As the Huffington Post reported earlier today, Sens. John McCain and Carl Levin — backed up by a handful of senior senators from both parties — have been prepping a filibuster proposal meant to undercut more significant reform of the Senate rules. You can download the whole proposal here, but here are the highlights:
— Redundant filibusters, like the filibuster on the motion to proceed, and the multiple filibusters on conference reports, would be eliminated.
— If the minority leader and majority leader agree, the time it takes to vote to break a filibuster could be sped up from two days to two hours.
— More presidential nominees would qualify for fast-track consideration, unless a senator objected.
— The minority party would be guaranteed at least two amendments.
This is filibuster reform for people who don’t want to reform the filibuster.
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