Reid: Filibuster Rules Will Be Curbed If Dems Keep Control of Senate

Thursday, 07 Jun 2012 12:56 PM

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Republicans have been able to frustrate Democrats’ majority in the Senate with use of the filibuster, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that will change if Democrats retain control of the Senate and President Barack Obama is re-elected in November.

"I'll just bet you . . . if we maintain a majority, and I feel quite confident that we can do that, and the president is re-elected, there is going to be some changes," Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday, The Hill reports. "We can no longer go through this, every bill, filibusters on bills that they agree with. It's just a waste of time to prevent us from getting things done."

Reid’s current concern is a possible GOP filibuster of the farm bill.

Under current rules, 60 votes are needed to end a filibuster. Currently 53 senators vote with Democrats — two of them are independents. Many political analysts expect Republicans to erase that majority in November.


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