Filibuster Reform

  • Aired:  11/28/12
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Majority Leader Harry Reid has faced 386 filibusters, which includes Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stopping by family dinners to block passage of the mashed potatoes. (3:05)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) >> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

THANKS SO MUCH.

NATION, I HAVE BEEN SAYING FAR MONTH NOW THAT ONCE THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS OVER I

HOPE WE'LL FINALLY SEE BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE IN WASHINGTON.

AND I SINER IS VIE MEAN THAT I SAID IT.

(LAUGHTER) SADLY, THE POWER-MAD DEMOCRATS DECIDED THAT JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE VOTED FOR THEM, THEY'RE IN POWER.

AND THEY'RE ALREADY TRAMPLING OUR FREEDOMS.

>> Reporter: DEMOCRATS ARE PROVING YET AGAIN THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO PUSH THROUGH THEIR

LIBERAL AGENDA.

NOW THEY HAVE GONE A STEP TOO FAR.

SENATE DEMOCRATS WITH HARRY REID LEADING THE CHARGE WANT TO DRASTICALLY CHANGE THE

FILIBUSTER IN ORDER TO LIMIT THE REPUBLICANS' ABILITY TO OPPOSE CERTAIN LEGISLATION.

>> Stephen: YES, HARRY REID IS TRYING TO STOP REPUBLICANS FROM BLOCKING CERTAIN LEGISLATION.

FOR INSTANCE, ANY LEGISLATION.

HE'S CHIPPING AWAY AT THE SACRED SENATORIAL INSTITUTION KNOWN AS THE FILIBUSTER WHICH ALLOWS THE

MINORITY PARTY TO PREVENT A BILL FROM COMING TO A VOTE SIMPLY BY SPEAKING NON-STOP ON THE SENATE FLOOR.

FOR INSTANCE, BY READING THE PHONE BOOK.

THAT'S HOW, IN 1974, THE D.C.

METRO AREA YELLOW PAGES WERE SIGNED INTO LAW.

(LAUGHTER) THE COURTS HAVE SINCE REPEATEDLY UPHELD THAT CLAY'S AUDIO HAS THE

MOST FAR OUT SELECTION OF 8-TRACKS IN TOWN.

BUT IN 1975, THIS RULE WAS CHANGED SO THAT A SENATOR DIDN'T HAVE TO ACTUALLY SPEAK, MERELY

STATE HIS INTENTION OF LAUNCHING A FILIBUSTER.

A TECHNIQUE MADE FAMOUS IN THE CLASSIC MOVIE "MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON AND EXPRESSES HIS

INTENTION TO LATE DORE SOMETHING." (LAUGHTER) NOW, HARRY REID'S DOING THIS BECAUSE HE CLAIMS REPUBLICANS

ARE ABUSING THE FILIBUSTER.

>> I HAVE FACED 386 FILIBUSTERS.

>> Stephen: 386 FILIBUSTERS DURING HARRY REID'S SIX YEARS AS MAJORITY LEADER.

AND GIVEN HOW LITTLE CONGRESS WORKS, SOME OF THAT HAS TO BE MITCH McCONNELL STOPPING BY

HARRY REID'S FAMILY DINNER TO BLOCK PASSAGE OF THE MASHED POTATO.

(LAUGHTER) BUT I SAY SO WHAT?

THAT'S JUST POLITICS.

AND MITCH McCONNELL IS WARNING IT COULD GET WORSE.

>> 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, THE BITTERNESS, AND THE GRIDLOCK

WILL ONLY GET WORSE.

IN THE NAME OF EFFICIENCY THEY WOULD PREVENT THE VERY POSSIBILITY OF COMPROMISE AND

THREATEN TO MAKE THE DISPUTES OF THE PAST FEW YEARS LOOK LIKE MERE PILLOW FIGHTS.

>> Stephen: HE'S RIGHT.

TO ME THEY ALREADY LOOK LIKE PILLOW FIGHTS.

I'M PRETTY SURE JOE LIEBERMAN'S JOWLS ARE MEMORY FOAM.

(LAUGHTER) SO YOU'VE BEEN WARNED, HARRY REID!

TAKE AWAY MITCH McCONNELL'S FILIBUSTER AND HE WILL STRIKE BACK BY OBSTRUCTING EVERYTHING

YOU DO!

OR LET HIM KEEP THE FILIBUSTER SO HE CAN OBSTRUCT EVERYTHING

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