Blogging the cloture vote ~ BrianInNYC

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cloture – The only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter, and thereby overcome a filibuster. Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes.
http://www.senate.gov/reference/glossary_term/cloture.htm

I suspect many of you will be glued (as I will be) to C-SPAN today watching the first vote that health care reform will have on the floor of the US Senate.    I hope you’ll share your comments as we watch the events unfold throughout the day.  I don’t know about you folks but I love this stuff.  It’s a shame that Senator Kennedy won’t be part of today’s historic vote but lets hope his spirit weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of Senate at large!

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43 responses to “Blogging the cloture vote ~ BrianInNYC

  1. dog's eye view

    Any guesses on Landrieu or Lincoln? Nelson’s shown them the gambit: vote for debate with no promise of supporting eventual package (yet).

    I will have no respect for Landrieu if she votes against eventual healthcare reform, particularly being from Louisiana. Rep. Cao has shown Landrieu the responsible position.

    I wish both Senators — and anyone endangered politically — would vote on the right side of history and go out and sell their vision to their constituents (rather than their vote to the healthcare insurance mafia).

  2. Morning peeps. dog I’d be more than stunned if today’s vote didn’t pass.

  3. Just tuned in C-Span, first procedural vote scheduled for 8PM Eastern, Reid speaking now.

  4. Memo to the GOP: half truths are just as bad as lies!

  5. Landrieu just announced she’ll vote for cloture! And it only cost 100 million!

  6. nannymm

    An expensive ho, isn’t she?

  7. Actually it’s money well spent, further spending for medicare in the state.

  8. TempeBev

    Would you want your legacy in Congress to be the only one who voted against the new presidents most important piece of legislation, effectively killing it for discussion?

    Blanche L is up for re-election next year, and I guess Mary L, who was just re-elected last year, already saw the light.

  9. I heard yesterday that Lincoln is under a lot of pressure from all quarters in the party and that if she votes against cloture she can expect all party support to be stripped away from her.

  10. If she hopes to win re-election she’s going to need party money to win.

  11. Is that all the repugs are going to talk about abortion?

  12. A quorum call or call to quorum is a parliamentary procedure used to summon absent members of a deliberative body if a quorum is not present. Since attendance at debates is not mandatory in most legislatures, it is often the case that a quorum of members is not present while debate is ongoing. In many bodies, motions such as amendments, tabling, and recommitment may be approved in the absence of a quorum, provided no member then present objects. A member wishing to delay proceedings (for example, to allow other members time to get to the chamber in order to join debate) may request that the presiding officer determine whether a quorum is present. If a quorum does not appear to be present, debate is suspended, as the only business allowed without a quorum is to adjourn, recess, summon absent members, or compel their attendance if the body has the power to do so.

  13. Ok, Lincoln’s in, we can all relax now!

  14. Johanns is insane, a two week recess, not going to happen! If he’s lucky he’ll get home in time for xmas!

  15. haha, Klobuchar and slamming it right back in the repugs faces!

  16. TempeBev

    What a surprise, Blanche decided to go along with the party. Too bad it took so long.

  17. Bev I actually took heart in what Lincoln said on the floor, I def think she was signaling she won’t vote against cloture when the vote comes up in the next round.

  18. TempeBev

    I’m sure Blanche will vote yes tonight – but she’s a big maybe for the final.

  19. Well all her power comes from being a maybe right now.

  20. Very telling, not a peep out of the creep from Conn.

  21. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Sat, November 21, 2009 — 8:07 PM ET
    —–

    Senate Vote Clears Way for Health Care Debate

    The Senate voted on Saturday to begin full debate of major
    health care legislation, propelling President Obama’s top
    domestic initiative over a crucial, preliminary hurdle — and
    past the angry opposition of Republicans — in a formidable
    display of muscle-flexing by the Democratic majority. The 60
    to 40 vote, along party lines, clears the way for weeks of
    rowdy floor proceedings that will begin after Thanksgiving
    and last through much of December.

    Read More:
    http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na

    *does a happy dance!*

  22. I wonder why Voinovich was absent.

  23. dnd

    “Very telling, not a peep out of the creep from Conn.”

    He’s on MTP. You will not be amused…

  24. dnd

    Sen. Landrieu is the Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Since health insurance is a major burden for small business, I’m guessing someone told her if she wanted to keep her position on the committee, she’d better vote for the bill…

  25. Yeah I only caught part of it d, the boiz were anxious to get to the park, I’ll catch the repeat on MSNBC

  26. dnd

    Diane Feinstein smacks down Kay Bailey Hutchinson on MTP. I’d like to have Feinstein have my back in a knife fight.

  27. I wouldn’t mind smacking down KBH! I used to have respect for her, till the last election that is.

  28. dnd

    If it’s Sunday, it’s my favorite curmudgeon, Ed Quillen. This Sunday ‘ol Ed opines on politicizing just about everything.

    http://www.denverpost.com/quillen/ci_13827929

  29. TempeBev

    I maybe a cynic (#2 : a faultfinding captious critic; especially : one who believes that human conduct is motivated wholly by self-interest) because I find the above definition fits most of the members of Congress. Make that a definite cynic!

    I would love to see an honest (LOL) pole taken of members who honestly (LOL) believe they are acting as indicated by their constituents wishes (public option), rather than how much money they receive from big business, their party coffers, foundations etc. I’m sure this will never happen- neither the poll or acting as their constituents indicate.

  30. TempeBev

    PS – make that a “poll” rather than “pole”, although thats what come of them need.

  31. dnd

    Interesting Q&A of Rep. Joseph Cao in the NYT Sunday Magazine:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/22/magazine/22fob-q4-t.html?ref=magazine

  32. I read today about a Senator being willing to lose his seat to vote for the health-insurance reform. “Integrity,” you might say, or “betrayal” (of his constituents). But I think this misses the point–meaning the role of the US Senate as a check on the House (and us).
    See: http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/integrity-in-the-job-description-of-a-us-senator/

  33. dnd

    Excellent post euandus2 about what Senators should do.

    That said, Bennet’s statement might not be as courageous as it seems. Colorado has been trending blue recently. The governor and both houses in Colorado are Democrats. Bennet’s biggest threat to reelection is Democrat Andrew Romanoff, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, who wants to run for that Senate seat in 2010.

    ps. For those not paying attention to Colorado politics, Bernnet was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter after Ken Salazar left his Senate seat to become Sec. of the Interior.

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