Senate Passes Controversial Rule Change

Andrew Copa `15

In an unexpected move today in the Senate, the number of votes required to approve a Presidential nominee dropped from 60 votes to 51 votes. This move adds more fuel to the already raging fire of controversy that has been occurring in Washington over the past few weeks. The vote to make what some are calling the largest rule change in Congress’ 224 year history went 52 for and 48 against with all Republicans voting against and all but three Democrats, Sen. Carl Levin (MI), Sen, Mark Pryor (AR), and Sen. Joe Manchin (WV), voting for the controversial decision. The new rule change basically allows for President Obama to propose choices for executive branch and most judicial posts with no contest from Republicans seeing that Democrats currently hold a 55-45 majority in the senate. With tension between Democrats and Republicans already extremely high this decision is bound to be highly controversial so stay tuned to The Edsman for future developments.


One response to “Senate Passes Controversial Rule Change

  1. Does the language in the senate rule change re the 60 vote rule, allow this proviso to be used on regular legislation? It seems that some media people believe the 60 vote rule is now dead, and from now on, majority rule will apply on all legislation in the senate.

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