Different Filibuster Rules for Taxes/Budgets?

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I keep hearing that, now that CJ Roberts has declared the individual mandate piece of ACA to be a "tax," it will only take 51 Senate votes to repeal it.

Are there different rules for filibusters with regards to bills for budgets and taxes? How exactly does that work?

I thought the filibuster was part of the Senate's parliamentary rules, it was constitutional, and could be changed even eliminated at the beginning of each Congress.

chilidog
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It does only take 51 Seantors to pass budget bills, but the rules also require any new spending or tax cut be "paid for". Which means repealing Obamacare will require about $150 billion in tax increases. Or cutting $150 bn from the rest of the budget. The TeaBaggers almost shutdon the govt, trying to cut $35 bn, and because they can't count they cut nothing in their showdown bill.

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It does only take 51 Seantors to pass budget bills, but the rules also require any new spending or tax cut be "paid for". Which means repealing Obamacare will require about $150 billion in tax increases. Or cutting $150 bn from the rest of the budget. The TeaBaggers almost shutdon the govt, trying to cut $35 bn, and because they can't count they cut nothing in their showdown bill.

Or just requires a fictitious CBO score. It certainly worked in getting it passed...

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It seems to me that a lot of "law" can be passed by working in some type of spending/taxing provision, if such bills can't be filibustered.

Doesn't this mean the eligibility age for Medicare can be lowered with only 51 Senators?

chilidog
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Not practical. Like here in CA where it takes a 2/3 vote to pass new taxes, it is wrong in a democracy to require supermajority votes to pass something. It was ironic that it only took a majority vote here to pass the supermajority law. Something not quite right about that.

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It was ironic that it only took a majority vote here to pass the supermajority law.

I don't understand what you're trying to say.

chilidog
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Don't you find it illogical to only require a 50%+1 passage for a law that will require a 2/3 majority to pass laws? At the least, it should require a supermajority to pass a law to require supermajorities. In the Senate, filibusters are like supermajority laws.

DynoDon
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OK I get it: it only takes a simple majority to pass the parliamentary rule for filibusters.

chilidog
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I've frequently posted that almost all of our deficits are the fault of the GOP because the GOP has always had at least 41 Senate seats in the last 30+ years. So if the minority can't filibuster bills that are solely spending/taxing, I really can't say that.

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