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As Senate Republicans fought amongst themselves over filibuster reform, some of President Barack Obama's nominees for the National Labor Relations Board were able to go through. Ed Schultz discusses the future of the Senate and NLRB with Larry Cohen from the Communications Workers of America.

As Senate Republicans fought amongst themselves over filibuster reform, some of President Barack Obama’s nominees for the National Labor Relations Board were able to go through. Ed Schultz discusses the future of the Senate and NLRB with Larry Cohen from the Communications Workers of America.

Video: Does more need to be done on filibuster reform?

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    >>> welcome back to "the ed show." this is a story for the folks who take a shower after work, when mitch mcconnell was begging the caucus not to give the nlrb , the senator got so frustrated with mcconnell's interpretation of events, that he called bs loud enough for the entire room to hear. mcconnell lost his argument, and president obama finally got some of his nominees, the people he wanted to work for him for a long time. but as senator bernie sanders said on my radio show this week, it is not enough.

    >> i think the issue is how do we deal with the overall dysfunctionalty of our senate, where the enormous problems in our country, the gap in wealth, issue a climate change , the fact that many kids can't afford to go to college right now. crumbling infrastructure, all the issues that you and i talked about, we're not getting real resolutions to these issues, because to pass anything in the united states senate right now requires 60 votes and the republicans are using the filibuster issue, and i think we have to rethink that process.

    >> this is not real filibuster taxpayer reform, the agenda that the american people voted for twice, for more, i'm joined by larry cohen , who is the president of the worker's union of america. larry, this is progress, is it not. the nlrb is filled out, legally functioning, right?

    >> next week, hopefully that will happen. we need senate action tuesday, wednesday, and thursday before they adjourn. we expect that, i think it is a step forward as you expect. but as bernie sanders said, we still don't have a senate that can't adjourn without 60 votes. it can't talk about anything at all without 60 votes. that is not democracy.

    >> did harry reid do the right thing by threatening all of this? should he have done more or is there round two of this?

    >> i think round two will come. harry reid 's problem is having 51 votes, or 50 votes plus the vice president. and he has members of that caucus that don't want to change anything. and our democracy initiative, our coalition group, will stay on them. because we need change, regardless of which party is in there this is not what kids learn in fifth grade civics, and we deserve a change.

    >> what do you think about what democrats say, surprisingly, carl levin , of michigan, that is described as a traditionalist in the senate, that doesn't want to dink around with the rules.

    >> i believe senator pryor was prepared to vote for the small procedural motion that would have allowed the president's nominees as article 2 of the constitution provides to get an up or down vote based on the majorities. super majorities for treaties, and for overriding the president's veto, but a majority to confirm a president who spent two years campaigning to confirm his nominees. and i think that is the question in this case, why do four of the five democrats in the national caucus get shaky needs over a simple procedural motion that would have allowed the president to have his nominees confirmed, just like the 43 before him.

    >> do you think this sent a message to the democrats , you better wake up before the mid-term?

    >> i think labor, business, democrats , and many more, people fighting for closures, financial reformers, we're all banded together here in the democracy initiative. we will continue to be. yes join together because of cordray and mccarthy and perez as well as the nlrb nominees. but that coalition will continue on, somewhat inspired, gaining some momentum, but as you said and bernie sanders said it is time the senate be able to debate the issues of the day and not hide from them.

    >> well, there is a number of issues where the democrats have had the majority, the majority of votes in the senate. and i'm talking about jobs. and how frustrating is that for you and how much has it hurt the committee? i mean, the jobs filibuster that has repeatedly hurt the country, despite the fact we have had 30% sector job growth .

    >> a disaster, we have many paying a substantial penalty when they dump health care , we have the disclose act, where does the money from politics come from, and the dream act , for kids who grow up in this country without much hope. all of these, the employee act, they all had majority support in the 111th congress , and none of them ever got discussed. and it goes on and on today.

    >> yet the democrats could get so much done if they were to change the rules but they're afraid of the future.

    >> that is the bottom line.

    >> they're afraid if the power ever shifts it would be the wrath of the conservative movement which would really hurt the country, is that the right move?

    >> it is not the right move, because republicans will do it on day one, any time they're in the majority. they said it this week they will do it. the question is, why democrats don't lead?

    >> whose side are you on to fight for the country? the workers, the corporations, the republicans clearly are going to go for the jugular, if they ever get the chance. harry reid , this is your time if we're ever going to move forward. that is

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