March 10, 2010
Posted: 04:30 PM ET
By Manu Raju
Senate Democrats on Wednesday sought to inject fresh momentum into efforts to overhaul the filibuster, with top Democrats laying the groundwork to reform the procedural weapon next year.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has long been opposed to changing the filibuster, said Wednesday that the Senate was "likely" going to have to make changes to the tool next year – complaining that it has been abused by Republicans.
"The filibuster has been abused. I believe that the Senate should be different than the House and will continue to be different than the House," Reid told liberal bloggers, according to the Huffington Post. "But we're going to take a look at the filibuster. Next Congress, we're going to take a look at it. We are likely to have to make some changes in it, because the Republicans have abused that just like the spitball was abused in baseball and the four-corner offense was abused in basketball."
Reid comments came as we was preparing to meet Wednesday afternoon with junior Democrats who are clamoring for a more confrontational approach to the GOP minority – including a more sustained effort to overhaul the filibuster. And they came after Sen. Chuck Schumer, No. 3 in Senate leadership, announced that his Rules and Administration Committee would hold a series of hearings looking at overhauling the practice.
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