Half of the 2013 Senate now supports some form of filibuster reform


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that in the next session of Congress he'd push for rules to break the destructive, obstructive GOP filibuster habit. Now that Election 2012 is over, it turns out that half of the incoming Senate agrees with him that filibuster reform of some kind would be a swell idea.

The big question mark is what that would look like, but among the proposals is the "talking filibuster," meaning Senators would have to actually get up and vocalize their hineys off instead of just threatening to block legislation. And Harry Reid is for getting rid of the “motion to proceed”; Per Greg Sargent, "you’d no longer need 60 votes just to debate a bill. That would force debate into the light of day, rather than allowing Senators to procedurally execute bills in the dark of night."

The glimmer of light at the end of the very long GOP tunnel of obstruction is great news. Now it all has to be worked out. But at least there's hope now that there's nearly a majority supporting some kind of change.


Half of the 2013 Senate now supports some form of filibuster reform.

The train seems to be moving forward. [...]

On Tuesday, seven Dems were elected to the Senate, all of whom have pledged to back reform. So does newly elected independent Angus King. That’s 50.