Fix the Senate and Congress
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#1 Dec 19, 2012
Fix the Senate Coalition to Democratic Congressional Leaders: Now is Time for Senate Rules ReformShare:Share on Facebook, twitter
December 17, 2012
Majority Leader Reid, Majority Whip Durbin, and Chairman Schumer:
We are writing to express our support for your calls to reform the rules of the U.S. Senate and encourage you to move forward on a package of reforms on the first legislative day of the 113th Congress.
Facing unparalleled challenges—a languid economic recovery, crushing debt, and threats at home and abroad—the country cannot afford another two years of inaction fostered by outmoded and broken legislative institutions. In recent decades, Senate conventions have devolved to remove incentives for bipartisan comity, collegiality, and compromise. Whereas Senators once resorted to filibustering only in rare and exceptional instances of intense opposition, rampant obstruction has now transformed standard operating procedure. Today, majority rule in the Senate is the exception, not the rule.
We believe that common sense reforms will end routine and reflexive obstruction and will ensure that the Senate will once again be able to address the critical issues facing our country.
Specifically, we believe that any reform of the Senate rules must include the following concepts:
Eliminate the ability to filibuster the motion to proceed;
Require that those wishing to block legislation or nominations take the floor and actually filibuster i.e mandating “talking filibusters
Assert that 41 Senators must affirmatively vote to continue debate rather than forcing 60 Senators to vote to end debate and
Streamline the nomination process so that nominees will get a yes or no vote on the Senate floor, including a reduction of the required 30 hours of post cloture debate on a nominee to 2 hours.
These reforms are in the best interest of our democratic system. Recalibrating the filibuster would revive the Senate as a truly deliberative body by encouraging Senators to discuss and debate the vital issues our country must address. Requiring those wishing to slow down or halt legislation through the Senate rules to do so publically on the Senate floor would raise the costs of obstruction so that the filibuster is reserved for instances in which a dedicated minority is intensely opposed to legislation These much needed reforms would restore accountability on both sides of the aisle
It is our hope that such common sense reforms would secure overwhelming, bipartisan support. But the acute challenges facing our country demand the restoration of functioning democratic institutions by any constitutional means. If those who derive power and influence from the status quo continue to prevent needed change, the Constitution authorizes the Senate to adopt new internal rules and proceedings by a simple majority vote at the beginning of the new Congress.
We look forward to working with you to ensure that these reforms are enacted during the 113th Congress
Action for the Common Good
Alliance for Justice
Americans for Democratic Action
Association of Flight Attendants - CWA
Brennan Center for Justice
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Campaign for America’s Future
Center for Media and Democracy
Clean Water Action
Fair Action Alliance
Friends of the Earth
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Jobs with Justice/American Rights at Work
League of Conservation Voters
League of Women Voters
National Action Network
National Council of Women's Organizations
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
Natural Resources Defense Council
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Population Action International
Voices for Progress
Woman's National Democratic Club
Women's Research & Education Institute
#2 Dec 19, 2012
Congress is useless without a president.That is the first thing that needed fixing.
#3 Dec 19, 2012
Fix the Senate and Executive Branch, because the House is in order.
All must agree or a Phil-A-Buster their will bee.
The Senate has a new member Timmy Scott.
Mr. Scott will replace Mr. DeMint.
Mr. Scott is a Republican, which is a concept and not a color, as Mr. Scott is black, which the leading Democrats know but do not want to accept.
I think the Democrat leaders keep their constituency in check by issuing them a food stamp card and rabble-rousing with race-baiting their Zombie following Sheeple.
#4 Dec 19, 2012
OLD WOMEN AND BILLY DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS WORLD,THE REPUBLICANS CAUSE THE MESS WE ALL ARE FACING TODAY AND THE BLACK PRESIDENT IS FIXING IT A LITTLE EACH DAY WITHOUT THE OLD WHITE REPUBLICAN NOW IN OFFICE ,BUT NOT MUCH LONGER.
#5 Dec 19, 2012
Tell them Ruth..hahahahahah
#6 Dec 19, 2012
brawny talking to hisself lol
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