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  •  Don't Need to Wait (0+ / 0-)

    While I'm sure that many would complain, the truth is that they don't need for the start of a session to introduce this. The Constitution says:

    Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings...

    (You know, Article I, Section 5, Clause 2.)

    This does not say when it can or cannot do this. Since this argument is based on the language in the Constitution, anything else about it is supposition. The text itself says that the house determines its own rules. Period. Full stop. End of story.

    There is nothing to say how it does this. It may determine it by taking in billy clubs and whoever emerges after the melee says how it's to work. But, I think that it is very likely that the Founders figured that this would be done by a vote with majority rules, and I can't think of any good argument why it wouldn't work that way. Can you?

    In any case, my suggestion would be that some Senator just get up tomorrow and say that he doesn't like this business of a filibuster and that he wants the rules changed right now. Or, if you want decorum, maybe we'd wait and as soon as someone tries to filibuster then the Senator should move that debate be ended, and then bring this point of order when they try to do it with a 60-vote majority. In any case, we know that the filibuster was created by magic, so it can be gotten rid of by magic.

    After that, it's back to the studio!

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