Yesterday Harry Reid told the Senate GOP to cut a filibuster deal in 36 hours or face the nuclear option. Everyone on Twitter was so excited! Except me. I hoped, I yearned, I wished, but I didn’t expect the Dems to come through, because when it comes to filibuster reform, the Dems never come through.
Today’s comments by Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin are making me want to tear my hair out… again. Apparently, the talking filibuster is out.
What’s the talking filibuster? It’s when members would be required to actually stand and speak on the floor. No more ducking personal responsibility, no more “silent filibusters,” no more giving obstruction a pass.
Now Durbin is saying that Democrats do not have enough votes for the most effective part of the Merkley proposal.
Harry Reid’s “deal” with Mitch McConnell would “prohibit filibusters on motions to proceed, address rules for sending bills to conference, and reduce the floor time required for nominees once the Senate has voted to end debate on them.” But no talking filibuster.
But Reid does not have 51 votes to make the rules change that liberals say is most important: requiring senators who want to filibuster legislation to actively hold the floor and debate. If senators seeking to block business fail to continuously hold the floor, the matter could advance by a majority vote.
“I would say the talking filibuster at this point does not have 51 votes,” said Durbin.
Once again, my doubts were confirmed. Dems, you did it again.
At least you’re consistent.