The main objection seems to be that the current cloture rule, which requires the votes of 60 senators to end debate on a piece of legislation, simply makes getting things done too difficult.
Mondale isn’t sure of the exact solution, but throws out a few examples:
Reducing the number of votes to end a filibuster, perhaps to 55, is one option. Requiring a filibustering senator to actually speak on the Senate floor for the duration of a filibuster would also help. So, too, would reforms that bring greater transparency — like eliminating the secret “holds” that allow senators to block debate anonymously.
Answer by LoriKeet at 4:27 PM on Jan. 3, 2011
When it is being abused like it has been with this last congress, then something need to change. It was used more then double any other congress in our history. Maybe they should set limits on how many times you can filibuster, then the minority would have to choose their battles more carefully, and not just stop anything from ever getting done.
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