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View Diary: MN-Sen Events v.31.3 FRANKEN LEADS (352 comments)

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  •  Yes -- need AT LEAST 3/5 of sitting senators... (0+ / 0-)

    ...for cloture.

    when there are 100 senators, "at least 3/5" means "at least 60 senators"

    when there are 99 senators seated, "at least 3/5" means "at least 59.4 senators" -- i.e., 59 isn't enough, you still need 60.

    when there are only 98 senators seated, "at least 3/5" means "at least 58.8 senators" -- so 59, being greater than or equal to 58.8, is sufficient to invoke cloture and defeat filibuster.

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