Editorial Roundup, December 5, 2012

Filibuster reform is showing up on editorial pages around the country.  The confrontation about the rules between Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor has brought new attention to the causes of Senate gridlock and the proposed solutions.

“Today, though, the question is simpler: Can the Congress, with senators irresponsibly wielding the filibuster, conduct the nation’s business? The answer – as of today, at least – is no. Something has to give.”
-- The Buffalo News, November 28, 2012

“These are instructive moments in public life that Americans should know about. If an elected official wants to stick his neck out on something he feels passionate about, his constituents and the American citizens should know. And any reward or punishment in the next election should be his due.”
-- The Daily Camera, December 2, 2012

“Not one filibuster was recorded in the Senate until 1841. The average in the decade of the Reagan and Carter years was about 20 per year. Senate Republicans used the filibuster a record 112 times in 2012 and have used it 360 times since 2007.”
-- The San Jose Mercury News, December 4, 2012

“Instead, they can go on FOX News or other cable news channels and pontificate about how they are using that time-honored procedure of integrity, the filibuster. This farce has been going on for a long time; both parties have used the faux filibuster.”
-- The Standard Examiner, December 4, 2012

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