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October 16, 2013


Averting Default May Hinge on Senate Rule Shortcuts

"Even if U.S. Senate leaders reach a deal today to extend the debt limit, there's no guarantee that a final vote would take place before the government's borrowing authority ends tomorrow. Any senator who wants to slow down action on an accord has the ability to insist that the Senate follow rules that would add days to the process of approving it," Bloomberg reports.

"It's possible that the delay scenario would be avoided if the House sent to the Senate a rewritten version of H.J. Res. 59, a bill initially designed to keep the government running after Sept. 30 and defund the 2010 health-care law... Recycling the number means that the measure would be treated in the Senate as though it's a tweak instead of a whole new piece of legislation. In that case, Senate rules provide fewer opportunities to filibuster, or stall action on a bill."












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