Question about the Constitution

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    Hello.

    I'm sure it's in there somewhere but can someone point me to the Article/Section that says it takes a MAJORITY to pass bills in Congress? Like it currently requires 51 Senators and 218 in the House.

    Where in the Constitution does it say that you need a majority to pass a bill.
     
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    It doesnt. each house can make up its own rules, and the only real way to make up a rule in a legislative body is to have more than half want to do it.

    Majority rule in the house is by its own rules. This is why you have a filibuster in the senate, and the so called "60 vote" rule.

    "Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a member."
     
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    So, do you need a majority of "YEA" votes to pass a bill or a plurality.

    Thanks for the response, BTW.
     
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    You would need to get the rules for each house, I believe that each house requires a certain number of members present before a vote can take place.
     
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    Yes, there is a quorum (sp?) needed. What I'm interested in is that if the quorum is 70, could a bill pass with 36 votes for example.

    If so, the founders overlooked a pretty big thing, I think.
     
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    it depends on the bill being presented, some require a majority vote of a certain number, others can be voted on with any majority passing the bill.
     
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    Well a majority means over 50% such as 51% v. 49%
    A plurality means the most of what is there...34% v. 33% v. 33%

    When a bill is introduced for a vote, there is two choices (usually), YEA and NAY so that would result in a majority.

    The question is that if the quorum is 70 senators for example, will 36 approve or defeat the bill?
     
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    You have this a little convoluted. The Senate does not require 60 votes to pass a bill, just 51, if everyone is present. The 60 is necessary to end debate. The reason why it seems like it takes 60 is that filibusters are often threatened when that figure isn't met, hence gridlock in Congress.
     
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    Personally, I think it should take 2/3 of both houses to pass any legislation given how much effect the federal government can have on the entire country. This would force both sides to work together and compromise more in order to get anything done.
     
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