Reid, McConnell Won’t Use Majority Vote on Rule Changes

The top Democrat and top Republican “in the Senate agreed Thursday to swear off seeking major changes to rules in the chamber in this Congress — and the next one,” The Hill reports.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced a series of rules changes for the Senate on which he struck an agreement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), among them an agreement to not seek changes to the filibuster or other rules.

"We’ve agreed that I won’t force a majority vote to fundamentally change the Senate … and he won’t in the future," Reid said in remarks early Thursday afternoon on the Senate floor.

Reid was referring to the so-called "constitutional option" that Democrats had sought to use in order to force changes to the filibuster, an effort that they had abandoned despite much saber-rattling by reform-minded liberals.

Under that option, Democrats would have sought reforms by using a simple majority vote, reasoning that, on the first formal day of a new session, the Senate can change its own rules with a majority instead of the 67 votes normally needed to change a rule.

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