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Sen. Lankford: How to Make the Senate Work Again

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 10:55 AM

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., rebuffed President Donald Trump's call to end the filibuster, suggesting instead that the Senate revise a number of "arcane rules."

Last week, Trump called on Republicans in the Senate to end the filibuster rule, which requires 60 votes to proceed with legislation.

Lankford, in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, defended the rule.

"The Senate should not go to a 51 vote majority for every vote. Because the Senate is the one entity in the federal government where the minority view is heard and deliberation is protected."

Although he acknowledges that "the Senate isn't working," he attributes this to two causes: "the arcane rules of the Senate" and Democrats who "abused Senate rules to stall the nomination process" for Trump's appointees.

"Since presidential nominations now require only a simple majority to pass, the majority party can confirm nominees without any minority party support. But the minority can force the full 30 hours of debate time provided within the rules, which they have repeatedly demanded. At the current rate, it will take 11 years to fill the executive branch."

Lankford recommends that legislators "reduce floor debate time for executive nominees from 30 hours to eight or less." He notes that "this rule change was adopted for a short time by the Senate in 2013, under Harry Reid," a Democrat.

"Second, we should lower the vote threshold on the 'motion to proceed,' which begins legislative debate and amendment consideration, from 60 votes to 51. Almost every bill in the Senate currently requires two votes of 60 senators, one vote to start debate and another to end it. We should change this rule to allow the majority party to open debate, while protecting the minority party by keeping the threshold to end debate at 60."

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