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View Diary: FISA Filibuster - It Ain't Close to Over if Dodd Has it in Him (42 comments)

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  •  I think it's right as is... (11+ / 0-)

    if I'm looking in the right place.  The idea is that, even if we're on the left "path," where cloture has been invoked on the Bill as a whole (rather than on the SJC Substitute), even then a vote on the SJC Substitute Amendment will be pending and will occur before a vote on final passage of the bill.

    If that vote is defeated (by a simple majority, absent a UC altering the rules, as Kagro notes above), then Senate would proceed to vote on final passage of the (unamended) Intelligence Committee version (with telco-immunity intact) -- hence the "all-but-certain" defeat rectangle.

    Conversely, if the SJC Substitute Amendment passes, then the Bill itself is amended to strike the original Intelligence Committee language and replace it with the SJC language (which strips out the telco-immunity), and THAT'S what then gets voted on in the vote on final passage.

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