There is one idea he's considering, though, that's a good one.
Reid’s most pressing demand is to eliminate filibusters used to prevent debate on legislation from starting. He also wants to end filibusters used to prevent the Senate from convening conference committees with the House. And he’s eager to pare back the use of filibusters on certain presidential nominations.The talking filibuster is certainly the most democratic approach, in a small-d sense. It creates more accountability, more transparency in the opposing party by making them stand up before the C-SPAN cameras and the American public and make their case. It's also hard work, something that far too few senators have actually had to do in their careers. It should simply be a part of their job description, to have to stand before the chamber and actually debate.
Senators could still filibuster in any number of situations under this approach. But Reid is weighing whether to shift the burden of the filibuster from those who are seeking to defeat it onto those who are threatening to wage one. Rather than requiring 60 votes to break a filibuster, Reid is considering requiring at least 41 senators to sustain a filibuster. That would amount to a subtle shift to force opponents to ensure every senator is present in order to mount a filibuster.
But forcing an opposing senator to line up 40 of his or her colleagues to join in a filibuster would also be an effective tool. This is especially the case on nominations, which are often filibustered for reasons completely unrelated to the nominee, but almost always pass with far more than the necessary 60 votes. Either one of these reforms would help, but in combination they would make the Senate function again.
If you don't have a Democratic senator, call Reid's office at 202-224-3542, and tell him to include the talking filibuster and/or flipping the burden of the filibuster.