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Warren Takes Aim at Filibusters

The senator-elect said voters “want fewer closed-door roadblocks and more public votes on legislation that could improve their lives.”

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren said she and other newly elected senators will work to reform the filibuster process on day one.

Warren, in a blog post on the Huffington Post, said the current filibuster system impedes open debate and paralyzes progress.

She said she saw it firsthand at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and heard from voters during the campaign that they “want fewer closed-door roadblocks and more public votes on legislation that could improve their lives.”

Warren wrote:

On the first day of the new session in January, the senators will have a unique opportunity to change the filibuster rule with a majority vote, rather than the normal two-thirds vote. The change can be modest: If someone objects to a bill or a nomination in the United States Senate, they should have to stand on the floor of the chamber and defend their opposition.

I'm joining Senator Jeff Merkley and six other newly elected senators to pledge to lead this reform on Day One, and I hope you'll be right there with us. Our campaign didn't end on Election Day -- and I'm counting on you to keep on working each and every day to bring real change for working families. This is the first step.

What do you think? Do you think the filibuster process is flawed and needs improvement or would you rather not see that process reformed? Let us know in the comments section. 

William Lowe November 23, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I suspect it won't go anywhere as BOTH parties use the filibuster. Why my goodness Ted Kennedy made it an art form.
Buster November 23, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Talk is cheap Granny... do something.
Margie Fulcher November 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Contrary to the other negative and rude comments (must be Republicans!) Elizabeth Warren is completely correct and following through on her belief in being accountable and transparent. Hey Ed, we Grannies are intelligent, obviously that leaves you feeling inadequate.
Andrew H. November 24, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Anyone who is against ending filibusters is for gridlock in Washington DC. Stop bashing on "Granny" and come to terms with the fact that the Democrats won- so they're in control of our collective political agenda.
Doogie R December 03, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I'm all for 'gridlock'... especially if it stops the crazed spending agenda that the liberal dem political hacks buy votes with for their partisan "collective political agenda"... warren is at the bottom of the lock step obama follower totem pole debacle... while warren is revving her high cheekbones.. maybe she could "stand on the floor of the chamber and" splain her questionable past actions and her campaign discrepancies during a filibuster... then she could watch the weight of the debt clock cave in the ceiling while obama and reid fiddle with the constitutional timbers... 'gridlock' may be the fire extinguisher that keeps Rome from burning...

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