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  [TX] GOP senators move to reduce influence of Democrats
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CategoryRule Change
AuthorTerrence Stutz
News DateWednesday, January 21, 2015 08:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Senate’s Republican majority on Wednesday pushed through a partisan rule change that will make it possible to consider GOP-backed legislation without the support of any Democrats.

Under the move, approved 20-10 along party lines, the decades-old rule that required a two-thirds majority to take up a bill on the Senate floor was scrapped in favor of a new three-fifths rule. Instead of 21 senators, it will now take 19 senators to consider legislation.

Republicans control 20 seats in the 31-member chamber, so they will have a vote to spare. Under the old rule, which dated back to 1947, bills in recent years generally required bipartisan support.
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