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Republican Senators Pushing To Stop Filibusters, House Member Says

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Republican Senators Pushing To Stop Filibusters, House Member Says

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Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

By Matt Fuller, CQ-Roll Call (TNS)

WASHINGTON — House conservatives are increasingly pushing the Senate to “go nuclear” and change filibuster rules so a Homeland Security Department funding bill that would block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration can move forward. But according to a Republican House member, it’s not just the House pushing for that change.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said Friday that he had spoken to senators who support changing the filibuster rules.

“I’ve talked to senators who have expressed to Mitch McConnell that we need to protect the United States Constitution and we need to expand Harry Reid’s nuclear option to include must-pass legislation dealing with financing of the federal government,” Brooks said.

Brooks would not say exactly how many senators he’d talked to expressing that opinion, nor would be provide any names.

“McConnell has received the message from members of his own body, but again it’s going to come down to whether you’ve got 51 members of the United States Senate who are willing to put the Constitution first and foremost,” Brooks said.

Brooks doesn’t quite see the current debate over the Homeland Security bill as a problem of Democratic making. He said Republicans have the tools to override Democrats, who have stalled the bill in the Senate by repeatedly voting down a procedural motion to take up the legislation.

“We do not have 51 senators right now who have shown a willingness to place the United States Constitution above antiquated Senate filibuster rules,” he said.

Brooks was among the first Republicans to call on McConnell to stop the filibuster for appropriations bills, and he was joined in that call by conservatives Thursday.

But McConnell employing such a tactic still seems unlikely. Even Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested Thursday that he didn’t support changing the rules.

“I think the Senate rules wisely protect the minority,” Cruz said. “The answer is not to change the Senate rules. The answer is for Senate Democrats not to be obstructionist.”

But either way, Brooks continues to believe pushing for a change in the Senate filibuster rules is the best move. When he was presented with some of the Senate Republicans opposed to that idea, Brooks noted that it only took 51 votes to change the rules.

“And they can be from either party,” he said.

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41 Comments

  1. Eleanore Whitaker February 14, 2015

    Right…When the GOP tyrants fillibuster…it’s dandy. Let the Dems do it and all hell breaks loose? What a bunch of GOP big babies. These are men and women who have no sense of maturity.

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    1. FT66 February 14, 2015

      They are testing their own medicine. It looks it is very, very bitter to swallow.Take it GOP you will be cured.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker February 14, 2015

        If hypocrisy is part of their “culture,” it’s proving to be their greatest weakness. They thought they could resurrect the glorious days of the Confederacy with all of its hidden dark evils and fake ideals of grandeur. All they’ve done is created red states the rest of us make fools of on a regular basis.

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        1. gunslinger February 16, 2015

          Most libby dems are narcissists!

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker February 16, 2015

            As I recall, a DEM president, FDR bailed out the mess your Republican president, Hoover, got the country into called the Great Depression. Don’t bother to blame Hoover’s predecessor, that would be Harding, an other GOP president.

            JFK, a DEM created the Peace Corp and kept you hot to war bulls of the Confederacy out of Viet Nam. LBJ signed off the Medicare.

            Harding? His Secy of the Interior went to jail for trying to sell off federal lands to oil interests. Hoover? The Great Depression. Reagan? 2nd Term Recession, Need more? Bush ’41…one and only one term and a Recession…and IranContraGate. Bush ’43…the list is way too long…but you can start with the unemployed from 2004 to 2008 and end with the Sept. 2008 Financial Meltdown…The Gingrinchian government shutdowns, The Boehnerian Sequestration, 2 threats of shutdown and failure to come up with a job bills while they held 8 million people they unemployed hostage for unemployment benefit extensions…Need more?

            Time for you to take those raisins in your jeans and stop pretending you’re Master of the Universe. Not impressed…and certainly not with the greedy asshats of the GOP.

