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  •  No, they don't. (2+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State, coffeetalk

    Factually you're wrong. The House re-adopts their rules at the start of each session. The Senate does not. That's why they added section 2 to Rule 5 ... so they would not have to re-adopt rules at the start of each session.

    •  See the Gold and Gupta Article.... (1+ / 0-)
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      NCrissieB

      ...here (We Won also links to it below) regarding the continuing body theory and its relationship to Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution.

      Stop Obama's Wars Now! Bring the Troops Home!

      by GreenSooner on Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 08:04:09 AM PST

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    •  I did get one thing wrong: (2+ / 0-)
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      lightfoot, NCrissieB

      You're right that the Senate doesn't adopt its rules at the start of each Congress. However, there's good reason to think that, under Article I, Section 5, a simple majority of the Senate can, at any time, adopt a new set of rules.  See Gold and Gupta Article that I've already linked to.

      Stop Obama's Wars Now! Bring the Troops Home!

      by GreenSooner on Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 08:06:15 AM PST

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      •  I cited that in a Morning Feature essay ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... a couple of weeks ago. Yes, in theory it's possible to change a rule with a simple majority, but doing so requires a series of motions, each of which requires a specific procedural outcome. It has been tried several times, and it's failed every time it's been tried. It could be done, but it's not guaranteed to work.

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