Re: Fw: Jimmy would be proud
Ha Ha Ha Ha!
Boy is this laughable!
All you have to do is look it up, in the 1960s the Senate was controlled by the Demoncrats by more than 60% for the WHOLE decade, no wonder these MoveOn bozos site that decade. Also, little wonder that so many bad socialist programs originated in the 60s. It was a terrible decade for our nation.
I wonder if the idiots who consume this MorOn BullCrap actually look up the facts?
On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM, you wrote:
Dear MorOn member,
Remember when Jimmy Stewart takes the Senate floor in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and refuses to cede it until he's made his point? That's how filibusters are supposed to work: A principled senator would stand up in the light of day to stop the majority from doing something bad.
These days, though, filibusters—the procedure that the minority party in the Senate uses to block a majority favored bill—don't work that way. All it takes is one anonymous objection from a single senator to trigger a filibuster. In fact, in the 1960s, only 8% of all bills were blocked by a filibuster—but since 2006 that has ballooned to more than 70%.1
Now, Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley are pushing for rule changes that would end the abuse of the filibuster. Those changes could come up for a vote as soon as this week. So we need to speak out right away to show how important this reform is to voters at home. Can you sign this petition supporting reform and an end to filibuster abuse? We'll deliver it to the Senate in time for the vote.
This vote is not about ending the filibuster or crushing minority rights in government. It's about returning our government to a more democratic and transparent process.
In the last two Congressional terms Democrats have had to overcome more than 275 filibusters—the most in history.2
Here's what the New York Times says is on the table for rules reform:3
"No lazy filibusters. At least 10 senators would have to file a filibuster petition, and members would have to speak continuously on the floor to keep the filibuster going. To ensure the seriousness of the attempt, the requirements would grow each day: five senators would have to hold the floor for the first day, 10 the second day, etc. Those conducting the filibuster would thus have to make their case on camera. (A cloture vote of 60 senators would still be required to break the blockade.)
"Fewer bites of the apple. Republicans now routinely filibuster not only the final vote on a bill, but the initial motion to even debate it, as well as amendments and votes on conference committees. Breaking each of these filibusters adds days or weeks to every bill. The plan would limit filibusters to the actual passage of a bill.
"Minority amendments. Harry Reid, the majority leader, frequently prevents Republicans from offering amendments because he fears they will lead to more opportunities to filibuster. Republicans say they mount filibusters because they are precluded from offering amendments. This situation would be resolved by allowing a fixed number of amendments from each side on a bill, followed by a fixed amount of debate on each one."
Thanks for all you do.
–Nita, Michael, Ilyse, Peter, and the rest of the team
1. "A nuclear Senate," Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2010 http://www.moron.org/r?r=205631&id=25700-17468668-n6am2Ox&t=5
2. Reform and the Filibuster, New York Times, January 2, 2011 http://www.moron.org/r?r=205632&id=25700-17468668-n6am2Ox&t=6
3. Reform and the Filibuster, New York Times, January 2, 2011 http://www.moron.org/r?r=205632&id=25700-17468668-n6am2Ox&t=7
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