Senate Majority Leader Shifts Stance In Acknowledgement Of Current Congressional Gridlock
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor to call for fixes to the filibuster, adding his voice to a growing reform movement. There have been 100 filibusters in the Senate in the last two years alone. Reid's frustration boiled over when senators used a filibuster to oppose routine renewal of the Export-Import Bank's charter and prevent debate on federal student loan rates.
Filibuster reform is point No. 3 in No Labels’ Make Congress Work! action plan and would require real (not virtual) filibusters and end filibusters on motions to proceed.
“Republicans and Democrats alike have abused the filibuster, and it’s long past time to reduce its unwarranted use in the Senate,” said No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston. “Reid’s willingness to shift his stance on the need for a filibuster fix takes political courage and should be applauded. With neither party knowing who will control the Senate next year, the time is ripe for bipartisan rule reform.”
“We’ve seen the serious misuse by both parties of a maneuver that was originally intended to protect minority rights,” said No Labels Co-Founder Mark McKinnon. “Filibusters are a major cause of congressional gridlock. It wasn't always this way. In the first 50 years of the filibuster it was used only 35 times. Now we've reached a ridiculous point where even routine matters need to clear a 60 vote Senate threshold to break the filibuster.”
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