Senator Reid maneuvers to reduce GOP filibuster tactics

Posted Nov 7, 2012 by Michael Krebs
Just hours after a contentious US presidential election that has reinstated divisions in many congressional corridors, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) moved to limit GOP filibusters.
U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D Nev.)
U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D Nev.)
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With last night's US presidential election resolved just hours before, and with a popular vote that clearly demonstrated a divided nation (60 million votes for President Obama and 57 million votes for Governor Romney, at last count), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated his intention to muffle the Republican minority in the US Senate.
The Democratic Party retained control of the Senate, with notable victories in Virginia and Massachusetts, as the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. However, Republicans still have a sizable and vociferous minority - one that often works with the GOP-controlled House to counter legislation proposed by Democrats in congress and in the White House.
Senator Reid aims to put an end to that.
According to the Washington Times, one of Senator Reid's very first order of business will be to alter the rules of the filibuster debate tactic.
Reid desired to make the Senate a "more meaningful place."
“I think that the rules have been abused and that we’re going to work to change them,” Reid said, according to the Washington Times report. “We're not going to do away with the filibuster but we’re going to make the Senate a more meaningful place.”
It remains to be seen how the GOP minority will react to the Reid proposal, but it is nearly certain that partisan maneuvering will remain intact.