Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Senate Committee to Hold Hearings on Filibuster Reform

Politico reports:

With Democrats lacking a filibuster-proof majority, Sen. Chuck Schumer [who chairs the Rules and Administration Committee] plans to begin holding hearings [on March 24] to reform the potent stalling tactic, an issue that has picked up steam among liberal and junior Democratic senators.

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With their agenda stalled and Democrats one vote shy of the 60 needed to break filibusters, Democrats have grown increasingly frustrated that Republicans have demanded that many pieces of legislation require a supermajority of senators to advance. Democrats acknowledge they lack the votes to reform the filibuster, but they are eager to argue that the procedural tool has been abused to an unprecedented level in recent years.

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