30 Nov '12, 6pm

Sen. Jeff Merkley on the (surprisingly nontrivial) chances for filibuster reform

Sen. Jeff Merkley on the (surprisingly nontrivial) chances for filibuster reform

Unlike many of his older colleagues, who have been serving in the Senate since dinosaurs roamed the earth, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and some of his freshman colleagues — notably New Mexico’s Tom Udall (D) — are not so enamored of Senate mythology that they are blind to the dysfunction unspooling before their eyes. Ever since he was elected to the Senate in 2008, Merkley has been an insistent and occasionally impatient voice for reform, especially focused on the filibuster, which imposes a de facto 60-vote supermajority requirement on all Senate business (and is terrible in a whole variety of ways

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/sen-jeff-merkley-on-the-surpris...

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