Musician Passionate About Senate Rules Reform

“I’m about as liberal and lefty as they come,” admits Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla in a recent Under the Radar interview. “But this is something that I absolutely support, regardless of who is in power.”

Walla was speaking about reforms to the rules in the United States Senate that would help end the obstruction that has occurred in the past few years.

The changes, Walla believes, will eliminate excesses in filibusters and cloture motions, allowing more bills to come to the floor for a debate.

“What is happening," Walla said. “Is that all it takes is 41 senators from an intransigent, irresponsible, intellectually dishonest party to say, ‘I don’t care what’s in your bill. We don’t want to talk about it....[Rules reform] would, I think, bring a sense of meaning back to so many things – back to voting, back to holding your elected representatives accountable for what they do.”

If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., gets his way, Senate rules reform would be one of the first topics of discussion when the new Congress convenes in January 2013.