VP Position Key to Senate Reform

Vice Presidents have a unique role in relation to the Senate. As the president of the Senate, the Vice President holds the tie-breaking vote.

So, ahead of Thursday’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate rules reform is a particularly relevant issue. The process for rules reform in the next Congress will be hotly debated, and the Vice President’s vote may be critical.

Here’s what we would want the debate moderator to ask: As the potential deciding vote in the Senate, do you support changing the rules so that it becomes easier for a majority to pass good legislation?

If not, how would you recommend fixing the nation’s highest legislative body, a place where legislation has recently come to die?

In 2010, Biden recognized the problems with the filibuster, saying that it has been “abused.” Things have only gotten worse since then.

Last Friday, Drew Atkins, Public Affairs Executive at Edelman Public Relations, Mark Green, Co- Author of "Who Runs Congress?", Richard Arenberg, Co-author of Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate, and Shane Larson, Legislative Director at Communications Workers of America debated whether reforming the filibuster is critical to restoring a functioning Senate. During the debate, Larsen pointed to the important role the Vice President will play in rules reform. Check out the video below.

Scrapping the Filibuster Use