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March 2, 2015

Filibuster Reform Takes Shape

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “is considering several significant changes to Senate procedures… But the plan Reid is weighing would not go as far as outspoken Senate liberals are advocating,” Politico reports.

“Reid’s most pressing demand is to eliminate filibusters used to prevent debate on legislation from starting. He also wants to end filibusters used to prevent the Senate from convening conference committees with the House. And he’s eager to pare back the use of filibusters on certain presidential nominations.”

“Reid is considering requiring at least 41 senators to sustain a filibuster. That would amount to a subtle shift to force opponents to ensure every senator is present in order to mount a filibuster.”

  • xian

    Looks like Reid is now favoring eliminating the filibuster that prevents debate from beginning? If so, that’s a step in the right direction, as it never made sense to filibuster the start of debate, even under the premise of the filibuster.

    • Jason A. Quest

      Yeah, the rationale behind the filibuster was that it is a tactic to *continue* discussion (to persuade members that a bill is unwise), not to *prevent* discussion of it.

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