The Hill is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has the 51 votes needed to change the upper chamber’s filibuster rules. Historically, rules changes to Senate procedure are done with two-thirds support (currently 67 votes) in order to ensure bipartisanship. Making the change with only 51 Senators would mean only the majority of Democrats favor the move.
An ad hoc group of Senators from both parties is trying to broker a compromise reform that would speed certain processes along – such as some judicial nominations and the amending of bills – but so far their version of reform doesn’t include the most obvious change: Actually requiring an objecting Senator to verbally filibuster.
Call me simplistic, but I think presidential nominations should get an up-or-down vote, and filibusters should be real. There’s too much posturing in politics. I’d much rather see politicians put their reasons on the record than suffer through another year of finger-pointing.