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  •  It's the Budget Act (2+ / 0-)

    Kagro X explains the 3/5s majority required to waive the Budget Act:

    So the traditional media has told you that the stimulus package will take 60 votes to pass the Senate. If you're lucky (although that's a relative term when it comes to wonkery), they might also have told you that 60 votes are needed because it takes a 3/5 vote to "waive the Budget Act" for bills that, like this one, add to the deficit.

    And he encourages us all to visit Congress Matters to understand some of the counter intuitive ways our legislative bodies operate.  

    So we're not talking about "the nucular option" here.  This is an actual law that would have to be reversed (likely over the GOP's stinking carcass and a filibuster involving all 41 R's and about 15 D's + Leiberdouche)....not a malleable Senate rule that changes periodically when the minority gets abusive.

    This 3/5 majority will apply to all spending plans, including Universal Health Care.  So...what kind of Universal Health Care do you think the corporatists...uh "centrists" will grant to us peasants?

    Just FYI.... IMHO, it's up to US to get it done.  

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