Schumer To Hold Hearings On Undoing Filibuster Rules | TPMDC
The title is a bit off: Filibuster reform is what's being discussed.
At the very least, they need to go back to the old "read some recipes" format. Right now, a single person can hold up everything the Senate tries to do all the while sitting in their chair. When they get tired, they can get up and swap out a buddy to do it for them. This leads to the effect that if one party really wants it, they can make 60 votes a requirement for literally anything to get done, as well as wasting several days on each bill due to the cloture mechanics. (it takes a full day from petition to voting on cloture, and after that up to 30 hours of debate before an actual vote on the bill happens)Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said at a summit for progressive reporters, pundits and bloggers today that he is going to hold Rules Committee hearings on filibuster reform to dramatically change the process.
One man can stop the government with almost no effort. At the very least, they should have to work for it, to ensure that it only happens on things people are really invested in. Right now, the GOP is using filibuster, or threat of filibuster, on nearly every single piece of legislation no matter how small.