As the 113th Congress sets to convene, the call for Senate rules reform by newspapers remains steady. Here’s what they had to say:
"People around the country are crying out for us to find something to make the system work. Folks are looking at the last two years and saying this is the most dysfunctional Congress in history."
-- Oregon Live, December 27, 2012
“Most of the nominees awaiting a Senate floor vote are qualified, non-ideological choices who would easily win confirmation by wide bipartisan margins if McConnell would only allow the process to work as intended.”
-- Tampa Bay Times, December 29, 2012
With the filibuster having mutated beyond its original scope, form and intent, members of the U.S. Senate need to get back to basics. Let those who would talk a bill to death get up and start speaking, but no longer should they be able to bring proceedings to a halt any time they feel like it.
-- Times-Herald Record, January 1, 2013
“The Republican minority has used the filibuster to block a jobs bill, a farm bill, a highway bill, the Disclosure Act, the Dream Act and dozens of other Democratic initiatives. They perfected the tactic, and anyone who thinks that they would have handed that weapon intact to minority Democrats so that they could hamstring a Republican majority would have to be dreaming.“
-- Youngstown Vindicator, January 2, 2013
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