Despite the urgency to resolve the nation's economic crisis, a disproportionate amount of the Senate's business is spent on the voting on cloture motions
As noted above, reforms in the filibuster and the cloture rule to tip the scales of action more toward the majority might have the salutary effect of reducing some of the tactics used by the majority to overcome obstruction, such as routine early filing of cloture motions
and restricting minority amendments.
whenever a cloture motion
supported by a majority of the Senate is
the day following the filing of the cloture motion
if an amendment
Calling the cloture motion
proposal "another reactionary movement masquerading in the name of reform," Sherman argued that an elimination of the filibuster goes directly against the constitutional principles upon which the Senate as a body was formed.
However, a Congressional Research Study found when a cloture motion
is agreed to in order to start debate, 40 of 41 bills, or 97.
On Thursday, July 29, Republican Senators defeated a procedural cloture motion
to limit debate and move toward a final vote on the Senate version of the Small Business Jobs Act (H.
In Senate debate that began on May 24, 2010, a cloture motion
was filed on May 25, 2010.
Today's cloture motion
passed after a failed attempt on Wednesday when a pair of Democratic senators said a few more amendments needed to be considered.
I am hopeful that Republicans share our belief that now is the time to complete our work on this important bill and move back to our equally important jobs agenda," Reid said in a released statement after filing the cloture motion
The first procedural vote on the effort was blocked on Monday by Senate Republicans, with a cloture motion
failing in a 57-41 vote.
From that point forward, debate in the Senate concerning the nomination had moved beyond the question of whether to consider and on to the question of whether to confirm Under these circumstances, Senate approval of only one cloture motion
, not two, was required to end debate and bring the nomination to a confirmation vote.