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  •  The talking filibuster doesn't require presence (1+ / 0-)
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    as described.  That's why it's insufficient.  It takes 60 votes to break a filibuster, not 40 to sustain it.

    Further changes are required, and currently I'm quite worried that the relevant senators will be content with minimal changes that won't accomplish anything at all.

    If 40 votes were needed to sustain a filibuster, then you can force obstructionists to remain in chambers, if votes to proceed can occur at any time.

    •  Did you READ the diary? (4+ / 0-)
      Senator Merkley's reforms actually requires 40 Senators to be in the chamber and standing in opposition to the measure when any member demands the return of regular order. If any one of the obstructing Senators so much as goes to the bathroom, the filibuster is broken.
      That means that all 40 have to be there, all the time of the filibuster.

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      by splashy on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 11:37:28 AM PST

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