The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 25, 2012

Our View: Filibuster rules need change


A full rule change on filibusters would require 67 votes. Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated he may try for a smaller change that could be implemented without a super-majority. That would be a start even though those lesser changes would have a muted effect.

When the new Senate opens in January the first order of business should be to change filibuster rules, allowing a simple majority of votes to move legislation along. A legislative system in which one or just a few senators can torpedo bills is unacceptable at a time the nation needs important decisions to be made.

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