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Old 08-22-2019, 04:14 PM
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The U.S. Senate should revamp the filibuster - and I have an idea


There are calls on the left to scrap the filibuster. The idea behind the filibuster is that when the country is closely divided, a strong minority can keep extreme positions from becoming law, which promotes bipartisan compromise. The filibuster doesn't seem to be engendering bipartisanship very much these days. The Democrats weakened the filibuster during the Obama administration to be able to get some cabinet and federal court (but not Supreme Court) seats filled. The Republicans in the Trump administration eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. People are suggesting that if the Democrats take the Senate, they should just scrap the filibuster altogether.

I think they should retain the filibuster but modify it. Senators should be allowed to filibuster but a cloture vote should be passable on a vote of more than half of Senators only if those Senators cumulatively represent more than 60% (or perhaps 2/3) of the population. For counting purposes, each Senator is credited with representing half the population of the state. If the state, for whatever reason, has only one Senator, they still get credit for only half the population. Thoughts?
 

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