Understanding The Byrd Rule
I saw this Time article on reconciliation and the Byrd rule linked in a blog. It is riddled with errors. The most important seemed to me to be a fundamental misunderstanding of the Byrd Rule. The Time article states:
Republicans would invoke the Byrd rule – which would require a 60-vote majority to overcome – every five minutes, forcing Dems to pare down the bill and pass something much, much less ambitious. It took weeks to get a cloture vote to start the debate -- imagine how long it'd take to get the 2,074-page bill through God knows how many Byrd rule objections -- even if everyone proves to be germane.
The error is glaring and rather amazing. If in fact, every Byrd Rule point of order was subject to a cloture vote, there would be no point to reconciliation at all. And of course, Time gets it utterly wrong. In the very link Time provides, this is demonstrated to be so:
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