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  •  I'm curious about "suspension of the rules" (2+ / 0-)
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    rainmanjr, codairem

    is this how you get around filibusters?

    If so, and they can suspend the rules to address fairness in the sentencing of crack dealers, why can't they suspend the rules for more pressing issues, like passing campaign finance laws, or confirming appointments?

    "We know how the Obama administration deals with those who would destroy it: it goes straight for the capillaries." -- Paul Krugman

    by Deighved H Stern MD on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 04:30:46 PM PDT

    •  I wondered, too. (0+ / 0-)

      That had struck me upon reading the trick, also.  Aren't they on a recess?  Can they do it only while on recess, or something?  That's my guess.

      "There's really nothing I want out of the past except history." - Autoegocrat

      by rainmanjr on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 09:14:56 PM PDT

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    •  From Wiki: (0+ / 0-)

      Once a member makes a motion to "suspend the rules" and take some action, debate is limited to 40 minutes, no amendments can be offered to the motion or the underlying matter, and a 2/3 majority of Members present and voting is required to agree to the motion.

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      It's worth having a quick browse through the description of the motion. The above quote (and the motion we're talking about) is from the House, not the Senate, making the Filibuster question moot. And it requires 2/3 majority, so it's only used to push uncontroversial bills through more quickly.

      •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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        2020adam

        This eliminates this event from my arsenal of weapons for demanding the Democrats stop using the Republicans as their excuse for failure.  But I won't stop taking every chance I get to try to prod the Dem leadership into changing the rules in order to make cloture easier.

        "We know how the Obama administration deals with those who would destroy it: it goes straight for the capillaries." -- Paul Krugman

        by Deighved H Stern MD on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 09:22:36 AM PDT

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