July 16, 2013
When things don’t go his way, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) tries to change Senate rules. Now he wants to give the minority party even less of a voice in the Senate by changing the rules governing filibusters.
Currently, it takes 60 votes to end a filibuster in the Senate, but Reid wants to change this to a simple majority.
The filibuster is a valued tool of minority Senators to keep the majority from simply enacting everything it wants. It’s one of the major differences between the House and Senate, making the Senate the more deliberative chamber.
Reid and President Obama have both flip-flopped on this issue. In 2005, President Obama made the case for the filibuster:
Everyone in this chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster – if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate – then the fighting and the bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse.
But now, eight years later, Obama and Reid’s Democratic Party holds a majority in the Senate. And they want to curtail the filibuster in order to push through their liberal agenda more quickly.
Do you think it’s fair to curtail the filibuster and limit the rights of the Senate minority?