Is It Time to Change the Senate Filibuster Rules?

Frustrated Democrats say Republicans are abusing the privilege. The GOP says it’s protecting democracy


A partisan stalemate in the Senate has led to calls for change as legislation and administration appointments back up. Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to create a do-nothing Congress by filibustering every measure, figuring that voters will punish the majority party come November. Democratic leaders say it's time to make filibusters more difficult. Republicans say Democrats have brought this mess upon themselves by refusing to openly debate legislation that is far too important and potentially damaging to simply let pass. If Democrats can't or won't bargain to gain Republican support, they say, the voters should be angry. 

What do you think? Should Filibusters Be Tougher to Use? Take our poll and post your thoughts below. And don't forget to check out the debate between Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina in this week's issue of U.S. News Weekly. 

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