinion..........Conservatives do not like Christie....I am not even sure he will win the nomination....I am not sure I would vote for him.
    He has a (R) behind his name, NP....You will definitely vote for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    He has a (R) behind his name, NP....You will definitely vote for him.
    Not me. No chance.

    I am done voting for Democrats with an R by their names.
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Could it be that Democrats are afraid of losing the Senate next year, so theyre trying to push through whatever they can before that happens?

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    I'm fine with all of your questions happening Perotista, for better or worse..
    We all agree D.C. is broken, we can't just act like we should do nothing to fix it..
    The first word out of GOP mouths today after the Reid rescue was Obamacare..LOL..
    Maybe tomorrow someone in D.C. will fix something .
    Linc, you have a lot more faith in D.C. than I do. Being I belong to a third political party, I reveled in the fact that the number of independents were growing, fairly fast in fact. From around 30% of the electorate during Perot’s time to 46/47% today. That is a lot of people for the two major parties to lose. Using the latest Gallup figures the Democrats drop from 38% of the electorate back in the 1990’s to 28% today while the Republicans fell from 30% to 23%. When you throw in the fact that back during Perot’s run, only 39% said they would consider voting for a third party candidate. Today that is 81%, this all left me feeling the golden opportunity for a viable third party had arrived.

    But what I am afraid that happened was all the more moderate members of the Republicans and Democrats left the two major parties. This has left the two parties with only their base becoming more hard core, more extreme right and left, more partisan, more unwilling to compromise and more ideological. When both party’s members are now at the far end of the political spectrums, compromise is a nonstarter, working together becomes near impossible, each party wants the whole ball of wax or nothing. Gridlock and non-governing occurs. We entered into a phase where our elected officials now only look to the good of their political party and not to the good of the nation. Both parties have become more interested in defeating the other party’s agenda and legislation than passing their own. Good governing and governing for the people and the nation has been replaced with a win of all cost attitude, even if it means destroying the very institutions that have served us so well.
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    pero, can you send me a private message explaining what crisis would the debt cause? i see all these posts about the debt being the worst thing since the plague,
    and i get frustrated why the debts seems to matter more then anything else, can you explain it to me because i don't understand what is the doomsday scenario everyone is screaming about.

    on the subject of breaking the senate rules, I think that the old system of "gentlemans agreements" on the use of the fillibuster has become impossible to sustain in this era of winner take all politics.
    you are correct, in today's political atmosphere, it is winner take all and to heck with the rest. For me, the debt is the biggest threat to our national security and this nation's future. How much longer can it be sustain at a reasonable rate, sooner or later the interest rate will rise from an all time low of 1-2% back up to normal of 6%. But I will get back with you on this.
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    Could it be that Democrats are afraid of losing the Senate next year, so theyre trying to push through whatever they can before that happens?
    Yes..
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Visbek View Post
    YES.

    One of the jobs of the executive branch is to make these appointments. It is unacceptable for the legislature to obstruct and thwart this process, regardless of who is in charge.



    WRONG.

    Filibusters on the legislature have not been removed. The only filibuster they've eliminated is on presidential appointments.

    In addition, it's pretty much par for the course for the legislature to be allowed to repeal laws. No one, regardless of party, should be allowed to pass a law that cannot possibly be repealed.



    It's very clear that the filibuster on appointees has been thoroughly abused, and does far more harm than good. It's well past time for it to go.
    How can you say wrong - the precedence has been set. In the future any senate majority can now use this option to end any filibuster either on SCOTUS nominees or to pass or repeal any legislation. By doing this, Reid has put this ploy on the table for future use on anything the senate does or attempts to do. If something is used once, in this case just for presidential appointments and nothing else, it can and will be used again and again. The cat is out of the bag. In fact according to the news this morning I have read where several Republicans already say their will use this precedence, this same procedure used by senator Reid if they win the white house in 2016 to get their SCOTUS nominees through and to repeal the ACA. Senator Grassley stated, "When the roles are reversed they will apply the 51 vote filibuster threshold to a republican president's Supreme Court nominees. Next up was another senator who said once the Republicans win back the senate and the white house they would use this same rule that Reid had used to repeal the ACA.

    But perhaps Reid should have listen to senator Carl Leven of Michigan who noted that past Democratic minorities have used the filibuster to block GOP moves to limit abortion and repeal the estate tax. Everything is now on the table and I think Senator McCain summed it up right, he said, "When the majority can change the rules, then there are no rules."

    This thing will escalate, mark my word.
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