Turkey Time

The cloture vote on the farm bill failed, so the farm bill is put on hold until at least December.  Starting later today, the Senate will go on a 2 week vacation- I mean recess- for Thanksgiving,

For those who have better things to do with their time than keep up on Senate procedural terms, all “cloture” means is that the Senate has a vote to end debate and proceed to actual consideration of a bill for a set period of time, at which point there would be a vote on the bill.  Since Senate procedure usually allows for unlimited debate, cloture is the primary way in which the Senate forces an end to debate on a bill and schedules an actual vote.

The key, of course, is that you need 60 votes to win a cloture vote.  Not a simple majority.  Since there are 51 Democrats in the Senate, they needed 9 Republicans to break with their party and vote for cloture.  That didn’t happen, so now the farm bill is put on the back burner for a time- but nobody really knows how long.  We’ll have more commentary later today.

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