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  •  Well I was clearly wrong (1+ / 0-)
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    Harry had 52 votes.

    The filibuster had been reduced from 67 to 60 a long time ago. Another drop to maybe 55?

    I think we lost a big safety net.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 03:38:57 PM PST

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    •  Rule 22 Changed in 1975 (1+ / 0-)
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      from 2/3rds to 60.

      .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 03:45:39 PM PST

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      •  Almost 40 years ago, at least one generation (1+ / 0-)
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        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 03:48:24 PM PST

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        •  And the whole purpose of rule 22 (1+ / 0-)
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          Congress couldn't even conduct basic business for the nation, so in 1917 rule 22 was adopted. The gridlock ended real quick. Gridlock again mired the Senate so in 1975 it was lowered to 60 votes.

          Well today we have gridlock again, so if we follow the 1917 & 1975 precedent, cloture should be lowered again.

          I fear you may be right about what the GOP may do if they get the Senate back.

          .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

          by Roger Fox on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 05:00:33 PM PST

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          •  I also think doing it in mid session (1+ / 0-)
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            with 52 votes sets a bad precedent. If Reid wanted to change the rules, the appropriate time was on the first day of the new congressional session.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 05:37:37 PM PST

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