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  •  A "supermajority" is not needed in the House. (0+ / 0-)

    There is no filibuster in the House, so only 51% is needed - a simple majority.

    The Senate is another animal entirely, and this is where filibusters are used to thwart the will of the simple majority.  The Democrats had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate for only 4 months in the fall and winter of 2009 - and that's being generous.  Franken wasn't seated until about three weeks before Ted Kennedy died near the end of August that year.  After Kennedy died it took several months for Scott Brown to be elected and seated in January, 2010.

    Also, the supermajority the Dem's had for such a short time was dependent on every Democrat voting together, including people like Joe Lieberman, Blanche Lincoln, Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, and the other Blue Dog Democrats who felt their individual priorities were more important than voting with their party.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 09:42:22 PM PDT

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