The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

2 April 2005

The sub-nuclear option

Chris Lawrence comes up with a new Senate filibuster rule that might actually work:

[C]hange the cloture rule to require senators to vote to continue debate more than four hours; if two-fifths voted to continue debate, the debate would be extended another four hours; this procedure would repeat until either a motion to continue debate failed or the motion was withdrawn.

This proposal would properly put the onus on those senators who want to continue to debate; after all, if stopping a nomination isn't important enough for a senator to put a cot in his or her office, it probably wasn't that important in the first place.

Both sides get some of what they want: Democrats get to debate the nominations, Republicans get a vote on them. I like it.

Posted at 9:55 PM to Political Science Fiction