The number of newspapers calling for Senate rules reform went up this week. Check out what they had to say:
“The overuse of the filibuster and the transformation of the Senate into a supermajority-approval body are a problem of bad parliamentary design.”
-- The Economist, December 14, 2012
While it has existed in roughly its current form as a tactic for blocking legislation in the U.S. Senate for nearly 100 years, it has been used more times in the last six years than through most of its entire previous history. Where it once was a legislative scalpel, it's now a blunt instrument.
-- The San Angelo Standard-Times, December 15, 2012
The 113th Congress will convene on Jan. 3, 2013, and we urge the new Senate to show that it is interested in a new way of doing business -- one that actually welcomes debate and accountability rather than allowing legislators to silently and anonymously block the people's business.
-- The Columbian, December 18, 2012