Harry Reid Endorses New Filibuster Reform Proposal
November 16, 2012 5:53 PM Subscribe
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As the least-productive Congress in a generation draws to a close
, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has spoken in support of a new proposal to reform the filibuster
. The proposed changes would not eliminate the filibuster, but would restore the talking filibuster, which requires that the opposition explain their objections and keep talking in order to delay a vote on the bill under consideration.
Filibuster reform has been discussed frequently over the last few years
. The Senate can vote at the start of a new Congress to change its rules, which requires only a simple majority vote. When the 112th Congress began in 2010, there was substantial support from the majority party for filibuster reform
, but the bill ultimately failed to receive the votes needed for passage
. At the start of the second session of the 112th Congress, Senator Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reached an informal agreement that would limit the number of filibusters and provide more opportunities for the minority party to offer amendments
. The Democrats have been frustrated by the substantial increase in the number of cloture motions filed since they regained control of the Senate in 2007
("Motions Filed"), while the Republicans have complained about abuse of the amendments process to limit minority input
When we hear about filibusters, many of us think of the rousing speech from "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
, Huey Long's infamous soliloquies
, or Bernie Sanders's (I-VT) 2010 filibuster
Disclaimer: Senator Sanders signed my copy of his book "The Speech"
, a transcript of his December 2010 filibuster.