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    Remembering back to the Alito confirmation when Bill Frist was running the show, the full nuclear option would've played out something like this:

    1. A Senator raises a point of order on a filibuster vote and questions the constitutionality of the filibuster.
    2. The parliamentarian says the filibuster is constitutional.
    3. The presiding Senator holds a vote on the constitutionality of the filibuster in which a majority finds it unconstitutional.

    Is that still the case?

    Or, does it take a simple majority of Senators to change a rule mid-term, rather than 2/3?

    Or is it something else, procedurally?

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Wed May 22, 2013 at 04:36:05 PM PDT

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