View Full Version : Rep. Grayson: Change Senate rules to require 55 for cloture

11-24-2009, 07:18 PM
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fl.) is now urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to propose a revision to the Senate's cloture rules so that only 55 votes, instead of 60, would be required to end floor debate.His effort -- spearheaded with the help of an online campaign at StopSenateStalling.com -- takes special aim at the healthcare debate, which Grayson said has fallen victim to countless overused and unfair filibuster threats over the past few months.

"Why should launching wars and cutting taxes for the rich require only 50 votes while saving lives requires 60?" asked Grayson, who listed a series of important bills that passed with fewer than 60 votes."Join me in calling for an end to this unfair system," he added. "Tell Majority Leader Reid to modify the rules of the Senate to require only 55 votes to invoke cloture instead of 60. Fill out the form below to sign the petition today!"

So far, Grayson's campaign has netted about 7,000 signatures, though a cursory glance at the names on the list yields a few duplicates.The letter included as part of Grayson's petition reveals the congressman's reasoning: A change to the chamber's historic cloture rules would best serve voters, who elected Democrats in 2008 "with a mandate... for major change," he wrote.

House Democrats for the most part have rallied together to overcome GOP opposition with the help of rules that favor a simple majority, but many of the lower chamber's efforts remain stalled in the Senate because "no-mongering Republicans" have "abused the filibuster rule like never before" and continue to obstruct progress, he added.


Last Samurai
11-27-2009, 04:32 AM
Sounds like a variation of the old adage; If the proposed Legislation doesn't meet your standards..... lower your standards. (Or change the "rules" to meet your criteria.)

.... and WHEN was it the discussion of HealthCare turned from cost reduction ("... to dream the impossible dream...") to "saving lives"? Ah, the old "feel good" one liner/bumper sticker. Appeals to the emotionally responsive (of group/mob mentality) rather than the rational/reason based thought process (which tends to be a bit harder to manage for many.)

On the other hand Grayson IS getting a bit of notorioty as a whacko....

Maybe he was "attention deprived" as a child. Or, perhaps, is suffering from "Veruka's Syndrome" (from Willie Wonka). I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!!


11-27-2009, 10:21 AM
Another in the long line of repulsive and immoral things to come from our wonderful politicians-the people we voted in to enact our will.....