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Josh finalizes a six billion-dollar health care that has strong support from both parties in both houses and appears to be a slam dunk for passage, but 78-year-old Senator Howard Stackhouse pulls a last-minute surprise: he wants money added for autism research or he'll filibuster. Thinking it's just a bluff, Josh blows off the senator, who then filibusters for more than eight hours while the w.w. staff waits desperately to begin their weekend, with the episode unfolding as staffers write e-mails to family members describing the evening's action. Elsewhere, Sam tries to eliminate various costly government documents, for which he's taken to task by a very young intern. Written by meebly

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14 March 2001 (USA)  »

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The flag hanging behind senator Stackhouse is the Norwegian flag, as first flown in 1899, six years before Norway gained its independence from Sweden. See more »

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At the end, the Senator sent to ask a question to Senator Stackhouse says, "Point of Order Mr. Speaker" but in fact according to Parliamentary Procedure the proper way to ask a question to the speaker is "Point of Information." A 'point of order' is a question regarding the Parliamentary Procedure being used. See more »

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C.J. Cregg: I have the ancient curse of Bast, on me, OK? So back off, Sparky.
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