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Robert Powell (D-CO) 

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-Former Denver City Councilman & Colorado Secretary of State-

 

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Reverend Wolfe Allenson (D-MO) 

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Reverend Wolfe Allenson (D-MO) 

The Charismatic Savior of 'Murica

Senate Candidate Dr.Barnabee Luthor James (D-IL)

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Robert Powell (D-CO) 

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-Former Denver City Councilman & Colorado Secretary of State-

 

Anthony Ludwig - The Political Corner

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Senate Vote
  Aye Nay Abstain
Republicans 54 0 0
Democrats 6 40 0
Total 60 40 0
The Ayes Have It
       
House Vote
  Aye Nay Abstain
Republicans 241 0 0
Democrats 26 168 0
Total 267 168 0
The Ayes Have It

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With less than 48 hours for consideration before Congress was forced to adjourn, this bill does not pass and will need to be reconsidered next Congress if placed on a docket.

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The Chair is going to take the unusual step of noting the Parliamentarian's ruling with disdain and, due to the timing of it, indicate that he intends to move to appeal it at the start of the next session.  The point is not well-taken [1] and it is the opinion of the Chair that this ruling sets a very bad precedent.

To elaborate, Congress was set to adjourn on August 9; the Chair takes this to mean 2359 on August 9.  The cloture motion was made and seconded by 0637 on August 5, substantially over 96 hours before the deadline.  The only reason the vote "ran over" was due to delays in motion recognition and counting, something that is part and parcel with this process.

While the Chair notes that he acted in good faith to run the vote as promptly as possible, the Chair is also deeply concerned about the possibility that a less scrupulous occupant could decide to "slow walk" motions in the last week or two of a session in an attempt to obstruct passage of legislation they disagree with.  Let it just be said that passive aggression can always be an issue and it is very much my view that a presiding officer should not be able to sink a bill by stalling in the vote count in what is fundamentally a two-stage process.  There is plenty of room for intentional bad behavior there.  The Chair therefore foreshadows a probable amendment at the start of the next session to permit votes on passage to "run over" if cloture is initiated by a given point in time...say, somewhere in the ballpark of 96 and 120 hours before the close of the session.

The Chair also notes that the Parliamentarian's intervention was not particularly timely, and further notes that this issue should have been raised as a point of order prior to or promptly following the final vote being initiated.  No such point was raised by any member of the chamber, even those for whom doing so might have made for an "easy kill".  The fact that such a point was raised elsewhere at the same time regarding a motion that was questionable for time under the same circumstances underscores the fact that both sides appear to have considered the vote to be "kosher".  The timing of the Minority Leader's vote goes, perhaps, to draw a particularly bold line under this.

It is therefore the view of the Chair that this bill should be considered to have passed.

[1] In the technical sense of parliamentary procedure, not in the "I take this personally" sense.

(OOC: I'm posting this more to note a very technical set of concerns and objections on the record than anything.)

Edited by Steven Andrews
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