Maddow rips into Reid for caving to Republicans on filibuster reform

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, January 24, 2013 23:48 EDT
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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow slammed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday night for watering-down his filibuster reform proposal at the last minute.

“This was the day that everybody had been waiting for in terms of changing how the Senate operates, and if you hear sad trombones, that’s why,” she said.

Maddow played a series of clips of Reid calling for strong filibuster reform to prevent Republicans from blocking legislation, a tactic they have used excessively in the past years.

The filibuster reform approved by the Senate will prevent Republicans from killing bills before they can be debated, but still allows Republicans to block legislation by calling for a supermajority threshold. Many Democrats had hoped Reid would push for a reform that required legislators to speak on the floor until one side gives in, which is the common conception of a filibuster.

“Now they’re not going to be able to get anything done faster,” Maddow mockingly remarked.

“And that is the apex of Senator Harry Reid’s achievement today after those months, those years of promises that this time he was really going to do it… The stuff that they can’t do anything on is just going to fly by from here on out.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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