[Rushtalk] Harry Reid Plotting to Abolish the Filibuster
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Harry Reid Plotting to Abolish the Filibuster
By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) |
There is no breathing room this year for those of us who fight endless
GOP capitulations in Washington. Within the first few weeks of the new
session, we must confront a grave assault on the Filibuster in the
Harry Reid is plotting some version of the “nuclear option” to limit the
filibuster when the Senate convenes to adopt the rules package for the
new Congress. It essentially works like this. Every rules change in
the Senate requires a 67-vote threshold to adopt the change. Harry Reid
is offering the absurd argument that the Senate is not a continuous
body, and is therefore not governed by the rules of the previous session
on the first day of the new Congress (before the rules package is
adopted). With that in mind, he plans to abolish the filibuster on “the
motion to proceed” and limit the minority’s ability to offer amendments
when they vote on the rules package. He plans to do this with a simple
Although the Senate already convened last Thursday, Reid used a
parliamentary procedure blocking any adjournment of the Senate, so that
the body will technically remain in its first “legislative day.” This
will provide him with the opportunity to pull the trigger later this
Aside for the fact that this represents an egregious power grab,
especially in light of his refusal to allow Republicans to offer
amendments to bills, his justification to change the rule is based upon
a falsehood. The Senate is absolutely a continuous body, as represented
by staggering terms with Senators elected for 6 years.
The reason why filibusters have become so pervasive, even on the motion
to proceed with debate, is because the filibuster is the only leverage
Republicans have to force through a mere vote on their amendments.
Harry Reid always uses a parliamentary maneuver to fill the amendment
tree with pro forma amendments before anyone can offer anything. As
such, an effort on the part of Republicans to give into this unfair and
unbinding power grab would be suicidal to their own interests.
Unfortunately, there is no lack of Republicans who are willing to comply
with Democrat demands. Senators Carl Levin, Chuck Schumer, and John
McCain are floating an alternative to Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid’s effort to break the Senate’s rules to change the rules. A
bipartisan group of senators is proposing to put modest limits on
filibusters, the procedural delays that minority parties often use to
grind the Senate’s work to a halt.
The idea would provide the Majority Leader with two new ways to proceed
to bills with severe limits to a filibuster of a motion to commence
debate on a bill. One option would allow the Senate to immediately
proceed to a bill with a rule that allows two amendments by Republicans
and two by Democrats. This would exclude rank-and-file members from
offering amendments to bills, allowing only leadership-approved
A second option would allow a bipartisan group of ten Senators to move
to proceed to a bill in a manner that makes it impossible to engage in
extended debate. It is unclear if any amendments would be allowed to
bills agreed to by this option.
A second proposal would be a new procedure that would make it virtually
impossible for Senators to block a conference committee on a bill.
Senator Jim DeMint has made it a practice to block conference
committees, because they have a long history of rewriting bills and
ignoring controversial amendments approved by the House or Senate and
committed to the conference committee. Furthermore, the leadership
could use a conference committee to load up bills with matters unrelated
to the matters committed to a conference report. It would make secret
deal making much easier for Capitol Hill insiders. One other provision
of the rules change would change the filibuster of nominations to only
apply the regular rules to Cabinet level officials, the Supreme Court
and Courts of Appeals.
Taken as a whole, these ideas will not improve the Senate. They would
also reward Reid for his obstructionism, while diminishing the power of
conservative stalwarts to disrupt the bipartisan commitment to grow
Cross-posted fromThe Madison Project
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