Bipartisan Deal Limits Filibustering

    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04:  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to members of the media after the Senate Democratic Weekly Policy Luncheon December 4, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Reid addressed negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff and mentioned possible changes to filibuster rules in the Senate.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    Senate Democrats and Republicans have made a deal setting some new limits for filibustering.The new deal is said to remove certain obstacles that prevent bills from getting to the floor in a timely matter. But don't get too excited. “The rules change doesn’t really do a lot,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson from Georgia. “It certainly preserves the 60-vote threshold, preserves the blue clip procedure. It preserves the filibuster.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has reportedly agreed to allow Republicans to add two amendments. The obstructionist filibustering tactic has caused the last Congress to be largely ineffective, and Republicans say their spiked usage of the filibuster is because Reid wouldn't previously allow amendments.

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