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Commentary: Nuclear Option the filibuster

9:48 PM, Apr. 19, 2013
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The time for the Nuclear Option has arrived. This is the term used to describe the ability of the Senate's majority to change the rule that allows 41 senators to thwart the majority's will through the filibuster. On Wednesday, senators voted 54-46 to end debate and pass background checks for gun purchases, yet the bill was defeated because 60 votes are required for cloture - a term employed in the Senate rules to describe a vote that stops prolonged debate (filibuster) and allows a bill to be decided by an up or down majority vote.

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