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Do Senators have to wear diapers when they filibuster?
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
- ?Lv 59 years ago
The flibuster in the US Senate ended in 1975 (see link). With this change, if 60 or more Senators are in favor of voting on a bill, it cannot be filibustered. This is why we don't see filibusters anymore.
The filibuster provided a beneficial "check" against tyranny of the majority in the Senate. If one or more Senators felt strongly that a bill would hurt the residents of their state, they would take the Senate floor and speak without stopping for as long as they needed to in order to make a vote on the bill impossible.
Thus, the filibuster kept the Senate from being able to vote on new law, and this was good.
Many people, including most teachers and most members of the news media, think that it is important for the government to be able to "get things done". In fact the opposite is true. The less that the government is able to do, the better it is for Americans. Our founding fathers created the Constitution with this in mind. New bills need to pass both houses of Congress and be signed by the President to become law. The founding fathers didn't want the federal government to make new laws unless they were really necessary.
The filibuster was a great technique that slowed the government's ability to make new laws. It is unfortunate that it has been eliminated. An recent example of where the filibuster would have been useful is the vote on Obamacare. Most Americans did not want socialized medicine in the US, but since the Democrats had 60 members in the Senate, they were able to make Obamacare into law.
Did the Senators wear diapers during filibusters? I think some if them wear diapers anyway. The Senate is a VERY elderly group!
- lareLv 79 years ago
the modern filibuster is the vote for "cloture". a bill cannot be voted up or down in the Senate until debate is closed. A senator does not have to speak to hold the floor, a vote for cloture can be taken at any time. if there are 40 nays, the bill automatically dies and cannot be brought up again until the next congress. If the cloture motion passes, (meaning 39 or less nays) then the bill only requires a simple majority (51 votes) to be passed. Thus a minority party has the privilege in the Senate of blocking any legislation if they can muster at least 40 votes.
To say that when a majority of elected officials decide on a law that becomes a "Tyranny" is total revisionist history. this has always been a country of majority rule, not minority obstructionism. Tyranny is when the few dictate to the many, so if anything, filibuster is the tool of tyranny.
- 9 years ago