Senate rule has no connection to Constitution
The writer of the Nov. 27 letter titled “Senate action erodes protection of the minority” needs to be aware that the U.S. Constitution and our Founding Fathers have nothing to do with Senate Operating Rule 22, which established the 60-vote requirement to pass important legislation.
In fact, the rule usurps the original simple majority (currently 51 votes) requirement of the U.S. Constitution.
It was created by the Senate of 1917 as a method of stopping a filibuster to terminate bills deemed important to the welfare of the country.
Furthermore, its recent adjustment has nothing to do with Hawaii, as Rule 22 only protects the minority party and both of our senators are Democrats, which are currently in the majority.