41 “lock-step” Senate Republicans can now hold hostage the 59% who are trying to get something done. We, the voters, need to force elimination of the “phantom” filibuster, the “silent” filibuster and “personal hold” and require a “talking” filibuster! A talking filibuster means that the filibuster bound Senator would have to come to the floor and actually talk on the issue. Maybe then the voters, already angry at congressional gridlock, would be even more fed up if forced to watch live filibusters tying up the Senate for weeks on end, and that might be deterrent enough to force a move to cut off debate and have a majority vote.
Apr 12, 2017