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Reid Outlines Filibuster Changes

January 23, 2013 By: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Corrupt Legislature

From Roll Call:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has outlined a set of changes to the Senate rules he would like to enact in the coming days, even as senators in both parties said negotiations continued between the Nevada Democrat and his Republican counterpart.

At Tuesday’s Democratic caucus luncheon, Reid presented a package that would eliminate filibusters on motions to proceed and require the minority to muster 41 votes in order to block other agenda items, among other things. Reid said he is prepared to move forward with a simple-majority vote if there’s no agreement with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on a separate compromise proposal.

Reid told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he hopes to have a bipartisan agreement on changes to the filibuster rule within the next 24 hours to 36 hours, but emphasized that he was prepared to use the blunt object known as the “nuclear” or “constitutional” option if needed.

“If not, we’re going to move forward on what I think needs to be done. The caucus will support me on that,” he said. When asked if that meant he would take action with 51 votes, the Nevada Democrat said, “yes.”