Harry Reid to ShutDown Filibusters – Change Senate Rules

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.


  • Kathleen

    Rules don’t apply to them. I have stayed away from it all today, the last 4 years have exhausted me…

    • Kathleen, I feel the same way but I’ve been out of town and findalis has done the most incredible job posting for me. I know she’s exhausted, but she is still being an encourager. Maybe I’ll think about it “tomorrow,” as a famous Southern lady famously said.

  • Let him do this. These ideas have a way of biting the Democrats in the ass.

    BTW…Never assume a SCOTUS appointment will be what you believe it is. And there are Blue Dog Democrats in the Senate. They are responsible to their constituents. The 2014 elections are next. Remember 2010? These could be worse.

    Take heart. We can overcome this.

    • findalis, I love your optimism, my friend, but those Blue Dogs did nothing about Sotomayor or Kagan. They have exactly ZERO power in this administration. Are you sure there are Blue Dogs still in existance?

  • I have to be optimistic. Otherwise we will be fighting a civil war in less than a year.

    I wonder how many Senators and Congressmen remember 2010? We might need to remind them.

  • Good outcomes

    I am happy that the Bush Neocons that Romney was trying to put back into power got thrown in the trash.
    No more wars. No more military spending. Its time for only domestic needs and to turn to our own population and its interests.

    The Neocons are no longer a danger to us, there reputation is too damaged and their supporters are too old and few. Everyone one of those dirty FOX Neocon pundits who lied and claimed that the polls were wrong, the democrats were “oversampled”, etc.. now look like either fools or liars.

    You could not win even with all that neocon superpac money, and a movie in the theaters attacking obama, that no candidate has ever faced. You are finished, you just dont realize it yet.

    • Good outcomes, how about all those war-mongering Democrats who grabbed cameras and brought them to the Senate chamber as they championed both Afghanistan and Iraq and actually voted to go to war?