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      2. Dominick Vila February 15, 2015

        This issue is gaining momentum as 2016 approaches…

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        1. gunslinger February 16, 2015

          Just like the mid-terms in 2014? Watch another blood bath happen! How funny when libby dems said republicans MUST suck up to illegals. How did that work out for ya? The 2014 elections problem came when libby dems started believing their own propaganda!

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    2. Bill February 14, 2015

      This is what you can expect from the GOP when your too busy to vote, we can only hope they don’t do too much damage while they are in power.

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  2. paulyz February 14, 2015

    Since Harry Reid & the Democrats opened the door with their using the nuclear option, now it will come back & bite them. Why shouldn’t the Republicans use it, especially when the vast majority of Legal Americans want our borders secured & not another Amnesty.

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    1. Grannysmovin February 14, 2015

      All the Republicans have to do is pass an Immigration Reform bill and that is what the majority of Americans want. Almost 2 years ago the Senate passed a bi-partisan bill and Republicans could start from there.

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      1. paulyz February 14, 2015

        Don’t be naive. Americans by huge majorities want our borders secured & mandatory E-verify completed first. The Immigration Reform Bill you mention is “another” comprehensive bill that grants Amnesty but only “promises” of enforcement later. They have had years to really do this if they expect most of us to believe them.

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        1. James Bagley February 14, 2015

          Americans support Obama’s immigration policy by almost 80%, so stop lying.

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          1. paulyz February 15, 2015

            You have to distinguish the difference; Legal Immigration, or Illegal Entry, not lump it all under “immigration”. Polls show also that 80% want our borders secured & mandatory E-verify. They now understand that “comprehensive” means just Amnesty, like the 1986 “one-time” Amnesty, yeah sure.

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          2. James Bagley February 15, 2015

            No, what really needs to be distinguished is that Americans just want fairness and decency, and good people as neighbors. Immigration is immigration — just like your family. Whining about other immigrants just identifies you as one of the people that other Americans would NOT want as their neighbor. Why don’t you just emigrate back to where your family came from and solve two problems at once?

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          3. paulyz February 17, 2015

            Again you fail to differentciate between Legal & Illegal. You sound like you are here Illegally, please turn yourself in to ICE, you have violated US Laws. Even though our Laws are much more generous than Mexico’s or most other countries

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          4. gunslinger February 16, 2015

            Sure, just like they supposedly support more “gun control” except they sure can’t come close to getting that done!!! So stop lying. Let me frame the questions in the polls and see what the results are.

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          5. James Bagley February 17, 2015

            Grow up, peanut. Americans are mostly immigrants or descendents of immigrants, so it makes sense that they support immigration. Not everyone has your ‘problem’ you see.

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        2. highpckts February 15, 2015

          They?? You of course mean the Republicans don’t you because Reagan and Bush passed comprehensive immigration bills and they were just fine until a Dem and black man wanted to do the same and now all of sudden it’s a very bad thing? You guys are so transparent!!

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          1. paulyz February 15, 2015

            You must be discussing the “bi-partisan” Congressional legislation called the Simpson-Mazolli Act, not an Order from Reagan. Please know what the hell you are talking about before you utter ignorance & bias. This (one-time) Amnesty would have solved this problem of Illegals, but as usual the e forcement LAWS were not enforced. We could just follow that Law instead of more useless ones for politics.

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          2. highpckts February 16, 2015

            Yes a black man! Those that deny being racists are usually the worst!! I don’t care what type of bill you want to call it, the GOP didn’t as much as sneeze when it was passed!!

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          3. paulyz February 17, 2015

            Would you support the 2 black men I named? Don’t avoid the question.

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          4. highpckts February 17, 2015

            Hell NO!! They are among the worst and by your supporting them it tells me just what kind of person you are!!

