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Congressmen and DREAMers File Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of Senate Filibuster

Published: May 16, 2012 3:00 pm

A lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of Senate rules that require 60 votes on motions to proceed with or close debate on proposed amendments, because they are inconsistent with majority rule. This is commonly referred to as a filibuster, and it is the procedure that resulted in the failure of the DREAM Act being brought up for a vote during the previous lame duck session.

Vice President Joe Biden, in his official capacity as President of the United States Senate, is the principle defendant to the lawsuit.

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