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Report: Reid Short on Votes for 'Filibuster Reform'

David238 Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 2:24 PM
I don't think the filibuster should be allowed. It just serves as an end run around the Constitution, which states that bills pass on a 50-50 vote with a tie going to the VP. Having a pre-vote that must get a super-majority before a bill can be voted on is nuts. I supported the nuclear option when my side was in power, and I still support that position. Just because my side isn't in the majority doesn't change things. The gang of 7 had their heads in their butts when they decided the Senate didn't need to follow the Constitution.

An important update to this report from last week -- it appears that Harry Reid is struggling to cobble together the requisite 51 votes to nuke long-standing minority prerogatives in the Senate:

Democrats don’t have the 51 votes they need in the Senate to change filibuster rules that could make it harder for the GOP minority to wield power in the upper chamber. Lawmakers leading the charge acknowledge they remain short, but express optimism they’ll hit their goal. “I haven’t counted 51 just yet, but we’re working,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading...