October 7, 2011

IMPENDING MAJORITY LEADER McCONNELL SMILED:

Dems change rules; Senate in chaos ( MANU RAJU & SCOTT WONG, 10/6/11, Politico)

The Senate descended into procedural chaos Thursday night as Democrats forced a change in Senate rules and shut down a GOP effort to bog down a Chinese currency bill with a series of unrelated amendments. [...]

While the rules change may not seriously affect the substance of pending legislation, the process employed by Democrats could be replicated in the future to overhaul bedrock rules like the filibuster. For that reason, both parties have tried to avoid employing such tactics to change the rules over the last several congressional sessions, including in a fierce 2005 battle that nearly limited the use of the filibuster.

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