Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Commentary: Nuclear Option the filibuster

9:48 PM, Apr. 19, 2013
  • Filed Under

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.

The following excerpt from the author's "Congress, Cliffs & Common ...

Continue reading in our paid archive

More In MAN

In the NFL draft's first round, the Packers should ...

Retrieving results.
Draft a safety.(Your vote)
29%
855 votes
Draft a linebacker.(Your vote)
13%
381 votes
Draft the best player available, regardless of position.(Your vote)
49%
1419 votes
Trade the pick.(Your vote)
8%
237 votes

Catch up on the latest in our pregame show every game day.

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports

ORDER YOURS

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports