July 16, 2013

Harry Reid. Credit: Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM

When things don’t go his way, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) tries to change Senate rules. Now he wants to give the minority party even less of a voice in the Senate by changing the rules governing filibusters.

Currently, it takes 60 votes to end a filibuster in the Senate, but Reid wants to change this to a simple majority.

The Heritage Foundation’s Amy Payne points out how important filibusters are for the democratic process:

The filibuster is a valued tool of minority Senators to keep the majority from simply enacting everything it wants. It’s one of the major differences between the House and Senate, making the Senate the more deliberative chamber.

Reid and President Obama have both flip-flopped on this issue. In 2005, President Obama made the case for the filibuster:

Everyone in this chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster – if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate – then the fighting and the bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse.

But now, eight years later, Obama and Reid’s Democratic Party holds a majority in the Senate. And they want to curtail the filibuster in order to push through their liberal agenda more quickly.

Do you think it’s fair to curtail the filibuster and limit the rights of the Senate minority?

Comments (85)

Rodney Dueck - July 16, 2013

Regarding your quote: “The filibuster is a valued tool of minority Senators to keep the majority from simply enacting everything it wants. It’s one of the major differences between the House and Senate, making the Senate the more deliberative chamber.”

I agree to this extent… at one time the filibuster “was” a valued tool for minority senators to stop a runaway train. The problem with current “minority” senators is that they are stopping virtually all trains. The essential idea is… “my way or its gridlock”. How is that a formula for governance?

It is this sort of abuse that has caused me to become a “former” republican voter.

And by the way… have you ever been to the senate chambers? I see no evidence of “deliberation”. Mostly it’s politicians of all stripes speaking to CSPAN cameras. The current senate is a pathetic embarrassment to the Founding Fathers.

The very nature of democracy involves dialogue and compromise. I’ll not vote for a republican until I see some authentic evidence of this.

Robert Malloy - July 16, 2013

The irresponsible majority in the US Senate did not pass a budget for 5 years until shamed into it recently. Even then they were not serious. Does Mr Dueck want to leave the serious affairs to a majority who is bankrupting this country? Read the Federalist Papers and you will find the Senate was designed by our Founding Fathers to be more deliberate.

Fred Nofer - July 16, 2013

But what if conservatives are in a majority in the next congress and want to nullify the vast majority of legislation passed by the liberals? Doing this would work against them. But I won’t vote for anyone unless I am convinced he or he is a true conservative.

Lawrence Beckman - July 16, 2013

Of course its not fair. Harry Reid is a bully that need to be put in his place. The Republicans in the Senate are a sorry bunch of wimps that need to get a backbone, and stand up to him. Mc Cain is a jerk that should retire. This is a truly pathetic situation.

Marie Padget - July 16, 2013

When the democrats were in the minority, the filibuster was just fine. Now that they are in the majority( not by much!) it isn’t. When will America wake up. All of our elected senators should have a voice. Some of the President’s appointees are very bad news for America. I agree, the current senate is an embarrassment to our founding fathers for certain.

Donna Lewis - July 16, 2013

The Senate rules for filibuster should not be changed.

Eric Newton - July 16, 2013

We need to maintain the filibuster just in case we ever return to unselfish, patriotic, statesmanship. Except for a select few the Senate is a bunch of glory hounds with seemingly no conscience. True statesmanship is a virtue that can be possessed by either side.

Kathleen Baker - July 16, 2013

That blade cuts both ways and if Harry Reid intends to cut with it he should be aware it can cut back. Harry is a twisted, angry old man and should be pensioned off asap for the good of the country, along with his twin John McCain.

Joyce - July 16, 2013

The democrats only want to push through bills they cannot pass by changing the rules to prevent a filibuster. If they get gun control, that will probably be the only way they can get it. If the Republicans get the Senate in 2014 the democrats will be sorry they changed the rules.

Bob Cook - July 16, 2013

I’m sure Harry will win out—there are enough RINOs in the Senate to support his warped minded “leadership”.

Joe Chernicopff - July 16, 2013

I don’t know if Harry, who is one of my Senators, is just showing signs of dementia or is just, as Jonah Goldberg would probably put it, a raging liberal fascist.

It just seems that since Obama’s elections, there are more madmen on the streets of our country than when the asylums had to release many of their inmates.

