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    You and I know that Senate procedure makes getting this bill through there a tougher row to hoe.  Odds are, there will have to be a successful cloture motion to proceed to debate on this bill (as well as one to close debate) which will require a 60-40 vote.  There's also the weekend operating in our favor.  It seems both of these give us some maneuvering room.  Why not:

    1.  Start combing the past debates for amendment ideas for filing once this thing moves to the Senate.
    1.  Give the "national security" worriers (Landrieu) some breathing room by giving them an alternative excuse to vote against cloture --- i.e., lack of opportunity to have this thing hashed out in a committee, lack of sufficient debate time, or limits on the amendments that could be offered.
    1.  Focus a phone-call campaign on the wobblies who could give us 40 on a cloture vote?  If you remember the immigration reform debate from last year, one of the things that spooked the Senate was when the switchboard went down from the high volume of phone calls.  

    I'm sure you'll have other ideas.

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