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Report: Reid Short on Votes for 'Filibuster Reform'

Jagdriver Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 2:48 PM
Stopping this would be simple for the Republicans. Walk out of the the chamber and leave town, denying the Democrats a quorum. It worked for the democrats in Wisconsin, Republicans should take note and learn.
Nana82 Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 2:57 PM
I am not in favor of running away and not doing your job. They have to stay and fight. Those fools in WI that pulled that stunt were spoiled brats and lost the fight anyway!

Panda Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 3:00 PM
I agree, Nana, but we're up against a party that obeys no rules whatsoever.

That changes everything.
Nana82 Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 3:23 PM
I agree with your statement that the Left is lawless but if we run away they will just pass everything they want without objection.
Michael2677 Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 2:53 PM
They couldn't fix that with a new quorum rule either.
Smitty41inPB Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 2:51 PM
quorum - The number of senators that must be present for the Senate to do business. The Constitution requires a majority of senators (51) for a quorum. Often, fewer senators are actually present on the floor, but the Senate presumes that a quorum is present unless the contrary is shown by a roll call vote or quorum call.
Jagdriver Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 3:18 PM
Go back and read the Constitution, it simply says majority but does not state a number. During the debate of the framing of the Constitution 2/3 of the members was considered too onerous but a simple plurality (51) was considered too few and could lead to abuse. Therefore no number was set just the word majority was left and it was left to the Senate to make it part of it's rules. What do the Senate rules say is a number for a quorum?
Panda Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 2:50 PM
I would absolutely love that.

An important update to this report from last week -- it appears that Harry Reid is struggling to cobble together the requisite 51 votes to nuke long-standing minority prerogatives in the Senate:

Democrats don’t have the 51 votes they need in the Senate to change filibuster rules that could make it harder for the GOP minority to wield power in the upper chamber. Lawmakers leading the charge acknowledge they remain short, but express optimism they’ll hit their goal. “I haven’t counted 51 just yet, but we’re working,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading...