Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Senate rules reform
I'm pleased to learn that retired Senate parliamentarian Alan Frumin favors a couple of reforms I have been pushing for in recent years. He wants to end all filibusters on the "motion to proceed" -- that is, to take up a measure -- and to limit filibusters on short-term presidential appointees, though not on Supreme Court justices serving for life. Like me, Frumin sees value in some ultimate filibuster power, but he wants to cut the frequency and limit the abuses.