This is the most important piece of legislation the Senate will debate all year.
If they don’t pass filibuster reform, we will simply have girdlock.
And the American people want governing.
‘To understand what is happening, you first need to understand the issue at hand’.
‘Right now, to pass a cloture measure, that is to close a bill to debate and then vote on it, you need 60 votes’.
‘In the past Senators wishing to block bills had to by debating endlessly. To address this, a rule was put into place in 1975 which allowed a 3/5 majority of senators sworn in to end debate’.
‘It rarely caused issues, until recently when the GOP began invoking the rule of cloture on every single piece of legislation, but then did not stand up to debate’.
‘In other words, they abused the rule intended to stop endless debate without actually debating’.
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