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January 02, 2013


Filibuster Reform in Trouble

A filibuster reform proposal -- sponsored by Senators Carl Levin, Chuck Schumer, John McCain, and others -- is so weak that one of the leading reformers in the Senate, Jeff Merkley, tells Greg Sargent he will vote against it if it comes to the floor.

Said Merkley: "If Levin-McCain comes to the floor in its current form, I'll vote against it. I'll certainly encourage others to oppose it."

"That Merkley is sounding the alarm in this fashion suggests the prospects for real filibuster reform may be very bleak. If Merkley can round up some liberal votes against the final package, that might not stop it from passing, but it could cast real doubt on the seriousness of the proposal."












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