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Filibusters...helpful or hurtful?

The main objection seems to be that the current cloture rule, which requires the votes of 60 senators to end debate on a piece of legislation, simply makes getting things done too difficult.

Mondale isn’t sure of the exact solution, but throws out a few examples:

Reducing the number of votes to end a filibuster, perhaps to 55, is one option. Requiring a filibustering senator to actually speak on the Senate floor for the duration of a filibuster would also help. So, too, would reforms that bring greater transparency — like eliminating the secret “holds” that allow senators to block debate anonymously.

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2011/01/03/busting-the-filibuster-might-it-happen/

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UpSheRises

Asked by UpSheRises at 4:22 PM on Jan. 3, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Sooooooo....Dems (at least Mondale) are wanting to CHANGE THE RULES, now that they have lost a little voting power?!


    Typical.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:27 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • Lori...

    I think we all know you don't like democrats...how do you feel about filibusters, regardless of what side is using them?
    UpSheRises

    Comment by UpSheRises (original poster) at 4:29 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • When it is being abused like it has been with this last congress, then something need to change. It was used more then double any other congress in our history. Maybe they should set limits on how many times you can filibuster, then the minority would have to choose their battles more carefully, and not just stop anything from ever getting done.

    mommom2000

    Answer by mommom2000 at 4:32 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • They are necessary to keep the majority party from completely shutting out the minority party like the Dems have tried to do the last two years.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:41 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • It is helpful. The new progressives just don't want it because it is the only thing the minority in the Senate has to ensure their voices are heard. It is a historic strategy which the progressives want to end. It is the final thing they have to shut out the minority.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 5:44 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • Lori...

    I think we all know you don't like democrats...how do you feel about filibusters, regardless of what side is using them?

    ***
    They have their usefulness. But too often are abused, as we have witnessed during the past two years!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:50 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • They have their usefulness. But too often are abused, as we have witnessed during the past two years!

    And thank God they were there to abuse over the last two years!!!
    goodwitch399

    Answer by goodwitch399 at 11:03 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

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