Ralph Litten - July 16, 2013

The Senate rules regarding the filibuster should not under any circumstance be changed by EITHER PARTY!

Peggy Stoler - July 16, 2013

No, I definitely do not support changing the rules. But this is typical Democrat behavior – can’t get what you want so whine and act like a spoiled brat until you force it illegally. Personally, I liked it better when the Senate needed 99 votes to pass something – then nothing got done and that’s the way it should be, then we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in. And I am furious at Cordray’s appointment without changing who controls the money. We have just turned over a ton of power to one man. So HHS controls our bodies and Cordray controls our money – I thought we abolished slavery!!!

Sandra Esterline - July 16, 2013

Considering the Republicans did that to the minority Senate of Democrats..2005, I think….it would seem ..turnabout is fair play. Unless you can come up with a better reason not to do this to get ‘your way’. And, why would Dirty Harry ever pass up a chance to do unto others as they have done to him? Is it right? Probably not but politics is politics and we are in a very sticky situation..we conservatives. As conservatives or the minority party, we have chosen a seemingly very weak House Speaker and a ‘too compromising’ Senate Minority Leader. Both these gentlemen are TOO GENTLEMENLY to handle the Democrat party as it is today. We need some uncompromising, down and dirty political advocates to match those in the Senate plus a little outside assistance as they have with political gaming.

Jim O’Neill - July 16, 2013

I am frustrated! However, we must maintain the filibuster

Jeff Yetter - July 16, 2013

Unfortunately, that “Deliberative Body” has become populated with ( if possible) even more venal, self serving, small minded wretches than before, of whom harry Reid is one of the worst examples. There would be far less gridlock and more deliberation but for the obsessively manipulative partisan methodology employed by the modern democrats in their mindless quest to achieve power and debase the Democratic process.

Laurey Boyd - July 16, 2013

Of course it’s wrong to curtail the filibuster. I’m sure Reid and company are big fans of Wendy Davis in Texas that just rode one to Democrat governor primary status. Of course that was also aided by such disturbance in the gallery that the true democratic process was obliviated. But then, we’re not supposed to notice that OR when the same people complain about the cost of a second special session THEY caused to have to take place.

Charles Tuxhorn - July 16, 2013

Harry Reid should be sent home for good.
He is an old man that thinks he is the boss and he has not got the good of the country in mind

Thomas - July 16, 2013

This is more evidence that the government in place doesn’t represent the people, but itself. It is more liberal fascism.
Compromising with Liberals is not worth the effort.

Ridgeway Lawrence - July 16, 2013

NO
Stick to what is Right
Tired of Liberals right to change without Republicans Speaking up against!!

Wm Scarlett - July 16, 2013

When one party is off in LA LA land, the other needs a brake to bring sense back to the discussion. Three cheers for the filibuster.

Nancy Nelson - July 16, 2013

I think Harry Reid and his attempt to silence the minority is a travesty. My Democrat Senator Udall also has written letters to his constituents wanting this and it outrages me.

The party that is supposed to be for the underdog and the minority shows its’ true colors by this power grab to marginalize the minority in the Senate.

A sign of a good leader is wanting honest debate so the best ideas come out. JFK used this in the Cuban Missile Crisis and many other notable true leaders. The slanderous underhanded way that we have come to expect and now this power grab shows exactly what a POOR leader Harry Reid actually is. Tyrant sounds more appropriate. It is his way or the highway all the time.

Mark C. Bailey - July 16, 2013

Regarding Rodney’s post: I am a Conservative. I have no option but to vote for Republicans at this time. I guess that because there is gridlock you want to blame that on Republicans but it takes two to tango. Getting anything done in the Senate is to completely compromise with the Liberal Dems. There is no compromise on the Dems part. I think its better to stop what the Liberals want to achieve than go along with these Unconstitutional if not Un-American bills they are shoving down our throats ala Obamacare.
America is not a Democracy. It is a Democratic Republic. When the Republicans try to stop more bad bills, the Dems run to the completely sold out liberal
media and cry that they cannot get anything done because of the Republicans will not agree with any of the mess they are trying to pass.
Sometimes gridlock is not always bad.

