Reid Reportedly Working on Filibuster Reform Ideas

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “is in active discussions with his caucus about moving forward with reform in the new year, and is currently devising a plan to do just that,” a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide tells Greg Sargent.

At a caucus meeting this week attended only by Senators and no staff, Reid and fellow Dems devoted a significant chunk of time to a discussion about specific ideas on how to proceed, the aide says.

Though Reid has “said in the past that he’s generally supportive of reform, it has been unclear whether he would support active measures to make it happen.”

But the senior Dem leadership aide says Reid is already working on specific steps forward.

"They are already talking it through and devising a plan," the aide said of Reid and fellow Dems, adding that Reid is having "conversations" with other members of the caucus "about the best way to move forward."

The aide declined to say which specific reforms Reid favors and wouldn’t specify a timetable, saying it would tip the Dems’ hand to Republicans. Various ideas making the rounds include everything from proposals to make senators actually filibuster to tinkering with the vote number threshold to start and end debate. Dems are also coalescing behind the so-called "constitutional option," which has it that each new Congress has the right to set its own rules by simple majority vote.

This is the Senate, of course, so plans can always change or even disappear without a trace. But it looks like Reid is gearing up to try to make reform happen.


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