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  •  The organizing resolution is not first. (0+ / 0-)

    The organizing resolutions make committee assignments, and although they're typically passed early in the session, they don't contain the rules. The House adopts its rules package as one of the first orders of business, but the Senate doesn't work that way.

    There is, however, a procedure under which the Senate can opt to reconsider or change its rules and end filibusters of any proposed changes with a simple majority vote, but the organizing resolutions have nothing to do with this.

    Additionally, the organizing resolutions enjoy no special protection from the filibuster. The Republicans briefly threatened to filibuster them in January 2009, in fact, but quickly found out that that actually put them at a distinct disadvantage, and folded instead.

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