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Re: 60% sigismund

Posted by SLS on June 3, 2013, at 6:54:55

In reply to 60% sleepygirl2, posted by sigismund on June 2, 2013, at 13:03:09

> Is that right? That the vote in the Senate(?) did not (quite) reach 60%?
>
> Why would it need that? Why not 50% It wasn't a constitutional amendment was it?

60% is considered to be a "supermajority" that has the power to prevent the exercise of filibusters by competing parties.

For an amendment of the US Constitution to be brought to a vote for passage, a two-thirds supermajority is required; whether it be by votes of members of Congress or by votes of the individual states. Passage of an amendment requires a three-fourths supermajority of votes; either by Congress or by the states.


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