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Offline Rapunzel

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« on: January 06, 2014, 09:24:20 PM »

Offline Atomic Cow

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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 12:32:35 AM »
Thanks to Reid going nuclear, there is little chance they will get much out of the Republicans in the Senate for the rest of the year.  Reid poisoned that well big time.
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 12:47:09 AM »
Thanks to Reid going nuclear, there is little chance they will get much out of the Republicans in the Senate for the rest of the year.  Reid poisoned that well big time.

I have a question for those in the know.

Is it possible - should the Democrats lose control of the Senate this year - for them to remove the nuclear option before the new Senators are sworn in and bar it from ever being used again?
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 12:48:29 AM »
I have a question for those in the know.

Is it possible - should the Democrats lose control of the Senate this year - for them to remove the nuclear option before the new Senators are sworn in and bar it from ever being used again?

I don't think it is possible for one Congress to bind the next one forever, short of amending the Constitution.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2014, 12:50:16 AM »
I have a question for those in the know.

Is it possible - should the Democrats lose control of the Senate this year - for them to remove the nuclear option before the new Senators are sworn in and bar it from ever being used again?

They can remove it, but they cannot prevent a future Senate from putting it right back in.

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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2014, 01:05:57 AM »
Thank you both.

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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2014, 08:26:46 AM »
I have a question for those in the know.

Is it possible - should the Democrats lose control of the Senate this year - for them to remove the nuclear option before the new Senators are sworn in and bar it from ever being used again?

Whether or not they can, it would look awfully bad politically for them to try to undo what they had just done for the "good of the country."
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