Letter to the Editor
In spite of what you hear in the news it does not take 60 votes in the Senate to pass a bill. It is not in the Constitution nor are there any laws that require 60 votes. The 60 vote barrier is an obscure Senate rule called the filibuster which requires 60 votes to end debate and get to a vote. This is a rule that can be changed.
In 2005 when Democrats used the filibuster Republican threatened to end the practice in a move called the “nuclear option” which is a procedure for changing the filibuster rule. The mere threat of ending the filibuster caused the Democrats to back down from using it. Now the Democrats have a far larger majority in the Senate than the Republicans did and the Republicans are filibustering almost every bill. Their strategy seems to be to get America to fail and then run in 2010 on the idea that Democrats are as bad as they are. But the Democrats can put an end to the Filibuster and bring back majority rule as the Constitution intended.
So we don’t really need 60 votes to pass health care reform. We only need 50. It’s time the Democrats get tough and use the power that the People elected them to use. We need reform and this rule is in the way. The time has come for Democrats to step up and quit acting like they are in the minority and use the nuclear option and put the filibuster down. I think it would be a mistake for Democrats to allow the Republicans to steal back power in the 2010 election because of a record of failuer.