- Posted May 11, 2012 by
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Reid's Position on Senate Filibuster Rules "Evolves"
Apparently Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has had an epiphany as it would seem his position on maintaining the Senate's filibuster rules has now "evovled".
Last year, when two junior Senators sought to change the rules, Reid in joint agreement with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opposed making major changes to the filibuster rules. The 2 leaders did agree to minor changes.
But today, he angrily called for a big change.
Could it be that Reid is frustrated by Republican lawmakers successfully using the Senate's own rule to keep legislation those senators consider bad for the nation from approval?
Could it be that Republicans are simply using the Senate rules in response to Reid preventing votes on a majority of bills passed by the House of Representatives - even bills with bipartisan support?
Why the change of heart, Mr. Majority Leader?
You say you are tired of the gridlock, but continue to be a big part of the problem by declaring "dead on arrival" almost every bill passed by the House.
“If there were anything that ever needed changing in this body, it’s the filibuster rules, because it’s been abused, abused, abused,” Reid proclaimed from the floor of the Senate.
But Reid may be more bark than bite. It takes 2/3 of the Senate to approve rule changes. It is doubtful Republicans would be onboard. Reid doesn't have anywhere close to that number in his own caucus.
From the Cornfield, Mr. Majority Leader if you want to make a difference and break the gridlock, I would suggest you begin first with the man in the mirror.