Democrats Hopeful About Changing Filibuster Rules
Indeed, Reid commented earlier this year that he was “wrong” to reject filibuster changes in favor of an informal “gentlemen’s agreement” with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. And in his first post-election press conference, Reid planted himself firmly in the filibuster overhaul camp, vowing, “We’re going to make it so that we can get things done.”There were some side discussions on the Filibuster in other threads, but it's a big enough issue that it probably deserves its own thread.Several Democrats, including Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, have indicated the talking filibuster has momentum in the caucus.
The “talking filibuster” proposal would require opposition senators to hold the floor after a cloture motion received majority vote but failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to limit debate under the current rules. If the senators gave up control of the floor, there would be a process for ending debate without needing the supermajority currently required. Senate aides said how that would happen remains under discussion.
My feelings towards the filibuster are not particularly friendly ones, the recent trend has been to simply filibuster everything coming before the Senate. The talking filibuster proposal seems like a good way to ensure that bills can't simply be killed without action, without marginalizing the minority.