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    reforming the Senate filibuster rules.

    Here's an excerpt and the link to the denverpost.com piece, "Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell:  Public Enemies, Private Friends."

    WASHINGTON — They are public enemies and private friends, men who refuse to campaign against one another and are masters of the back-room deal. . . .

    McConnell, in an interview, said: "It's important for us to have a good relationship, and we do. I consider Harry a friend, and I think we trust each other, and I think that's important for the institution."

    Reid, who wasn't available for comment for this article, told NPR this month that "I feel comfortable with my relationship with McConnell and the Republican caucus." He also said he was confident "that we can get some good things done." . . .

    More immediately, a group of Democratic senators led by Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado is pushing for changes to the rules for the filibuster, arguing that its routine use has rendered the chamber dysfunctional.
    Republicans oppose weakening the tactic, the minority's most powerful tool. While Reid has expressed support for altering some Senate procedures, he has said he wouldn't back changing the core of the filibuster — the requirement that 60 votes are needed to overcome it.
    This piece was written about last year's battle over the filibuster rules.  The current filibuster discussion appears to be a replay.

    Mollie

    “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    by musiccitymollie on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:40:15 PM PST

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