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Filibuster in the United States Senate

Filibuster is a tactic used in the United States Senate to prevent a measure from being brought to a vote by means of obstruction. The most common form occurs when one or more senators attempt to delay or block a vote on a bill by extending debate on the measure. The Senate rules permit a senator, or a series of senators, to speak for as long as they wish, and on any topic they choose, unless "three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn"[1] (currently 60 out of 100) vote to bring the debate to a close by invoking cloture under Senate Rule XXII
At times, the "nuclear option" has been proposed to eliminate the 60 vote threshold for certain matters before the Senate. The nuclear option is a parliamentary procedure that allows the United States Senate to override a standing rule of the Senate, including the 60-vote rule to close debate, by a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than the two-thirds supermajority normally required to amend the rules.

Posted by Roisin Ni Fiachra | Fri Jan 22, 2021, 04:42 PM (4 replies)

Committee Assignment Process in the U.S. Senate, and the Nuclear Option


Senate Committees are not mentioned in the Constitution and rules for Committees can be changed by simple majority vote.

Nuclear Option

The nuclear option is a parliamentary procedure that allows the United States Senate to override a standing rule of the Senate, such as the 60-vote rule to close debate, by a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than the two-thirds supermajority normally required to amend the rules. The option is invoked when the majority leader raises a point of order that contravenes a standing rule, such as that only a simple majority is needed to close debate on certain matters. The presiding officer denies the point of order based on Senate rules, but the ruling of the chair is then appealed and overturned by majority vote, establishing new precedent.

This procedure uses Rule XX to allow the Senate to decide any issue by simple majority vote, regardless of Rule XXII, which requires the consent of 60 senators (out of 100) to end a filibuster for legislation and 67 for amending a Senate rule.


Posted by Roisin Ni Fiachra | Fri Jan 22, 2021, 04:35 PM (4 replies)

Procedures for Considering Changes in Senate Rules

Posted by Roisin Ni Fiachra | Fri Jan 22, 2021, 04:02 PM (6 replies)

Just tested churchbells playing over my PA system.

They will be heard from a half mile away as President Biden is sworn in.
Posted by Roisin Ni Fiachra | Wed Jan 20, 2021, 12:18 PM (7 replies)

Kansas - Carry On My Wayward Son

It was long, hard battle, but he's gone. We won. We. Are. Mighty.

Posted by Roisin Ni Fiachra | Wed Jan 20, 2021, 10:04 AM (0 replies)

Infamous hate-spewing Beverly Hills 'Karen' arrested after videos show her at pro-Trump Capitol rio

A salon owner who went viral for spewing homophobic slurs and other hateful rhetoric during an anti-lockdown protest back in December has been arrested for participating in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Gina Bisignano, 52, was arrested by the FBI at her home in Beverly Hills, California, this Tuesday. Last week, Bisignano told the Beverly Hills Courier that she traveled to Washington, D.C., where she joined the mob that stormed the Capitol building.

Posted by Roisin Ni Fiachra | Tue Jan 19, 2021, 04:53 PM (35 replies)

Buckle up. The Trump menagerie is headed to Florida

Suddenly, Florida has a new raison d’être: America’s designated Trump sump, a depository for our departing (hopefully, please God, just make him go) president and his offspring.

After a subtle nudge from 81 million American voters, 59 unfavorable court decisions, 306 electoral college electors, followed by repudiation from both a congressional majority and his personal butler Mike Pence, the president and his clan are finally abandoning Joe Biden’s Washington for oh-so-indulgent Florida.

Here, they’ll find themselves embraced by a worshipful contingent of MAGA zealots, including (depending on the range of his court-ordered GPS ankle monitor) that grinning Manatee County rioter who paraded through the halls of Congress toting Nancy Pelosi’s lectern. (As Jimmy Kimmel noted Wednesday evening, “It took them a couple days to scrub the Florida off of it, but the lectern should be good to go.”
For too many of the Trumps and Trump cultists in Washington that awful day, going home means they’re coming our way.


Trump moving to Florida may turn Florida blue.

The NIMBY effect.
Posted by Roisin Ni Fiachra | Tue Jan 19, 2021, 10:17 AM (1 replies)

The 'deep state' of loyalists Trump is leaving behind for Biden

Donald Trump spent four years railing against a “deep state” of career federal workers he claimed was undermining his administration from the inside.

