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Reid Leaves Door Open to Completely Eliminating the Filibuster

Last year Democrats eliminated the filibuster for most presidential appointees, but that could just have been the first step towards completely getting rid of this absurd practice.

When asked by Bob Schieffer if he would be willing to do away with the filibuster entirely Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) refused to take the idea off the table.

Reid called the filibuster “a privilege not a right” and said the Founding Fathers decided it was only a few specifically important matters that should require a super majority vote.

While Reid said, “we’re not there yet” when it comes to completely eliminating the filibuster, he followed by claiming the “country cannot continue on the road that it’s on.”

Obviously, there is little reason to fully eliminate the filibuster as long as Congress is divided. But the more both sides talk about it, the more likely it is to happen once one party takes control of both houses.

Photo by Center for American Progress, used under Creative Commons license

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at