A simple majority is no longer enough to get anything – even routine business – passed through the Senate. Neither party has been blameless in these tactics. Now both parties should put an end to it.

from President Barack Obama – State Of The Union 2012 on Rap Genius


This is somewhat disingenuous of the President. In reality, the Republicans have hugely increased the use of filibuster threats in the Senate since becoming the minority party in the 2006 election. The number of “cloture” votes (invoked to stop debate) has skyrocketed since that year

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