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S.Res.416 A resolution amending the Standing Rules of the Senate to provide for cloture to be invoked with less than a three-fifths majority after additional debate., 111th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Sep 22, 2010 Committee on Rules and Administration. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 111-706.

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    • In light of the dramatic increase in the use of filibusters in recent years, this bill would change Senate rules so that filibusters can be broken by a simple majority after a period of time. It would amend the Senate rule governing "cloture votes," the procedure used to overcome objections to a bill or motion. Currently, the rules require a supermajority of 60 votes to approve a cloture motion. This bill would require 60 votes the first time cloture is attempted, but, if it isn't successful the first time, the threshold for success would be lowered over a period of weeks so that, eventually, cloture could be approved by a simple majority of 51 votes. For more information, see Sen. Harkin's press release on introducing the bill. Full legislative text of this bill will be posted on OpenCongress imminently.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: In light of the dramatic increase in the use of filibusters in recent years, this bill would change Senate rules so that filibusters can be broken by a simple majority after a period of time. It would amend the Senate rule governing "cloture votes," the procedure used to overcome objections to a bill or motion. Currently, the rules require a supermajority of 60 votes to approve a cloture motion. This bill would require 60 votes the first time cloture is attempted, but, if it isn't successful the first time, the threshold for success would be lowered over a period of weeks so that, eventually, cloture could be approved by a simple majority of 51 votes. For more information, see Sen. Harkin's press release on introducing the bill. Full legislative text of this bill will be posted on OpenCongress imminently.

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    • On February 23, 2010, by Anonymous - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd-cCeaKrOA

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      As noted by Anonymous, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 23, 2010, "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd-cCeaKrOA"

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • Gaga introduces filibuster to the Monster Ball | Consumer Watchdog - September 21, 2010 by Consumer Watchdog | Politics - Senator Harkin's S. Res. 416: Changes the rules of the Senate to successively decrease the number of votes necessary to invoke cloture. Senator Tom Udall's S. Res. 619: Allows for each new Senate to change its rules at the beginning of ...

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      As noted by Consumer Watchdog | Politics on September 21, 2010, "Senator Harkin's S. Res. 416: Changes the rules of the Senate to successively decrease the number of votes necessary to invoke cloture. Senator Tom Udall's S. Res. 619: Allows for each new Senate to change its rules at the beginning of ..." (http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/node/9780)
    • Gaga introduces filibuster to the Monster Ball - Consumer Watchdog - September 21, 2010 by Consumer Watchdog | Politics - Senator Harkin's S. Res. 416: Changes the rules of the Senate to successively decrease the number of votes necessary to invoke cloture. Senator Tom Udall's S. Res. 619: Allows for each new Senate to change its rules at the beginning of ...

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      As noted by Consumer Watchdog | Politics on September 21, 2010, "Senator Harkin's S. Res. 416: Changes the rules of the Senate to successively decrease the number of votes necessary to invoke cloture. Senator Tom Udall's S. Res. 619: Allows for each new Senate to change its rules at the beginning of ..." (http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/politicians/articles/?storyId=36184)
    • H.R.5969: Fighting Gangs and Empowering Youth Act of 2010 - U.S. ... - July 27, 2010 by Open Congress : House Education and Labor... - S.Res.416 A resolution amending... 1 · S.3332 Border Security Enfor... 1 · H.R.5934 Questioning of Terror... 1. Related Bills. S.3695 Fighting Gangs and Empowering Youth Act of 2010IntroducedAug 03, 201012 views. Related Issue Areas ...

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      As noted by Open Congress : House Education and Labor... on July 27, 2010, "S.Res.416 A resolution amending... 1 · S.3332 Border Security Enfor... 1 · H.R.5934 Questioning of Terror... 1. Related Bills. S.3695 Fighting Gangs and Empowering Youth Act of 2010IntroducedAug 03, 201012 views. Related Issue Areas ..." (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5969/show)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Bill to rein in filibuster introduced. Long shot? - February 17, 2010 by Christian Science Monitor - The Harkin-Shaheen proposal would gradually reduce the number of votes required to overcome a filibuster as time goes by.

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      As noted by Christian Science Monitor on February 17, 2010, "The Harkin-Shaheen proposal would gradually reduce the number of votes required to overcome a filibuster as time goes by. " (http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/0212/Bill-to-rein-in-filibuster-introduced.-Long-shot)
    • Tom Harkin's filibuster idea - February 17, 2010 by Guardian - The Iowa Democratic senator is floating an intriguing-sounding idea about ending the filibuster in phases, according to TPM. He originally sought it 14 years ago with a Senate colleague (named below -- interesting!).

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      As noted by Guardian on February 17, 2010, "The Iowa Democratic senator is floating an intriguing-sounding idea about ending the filibuster in phases, according to TPM. He originally sought it 14 years ago with a Senate colleague (named below -- interesting!)." (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/michaeltomasky/2009/dec/14/senate-filibuster-healthcare-lieberman)
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