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SanchoPanza Donating Member (410 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-11-10 06:04 PM
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22. Using a traditional filibuster is at the discretion of the minority.
The cloture rules were changed in 1974, and this was part of the package. The majority cannot mandate that the minority stand up and do anything, only the minority can. All the minority has to do, technically, is have one of its members monitor the Senate floor and note the absence of a quorum whenever the majority tries to push a vote. Turn on CSPAN2. If you see a shot of the Senate chamber with classical music playing in the background and nothing apparently going on, that's what a modern filibuster looks like. The minority can speak for hours on end (and so can the majority), certainly, but that's at their discretion.

So in 2003, when Reid was standing on the Senate floor for 9 hours and read from a book he wrote about his hometown of Searchlight, it wasn't because Bill Frist made him do it.
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