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Response to jeff47 (Reply #54)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:45 AM

59. Because as far as I can tell, that's what they've done when they've been in power.

I've been doing some searching to see if I could find stories of either Dole or Frist pushing for filibusterer reform and so far am coming up blank. Cloture didn't exist until 1917, and at that time it was pushed for by Woodrow Wilson and required 67 votes. In 1974 it was Democrats in the majority that pushed to get it down to a 60 vote requirement for cloture.

I think the biggest reason to suspect that if the republicans control the senate again they might try to make changes that weaken the hand of the minority, is that the Democrats are the ones currently trying to open Pandora's box. Once it is open, who knows what other rules changes we'd see. The senate is a body that is supposed to be more deliberative, where it is supposed to be much harder to pass a bill without a lot of serious compromise from both parties. That is by design, and is a design that has served us well for a couple of hundred years.

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