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          5. paulyz February 17, 2015

            Guess you must be racist then, because they are black, right? So Dr. Ben Carson, “Head” of the Neurology at John Hopkins, and a gifted Neurologist is among the worst? His intelligence & life of helping others is to be highly commended, and Allen West, a U.S. Representative, that was a decorated Lieutenant Colonel, serving all of us are examples of truly great Americans. What great accomplishments have you done, crossed the border Illegally? LMAO

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          6. highpckts February 17, 2015

            They are the among the biggest racists and misogynists around! Just because they degrees doesn’t make them a decent human being kinda like you!

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          7. paulyz February 17, 2015

            You are one hateful, leftist, ideologue, so full of yourself & blinded. Why do you consider them racist, and women hating?? As for myself, I haven’t any gender bias. Seems as though Liberals see these traits in everyone that disagrees with them. Most psychologists would claim you project your failures & biases onto others. Get help.

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          8. highpckts February 18, 2015

            Oh please I can’t stop laughing!! Who is for voter suppression? Who is for shutting down women’s health clinics? Who is for shutting down Homeland Security because they can’t come up with a clean bill? Who is for the XL Pipeline but not with American steel? I could go on and on! I can’t think of one think that the GOP is for except more tax cuts for the upper 1%!! Who is deluded? Not me!!

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    2. James Bagley February 14, 2015

      Americans do not oppose immigration — just a small, hateful, selfish, mouthy minority. Immigrant-haters have always been around, and they have always lost the debate. They will lose the debate again this time. After all, most Americans are immigrants — including you.

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      1. Allan Richardson February 15, 2015

        And Texans in particular: the founding population of Texans were legal immigrants to Mexico, who broke their oath to become good Mexican citizens, instead bearing arms against the country they adopted. If the United States allowed large numbers of Canadians to immigrate into Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and they pushed out the American born citizens, built “Acadian” cities with French as the official language, then decided to form the “Republique d’Acadia” and kick all the US federal and state authorities out of those three states, what would Americans say? And what if they then persecuted English-speaking American citizens left behind in their new French territory?

        I’m not saying we should, after more than 150 years, give Texas, California, and half the area of the Western US back to Mexico, just that we need to understand why Mexicans want to sneak over the border: culturally and psychologically, they see those parts of our country as parts of THEIR country that we stole.

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      2. gunslinger February 16, 2015

        Anyone supporting illegal immigration should be taxed at a rate of no less than 50%. Instead they want wealthy successful people to pay for them and all other welfare! “Communism is great until you run out of other people’s money”.

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        1. James Bagley February 17, 2015

          First, anyone posting online with a screen name of “gunslinger” should be turned over mama’s knee and spanked daily until they learn to grow up a bit. Next, any ignorant, selfish European immigrant (that would be you) who whines about other immigrants should be shipped straight back to wherever you and your selfish, hypocritical immigrant family came from just for being plain stupid.

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      3. paulyz February 17, 2015

        Americans do not oppose “Legal” immigration, but of course we oppose Illegal Trespassing, can you understand the difference? My ancestors came here Legally to Ellis Island, were checked for criminal & health background, had sponsors, and employment they were qualified to do. Now when we require the same from dummies like you, you scream racism or profiling. Go to OZ and see if they can give you a brain.

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        1. James Bagley February 21, 2015

          Enough of your lying. You didn’t come through Ellis Island, and everything that you are claiming is simply what you want people to believe. The fact is that you are an immigrant, and an undesirable one at that. You need to go back to wherever you came from — perhaps they appreciate liars there.

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    3. highpckts February 15, 2015

      By “vast” Americans you mean some of you?? How wonderful that you know the minds of all Americans! Arrogant to say the least!!

