While Republicans did not take control of the U.S. Senate, according to Senate Rules Democrats did not gain a filibuster-proof body, so Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to change the rules. This, of course, will be useful to Democrats as Obama appoints two to three Supreme Court Justices which finishes off the U.S. Constitution for decades to come, if not to infinity.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will try to push through a change to Senate rules that would limit the GOP’s ability to filibuster bills.
Speaking in the wake of Tuesday’s election, which boosted Senate Democrats’ numbers slightly, Mr. Reid said he won’t end filibusters altogether but that the rules need to change so that the minority party cannot use the legislative blocking tool as often.
“I think that the rules have been abused and that we’re going to work to change them,” he told reporters. “Were not going to do away with the filibuster but we’re going to make the Senate a more meaningful place.” Source: Washington Times
Lobbyists are in on the action:
Green groups said Wednesday that they plan to make Senate rules reform to limit filibusters one of their top priorities heading into the next Congress.
The organizations said they succeeded in their campaign strategy of electing Senate allies as a buffer against legislation from the GOP-dominated House.
But the groups said current Senate rules requiring 60 votes to move beyond a filibuster are untenable and will stunt progress on clean energy and environmental bills. Source: The Hill
Remember the Gang of 14, a group of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate who formed after TEN Democrat filibusters of G. W. Bush judicial appointments?
Senate Rules call for a two-thirds majority to change Senate Rules. Democrat Senator Strom Thurmond holds the record for filibusters, and Democrats used filibuster to try to kill the Civil Rights bill of 1964. A Democrat Congressman, Albert G. Brown coined the word “filibuster” in the U.S. in 1853, as related to federal legislation.
Democrat Senator Theodore Bilbo filibustered a 1938 anti-lynching bill. His name became a synonym for “white supremacy.” Graphic Credit: Steve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune Related h/t Ultermann Report: Valerie Jarrett – PayBack Time, which actually began 4 years ago.