Some Republican senators are threatening to “shut down the Senate” if Democrats change Senate rules to limit the use of filibusters. But the impetus for such a change is that GOP senators already have been shutting down the Senate by their abuse of filibusters. So far during President Obama’s first term in office, there have been nearly 250 GOP filibusters, nearly twice the number of Democratic filibusters during George W. Bush’s first term. Both parties should act like adults and not abuse filibusters. But given recent history, some reasonable restrictions on when and how filibusters can be used may be in order.
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