Reid, McConnell May Weaken Filibuster Reform

Senior senators hold private talks ahead of new Congress
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2010 1:25 PM CST
Reid, McConnell May Weaken Filibuster Reform
From left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and other lawmakers are shown June 16, 2010.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Looks like filibuster reform won't be all that sweeping, after all. Junior Democratic senators—including Tom Udall of New Mexico—are pushing to revamp the rules to prevent what they say is Republican obstruction, but the Senate leadership of both parties looks ready to water down any changes, reports Talking Points Memo. Harry Reid has been talking with Mitch McConnell on a “separate track” to reform, Udall tells TPM.

"This is being sorted out so privately that, as the days tick down until January 5, even reform advocates don't know where things stand," writes Brian Beutler. "Which means they might end up being very disappointed come January 6." (More Senate stories.)

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