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  •  No, they can only do this at the beginning... (4+ / 0-)

    of a new session.

    At the beginning of a new Congress, the Senate adopts the rules, by simple majority vote, as its first order of business.  Any effort to change them during the ongoing session requires 60 votes.

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    by joe from Lowell on Thu Dec 23, 2010 at 01:14:11 PM PST

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      wilderness voice

      The rules can be changed by simple majority.  But rule changes are subject to a filibuster.  This means you need 60 votes to actually change the rules.

      The first vote of the Seanate is a simple majority vote because there are no rules in place, therefore the filibuster doesn't exist.

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      by Edge PA on Thu Dec 23, 2010 at 01:46:18 PM PST

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