The Democrats would leave intact the ability of the minority party to filibuster legislation and nominations, meaning that in most cases it would still take 60 votes to get anything done in the Senate. But they want to require senators to be on the floor if they intend to try to debate a bill to death and would make other changes to streamline the Senate’s operations, including ending the practice of secret “holds” by a single senator on legislation or nominees.
I'm all for getting rid of secret "holds". And I do think that filibusters, if a group is going to do them, need to be "in person". It shouldn't be conveinent. They should still exist, though.
However, Democrats are doing this to benefit themselves in the next Congress, when their majority is smaller. Notice they were not for these changes when they were in the minority.
In fact, Democrats were against the "nuclear option" on judicial filibusters when in the minority, then actually considered using the "nuclear option" when in the majority.
Remember, what looks great when you are in power can come back to bite you...hard...when you are not. And that goes for both sides of the aisle. The Senate should be hard to get legislation through...it forces compromise, which is good for all of us.
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