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  •  It'll be changed (3+ / 0-)
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    aseth, RockyMtnLib, HeyMikey

    The filibuster is in neither constitution nor statute.  It is simply a rule established by the senate for their own procedure.  The filibuster or any other rule can be changed in the beginning of a session, again by their own rule about changing their rules.

    Harry Reid will greatly tighten the filibuster rules.  The filibuster is important to the minority party, and some day the Democrats will again be in the minority.  The filibuster rules can be greatly tightened to allow things to get done by a simple majority vote while still allowing some protection to the minority party.

    The United States Constitution, Article I, Section 5:
    "Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings...."

    •  Yes, they can change their rules. (2+ / 0-)
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      2thanks, codairem

      The question is what will he do?  I fear that he won't go far enough in preventing the filibuster from remaining an everyday obstructionist tool.

      I'd like it to be difficult to use if it's still around.

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