Thu November 21, 2013
Sens. Reed, Whitehouse back Senate filibuster change
Both Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Senators supported Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to change Senate rules to break Republican filibusters of President Obama’s nominees.
Sen. Jack Reed said he doesn’t see the change to get a majority rule threshhold for nominees as a victory for either Democrats or Republicans. Rather, Reed said, ``the goal is to get Congress working more effectively because the country deserves better.’’
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said that ``nothing in the Constitution gives the Senate minority the right to obstruct nominees. This pattern of obstruction had to stop.’’
The rule change came on a largely party line after partisan rancor between Democratic and Republican leaders had triggered gridlock in appointing federal judges and other top level federal officials.