Thread: General Politics Filibuster Reform Is Upon Us
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:31 AM   #140
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Reportedly there's somewhere between 48 to 51 votes for the new rules package. Reportedly:

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The rule changes in question were handed out to reporters; both senators averred that the "talking filibuster" was the hardest to build a majority for.

1. Eliminate the Filibuster on Motions to Proceed: Clears a path to debate by making motions to proceed not subject to a filibuster, but providing two hours of debate.

2. Require a Talking Filibuster: Forces Senators who filibuster to actually speak on the floor, greatly increasing public accountability and requiring time and energy if the minority wants to use this tool to obstruct the Senate.

3. Expedite Nominations: Reduces post-cloture debate on nominations from 30 hours to 2 hours, except for Supreme Court Justices (for whom the current 30 hours would remain intact).

4. Eliminate the Filibuster on Motions to Establish a Conference Committee: Reduces the steps to establish a conference committee from three motions to one, and limits debate the consolidated motion to 2 hours.
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