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  •  Angie (0+ / 0-)

    That's merely one fragment of a sentence in the Constitution which is being abused.

    And you glossed over the first part, which is what I would highlight:

    Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members, and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day,
    Meanwhile, a majority is showing the will to pass certain legislation and is being blocked repeatedly in this congress (as well as the last two, under Obama).

    So while there is a section which can be interpreted/abused to mean that each house can pass whatever rules they want to obstruct whatever they want -- there's also a plain stipulation that a majority is sufficient, and in issues otherwise outlined (treaties, amendments) there's a specific threshold higher than 50% delineated.

    As a side note, I think most of us (I'm speaking for myself, but I've also seen others support my view) don't mind the filibuster if it's a standard old-school talking filibuster -- where one passionate individual can exhaust his physical limits and hold up legislation based on what the individual considers to be important. The problem is that filibusters are possible these days BEFORE legislation is even debated, ANONYMOUSLY filibustered to prevent a bill from even being brought to the floor for a debate.

    WonkBlog has a really good run-down of this issue, including presenting the argument by Emmet Bondurant, who has been the face of the charge against the filibuster, his testimony can be found here at CSPAN.

    But there's a good graphic at the WonkBlog article  which I like to use to demonstrate to others just how unprecedented in modern times this GOP minority has been to obstruct the will of the people.

    Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

    by aguadito on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:46:14 PM PDT

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