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  •  My hope is to undo that fear (3+ / 0-)
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    bay of arizona, SoCalSal, Eric Nelson

    Tom Udall (D-NM) is committed to opening the door. We have until January to show our Senators through it.

    •  Question please, David. (0+ / 0-)

      I followed all the links in your article back far enough to be reminded of the procedure necessary to change senate rules on the filibuster.  I understand the rules can be changed - and there are several ideas for changes - with a simple majority vote, but in order for the change to come to the floor, there must be a motion to change the rules.  Can that motion be filibustered?  If it can, it surely will be, and it's possible we could never get to the rules change itself at all.  Is that correct?

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sat Jul 03, 2010 at 12:30:17 PM PDT

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      •  Good question (0+ / 0-)

        A lot will depend on how the question is propounded. It could be brought as a parliamentary inquiry, which would not be subject to debate. That's one way.

        Also, part of the construct under which it's been held that a simple majority can make a rules change at the beginning of a new Congress, it's assumed that the Senate would be operating under general parliamentary law rather than the standing rules of the Senate, the Senate not yet having either affirmatively adopted its rules, nor acquiesced to the continuance of the old rules.

        Wacky, but true!

        And of course, if you're operating under general parliamentary law, there'd be no filibuster.

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