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  3. Grannysmovin February 14, 2015

    Press Release on 11/29/12 from John Boehner’s office;PRESS RELEASE

    “Speaker Boehner Statement on Potential Senate Rules Changes

    November 29, 2012|Speaker Boehner’s Press OfficeWASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement regarding Senate Democrats’ attempt to alter Senate rules:

    “Senate Democrats’ attempt to break Senate rules in order to change Senate rules is clearly designed to marginalize Senate Republicans and their constituents while greasing the skids for controversial partisan measures. I question the wisdom of this maneuver, especially at a time when cooperation on Capitol Hill is critical, and fully support Leader McConnell’s efforts to protect minority rights, which are an essential part of our constitutional tradition. Any bill that reaches a Republican-led House based on Senate Democrats’ heavy-handed power play would be dead on arrival.”

    Amazing how that wind blows.
    – See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/speaker-boehner-statement-potential-senate-rules-changes#sthash.3lZXazrB.dpuf

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  4. latebloomingrandma February 14, 2015

    It was real laugh out loud moment reading about Sen Cruz , the king of obstruction, stating it’s up to the Democrats to keep from obstructing gov’t.
    The guy really has no shame.

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    1. drdroad February 20, 2015

      That was my reaction also! Remember how loud they hollered when Dems changed the rules on appointments? Cracks me up!!

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  5. johninPCFL February 14, 2015

    When the GOP celebrated Reagan’s “signing statements” (so that he only enforced laws he liked) they never considered that a Democrat could one day sit in the office. Now, of course, Obama’s use of signing statements as Reagan did is treason, at least to the GOP.
    When Reid changed filibuster rules to limit GOP obstruction it was “necessary”, and now the GOP plans to do the same.
    Neither party ever seems to look past today.

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  6. FireBaron February 14, 2015

    I am looking forward to seeing Cryin’ John and Old Purneface when they suddenly realize they don’t have the votes they need to override the first of many vetoes they will face.

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  7. Jmz Nesky February 15, 2015

    The neocons can’t stand it when the filibuster is on the other side of the floor.. Bunch of whiny pathetic hypocrites.

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  8. highpckts February 15, 2015

    This from the party that used the filibuster at least 400 times? Can we say irony?

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  9. charleo1 February 16, 2015

    It was my opinion then, Senate Leader Reid should have eliminated the filibuster in ’09. And, I would applaud today’s Senate Leader McConnell, doing the same. My opinion is, if we’re a democracy, or excuse me, a Democratic Republic, where the power flows from the governed, then the power granted by the majority of those so governed, should be upheld. Indeed, whether the minority agrees, or not. It will likely not. But I say, so what? I say, let’s return the phrase, “The People have spoken,” to it’s rightful place in government. And not abide a situation where it can be said, Yes, the People have spoken, The Constitution has spoken, But the Senate rules say, the minority who lost the election, will be given a Presidential like veto, in the interest of what? Refusing to allow the majority to govern? Then why hold elections at all? If everyone, both winners, and losers in effect, receive a trophy? For one thing, it ups the cost of legislation. Say there’s a majority of Democrats, or their’s a majority of Republicans who support your bill, Mr. Banker. But, we’ll need to convince another 6, or 8. Or, should I say, your people will need to, ‘convince,’ a few more Senators to allow a vote. It’s that darn Filibuster! What are we to do about all this money in politics today? So, that’s good thing in this case? Well, actually not, because it has the effect of allowing for deniability, and promotes unaccountability. Recently it’s allowed the Republicans to play almost exclusively to their hard core base. While never actually having to take a vote on a bill they would be responsible for passing. Because they know it will never pass in the Senate, over the filibuster. The House can symbolically vote 56 times to repeal Obamacare. But they know they’re waving an empty gun. That no one will actually pull the trigger on it in the Senate. Even if Romney was President, the bill would never reach his desk. So, it becomes those darn Democrats obstructing again! Or those sick Republicans stop everything the Democrats try to do for the American People! Or worse, it plays into the cynicism we hear more and more, that I strongly disagree with. That both Parties are the same, so why bother? Why bother to vote, pay attention, pay taxes, or delude ourselves into thinking that the government can do anything to help address the challenges facing the Country. That we’re on our own here. And which Party do we suppose that benefits? The Minority Party.

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