15 Nov '11, 8pm

Rand Paul’s Pro-Polluter Bill Shot Down by Senate: Filed under: Energy News

Rand Paul’s Pro-Polluter Bill Shot Down by Senate: Filed under: Energy News

Paul’s bill to stop the EPA needed only a simple majority of 50 to pass, not the now familiar 60. Because Republicans were in favor of the bill to curtail the EPA, they did not prevent the majority from holding the vote using with their now-inevitable cloture-vote “filibuster” under which, according to Senate rules, a minority of 40 can refuse to hold a vote. Now increasingly used by Republicans, it essentially requires 60 votes to agree to hold an up or down vote on any bill, resulting in a gridlocked government that is essentially nonfunctioning.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/11/15/rand-pauls-pro-pollut...

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