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Why does the US Senate need 60 votes to pass something?

gamman 2009/12/17 00:15:04
Um, Mr. Gamman, it is as simple as this ....
What have you been smoking dude?
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I keep hearing that the Senate doesn't have the 60 votes for the public option or for this item or that item. Doesn't 51 suffice to pass it? Is there something I am missing?
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  • kevracer 2009/12/17 00:18:12
    Um, Mr. Gamman, it is as simple as this ....
    kevracer
    +3
    per the US senate website:

    cloture - The only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter, and thereby overcome a filibuster. Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes

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  • dylan.sides.7 2012/09/22 02:08:20
    Um, Mr. Gamman, it is as simple as this ....
    dylan.sides.7
    It doesn't make any sense and is unconstitutional. I get breaking a filibuster, but when you're voting, there is no filibuster. When a vote is called, senators are voting. 51 should pass everything.
  • montyw47 2012/04/26 02:56:19
    Um, Mr. Gamman, it is as simple as this ....
    montyw47
    Why the HELL does it take 60 votes for any meaningful bill to pass the senate? I know cloture is to stop a filibuster, but I don't think the Republicans have the time to talk in the senate while there PAC money to gather. We couldn't cut the sugar subsidy, oil co tax breaks etc. Very frustrated about the whole Congress situation!!!
  • jitko 2009/12/18 03:33:00
    Um, Mr. Gamman, it is as simple as this ....
    jitko
    Some things require more than a simple majority.
  • Pablo 2009/12/17 03:04:49
    Yankees suck!
    Pablo
    .....Yankees Rule !
    The Senate must have a 60 vote majority while the House only needs one more vote in the positive to pass a bill. If the House is tied, the VP, currently Joe Biden, gets to vote on the tie-breaker. It's part of the checks and balance of the leglislature.
    Pablo
  • gamman Pablo 2009/12/17 16:26:23
    gamman
    51 would be a majority because there are 100 senators
  • Pablo gamman 2009/12/18 01:55:22
    Pablo
    Not in the Senate. Only in the House is a single vote the majority.
    Pablo
  • i00wattz 2009/12/17 02:58:27
    Um, Mr. Gamman, it is as simple as this ....
    i00wattz
    Read your old history books.
  • gamman i00wattz 2009/12/17 16:27:23
    gamman
    there aren't 100 senators in my old history books ;)
    a majority is 51. the right answer would have the word cloture in it.
  • Merl 2009/12/17 02:32:15
    Um, Mr. Gamman, it is as simple as this ....
    Merl
    +1
    It is part of parlimentary proceedure that moves a bill to cloture, The simple majority is used for legislation once it is out of conference.
  • gamman Merl 2009/12/17 16:27:55
    gamman
    +1
    thank you for your articulate answer
  • Traveling girl - stopping b... 2009/12/17 00:30:21
    Um, Mr. Gamman, it is as simple as this ....
    Traveling girl - stopping by between stops.
    It's called following the Constitution not a take over from a dictatorship. We live in a Republic....ever heard of that?
  • gamman Traveli... 2009/12/17 00:32:09
    gamman
    i liked kevracer's answer much better.
  • kevracer 2009/12/17 00:18:12
    Um, Mr. Gamman, it is as simple as this ....
    kevracer
    +3
    per the US senate website:

    cloture - The only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter, and thereby overcome a filibuster. Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes
  • gamman kevracer 2009/12/17 00:20:59
    gamman
    +1
    thanks. i like smart people.

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