Liberal Leader Predicts the Filibuster’s Days are Numbered

Liberal Leader Predicts the Filibuster Is on Its Way Out

( – The Senate filibuster has become one of the most hotly-debated topics in the area of legislative procedure in recent years. With limited exceptions, it makes it possible for a member in the minority party to block progress in a legislative assembly and to actually block a vote by extending debate on the measure.

It’s the biggest obstacle currently facing the Democrats with regard to their lawmaking aims, and it’s not surprising that Liberals are discussing doing away with it. On Tuesday, March 16, former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) covered the topic on the ReidOut program on MSNBC. Reid claimed the filibuster was destined for removal, saying it was “not a question of if but when.”

Reid was talking about the filibuster in the context of comments Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made on the topic in the chamber on Tuesday. McConnell claimed the removal of the filibuster would lead to a “scorched-earth Senate,” that would resemble a “100-car pileup.”

Removing the filibuster, or limiting its efficacy, will not be easy for Democrats. Given what’s at stake for them, however, it appears likely they’ll do their best to pull it off.

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