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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-15-06 04:42 PM
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91. Can anyone explain the nuclear option in layman's terms?


After googling, and getting a basic idea, I'm still a bit fuzzy.

Here's an example of the fun kind of terminology used in describing the nuclear option-
From this amazing link- http://www.cfif.org/htdocs/legislative_issues/federal_i...


The way this procedural maneuver would work as it did in 1975 would be that, at the time of a cloture vote to end debate, the Senate majority would secure a ruling from the chair that Standing Rule XXII does not apply. The chair, likely the Vice President, would probably agree and rule in favor of the majority. The issue would then be brought to a vote, and the minority, probably through the Minority Leader, would note that the issue is debatable and, hence, also subject to a filibuster.

The parliamentarian, relying on Senate precedent, would agree. The chair would then recognize a non-debatable motion to table. At this point, the majority could overrule the anti-majoritarian precedent, uphold the ruling of the chair, and proceed to a final yea-or-nay vote on the original question by securing a simple majority vote in favor of the motion to table.
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