Legislative Procedure Analysis’ “The Byrd Rule”

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Legislative Procedure Analysis' "The Byrd Rule"
The Senate of the United States is an institution fraught with tradition and decorum where process is as important as substance. The Constitution of the United States Permits each house of Congress to create its own rules of its proceedings (“Constitution” Art I Sec. 5[2]). This rules are often complex and can be politically motivated. The process of passing legislation is similarly complex, and as if by design a lengthy and convoluted process that is at times agonizing to watch, and in recent history the recent passage of national health care reform placed this procedure on the front pages of newspapers, leading the evening news and fodder for nearly every political blogger on the internet....
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