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Reid files for cloture on FinReg

A vote could take place to move to the bill as early as Monday. This suggests a couple of possible outcomes:

1) Democrats and Republicans strike a deal over the weekend and there's no filibuster.

2) Democrats and Republicans don't strike a deal over the weekend but Republicans fold and there's no filibuster.

3) Democrats and Republicans don't strike a deal over the weekend and Republicans decide to filibuster, either in an attempt to increase their leverage or to change the dynamics of this debate.

All that said, this isn't the end of the FinReg debate: The question here is whether Republicans will filibuster moving to debate and amend the bill. We're not yet at the point where they can filibuster an actual vote on the bill.

By Ezra Klein  |  April 22, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
 
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So at what point does Harry Reid merge the various committee bills? Is that after it's gone to debate? Is the merged bill what they're voting on here? If not, is this Dodd's bill? If so, when does Lincoln's bill move to debate?

Posted by: MosBen | April 22, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

It is worth pointing out that if Reid has filed for cloture, that means there is already a filibuster.

I think this is one of the many things that gets lost in discussions about the filibuster. It's not that there isn't a filibuster if you successfully pass a cloture vote, but rather that there isn't a successful cloture. Usually, and since the election of Scott Brown, the failure to affirm cloture means that there is a party line cloture, or something approximating that.

But the filibuster is on already. The only question is whether there will be sufficient Republican support for it.

Posted by: batemand | April 22, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Reid IS A LYING SNAKE WHO IS JUST TRYING TO SAVE HIS SORRY EXCUSE FOR A SENATORS JOB !!!!

VOTE THIS SNAKE OUT

AND ON HEALTH CARE I TOLD YOU SO !!!!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | April 22, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Truth be known the American people are much more afraid of Harry Reid and what he is doing to change and over-throw our government than they are of our financial institutions!
By the way Harry, stop the illegal alien invasion! While you're at it. you sterling American diaster, do something about jobs for Americans? Thanks? Please stop your war against the citizen!

Posted by: USDefender | April 22, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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