Editorial Roundup, November 28, 2012

More newspapers joined the call for Senate rules reform this week. Here’s what they had to say:

“In the past, filibusters were relatively rare. They were used to defend minority rights and ensure legislation got a full debate. Today, the minority party – whichever party happens to be the minority at the moment – uses the filibuster routinely to require 60 votes to get nearly anything done. In other words, the minority uses it to make the majority fail. How are voters to judge the majority party, when its progress is largely stymied by a filibustering minority?”

-- Concord Monitor, November 25, 2012

“One sensible reform would bring an end to most lazy filibusters. If a senator or group of senators feels strongly enough to block a piece of legislation, they should have the commitment to stand up and speak publicly against it — to actually engage in a filibuster.”

-- San Antonio Express-News, November 25, 2012

“We hope Reid and the rest of Congress realize just how frustrated the American people have become, watching the endless political maneuvering and bickering while the federal debt accumulates and vital work is left undone.”

-- Denver Post, November 25, 2012

“The modern filibuster has gone from being extraordinary — think of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" — to routine. And the predictable consequence is that very, very little gets done.”

-- Los Angeles Times, November 25, 2012

“Since 2006, there have been 385 cloture motions in the Senate, which require 60 votes and are the only way to end a filibuster. That is more cloture motions than the total number filed between 1917 and 1988.”

-- Tampa Bay Times, November 27, 2012

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