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    If you force all Senate work to stop while there's a filibuster, then that might be a grand way for Republicans to tie up the works while other important stuff might be pending.

    Reid has in the past called a couple of all-night filibuster sessions. During that time, only the measure being filibustered was considered, so opponents were talking for that time.

    The problem is that with a 60-vote requirement to pass cloture, there's not much point to actually staying around talking. With 41 people available to talk, they could take shifts with only two people present at any time (one for backup); if anyone called for another cloture vote, we'd still need 60 votes to stop the filibuster. So why bother? There are - and were - better things to do than continue to debate a doomed measure. Better to go on to something else, which is what Reid has done for the past few years.

    Changing it to 41 votes to maintain the filibuster means they have to keep 41 bodies in the Senate chambers for as long as the Speaker decides to hold session. Lose your 41st member for any reason and they close the Senate doors for a vote count, and cloture is invoked.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:36:50 AM PST

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