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January 23, 2013

Filibuster reform at a pivotal stage

(Continued)

Behind this debate, say multiple Senate staffers, is the simple fact that Reid and some of the other senior Democrats really don’t really want to change the filibuster. They remember being in the minority, they remember all the policies they blocked, and they prefer to keep the filibuster strong for the day they lose power. They’re frustrated by what they see as Republican overuse of the filibuster and they want to make the Senate work more efficiently, but they don’t particularly want to make it work very differently. It’s only if they come to believe that Republicans won’t, under any circumstances, allow the Senate to operate more efficiently that they’ll even consider making it work differently.

 

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