Restoring Federalism

Posted by $ blarman 3 weeks, 4 days ago to Government
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Every State should pass such a bill.

Of course the other thing we should do is repeal the Seventeenth Amendment and put State Legislatures back in charge of selecting Senators. We shouldn't have both the House and the Senate being elected by popular vote. It undermines the original representation by the States themselves.

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  • Posted by VetteGuy 3 weeks, 4 days ago
    I'm for anything that gets senators and reps to start representing their STATES rather than their PARTY. While we are at it, I would like to see the senate rules changed to initiate a 'super-filibuster'. If you can't get 2/3 to 3/4 of the senate to agree that a bill is a good law, well, then it's probably not worth passing. And while we are at it, let each bill cover just one topic. No more hiding unpopular stuff like Minimum wage by hiding it in 'stimulus packages. Just a few things from my wish list ...
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    • Posted by $ 3 weeks, 4 days ago
      I'd love for both the House and Senate to have a rule that any bill introduced to the full floor for consideration must be read in its entirety on the floor in the presence of a quorum. That's the requirement in my State and it makes people keep their legislature short and on topic. No 10,000 page omnibus bills introduced two days before a vote is called.

      And technically, these conferences they have to reconcile bills are unConstitutional. The House is supposed to vote either up or down on a Senate bill and vice-versa. You don't get to make two versions and then have a "gang" select which parts you're going to keep from each. The process should be eliminated as part of a return to good governance.
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