The Congress: Whether to Debate What's Up for Debate When It's Up for Debate

Said Idaho's Democratic Senator Frank Church: "The Senate has been engaged in a debate as to whether the Senate should debate what is up for debate when it is up for debate." What Church was talking about was a proposed change in the Senate's rules. It would require that each working day the Senate devote at least three hours to debate germane to the bill before it as the scheduled order of business.

This revolutionary notion had been proposed by Rhode Island's Democratic Senator John Pastore. When his resolution got to the Senate floor three weeks ago, it was sidetracked almost...

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