Alan Bartley - July 16, 2013

Typical Liberal, wants to cram his Marxist agenda through and thinks no one has a right to question it.( Origional King James bible -prophecy , Isaiah 32, verses 5-8.)

Cheryl Erickson - July 16, 2013

I guess “cutting out the tongue” is the most effective way to silence those that don’t agree with you.

Robert Brown - July 16, 2013

To Rodney,
If any congress persons living up to their oath I would be amazed.
The blocks I see are trying to keep the Dem from going overboard in what they want. They (Dem) have already had their way in the past and when they want more they want to change the rules, why didn’t they change the rules when they had a majority.

Nathan M. Duhl - July 16, 2013

I strongly support the filibuster rule as it currently stands!Harry Reid is a terrible leader and is a Obama puppet.Stop the garbage Harry and you will get cooperation.You approve a bill Like Obamacare without reading it and not knowing all of it`s nuances…you ought to be ashamed of yourself.But then you don`t care because of your exemption.You also approve of the Gang of Eight Immigration Bill when it doesn`t require that some clear level of English be spoken! You are a disgrace!

Alan Bartley - July 16, 2013

It would be even more educational to read the whole chapter of Isaiah 32. Their is much more that applies to our times.

Bill Stein - July 16, 2013

I am Senator Reid could care less about me or my opinion.

Maureen Wiggam - July 16, 2013

Mr Reid, should respect the “rest” of the American people and stop throng to implement the Obama agenda which is totally against what We The People want. Stop playing political games and just do the job you were hired to do. We The People PAY YOUR SALARY!!!!!! and your health care and your retirement.

Jack Elam - July 16, 2013

My understanding of Senator Reid’s proposal is that filibusters are to be limited only for some administrative agency appointments. The President needs to be able to appoint the people to run the government agencies.

When the threat of a filibuster substitutes for a filibuster, then the Senate rules have made it too easy to frustrate the governance prescribed by our Constitution, and those rules should be reasonably altered.

scott keeffe - July 16, 2013

The “nuclear option” MUST not become ‘SOP’ in the Senate; dangerous precedent would then take place!!!

William Milan - July 16, 2013

You’ve heard of seminar callers. Here we have seminar commenter. You don’t compromise with incompetence and corruption: you fight it as hard as you can and that is all the Republicans are trying to do while the Democrats work to turn the country into a banana republic!! Thank God, the Republicans are trying, at least, even though they are hectored by the media and outmaneuvered by the Eemocrats at almost every turn.

William G. Disch - July 16, 2013

Too bad for all us citizens who really expect senators & representatives to support and represent views that are consistent with the constitution. Bill Disch

GRANVILLE - July 16, 2013

Keep the Filibuster at all costs
and let harry reid go home at last!!! PLEASE!

Arthur Emerson - July 16, 2013

Here we go again, if you can’t get your way in the proper manner you change the rules. I am surprised at Mr. Duecks decision to change parties based on this particular issue. Why is it all of a sudden that Pres. Obama, and Harry Reid, can side step the Constitution that has governed this country for more than 230 years, and that is perfectly okay. But, let a few Republicans object to a particular piece of legislation and stall its passage by filibuster, and they are out of line. What about passage of the Affordable Care Act that both parties were pressured into passing by our illustrious president, yet members of both parties admit they didn’t have time to read through the bill. You call that proper leadership……..No it was not, but let someone from the Republican party object and they are radicals. Is this dialogue and compromise for the well being of the citizens they represent? No. Is this how these legislators are supposed to respond to the public?
No. Are there issues in both parties, obviously. Lets vet them all and put people in office who are willing to uphold the Constitution.

Deirdre Manzari - July 16, 2013

I think someone needs to administer the MMSE to Senator Reid. He is acting as though some degree of senility is in progress. The minority party, whichever party that may be should be afforded the opportunity to use the “filibuster” , as part of the democratic process. This Senate is an embarrassment , not only to themselves, but to the people they represent – the American people. I would not trust them to vote for anything, except for whatever promotes their own self interests. My only hope is that their children and grandchildren reap the rewards of this fouled up government, and that they live to see it.

