andSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) told reporters this week,
‘‘I think that the rules have been abused and that we’re going to work to change them…We’re not going to do away with the filibuster, but we’re going to make the Senate a more meaningful place, we’re going to make it so that we can get things done.’
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)
“But here’s the honest truth: we’ll never do any of that [work] if we can’t get up-or-down votes in the Senate…[The current filibuster process] is not open debate — that’s paralyzing progress…The change can be modest: If someone objects to a bill or a nomination in the United States Senate, they should have to stand on the floor of the chamber and defend their opposition.
I’m joining Senator Jeff Merkley and six other newly elected senators to pledge to lead this reform on Day One, and I hope you’ll be right there with us. Our campaign didn’t end on Election Day — and I’m counting on you to keep on working each and every day to bring real change for working families. This is the first step.”
Tom Udall, responded on behalf of the GOP thus far.....
So it looks like the filibuster is about to be broken internally in some way. It looks like it's going to be modified someway, but I can't see how, without getting rid of it, you can change it that won't be abused.“I think there should be some support from Republicans on this one. We’re working with them. We’re having private discussions. I can tell you privately many Republicans are not happy with the way we do business in the Senate right now.”
What do you guys think?
Does it need to be reformed? I think it does. you?
Can it be effectively reformed in a way that will matter? I don't think so. You?