Senate to consider filibuster changes
Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is part of a group of Democrats who want to change rules dictating the use of filibusters.
January 4th, 2011
06:25 PM ET

Senate to consider filibuster changes

Senate Democrats anxious to reign in what they consider abuse of the filibuster by Senate Republicans will formally propose changes Wednesday to how and when senators can use the stalling tactic. 

However, Senate leaders will postpone votes on the proposals until late January at the earliest as they negotiate possible compromises to the politically contentious issue, according to Senate leadership aides from both parties.

Frustrated by Republicans’ escalating use of the filibuster to stall routine legislation and nominations, a group of Senate Democrats is trying to build support for a wide range of proposed changes that would curb the use of filibusters but not ban them entirely.

When the Senate convenes Wednesday, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico will introduce one or more proposed changes.  Typically, a Senate rule change requires a super majority of 67 yes votes, something that will be difficult for Democrats, with their narrow 53-seat majority, to achieve.  However, on the first legislative day of a new Congress, a simple majority of senators, just 51 votes, can approve new rules.

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  1. Samsta

    No buy american wait whats made n the usa mean oh right GOP TEAPARTY @ MY PLACE I HAVE THE POISON TEA I MEAN LALALALAhmmmOK

    January 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bleh

    Samsta, you are a (_!_)

    January 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Matthew

    so, these cowards want to change the rules when it is easy to do so... not wait until they can write rules that are LOOKED AT, READ, or UNDERSTOOD. Seems typical... of cowards.

    January 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Your comment is typical..of an imbecile.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bleh

    You're right....it's soooooooooooo cowardly to want to change the rules to prevent long-winded blowhards from obstructing something because it doesn't fit in to their greedy agendas of lining their own pockets. The jerks!

    January 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    @Matthew:
    Do you even know what filibuster means?
      filibuster – Informal term for any attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter by debating it at length, by offering numerous procedural motions, or by any other delaying or obstructive actions.
    I have never seen a filibuster by a Dem, although I am sure it has been done. Every time I hear about a Senator threaten-and I do mean threaten-it's a Republican. Just the words "threaten to filibuster" conjures up an "or else" kind of scenario. So, isn't it really the ones who "threaten" to filibuster the ones who are the cowards?

    January 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patch

      FWIW, the December 10 speech by Bernie Sanders has been called a filibuster by many (in spite of his words of it not being, strictly speaking, a filibuster). Sanders is an independent, but he, like Lieberman, caucuses with the Democrats.

      January 5, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stickemup

    Only way obama wouldnt get reelected if they killed him blacks and mexicans numbers in 2012 will go through the roof 4 more yrs of obama the great is on its way

    January 5, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Stickemup

    Kill all republicans including the uncle tom black ones f~ckn race traders

    January 5, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Richard in Texas

    Stickemup. You are an idiot.
    Can the Republicans never stop whinning? The vote is within the rules of order for the Senate. Just like the over use of the fillibuster is within the rules. Speaking of cowards. Why would the Republicans not allow up or down votes on things in the Senate? Virtually everything was fillibustered or stalled.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
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