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April 11, 2013 - 8:55 am

The gun bill passed cloture in the Senate with 68 votes today.

How does this happen, in what we are told is the world’s greatest deliberative body, when senators have not even seen the text of the legislation?

Speaking on the Senate floor minutes before the vote to move gun-control legislation forward, Mike Lee (R., Utah) urged postponing the cloture vote because none of his Senate colleagues has yet had a chance to read the entire bill. “We’re trying to prevent the ability of members to push through legislation before anyone has had the time to read and evaluate the language,” Lee said. “As of this morning, as of this very moment, not a single senator has been provided the legislative text of” the background-check provision proposed yesterday by senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, which Lee said was the “centerpiece of this legislation.”

The cloture vote does not guarantee that the bill will pass, but it does now put it up to a simple majority vote in the Senate. Democrats have the majority in the Senate, and often vote with their party rather than vote with what their constituents want. They did that very thing when they passed ObamaCare, and had not read that bill before passing it either. Democrat Mary Landrieu, for instance, is from a red state, but she’ll do what the party tells her to do after extracting some meaningless concessions. The pressure will then mount on the House to kill it. Obama’s political army OFA is already emailing its minions to keep the pressure up on Congress to pass the bill — which no one has actually read.

But table that for a minute. President Obama promised that Americans would have 72 hours to read bills, which would be posted online, before they would be voted on or passed. Instead of that, we have an opaque government that continues voting on laws that even members of Congress have not read.

This is unacceptable in a republic. We should not be passing bills in order to find out what is in them.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"This is unacceptable in a republic."

So is being led without representation, which is what we have. We no longer *have* a republic. If we think this will be fixed through elections, we're chasing a ghost.
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After cloture has been invoked, the following restrictions apply:
No more than thirty hours of debate may occur.
No Senator may speak for more than one hour.
No amendments may be moved unless they were filed on the day in between the presentation of the petition and the actual cloture vote.
All amendments must be relevant to the debate.
Certain procedural motions are not permissible.
The presiding officer gains additional power in controlling debate.
No other matters may be considered until the question upon which cloture was invoked is disposed of.


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I tihnk this is a good thing. I want all of the pseudo-conservative Democrats on record as opposing the NRA.
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Cloture should have passed because blocking a vote is unparliamentary garbage. If you can't win without preventing a vote, you SHOULDN'T win.

[Democrats have the majority in the Senate, and often vote with their party rather than vote with what their constituents want. ]

The overwhelming majority want background checks. Including gun owners. For obvious reasons: almost NO ONE thinks a guy should be able to walk out of an asylum and buy a semi-automatic.

By staking out the most extreme position and call all disagreement with it "TREASON" the NRA and right are really hurting themselves. As though their extremism has already made them implode ENOUGH.
1 year ago
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As both Manchin and Toomey said, This is only the beginning. there will be weeks of debate and there will be amendments offered. This is the way it is supposed to work, as opposed to the filibustering of nearly every bill offered in the Senate, which has become the norm.
1 year ago
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Maybe some friendlies in Congress could exploit these trends by submitting a bill containing (buried) provisions to dissolve one or both houses & disempower the President. Just pass it, fools!
1 year ago
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@ marginoerra

"Passing cloture just means that the senate can now read and discuss the bill. This is what they are paid to do. Would it have made more sense to kill the bill before reading it?"

This IS NOT what "Cloture" means.... Cloture is a tactic used to forgo the filibuster tactic to force it to a vote after only allowing 1 hr of speech from each member.... THIS IS NOT A REVIEW PERIOD. This tactic is being used to slide some other program through (eg. Obamacare) without allowing the public or it's Reps time to review it's contents.

Get your stuff straight before spouting off.
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Cloture is voting without further debate. You may want to look it up! Remember Obama Care anyone???? Why are we paying these people NOT to do their jobs??????????????? The President and most of the our elected and appointed officials need to be flushed down the Political Toilet!

Our Government seems to believe it exists to benefit them. "People," as in "We the People?" Who are WE to them? Rapidly becoming 'Subjects!"
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Passing cloture just means that the senate can now read and discuss the bill. This is what they are paid to do. Would it have made more sense to kill the bill before reading it?
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