When Joe Biden takes office next week, he may actually have one.

A higher-than-usual number of Trump administration political appointees — some with highly partisan backgrounds — are currently "burrowing" into career positions throughout the federal government, moving from appointed positions into powerful career civil service roles, which come with job protections that will make it difficult for Biden to fire them.

While this happens to some degree in every presidential transition, and some political appointees make for perfectly capable public servants, Biden aides, lawmakers, labor groups and watchdog organizations are sounding the alarm — warning that in addition to standard burrowing, the Trump administration is leaning on a recent executive order to rush through dozens if not hundreds of these so-called “conversions.” The fear is that, once entrenched in these posts, the Trump bureaucrats could work from the inside to stymie Biden's agenda, much of which depends on agency action.


Posted by Roisin Ni Fiachra | Tue Jan 19, 2021, 08:19 AM (7 replies)

81 million Biden voters are seething with anger--the burden of 'healing' is on Republicans

The American right seems oblivious to the seething anger that the 81 million Americans who braved a multifaceted voter suppression campaign and a raging pandemic to vote against Donald Trump feel over Republicans' relentless attempts to silence their voices with Donald Trump's ludicrous election fraud conspiracy theories.

This week, many of them sought to weaponize President-elect Joe Biden's campaign theme of bringing the country together after four years of Trump's bomb-throwing. The very same Republican lawmakers who objected to counting the Electoral College votes that gave Joe Biden a resounding victory claimed this week that impeaching Trump would violate Biden's promise to promote healing and seek greater unity. "Rushing this resolution to the floor will do nothing to unify or heal the country," said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during this week's debate. "These actions, again, will only continue to divide the nation."
At a minimum, that means publicly acknowledging not only that Joe Biden won this election, but also that there were never any serious questions about his victory. After all, making bogus claims of fraud has long been one of Trump's signature moves. When The Amazing Race beat out The Apprentice for an Emmy Award, Trump claimed that the Emmys were rigged; when he lost the Iowa Caucus in 2016, he claimed that Ted Cruz had cheated; he said there had been widespread fraud in the election that he won in 2016 and started claiming that he could only lose in 2020 as a result of fraud back in 2019.
Reconciliation is also impossible to contemplate without accountability for at least those who are the most culpable for bringing us to the brink of armed conflict.

Posted by Roisin Ni Fiachra | Sun Jan 17, 2021, 10:38 AM (61 replies)

The Atlantic: America's Second Worst Scenario

The next time an insurgent mob arrives to sack the Capitol, if one happens to try between now and Inauguration Day, mere strength of numbers will not overwhelm the defenses. In the 10 days since the January 6 assault on Congress, the Secret Service has overseen the establishment of an instant “green zone,” fortified by eight-foot steel barriers and patrolled by some 20,000 National Guardsmen. Those are real bullets in the magazines of their Army-issued M-4 assault rifles, not at all the standard gear for maintaining civic order.

A healthy democracy does not need a division-size force to safeguard the incoming president in its capital. Generals and admirals in a thriving republic do not have to enjoin the troops against “violence, sedition and insurrection” or reaffirm that “there’s no role for the U.S. military in determining the outcome of a U.S. election.” A nation secure in the peaceful transfer of power does not require 10 former defense secretaries to remind their successor that he is “bound by oath, law and precedent to facilitate the entry into office of the incoming administration.”
Here is the nub of our predicament. Donald Trump attempted democracide, and he had help. The victim survived but suffered grievous wounds. American democracy now faces a long convalescence in an environment of ongoing attacks. Trump has not exhausted his malignant powers, and co-conspirators remain at large.

I do not mean to be taken figuratively. The president of the United States lost an election and really did try with all his might to keep the winner from replacing him. He did his level best to overthrow our system of government, and tens of millions of Americans marched behind him. But a coup d’état in America had seemed so unlikely a thing, and it was so buffoonishly attempted, that the political establishment had trouble taking it seriously. That was a big mistake.

Posted by Roisin Ni Fiachra | Sat Jan 16, 2021, 10:10 AM (24 replies)
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