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April 12, 2010


Reid Has Killed Most Filibusters

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) "is on track to set the record for having the best batting average when it comes to killing filibusters," Roll Call reports.

"Since the beginning of the 111th Congress, Reid has won 90 percent of his efforts to cut off attempted Republican filibusters. Two former Majority Leaders -- Bill Frist (R-TN) and Mike Mansfield (D-MT) -- tied for the next best record of winning votes to end debate or invoke cloture; both Senators prevailed 63 percent of the time in the 109th Congress and the 94th Congress, respectively."

"If the Senate continues at its current pace, Reid will set a new record if he is able to win just one in five cloture votes for the rest of this Congress. Sixty votes are needed to beat back a filibuster and invoke cloture."












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