Burke Nelson, PhD - July 16, 2013

The really good news is that fewer laws have been passed this year than in any other recent year! If we are going to limit the government sprawl, this is a very good start! The Senate should continue to protect minority rights with the filibuster. By the way, once Dirty Harry gets the first notch in his ‘forget the minority’ belt, the next will be to take away gun rights. I agree the Senate, under Reid, is a disaster. One more year and that will change!

Myrna Rochelle - July 16, 2013

This would be a travesty!

Roy Shute - July 16, 2013

He must be stopped. The Liberals are destroying this country. The Republicans MUST stand up and fight(which they haven’t been doing) if we are to survive.

Kay - July 16, 2013

The US Congress should NOT change anything, especially the filibuster that would compromise and/or reduce the ability of any elected representative in the House or Senate to be heard and possibly sway other elected officials to understand the “other side.” Once again Harry Reid is pandering to the current radical left wing “progressives” who are bound and determined to destroy our Constitutional rights and extend their virtually “unfettered” control over our lives. Our elected officials have the right and obligation to ensure our wishes are addressed, and changing the filibuster is just another form of government overreach and power grab. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Victress Jenkins - July 16, 2013

No dice Mr. Reid!! Even if all the Republicans reject this idea, his own party should call a halt to this”malicious mischief” as they might be the minority party someday.

Jim Conner - July 16, 2013

In regards to the distinguished comments of Mr. Dueck.
When one follows history of the Filibuster, you will see that the Democrats used it to excess when they were in the minority. What the filibuster does guarantee is that the minority can present why they believe it is extremely important to hold up a decision that has obvious unintended consequences that are most likely worse than no action at all. Thank you.

Joseph McKennan - July 16, 2013

I think it might be necessary to stop all trains. I have a life to live but politicians are now affecting every facet of my life. I say leave me alone and it seems that BOTH parties are saying my way or it’s gridlock. I have no problems with that. What I wish is that the political process become infiltrated with HONEST men and women. There seems to be no limit to the sleaze that comes from Washington DC.

Donald Harris - July 16, 2013

I believe it is imperative that the filibuster option be maintained. Mr. Dueck’s point is well taken but the problem I see is that there has not been a Democrat proposal defeated by the filibuster that was worth considering, period.
I hate to sound so negative about the Democrats proposals but really, I just don’t support many of them..

Wyatt McGhee - July 16, 2013

To Mr. Dueck:
Talk about throwing out the baby with the bath water; so you will not vote for a principled republican because some are not? That makes no sense. So who do you plan to vote for? Democrats?!?

Bruce - July 16, 2013

The senant is a cornerstone of our democracy. Just as the house is. How to “represent” the people. The consitutution tried to define this issue with less cameras and with a better connection to the people being governed. DO NOT CHANGE THE RULES just because you can not control the outcome!

Ladelle Cook - July 16, 2013

Keep the filibuster going. Looks like it may be the only way to fight back when folks refuse to have a dialogue, compromise, obey the rule of law, and circumvent the constitution.

D. - July 16, 2013

This man is a sicko that needs to be put out to pasture. He is doing everything he can to destroy America and undermine the principles we have established that have made our country great. I pray he is voted out for sure this time, instead of being allowed to steal the election, as he has done in times past.

william hartman - July 16, 2013

There is absolutely no reason to change the way our Senate conducts it’s affairs. In my opinion, the only reason harry Reid wants the changes is because he must sincerely believe that in the short term this will benefit the agenda of the Democrats in the Senate and President Obama. I fell certain it is not to provide fairness for both parties. In my opinion, Senator Reid is a snake in the grass and not to be trusted to do anything for the actual benefit of the majority of American People.

Harvey Keiser - July 16, 2013

Of course the filibuster should be allowed. How else can the minority party stand strong for it’s views.

Steven Friedman - July 16, 2013

The hypocrisy of Reid and Obama is so overt that it is laughable. Our current generation of politicians see themselves as rulers of the electorate rather than its servants. The fundamental flaw in our governance in Washington right now is that we’ve become so separated from the intentions of the framers that the success of our young republic has been short circuited.

Our President, Senators, and Representatives are more concerned with special interest money and reelection that governing for the good of the populace. The flaw in Mr. Dueck’s view is that he blames this only on Republicans and fails to assign the same responsibility to Democrats.

