Nowhere in the Constitution is there a requirement that, to get anything controversial done in the Senate, the votes of 60 senators are necessary.
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It might be done by amending the Constitution.
The sponsors of the “Personhood Amendment” were betting on a change in the composition of the Supreme Court.
There are many reasons why power has flowed toward Washington, but the anti-filibuster rule would be far down the list, if it has been a factor at all.
The framers of the Constitution vigorously opposed religious tests or oaths for public office-holders.