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.
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!