Mitch McConnell: Filibuster Fight Is An Unnecessary ‘Bomb’ In The Senate

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Democrats Tuesday of throwing a “bomb” into the Senate by proposing to change rules for obstructing legislation with filibusters.Filibusters happen when a senator refuses to end debate on a measure and requires a three-fifths vote to proceed — a step that has been demanded more than 110 times in the current session of Congress.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has proposed changing the Senate rules when the next term starts in January to make filibusters a bit harder to achieve. Normally, Senate rule changes require a 67-vote majority, but Reid has proposed invoking seldom-used procedures — which opponents call the “nuclear option” — to make the changes with a simple 51-vote majority.Read More…
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Mitch McConnell: Filibuster Fight Is An Unnecessary ‘Bomb’ In The Senate

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