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"Thanks to all of you who encouraged me to consider filibuster reform" Many Republicans are thanking former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for changing the filibuster rules.
Changing filibuster rules is not without historical precedent. In 1917, the bar for a filibuster was set at 67 votes, and in 1975 it was reduced to 60.
Advocates of filibuster reform had hoped to strike early, before it’s clear which party is likely to win the Senate in November.
The filibuster lasted for 12 hours and 42 minutes (starting at 13:18, and speaking until 2:00 in the morning), thus breaking the previous record held by his party-colleague Madeleine Petrovic (10 hours and 35 minutes on March 11, 1993), after which the standing orders had been changed, so speaking time was limited to 20 minutes.
A filibuster in the United States Senate is a dilatory or obstructive tactic used in the United States Senate to prevent a measure from being brought to a vote. The most common form of filibuster occurs when one or more senators attempts to delay or block a vote on a bill by extending debate on the measure.
The filibuster has undergone many reforms before (most recently in April 2017), and if the Senators decide filibuster reform would benefit the Chamber, various options they could consider are presented here. These options are a starting point for consideration, and this is not, by any means, a comprehensive list.
So if you fail to close debate with 60 votes, then the next time you need 59 to close debate (aka stop the filibuster). Likewise, closing debate with 60 means you need 61 next time.
A few thoughts on filibuster reform: 1. The reason there wasn't root-and-branch reform of the filibuster is that most Senate Democrats didn't want root-and-branch reform of the filibuster.
So, why did Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) cut a deal on filibuster reform despite having voiced support in the not-too-distant past for the possibility of big changes?
With the filibuster rules now rewritten — the most significant change since the Senate lowered its threshold to break a filibuster from two-thirds of the body to three-fifths, or 60 votes, in ...