Lawrence Meyer worked as a reporter and editor for 36 years, 31 of them at The Washington Post. He covered the Maryland state legislature, the attempted assassination of Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace, the Watergate break-in trial, the Senate Watergate hearings and the House impeachment proceedings of Richard Nixon. He also worked as an editor in The Post’s Outlook section and was the editor of The Washington Post National Weekly Edition.
How majority rule works in the U.S. Senate
COMMENTARY | July 31, 2009
The press and political leaders often say that a three-fifths majority is needed to pass a bill. That's incorrect, but more and more it is working out that way. Longtime journalist Lawrence Meyer explains and spells out how dissenting senators, conceivably representing no more than 12 percent of the population, can stymie legislation.
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