Reid Moves on Filibuster

    In this  June 19, 2013, photo, Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio participate in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans and Democrats put goodwill to the test as Congress returns this week to potentially incendiary fights over nominations, disputes over student loans and the farm bill, and the uncertainty of lawmakers' political will to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws. That right is VP Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Carolyn Kaster/AP

    Let’s hope he didn’t think it would be easy: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed forward on Thursday with a series of votes on Obama administration nominees that will lead to a fight with Republicans over new limits on the filibuster. Abuse of the filibuster has introduced enormous dysfunction into U.S. politics, leaving many key federal positions empty for months and even years. Reid said he had exhausted all his options. “The place doesn’t work,” he said, “The American people can see the dysfunction here.” Reid’s move led to a testy exchange with Republicans, who have been the primary recent abusers of the filibuster. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Reid would go down as the “worst leader of the Senate ever” if he went through with the new rules.

    Read it at The New York Times