Reid and McConnell Agree on Rule Changes

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed on some rule changes today.

A press release from Reid’s office notes that, under the terms of this agreement, the Senate will hold votes on:

  • Eliminating secret holds, including the right of senators to pass their secret holds to another anonymous senator to keep a rolling secret hold;
  • Eliminating the delaying tactic of forcing the reading of an amendment that has already been submitted for 72 hours and is publicly available;
  • Legislation to exempt about 1/3 of all nominations from the Senate confirmation process, reducing the number of executive nominations subject to Senate delays, which will be scheduled at a future date under the terms of an agreement reached by Sens. Mitch McConnell and Lamar Alexander, Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chairman Joe Lieberman and HSGA ranking member Sen. Susan Collins, along with Sens. Reid and Chuck Schumer.

Additional agreements noted in the release:

  • Sen. McConnell agreed not to use the constitutional option to seek to change Senate rules “in this Congress or the next Congress.”
  • Sen. McConnell agreed to reduce use of the filibuster on motions to proceed and Sen. Reid agreed to reduce the use of “filling the tree” to block all amendments.

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