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Labor & Worker Rights Thu Mar 04 2010

Jobs With Justice Tells Wall St. "You Broke It, You Bought It!"

A crowd of 100 gathered in Federal Plaza on March 3, to demand that Congress tax Wall St in order to provide for a jobs bill. The rally was planned while Senator Bunning was filibustering a bill that would have extended unemployment benefits. Now that Bunning has withdrawn his filibuster, organizers used the opportunity to point out how much more needed to be done.

Organizer Susan Hurly explained, "What they did last night to extend unemployment for 30 days is rather pathetic in the light of the crises that we are facing. We are here to say that we need more, we need a federal jobs program" with better and long unemployment benefits. She continued, "Wall Street broke it, they gotta buy it."

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The Senate Soup Kitchen intended to highlight the need for a jobs bill.

 
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Get a %$&* editor / March 5, 2010 2:03 PM

Please, before using the term fillibuster, look up the definition of what it actually is.

Then, once you have the definition, reread what you wrote. You may want to change your post.

One man does not make up a fullibuster.

Matt Muchowski / March 5, 2010 10:43 PM

According to that arbitrator of all 21st century debates, wikipedia:

a filibuster is "it is a form of obstruction in a legislature or other decision-making body whereby one attempts to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a proposal by extending debate."

and

"In the United States Senate, the Senate rules permit a senator, or a series of senators, to speak for as long as they wish and on any topic they choose, unless 3/5 of the Senate (60 out of 100 Senators "duly chosen and sworn")[25] brings debate to a close by invoking cloture under Senate Rule XXII."

Senator Bunning's actions have been widely reported as a filibuster, see

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Bunning%2C+Filibuster

So it would appear that one man can filibuster.

I wouldn't mind an editor to look out for the occasional typo though.

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