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The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Originally posted by memarf1
reply to post by Hx3_1963
It states a majority, which until October this year means >50%. The really scary thing is that the reason HealthCare is so important to congress right now is that right now the Dems have a filibuster proof majority, in otherwords, if the Reps decide to just not show up then a vote can still be held. Something, that I am unfamiliar with, changed recently though to change a majority to mean >60%. Thus the dems will no longer have a filibuster proof majority after October of this year. The filibuster has entirely to do with the "Quorum" and has been used in the past by allowing the congressmen to go to the capital and simply not answer during role call. Funny thing is that the rules were broken once when the Speaker ordered that the non-answering members be listed as present but refusing to answer. Thus a "Quorum" was there and a vote was held.
It is interesting to point out that even if you make it a 2/3 required majority, the 183 of 238 delegates would still have met the Quorum Requirement. Further proof that this is just incorrect to think we didn't have a Quorum. Just for facts sake, the Senate had 50 of 66, also > 2/3 . Although, only > 1/2 was required for Quorum.[edit on 22-9-2009 by memarf1]
How to survive a terrorist attack: the Constitution's majority quorum requirement and the Continuity of Congress
The Civil War Congresses essentially took the same "ends-justify-the-means" approach to the crisis they faced when the southern states failed to send senators and representatives to Washington in 1861.
As Part III of this Article showed, the Civil War Congresses took the radical step of altering the constitutionally fixed majority quorum rule to continue operations. (292)
Based on the language of the majority quorum rule in Article I, Section 5, Clause 1, the debate over quorum rules in the Constitutional Convention, and consistent practice in the First through Thirty-sixth Congresses, the quorum provision requires the presence of a majority of members from the House or the Senate--as those two chambers are defined by the Constitution and later statutes--before those chambers can do business.
During the Civil War crisis, the two chambers changed this fixed, institution-based definition of the quorum to a variable, member-based definition that viewed the House and Senate in terms of the members occupying seats at any particular moment. (293)
* Main Entry: ob·tuse
* Pronunciation: \äb-ˈtüs, əb-, -ˈtyüs\
* Function: adjective
* Inflected Form(s): ob·tus·er; ob·tus·est
* Etymology: Middle English, from Latin obtusus blunt, dull, from past participle of obtundere to beat against, blunt, from ob- against + tundere to beat — more at ob-, contusion
* Date: 15th century
1 a : not pointed or acute : blunt b (1) of an angle : exceeding 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees (2) : having an obtuse angle — see triangle illustration illustration c of a leaf : rounded at the free end
2 a : lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility or intellect : insensitive, stupid b : difficult to comprehend : not clear or precise in thought or expression
synonyms see dull
— ob·tuse·ly adverb
— ob·tuse·ness noun
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
reply to post by dooper
Knowledge is power...
Let bygones be bygones...
It's not always easy to see beyond the *Matrix* we've been presented with...
*stupefied* Public Education System forced upon us...as they planned...
And..there is no Mandate for Government to establish a Education System! /rant