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View Diary: Filibuster Fail: McCain won't support GOP filibuster of Hagel (18 comments)

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  •  There could be a difference (3+ / 0-)
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    rolet, side pocket, LordMike

    ... between "won't support a filibuster" and "will vote for cloture."

    As I understand it, a filibuster does not require >40 votes; rather, cloture does require 60 or more affirmative votes. If this is so, McCain and the other GOP Senators cited in this diary could technically "not support a filibuster" while still doing nothing to keep a filibuster from proceding and succeeding.

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