Senators Getting Cold Feet on Changing Rules By Majority Vote

By: Monday December 10, 2012 1:52 pm

The one reason that a set of filibuster reforms that fall short of eliminating the 60-vote Senate may still allow for majoritarian democracy in that body is that it would set the precedent that the Senate can determine its rules with a majority vote rather than a 2/3 vote. The minority still obstructing consistently would [...]

Silly Agreement on Senate Rules Finalized

By: Thursday January 27, 2011 9:47 am

Harry Reid just spoke on the Senate floor with the final deal on rules changes in the 112th Congress. David Waldman gave an outline of this earlier this morning, but now we know precisely what will get a vote, and what will pass, under the agreement. • Eliminating secret holds: This includes allowing Senators to [...]

The Complete Failure of Senate Rules Reform

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 7:46 am

The most consequential action in Washington happened just a bit before the State of the Union last night. On the Senate floor, Jeff Merkley, Tom Udall and Tom Harkin talked about their project to reform Senate rules. And talked. And talked a little more. They talked more than they expected, in fact, because they were [...]

Schumer’s Senate Rules Reform “Deal” is Unwritten

By: Tuesday January 25, 2011 8:25 am

By now we have a sense of what Chuck Schumer will present to his caucus on a Senate rules reform deal. There will be three main pieces – banning secret holds, removing a handful of Presidential appointments from advise and consent consideration (the number I’ve seen is about 100 out of roughly 1,400), and ending [...]

Sen. Merkley Leads Drive Toward Senate Rules Reform

By: Friday December 17, 2010 8:10 am

The collapse of the omnibus would not have occurred if there wasn’t a tremendous backlog on the Senate calendar and a need to get to those items. The Senate’s current rules make it very easy for a determined minority to painlessly create crisis moments and work their will on the body, despite a lack of [...]

Senate Rules Reform Campaign Gains Momentum

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 11:57 am

If you want to know exactly what’s happening on the campaign to change the Senate rules, consult Chris Bowers. Let me say at the outset that I do not expect this battle, even if successful, to usher in a new dawn in Washington where the legislature functions perfectly. Full elimination of the filibuster is not [...]

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