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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dem senators seek to kill filibuster

Two Senate Democrats on Thursday formally launched their quixotic effort to kill the filibuster.

Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) re-introduced a bill Harkin first unveiled in 1995 that would set a gradually lowering threshold to shut off debate on legislation, starting at 60 votes and lowering to 51 over a period of time.

Such a change to Senate rules would require 67 votes — an impossible threshold to reach, given the chamber’s make-up and divisiveness. While Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has backed the measure, Harkin and Shaheen said they have no Republican co-sponsors. They are unlikely to get any.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think they're like the cheatin' kids in a game of Candyland. They seek to change the rules so they can benefit. TERRIBLE. I blame their parents for raising them badly.

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