Later, Senator James Lankford, also of Oklahoma, talked about how the Senate forces debate to “slow down” the process. He explained how the rules sometimes work against good bills. As an example, he mentioned the Keystone XL pipeline bill, which was shut down by the Democrat minority in the Senate — the same who called such maneuvering “obstruction” when they were the majority. Senator Lankford also mentioned some of the benefits of the Senate’s rules. He discussed how the Senate’s requirement for three-fifths majorities protects the minority party from being bulldozed by a simple majority. He also warned of the dangers of omnibus bills and how they flim-flam taxpayers before they can even know what an omnibus bill says. After Eagle Forum Collegians Summit, our young conservatives left with a better understanding of how Congress works.
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