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Politics for dummies?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Darkside, Jul 8, 2004.

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  1. Darkside

    Darkside Member

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    I just heard the term "filling the tree" by the senate majority leader. Please explaine what that means.

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  2. Can'thavenuthingood

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    As I understand it, the "tree" is the current bill under consideration. Filling it means adding amendments or rather "pork" barrel type monies for other things.

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  3. Bartholomew Roberts

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    "Filling the tree" is a procedural maneuver that can only be used by the Senate Majority Leader. He basically adds a series of amendments to the bill while he has the floor and nobody can oopose him. The outcome of these amendments is that he basically gets to approve what amendments are relevant or not if cloture is invoked.

    It has been used very, very rarely because it really irks Senators on both sides of the line since they can't add their pet legislation bills that are likely to pass.
     
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    So this procedure is relatively uncommon?

    What is the point in invoking it at this time? To block an AWB amendment? Is that why the dems are so pissed? Or is it so unusual that they would be pissed no matter the bill?
     
  5. Darkside

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    Thanks, Now what is "cloture"

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  6. Kharn

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    Cloture is when 60 vote are required to agree to stop debate on a bill (after a maximum of 30 additional hours of debate) and vote on the bill itself. The opposite is a fillibuster when the minority side has 41 votes against cloture and is able to keep the debate going endlessly.

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