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Jeff Merkley Talks Filibuster Reform

OPB | Nov. 29, 2012 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 11, 2013 12:18 a.m.

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) wants to fight congressional gridlock by changing the filibuster rule. Right now, it’s possible for the minority party to halt a vote on a bill without having to make a public statement. Merkley is working with other Democrats on a proposal that would change the rules to require senators to stick to the literal definition of a filibuster and talk continuously in order to block a vote.

We’ll ask him about that as well as the looming automatic tax increases and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff.”

Have you been following Senator Merkley’s efforts on filibuster reform? What questions do you have for him?


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