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Senate: Cloture rejected ... again
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, February 17, 2007

What that means, despite the way most in the media will attempt to portray it is Senate Democrats failed in their attempt to end debate on Iraq by a vote of 56-34. As most know by now, in the Senate, 60 votes are needed to cut off debate.

This is the third time the Democrats have attempted to end debate through cloture.
Cloture - 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.
So, since only 7 Republicans crossed the isle to vote with Democrats (instead of the 11 that would have been necessary), the debate stays open. Why?
Republican leaders insisted that members get a chance to vote on two GOP alternatives, and that the process be conducted under rules that called for 60 votes to pass.

Republican critics have claimed that passing the resolution could lead to a cutoff in funding for the troops.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said before the vote that Republicans would insist on "a measure of fairness," allowing them to offer alternative resolutions — including one stating the Senate won't cut off money for troops in the field.

"If we have only one alternative, it will involve a vote on funding the troops," McConnell said. He predicted enough Republicans would stick with him to prevent the House resolution from coming to the floor.
If debate is so important to the Democrats, why won't Mr. Reid allow the introduction of the two resolutions the Republicans want to introduce and debate them?
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Gotta say, all this hoohah over a toothless non-binding resolution is comical.

On the otherhand, it’s better than the Senate passing actual legislation, so I won’t complain. They can feel free to waste their time on this for as long as they want
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