Washington, D.C. – Following reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Senators are considering changing Senate rules to prevent a filibuster of legislation to raise the debt ceiling the Fix the Senate Now coalition released the following statement:
“Once again, the default 60-vote threshold for every order of Senate business is threatening both the functionality of the United States Senate and the basic operations and obligations of the federal government. And this time, the consequences could be catastrophic.
“This past summer, the stalled confirmations of seven qualified executive branch nominees helped trigger a showdown and eventual agreement over Senate rules and nominations. As we noted at the time, that agreement was an important first step, but the true test of the supposed new direction in the Senate would be on nominations and matters outside the scope of this summer’s agreement.
“Filibustering a debt ceiling increase would ensure that our country can’t pay its bills and would be devastating to our ongoing economic recovery. The very fact that outdated Senate rules could enable this scenario is a reminder of why Senate rules change remains a critical topic of conversation.
“Senator Reid and other responsible members are right to consider reforming the rules of the Senate itself, to cut down on obstruction, end the gridlock, and avoid an economic catastrophe.”
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