Robert Byrd: The Byrd Rule was named after former Klansman and US Senator Robert Byrd. The Byrd Rule basically laid out the rules surrounding what could and could not be included in “budget reconciliation” and where specific inclusions could be subject to the 60 Vote cloture procedure in the Senate. It was a further move to insure that a 40% minority in the Senate could thwart the will of the people and the majority of the people’s representatives…
The bottom line, any use of the need to have 60 out of 100 Senators vote to stop debate in the Senate is asinine in the modern era.
A simple majority of Senators, 51, should be sufficient to represent the will of the people. This 60 vote filibuster requirement is not a part of the Constitution but merely a Senate “Rule” that was created by the Senate and can be changed or eliminated by the Senate. The irony of the practice of requiring a 60 vote for stopping the use of filibusters to kill legislation was used extensively by Southern Democrats to kill Civil Rights Legislation!
Paul Ryan Using, or Hiding Behind the 60 Vote Rule?:
Ostensibly, the demise of the repeal of Obamacare and the replacement of Obamacare fell prey to the 60 vote idiocy of the US Senate rules, including the bill killing Byrd Rule. Ostensibly, the way the repeal/replacement was structured by Paul Ryan was to circumvent the arcane Senate requiring 60 votes to overcome a fake filibuster by using the Budget Reconciliation Rules of the Senate and thus prohibiting a MINORITY of Congress, specifically the Senate, to kill the Obamacare replacement.
Was Ryan trying to use the Senate Rules to really pass a viable replacement of Obamacare or was he hiding behind the Senate Rules to insure that the RINO goals of keeping big government in charge of health care? Only the very few members of the Ryan leadership team really know the answer.
The sad part is that the American People, who supported the Republican take back of the House and Senate and in November of 2016 the election of Donald Trump who ran on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, are the losers. Once again we counted on our Government to do their job and follow the will of the people. Instead, Ryan and his cronies cow-towed to the will of big insurance, big pharma, and other interest groups to thwart the American People.
What is the Real Lesson?:
The real lesson that the American People have learned in watching this exercise of insanity is that the 60 Vote Cloture rule to end debate and allow a vote on a bill, whether subject to the budget Byrd Rule or not, has to be changed.
We realize that the 60 vote rule does not make the Senate a great deliberative body but rather a slave to minority rule. Period!
Same goes for confirmation of Presidential judicial appointments. a simple 51 vote majority must be implemented or key judicial appointments can be derailed by 40 of the 100 Senators.
The other use of the 60 vote rule is to try to hide behind a procedure to make themselves look good when they know full well that their vote is a farce. All of the votes to repeal Obamacare by Republicans have been done with full knowledge that the Senate did not have the votes to stop a filibuster or last year’s when the House and Senate Republicans knew that Obama would veto the repeal vote. But how many times have you seen Ryan and other puff out their chest and say that they voted to repeal Obamacare but X, Y, or Z stopped it from happening. GET A MIRROR. THE HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICANS, CONSERVATIVE AND RINO, HAVE ALLOWED THIS FARCE TO CONTINUE SO THEY CAN HIDE BEHIND CIRCA MID 1800’S RULES WHEN CAMPAIGNING FOR OFFICE.
Somehow, we need to force McConnell to repeal the Senate Rules to allow for majority rule. Ryan and all Republican elected officials need to stand behind this change or nothing will ever change.
Some will say that when the Democrats are in power, they will use this Senate Rule change against us. Where have you been the last 8 years? The Democrats do not care about Senate Rules or the Constitution. Period! Obama would issue an executive order and merely bypass Congress or the Constitution. Ryan and McConnell would throw up their hands and say they don’t have the votes to overcome the Democrats.
Enough is enough. Trump’s agenda is OUR last chance to save this country from Progressive Rule and from the Big Donor, Big money interests that control this nation. Obama put this country at the mercy of our sworn enemies and into the hands of the global progressive movement seats of power.
We need to stand and stand firm, NOW!