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. “We’re not going
to do away with the filibuster but we’re going to make the Senate a more meaningful place.”
Republicans, who have 47 of the chamber’s 100 seats in the current Congress,
have repeatedly used that strong minority to block parts of President
Obama’s agenda on everything from added stimulus spending to his
judicial picks. A filibuster takes 60 senators to overcome it.
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