RSN Fundraising Banner
FB Share
Email This Page
add comment

writing for godot

Change the Senate Filibuster Rule in January!

Written by Alan McConnell   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:23
According to long-standing precedent, a new Senate adopts its
rules by majority vote at the beginning of each new term. This
means that we, the American people, have a two-month window of
opportunity to demand an amendation of the filibuster rule.

There are some good historical reasons to support some kind of
tactic by a substantial minority of the Senate to delay
legislation. But there is no argument in a democracy for the
proposition that a minority may _kill_ legislation.

Thus, as a working compromise, I suggest that a new rule be
adopted to the effect that upon the vote of 33 Senators(one-
third of the Senate) a vote on any proposed bill may be delayed
by two weeks; also that upon the vote of 40 Senators(two-fifths
of the Senate) a vote on any proposed legislation may be delayed
by up to six weeks. It seems that that amount of voting delay,
offering much scope for political maneuvering, rallying of public
opinion, etc, would serve the purpose of enabling a substantial
minority of the Senate to temporarily put off legislation for
further consideration.

Finally, we know that the institution of Congress is held in
contempt by between 85 and 90 percent of Americans. In
particular, Americans have seen gridlock for the past two
years, and the prospect of further gridlock for the next
two years is surely unappealing. Now is the time -- we
have two months -- to insist that this continued log-jam
be broken. your social media marketing partner


We are going to return to our original fully-moderated format in the comments section.

The abusive complaints in the comment sections are just too far out of control at this point and have become a significant burden on our staff. As a result, our moderators will review all comments prior to publication. Comments will no longer go live immediately. Please be patient and check back.

To improve your chances of seeing your comment published, avoid confrontational or antagonistic methods of communication. Really that is the problem we are confronting.

We encourage all views. We discourage ad hominem disparagement.

Marc Ash
Founder, Reader Supported News

0 # bingers 2012-11-09 06:51
There may be some hope, last session many Democrats asked Reid to end the filibuster and he said no, but this summer he said he had been wrong, which, hopefully means he will this time.

Then it would be nice to see Obama nominate the most far left judges possible to keep the SCOTUS liberal for long enough to destroy all the anti-constituti onal crap the cons on the most corrupt and incompetent Supreme Court ever. (according to a panel of attorneys who studied the courts over the history of the country)

Sadly, being to the right of Eisenhower, he won't.

THE NEW STREAMLINED RSN LOGIN PROCESS: Register once, then login and you are ready to comment. All you need is a Username and a Password of your choosing and you are free to comment whenever you like! Welcome to the Reader Supported News community.