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  •  so legislation isn't passed by majority vote? (3+ / 0-)
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    Boppy, elwior, bear83

    view from the UK here.... I am confused, so perhaps the GOP can explain what they see the rules are.  56 (? Democratic at present) votes are not enough?  

    Let's know, for future reference.

    and interesting take on democracy, Mr McConnell.

    •  You need 60 (1+ / 0-)
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      elwior

      votes due to republicans abusing a maneuver called the "filibuster". Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, had a chance to reform the "filibuster" a week ago but he caved, so now the 60 vote threshold is still there and that's bearing fruit.

    •  We don't even get to have real debates (2+ / 0-)
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      Spron, ontario

      like you Brits do. Any member of congress who tries to directly address another member of congress on the floor of the house or senate, let alone said something sarcastic about them as your legislators are wont to do, would be brought up on all sorts of charges, since it's strictly against the rules.

      Our political system was designed by elitists who based it on what was the state of the art in political systems back then, the British one.

      You've evolved. We haven't.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:05:59 PM PST

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