Dialogue and compromise seem to be very difficult to achieve since extreme ideologues on both ends of the political spectrum hold the center hostage. And they are intractable in their views, making the compromises one seemed to see in years past almost nonexistent.

The sure fire solution is term limits. But making politicians vote for limits on their power is by itself a seeming impossibility.

Keith Castan - July 16, 2013

I continue to be amazed, and distressed, by how many focus on process instead of what truly is important. I for one am glad for the checks and balances given at the time of our Founding and those developed based on those principles. Compromise is not the problem. The problem is a faltering belief in our Founding Principles and capitulation. I believe as George Washington that political parties are dangerous. Why? Because Party loyalty and ideology becomes more important than the Nation and the Principles of the Nation. We are definitely seeing this playing out today. We are seeing a transformation from a Nation based on Individual Liberty, Individual Responsibility, and Limited Government to a state centered, state controlled collective. I see that as a problem. I support any effort to stop that transformation. If legislation that leads U.S. away from our FREEDOMS is not passed I see that as a victory and not evidence of an incompetent Congress. The question we need to ask ourselves is whether or not we support our Founding Principles or we agree with those who desire to progress backwards to State power? Sadly, the American people learned to vote for money out of the Treasury and have been well trained to believe the Government MUST act. The Government WILL gladly act regardless of the consequences. It is ever true – “be careful what you wish for you may just get it.”

Lois Ann Rodriguez - July 16, 2013

Yes, the filibuster must be kept in tack. Without it Obama,
REID and Pelosi would do what ever they want to have total control of our great country. They think the are totally above the law. If they get their wish our country as we now know it will be in the toilet. This is not the change that Obama told us about when first won the election in 2008. We are on a crash course socialistic dictatorship!!!! We have to quit straing at gnats and swallowing camels!! Take our America back.

Howard Rohan - July 16, 2013

The filibuster is a valued tool. In 1968 I was one of a small group from industry selected to work with Orin Hatch to meet in individual sessions with senators to convince them to agree to join a filibuster effort to defeate the vote on the Labor Reform Act. We were successful and the Labor Reform Bill was defeated.

Barbara Stephens - July 16, 2013

The filibuster should be kept exactly as it now exists. With the filibuster, the minority party has a chance to get their points across also. Without it, the majority party in the Senate dominates completely. This most definitely is not the American way.

Doug Decker - July 16, 2013

I agree the filibuster is a great tool.
I’m glad the minority in this case uses it to stop the runaway democrats and their agenda. It is the democrats that are not discussing anything; they just want it done their way. I’m totally discussed with Ried and his gang.
I’m also not happy with the republicans either.
It’s the Constitution you must follow as your guide people. Do it right or get out.

NanReynolds - July 16, 2013

I do not see how there can be a compromise on issues that are flatly destructive to the constitution and all the Founding Fathers envisioned.

June E. Knipper - July 16, 2013

the filibuster is precisely needed in the present administration to keep the liberals control over the congress from becoming a a mandate, according to Reid;s and others, idea of just where they want this country to go, against the will of the people!!!

Don Sebert - July 16, 2013

To suggest that the “fillibuster” is an important tool for the minority party is to suggest that the individuals in that minority party are incapable of doing there job. I say get rid of the filibuster and encourage the republicans to start using their brains and negociating skills to push for what is right for the country.

Scott Nicholas - July 16, 2013

It is not so much “my way or gridlock” as it a refusal to roll over and acquiesce to a socialist agenda. The democrats (and they are not democrats in the intended meaning) fight to win, period. They will not tolerate debate, the Constitution, law, or anything else that gets in the way of their agenda. Today’s surrender by the weak Republican Senate to roll over on appointments and unconstitutional laws is a perfect example. You have to ask yourself what governance means. If it means capitulating to the democratic socialists on all their demands, then you are no different than they are. One does not “compromise” the Constitution. The Grahams and McCains of the Senate may as well be Democrats as they undermine everything the Constitution stands for and hasten the demise of our country in the name of “compromise”. You are correct, the Senate is an embarrassment and disgrace to the Founders.

Paul W Evans - July 16, 2013

Don’t give up the present right of filibuster, don’t ever give up the right.

