From the WashingtonTimes.com:
Speaking in the wake of Tuesday’s election, which boosted Senate Democrats’ numbers slightly, Mr. Reid said he won’t end filibusters altogether but that the rules need to change so that the minority party cannot use the legislative blocking tool as often.
“I think that the rules have been abused and that we’re going to work to change them,” he told reporters. “We’re not going to do away with the filibuster but we’re going to make the Senate a more meaningful place.”
Republicans, who have 47 of the chamber’s 100 seats in the current Congress, have repeatedly used that strong minority to block parts of President Obama’s agenda on everything from added stimulus spending to his judicial picks. A filibuster takes 60 senators to overcome it.
The loving Harry Reid also promised amnesty for illegal Mexican invaders and tax increases. Oh joy! I cannot wait:
Sen. Harry Reid embraced his role as a more empowered Senate majority leader Wednesday, calling for a major fiscal deal in the lame duck session while vowing a new push on immigration reform and an overhaul of filibuster rules in the new Congress.
Speaking at a packed news conference on Capitol Hill, Reid laid out an ambitious agenda for 2013 after his party’s surprisingly decisive Senate victories and President Barack Obama’s reelection bid, saying the public gave Democrats a new mandate to raise taxes on wealthy families as part of a major year-end fiscal deal. While Reid said he’s not going to “draw lines in the sand” ahead of the year-end fiscal cliff, he insisted on higher revenues.
Right. A “mandate.” I guess Mr Reid didn’t pay attention to the final numbers:
A 3-million difference does not a “mandate” make. [As an aside, it is estimated that roughly 3-million Republican or Conservative voters stayed home last Tuesday. Wonderful. Thanks for that, you coneheads. Apparently you got what you wanted by sitting on your splayed gluteals. Don’t like the next four years? Zip it.]Harry Reid has, once again, said that “reaching across the aisle” and “consensus” and “compromise” equates to nothing more than doing exactly, preciselywhat the Demorats want — and nothing more or less than that. It becomes not “compromise” but EDICT.
Yes indeed. That’s fair and impartial.