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What Filibuster ‘Reform’ Is Really About

*Cato* Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 2:56 PM
There has not been a true filibuster in over 25 years. A filibuster cannot occur until after cloture has been filed and the legislation has actually earned 60 votes to stop debate. Only when those two items are in the books can a filibuster begin. A filibuster is only succesful if a "motion to table" is successful.

As the current Congress wraps up, and in the after-glo of the election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is proposing to limit the ability of senators to filibuster in the next Congress. Of course, we’ve heard the arguments about Republican “obstructionism” and not allowing measures to come to a vote. Having spent seven years as Senate staff, this is all spin. Reid’s attempt to ”reform” the filibuster is about one thing:  limiting the ability of Republicans of offer amendments that Reid doesn’t want Democrats to have to vote on.

First, let’s remember that the objective of every majority leader is...

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