Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Will the Filibuster go nuclear?

All eyes will be on the Senate today to see if they can and will reform the filibuster.

Proponents of filibuster reform have claimed that they can change the filibuster rules by a simple majority vote on the first day of a new session (today!), but that they otherwise need a two-thirds vote for such reform. Proponents want to, among other things, end secret holds and force members who want to filibuster to be present (meaning the mere threat of a filibuster will no longer be sufficient).

For more, click on articles from these news outlets: NPR (piece argues in favor of reform), WaPo (piece by Sen. Mitch McConnell argues against reform), WaPo, WaPo (Ezra Klein responds to critics), Bloomberg, and NYT.

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