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  •  Presiding Officer Interprets and Applies Rules (0+ / 0-)

    Even under the current system, the presiding officer interprets and applies the rules.
    The Republic has survived under the existing rules because a balance of power has maintained a modicum of fairness.
    The GOP has gone over the line, and it will be up to the presiding officer to apply the rules in a way that is not obstructive to the nation's business.
    The Republicans will cry foul, but there is a way for them to make their protests and for the body to rule on them.
    We don't need so much a change in the rules as the resolve to push forward with the rules we have.

    •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)

      But you're still talking about an interpretation of the rules that is at odds with their current form.

      I'm well aware of the fact that the chair can interpret the rules differently from the way they're currently interpreted.

      But that wasn't the issue I was addressing. It's a great issue and all, but it just wasn't the one I was addressing.

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