Hurrah for Tom Harkin and Jeanne Shaheen

They’ve filed a bill to make the filibuster a means of delaying legislation rather than a means of abrogating majority rule. It can’t pass now – a rules change could be filibustered – but it could at the beginning of the next Congress.

If you want to send Harkin $22 (in honor of Rule XXII) you can do so here.

You can donate to Shaheen here.

I heard from Tom Udall’s office that they got half-a-dozen checks the first afternoon I suggested it.   This stuff gets remembered.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Hurrah for Tom Harkin and Jeanne Shaheen”

  1. Can't wait to see the 2010 campaign commercials after the Republicans come out against this bill, where the Democrats will simply play the old Schoolhouse Rock video, "I'm just a bill," and interspose the frames with Republican soundbites arguing against simple majority bicameralism and presentment.

  2. Why should the Reeps be against this? Current polling says they would have 48 seats if the 2010 election were held tomorrow, and that the Dems would lose another 6 or so of the 2012 class if that election were held tomorrow. They wouldn't be pleased to have the Dems able to block them, then, would they?

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