Steven Johns - July 16, 2013

Rodney Dueck has some insight as to how the public’s perception of Conservatives as being uncooperative and unwilling to work together with others on solutions needs addressing, and is hurting our chances of political success, but as far as changing the rules in the Senate, what goes around comes around, and when Republicans eventually take the Senate, the shoe would then be on the other foot to the Conservative’s advantage. I don’t think changing the formula of the traditionally deliberative Senate should be taken lightly, but it could also make it harder for Democrats to stop the Republican’s trains at some point down the road, after an eventual watershed political shift, if the simple majority has been adopted in the Senate. Harry Reid should think about the possible likelihood of Obama-care ever being successfully implemented, before he decides if he really wants to force through such a change to the filibuster.

Don Merideth - July 16, 2013

Typical of Harry and the rest of the Dems. When they are the minority, using a filibuster is perfectly fine to prevent anything they don’t like. But they won’t tolerate anything that stops them. The rules should stay in place.

And to Mr. Dueck, are you voting for Democrats now? They invented the gridlock Congress in the 80′s. I would just as soon Congress does nothing rather than have them continue to advance the leftist agenda and eat away at the Liberties, Rights and Character of the American people.

Esther Cotton - July 17, 2013

Rodney, I agree with your comment about the Senate being an embarrassment to the Founding Fathers but the Democrates are also making gridlock as Harry R. just sits on Bills coming from the House of Representatives. They have sent many Job creating Bills that have gone no where. So the street goes both ways.

John Smith - July 17, 2013

It is not a question about if the filibuster curtail is fair or not, but the Democratic Party’s habit of changing the rules all the time to match their favor.

It seems any time that it is in their favor, they say yes. If it doesn’t, they try to get rid of that rule.

If any debate should come up about this on myheritage.org or the radio talk shows, it should be aimed at the constant changing of rules by the Dems. That’s the real problem.

Robert - July 17, 2013

A lot has been done during the last 5 years to move our USA into a method of governing to where just a few elitist people move our country into a dark hole. This latest attempt by Senator Reid, to stop filibusters, is just another device to further his ultra liberal agenda and promote more devastating government control.

Joel Davis - July 17, 2013

The Senate was conceived to be a deliberative body that would put the brakes on knee-jerk legislation.
Removing the brakes will send an already out of control legislature over the cliff taking the entire country with it.

glynnda - July 17, 2013

I think we should let him do it and then take the Senate back next year (with a majority of serious conservatives) and then those whimpy rinos will follow suit and start turning around all this crap that he and the other libs have pushed through including getting rid of agencies that are unnecessary or overbearing…..can we say IRS???? They have an election coming up, they aren’t going to try too much more because they have to their public soon. BTW….Rodney you can count me among the ranks of former republicans as well….

Don Wikkiams - July 17, 2013

NO WAY!

Joyce Newhart - July 17, 2013

This what tyranny looks like — one party rule !

Michael Johnson - July 17, 2013

Somebody needs to grow a steel spine and tell Harry Reid to shove it. The demoncratic and that is what they are demons, are doing all they can to remove any checks and balances put it place to protect us Americans. If the Republican party does not put an end to this rhetoric and does nothing except talk, than they are through and we need another party, maybe the Tea Party.

Keith Childress - July 17, 2013

Harry Reid wants this rule change now since he is in the majority, but when he was in the minority the republicans were proposing the same thing. He screamed bloody murder over “the unjust, high handed, mean spirited, unconstitutional republican proposal to use the nuclear option to change the time honored rules of the senate”. The kicker is that if he does get the rule changed and the republicans gain control of the senate again he will scream bloody murder how unfair the rule is and demand that it be changed back. The sad thing is the republican will be dumb and wimpy enough to do what he demands.

Jayme - July 17, 2013

The filibuster is and has been in place for the greatness of our country and the supporters of said Senate processes, in order to avoid the unfair pressures of the majority in passing legislation that is inconsistent to the liberty God has granted and the Constitution guarantees…the incredible importance and the statement “representative government” echos much!

