Using the rules to sterilize needed legislation:
Senate Republicans say they will not vote on a plan to compensate eugenics victims because Senate Democrats included the payment plan in a failed budget amendment this week.
The House (including Speaker Tillis) must be fuming over this, after working hard to straighten out the kinks and assemble a super-majority (86-31). Especially considering that Berger could waive the damned rule anyway:
Sen. Floyd McKissick, a Durham Democrat, said he remains hopeful eugenics compensation will be approved this year. The Senate majority has the ability to waive any rule it wants, he said, and eugenics compensation can still be included in a budget compromise.
But I'm not even sure the rule even needs to be waived. This section right smack in the middle of the rule seems to give them the option to move forward:
If a substitute amendment is adopted on the floor, the contents of the previously pending amendment which are not contained in the substitute shall be considered to have been defeated
Any parliamentary wonks reading this? Am I correct?
Whatever the case, it's apparent Berger will only use his power to hurt people, not help them.
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