A sitting United States Senator should know this little rule. It comes from Article 1, Section 7, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution (unshredded edition):
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law.
Norm Coleman/Minnesota GOP mailer today contains these charges:
A veto-proof 60-vote majority in the U.S. Senate means the Democrats and special interests can do whatever they want, without any compromise. (emphasis in original)
With razor-thin margins in Senate races around the country, Minnesotans will not only choose our own Senator, but there's a good chance we may be the ones to decide whether or not there will be a veto-proof Senate. (emphasis supplied)
ON NOVEMBER 4TH cast your vote AGAINST a veto-proof U.S. Senate and FOR a politically balanced government. (emphasis supplied, capitalization in original)
Is Norm Coleman unaware of his mailings? Or is he unaware of the U.S. Constitution? Or does he not want to mention the Senate rule that's actually at stake here -- that if the Democrats have a 60 vote majority, then Republicans will be unable to continue to filibuster at a breathtaking rate?
After all, as a member of the majority, Smilin' Norm hated the filibuster, because every bill merited an up or down vote. That's why he voted for cloture on an energy bill that would have allowed drilling in ANWR. As a member of the minority, Smilin' Norm has felt very differently about the filibuster. Over the last 2 years, he has voted to filibuster over and over again. And now he has the gall to claim he can work across party lines?
Heaven forbid that the Senate actually be able to pass a few bills without Republican obstructionism.
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