George Cerio - July 17, 2013

“Elections have consequences…and We won”. That is a statement made to the majority leader of the House by President Obama; and tone was set by the leader of the Democrat Party. Thus the Democrats’ interpretation of compromise equates to capitulation by the opposition party. The Senate leadership won’t even bring alternative opinions to the floor for discussion, let alone a compromising. So if the minority voice won’t be considered, it has no other option than the filibuster

John Laws - July 17, 2013

This is another example of Rieds’ irreverance for traditional values and his subservience to politics- no matter the cost to the Ameerican people he has sworn to serve

Steve from Texas - July 17, 2013

The “establishment” Republicans like McCain, Graham, McConnell and now Rubio and the rest of the RINOs are nothing more than the right wing of the Democratic Party, that’s why the “GOP” always caves and never fights the Democrats.
American Conservatives need a new party or to take over the GOP. I would prefer a new party, maybe call it The American Party with the Eagle as the logo as opposed to a fat elephant much less a jackass like the DNC

Ron Schoenau - July 17, 2013

And if there are any NRA members listening, remember that organization supported Dingy Harry who was running against a true conservative.

Edward Ryba - July 17, 2013

Keep the right to filibuster—keeps the crook from stealing the American life as we have it now.

Fred Wilson - July 18, 2013

Keep the 60% but require a filibuster to be the real thing. Stand like Rand Paul and hold the floor. I would also allow tag team filibusters but you have to show you are serious.

William E. Corey - July 18, 2013

This is just another Democrat diversion to keep the people from thinking about the real issue in this country, unemployment. When the jobs return from overseas the other issues will take care of themselves.
Regarding the comments by Rodney Dueck, I not only have been to the Senate chambers, I have eaten in the Senate dining room and I can tell you that this lack of compromise has been going on for 60 or more years. It’s “do it the Democrat way or not at all”. What you are seeing today is a few new Republicans have had enough and they are fighting back, finally.

Mark Woodfin - July 18, 2013

Of course it isn’t fair! However, in todays government the Democrats have no regard for what is fair or legal, for that matter. The Democrats will subvert any process to meet their goals and we can expect them, supported by the media, to howl at the tops of their lungs should the tables be reversed and the Repulicans followed in their footsteps. Experience shows us that the Republicans have no spine for “Tit for Tat”, therefore the Democrats always control the agenda and the discusssions.

I submit to Mr. Dueck that his reference to being a “former” Republican voter because of the of girdlock caused by Republicans that won’t compromise makes me question if he was ever a Repbulican voter. This comment ignores the reality of what transpires in the Senate. Further he goes on to point out that there is no deliberation in the Senate chambers. Is this also the fault of Republicans? The majority party controls the debate! I submit that both parties are equally to blame for the lack of deliberation in both Houses.

Mr. Dueck faults the Republicans for the lack of compromise. This would indicate that he expects the Republicans to compromise if someone proposed legislation creating a program that would ensure that everyone in Sri Lanka has easy access to “waterparks” at a cost of $50,000,000 annually. The prudent man would consider this outrageous and dismiss it’s folly. However, todays Republicans take this legislation and try to make it less outrageous to accomodate the Demorcats and the media with little regard for the taxpayers of this country. Ultimately, the Democrats get what they appeared to want, but often they want a campaign issue and will never bargain in good faith thus we have so called gridlock.

What we have in Washington are career politicians that serve, for the most part, their interests and those of their supporters. Whatever the issue, it is difficult for anyone to ascertain when they are serious about anything or whatever we see is just party politics at our expense and the future of the country.

The future of our country is hanging in the balance and we need more citizen legislators who have lived in the real world whose sole desire is to serve the country, party allegiances be damned. We need people with enough spine to say no to things that are proposed that aren’t
constitutional or things that the government has no business being involved in. If you are willing to compromise your principles you really have no principles.

Nelson Lazear - July 19, 2013

The filibuster should be retained so that the minority has a voice. If the legislation/nomination can garner bipartisan support it will pass. The heart of the the problem is a lack of adherence to the consititution.

James Shipley - July 20, 2013

The politic and dirty tricks need to stop.
There should be one set of rules and that is it.
I am amazed at folks that have swore to uphold the constitution and law how they don’t care, and do what ever they want to. This need’s to stop

Lula T Moehrbach - July 31, 2013

Nothing Obama or Obama’s cronies propose surprises me anymore. However, I do NOT understand how Harry Reid thinks he can change the rules to suit himself & his party.

God have mercy on the USA! I pray for our country everyday and also pray for Israel daily. God can work wonders…but He could use many more “foot soldiers”!

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