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  •  The Constitution authorizes each ... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... house of Congress to establish its own rules. The Senate established the filibuster rule. By definition it can't be "unconstitutional."

    •  could the Senate (0+ / 0-)

      require 100 votes to pass a bill?

      •  If they wished, yes. (2+ / 0-)
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        There is nothing in the Constitution that requires bills be passed by a simple majority in each house of Congress. There are provisions that require supermajorities for certain votes (veto override, ratification of treaty) but there is no provision requiring a simple majority otherwise.

        •  Sorry for OT here. (1+ / 0-)
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          There you are.  No Morning Feature today?  

          " It's shocking what Republicans will do to avoid being the 2012 presidential nominee."

          by jwinIL14 on Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 07:39:11 AM PST

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          •  Power outage all morning. (1+ / 0-)
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            I'd just started writing this morning when the power went out ... for the fourth time in ten days. So this time I asked them to replace the transformer. The last guy, coming for the second time in a single morning, said "Well I'll change the fuse and hope it works."

            I replied "I don't want 'change and hope.' I want electricity." Then I realized that sounded remarkably like a DKos thread....

            Anyway, it took most of the morning to change the transformer, and it was too late to write Morning Feature once it got back up.

    •  Possible... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...but the NY Times piece had me thinking about that.  Requiring 60 votes to pass legislation rather than 50 completely changes the constitutional definition and description of the duties of the Vice President.  The Constitution is very clear that the Vice President breaks ties in the Senate.  There are no "ties" if Senate rules create a supermajority provision.  Therefore, this PARTICULAR rule might not be constitutional.  The Senate is only allowed to set its own rules AS LONG AS they are constitutional.  

      A health care worker, beaten at work, then denied health care: HelpAmelia.com

      by cartwrightdale on Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 07:51:56 AM PST

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    •  Conversely, neither is it "constitutional" (3+ / 0-)
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      Meaning, required.

      A lot of people seem to think that the filibuster is how God and the Founding Fathers intended our nation's Senate to be run.

      It's just a habit that these assholes can't get out of.

      Republicans and personal responsibility are distant, estranged acquaintances.

      by slippytoad on Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 07:58:01 AM PST

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      •  and only about a hundred years old (1+ / 0-)
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        in the beginning few months they could not get a quorum

        Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices--François-Marie Arouet

        by CA Berkeley WV on Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 08:58:29 AM PST

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