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Old 06-03-2019, 03:57 PM
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Revising the number of Senators per state is a non-starter,Article V forbids this to be amended:
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The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
What's wrong with the Senate could be changed by changing its rules and that might require an amendment. Specifically, I'd limit the power of any one Senator to prevent items from coming to the floor. I'd phrase it such that "Any legislation supported by 10 or more Senators shall be voted on within 90 days of its submittal to the clerk of the Senate". Then I'd add something like: "Nominations to the federal judiciary shall be confirmed unless a majority of Senators vote to deny the nomination within 90 days of it being made by the president".