THE CONGRESS: Dawes vs. Moses

Charles G. Dawes, Vice President, and Knight errant for reform in the rules of the Senate, traveled into the fastnesses of New Hampshire, home of Senator George Higgins Moses, protagonist of the Senate rules as they are. At Manchester, he jousted in the lists, setting forth his arguments, many of which were rebuttals to his opponents' replies. This was the substance of his argument tor a strict cloture (closure) rule—i.e., a rule that would enable the Senate to stop debate in order to secure a prompt vote:

1) The power of a minority...

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