Contributor Rez sent me this video on the rules of the Senate.  Robert Dove served as the Senate Parliamentarian from 1981 to 1987 when he was dismissed by Senator Robert Byrd. He then went on to work for Senator Robert Dole until he was reappointed Senate Parliamentarian in 1995. According to that great source of misinformation, Wikipedia:

In 2001, he determined that Senate rules allow only one budget bill per year to be immune from filibuster.[3] The Parliamentarian may delete provisions in a budget bill if the provision has only policy implications or if it has no budgetary implications.[4] In 2001, Dove ruled to remove a Republican provision to allocate over $5 billion in the 2002 budget for natural disasters.[3] Following Republican anger about these rulings, he was dismissed by Republican Majority Leader Trent Lott. [5] Both times Dove was dismissed, he was replaced by Alan Frumin.

Upon leaving the United States Senate, he became a professor at The George Washington University, specializing in Congressional issues.[6]

Why is a Parliamentarian even subject to dismissal? Shouldn’t the Parliamentarian be independent of politics? It would seem to me that the American people would be better served if the Parliamentarian were appointed for a term of x years.

The Rules of the Senate

Hearing Mr. Dove speak reminded me of many of the roasts heard during the various services held for the Lion of the Senate, Teddy Kennedy, upon his death.  As I listened to a political opposite like Senator Orrin Hatch speak of his affection for the late Senator Kennedy, I realized how much of both of their lives had been spent on building coalitions and honest to goodness friendships. The senators need to return to the good old days.

4 Thoughts to “Parliamentarian Robert Dove: The Rules of the Senate”

  1. Wolverine

    That was excellent, Moon. Absolutely clear explanation of how the Senate works. You and I are old enough to remember the “old days.” Amen to that. Get rid of those unbearable egos and back to compromise for the good of all concerned.

  2. Hopefully the person who sent it to me will see your comments.

    I thought it was excellent also. I like how it elevated the senators. That sure explains, without a baseball bat, why a senate term is 6 years.

    How are those 17th century folks doing?

  3. Censored bybvbl

    It was a good explanation and shows the much needed differences between the House and Senate are important as well.

  4. Now if we can just repeal the 17th Amendment and have the Senators working for the states, instead of themselves, again…..

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