Courts Reject Lawsuit Challenging U.S. Senate’s Filibuster Rule

Today is Election Day in the U.S. Most public opinion polls and political commentators say that the Republican Party is likely to emerge from the election with at least a simple majority in the U.S. Senate, i.e., more than 50 Senate seats. As a Democrat I lament this likely result and probably should be glad … Continue reading Courts Reject Lawsuit Challenging U.S. Senate’s Filibuster Rule

GOP Senators Continue To Flirt with Filibusters

This past January U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to press for adoption on a simple majority vote (at least 51 of the 100 Senators) of significant, but still flawed, reforms of the body’s filibuster rule. Instead Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to much weaker changes to the rule. Past posts have … Continue reading GOP Senators Continue To Flirt with Filibusters

Additional Reactions to U.S. Senate’s Adoption of Modest Reforms to Its Filibuster Rule

As already reported in a prior post, the U.S. Senate on January 24th adopted modest reforms to its filibuster rule, and the initial reactions were mixed. Here are some additional reactions. The Majority and Minority Leaders The brokers of the actual reforms–Democratic Senator Harry Reid, the Majority Leader, and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the Minority … Continue reading Additional Reactions to U.S. Senate’s Adoption of Modest Reforms to Its Filibuster Rule

U.S. Senate Adopts Modest Reform of Its Filibuster Rule

On January 24, 2013, the U.S. Senate adopted a bipartisan modest two-part reform of its filibuster rule. Both were adopted by over two-thirds of those voting and thereby complying with another part of its rules requiring a two-thirds vote to amend the rules. This bipartisan reform package was brokered by Majority Leader, Democratic Senator Harry … Continue reading U.S. Senate Adopts Modest Reform of Its Filibuster Rule

U.S. Senate Again Postpones Decision on Filibuster Reform

Yesterday was supposed to have been the day when the U.S. Senate would decide whether and how to reform its rules regarding the filibuster. However, it did not happen. Decision was postponed again. The apparent reason for the delay is the desire of Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (Democat of Nevada), to continue discussions about … Continue reading U.S. Senate Again Postpones Decision on Filibuster Reform

U.S. Senate Postpones Decision on Filibuster Reform to January 22nd

On January 3rd the U.S. Senate convened for the first time in the 113th Congress. Since amending its rules is one of the first orders of business, four resolutions were offered to do just that. But no debate and action were taken on those resolutions and instead were postponed to January 22nd when the Senate … Continue reading U.S. Senate Postpones Decision on Filibuster Reform to January 22nd

Only Three Days Until U.S. Senate Decides on Filibuster Reform

On January 3, 2013, the U.S. Senate of the 113th Congress convenes for the first time. One of the first items of business will be adoption or amendment of its rules. Prior posts have examined the so-called “speaking filibuster” reform proposal led by Senator Jeff Merkley of Washington State. Although I think it does not … Continue reading Only Three Days Until U.S. Senate Decides on Filibuster Reform

District Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of U.S. Senate’s Filibuster Rule

On December 21, 2012, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule.[1] The court did not reach or discuss the merits of the constitutional issues even though it said that the filibuster rule was “an important and … Continue reading District Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of U.S. Senate’s Filibuster Rule

Update on Changing the U.S. Senate Filibuster Rule

Prior posts have discussed the internal Senate movement for reforming its filibuster rule that now requires 60 of the 100 Senators to agree to vote on the merits of most proposed legislation and confirmation of presidential appointments. Other posts have covered the pending federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of that rule. There have been further … Continue reading Update on Changing the U.S. Senate Filibuster Rule

Former U.S. Senator and Vice President, Walter Mondale, Supports Changing the Senate Filibuster Rule

 Former U.S. Senator and Vice President Walter Mondale supports changing the Senate’s filibuster rule to make the body more accountable and responsive to the needs of the people. He did so in testimony before the Senate’s Rules Committee on May 19, 2010. Mondale reminded the Committee that a majority of the Senate “shall constitute a … Continue reading Former U.S. Senator and Vice President, Walter Mondale, Supports Changing the Senate Filibuster Rule