Senate Expected to Vote on Rule Changes

Despite the weather, the Senate is "scheduled to be in session Thursday, with votes expected on five resolutions that would change the chamber’s rules," Roll Call reports.

The resolutions would eliminate “secret” holds on nominations, waive the reading of legislative business, reduce the vote threshold for ending a filibuster after further debate, change several Senate rules related to debate time, and require Senators to hold the floor in order to continue a filibuster. The resolutions on secret holds and waiving the reading of legislative business would require 60 votes to pass; the other three resolutions would need the votes of two-thirds of Senators present and voting to pass.

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