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1 William Barnett-Lewis  Wed, Jul 10, 2013 8:16:45am

We need an amendment that says that unless otherwise required in the constitution, all votes in Congress will be by simple majority.

2 EiMitch  Wed, Jul 10, 2013 8:32:24am

re: #1 William Barnett-Lewis

Why stop there? We should have a constitutional amendment ending vote-by-district in public elections and replacing it by direct majority vote for candidates. No more rigging elections by redistricting. You want to stay in office, prove you deserve it.

Speaking of which, we should also have a high-school level comprehension test for all seeking public office, even incumbents. If you can’t prove you know your ass from a hole in the ground, you’re disqualified. Now that will bring about genuine re-branding.

3 Jack Burton  Wed, Jul 10, 2013 2:35:19pm

re: #1 William Barnett-Lewis

We need an amendment that says that unless otherwise required in the constitution, all votes in Congress will be by simple majority.

I’m OK with banning the filibuster of judicial and executive nominee approval votes.

That said, I’m not too keen on getting rid of the filibuster in general because it’s one of those ‘keep the minority from being railroaded by the majority’ protections. Sometimes (more often than I’m comfortable with) the majority is wrong.

However, if someone is actually going to filibuster, they need to get up there and talk for as long as they can or is necessary, not just say “I call a filibuster!” and go straight to the cloture vote. There also needs to be further consequences to the action. So that it is only done when really necessary and not at the drop of a hat every time some random Senator hears something they don’t like.


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