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January 22, 2013

Filibuster Reform is Mostly Dead

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) "will present colleagues with options for reforming the Senate's filibuster rules in a Democratic caucus meeting Tuesday," The Hill reports.

The proposal "is not expected to include the talking filibuster, which would require senators who want to block action on legislation to actually hold the floor and debate for hours on end. In recent days, Reid has begun to focus on a proposal to tweak the filibuster rule by requiring the minority party to muster 41 votes to stall a bill or nominee. Under current rules, the responsibility is on the majority to round up 60 votes to end a filibuster."

According to Roll Call, Reid said that he plans "to continue to extend the legislative day of Jan. 3 -- the first day of the 113th Congress -- until the situation with the chamber's rules can be resolved."

David Frum: "In short, we're getting a very watered down version of what could have been a major step in pushing the Senate down the road to a parliamentary body."


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