CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS
July 11, 2012 – 10:55 p.m.
McConnell Signals He’d Retain Filibuster Rules as Majority Leader
By Alan K. Ota, CQ Staff
While top Senate Democrats have threatened to curb the use of filibusters, Minority Leader
The Kentucky Republican took that position during a private dinner July 10 for members of the Rules and Administration Committee, a panel that considers Senate rules and procedures.
Two senators who attended the event in a dining room off the Senate floor said McConnell made it clear that he wants to retain current filibuster rules regardless of the outcome of the November elections.
“Mitch will run things differently,” said one of the senators, who spoke not for direct attribution. “It won’t be different because the rules are different.”
“I don’t think [McConnell] has changed his opinion on anything. . . . The Senate functions very well under the current structure,” said another senior Republican who attended the session.
Rules and Administration Chairman
Schumer said he was pleased that the minority leader participated in the give-and-take session with panel members. But he declined to comment on the substance of the discussion.
Last October, Majority Leader
While Reid and other senior Democrats say they have no plans for further changes this year that would limit Republican efforts to block legislation, they have signaled that they may move to limit the use of the filibuster next year if they retain the majority.
In May, an exasperated Reid praised Democrats
Reid mounted a new attack Wednesday on GOP “obstruction” of a White House-backed bill (
Despite such provocations,
“Mitch has made it very clear to all of us that if we’re in the majority, we’re going to end up taking tough votes, because he’s going to allow amendments,” Corker said.