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Old 06-26-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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Filibustering

I hope this is not considered to be out of bounds here in this thread and if it is, then I'm sure I will be notified.

In the grand state of Texas, an abortion bill was filibustered yesterday and while I will not get into.specifics of the bill, I learned some things about the art/act of filibustering that I never bothered to learn before.

The person doing the filibustering is required to speak continuously about the bill itself, cannot get off topic, must stand without support, cannot use the restroom, cannot eat or drink or be given any support from anyone.

The assembly is allowed three strikes during the filibuster if they wish to challenge the person doing the filibusterering on any points of order that the person may have violated. If all three strikes are upheld, the bill is dead.

I'm not a policitial activist by any means, but I was somewhat fascinated by the requirements placed upon the person doing the filibustering regarding the physical restraints e.g. No eating, drinking, must stand, etc. .

I guess that in addition to strongly believing in the merits, or lack of, in a bill, the person doing the filibuster must be in strong physical condition.

This was an interesting lesson for me.

BTW - the bill was defeated.
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I hope this is not considered to be out of bounds here in this thread and if it is, then I'm sure I will be notified.

In the grand state of Texas, an abortion bill was filibustered yesterday and while I will not get into.specifics of the bill, I learned some things about the art/act of filibustering that I never bothered to learn before.

The person doing the filibustering is required to speak continuously about the bill itself, cannot get off topic, must stand without support, cannot use the restroom, cannot eat or drink or be given any support from anyone.

The assembly is allowed three strikes during the filibuster if they wish to challenge the person doing the filibusterering on any points of order that the person may have violated. If all three strikes are upheld, the bill is dead.

I'm not a policitial activist by any means, but I was somewhat fascinated by the requirements placed upon the person doing the filibustering regarding the physical restraints e.g. No eating, drinking, must stand, etc. .

I guess that in addition to strongly believing in the merits, or lack of, in a bill, the person doing the filibuster must be in strong physical condition.

This was an interesting lesson for me.

BTW - the bill was defeated.

I saw this too and was surprised by the rules and conditions imposed. It did get me to thinking was this a Texas thang or is this on the Federal level too. No matter what the bill or your personal stance on it. Anything that gets people to interact or think about the governmental process I see as a good thing. Way too much apathy in the world. I am off to research the federal rules
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:23 AM   #3
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I'm wondering the same thing about the rules being Federal or state. It seems to me to be a throwback to the time when a lot of politics were discussed and deals made by men in a cigar smoke filled room.

The filibuster in this case was a female state representative.
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Rules for filibustering....its all nuts to me and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Lacks decorum imho and sounds like a circus act. Lastly i think it might imply inherent discrimination of older officials or anyone with a chronic illness who may need to eatp, go to the bathroom, or drink to take meds.
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Well obviously the one doing the filibustering would have to be a young person whose bladder stretches enormously, or an older person with a catheter!! Lets me out on both counts - neither young, nor do I wear a catheter! LOL
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #6
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Rules for filibustering....its all nuts to me and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Lacks decorum imho and sounds like a circus act. Lastly i think it might imply inherent discrimination of older officials or anyone with a chronic illness who may need to eatp, go to the bathroom, or drink to take meds.
Interesting - I'm not sure, but I don't recall filibustering being used very much lately.

I understand this one received national media coverage up to and including the president. Perhaps in today's world, there might be a call to review the rules for some of the very reasons you mention here.
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Try very hard not to make this discussion of "political" (though I doubt it can be). The "up to and including the President" is exactly what will get the thread closed.

Discussions of the technique by which the party not in the majority can influence the outcome of a bill by the party that is in the majority is a lesson in United States Civics.

Specifics regarding bills, individuals, or parties is politics and that discussion is prohibited here.
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Those rules are for Texas and do not apply on the Federal level.
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Those rules are for Texas and do not apply on the Federal level.
Texas is one of only 13 states that has a filibustering provision and it can be used in the U.S. House of Represtatives and Senate also.
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There was a recent 13 hour filibuster by a well known Senator from Kentucky.
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