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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sen. Tom Udall Talks with Rachel Maddow, Posts Diary on Daily Kos About Senate Rules Change Proposal

Sen. Tom Udall on Rachel Maddow Show tonight

As I reported on Monday, Sen. Tom Udall has proposed what he's calling a Constitutional Option that would permit the U.S. Senate to adopt new rules when it convenes a new session, just as the U.S. House does. The proposed resolution seems to be garnering a lot of attention and picking up steam, getting coverage on national blogs like Huffington PostFiredoglake, the Washington Monthly and others.

Today, Sen. Udall posted a must-read diary on Daily Kos discussing his Constitutional Option. It's been at the top of the rec list since it appeared, and has 256 comments and counting.

Even better, Tom appeared tonight on the Rachel Maddow show (Rachel!) for six plus minutes discussing his proposal, as well as the widening demands for getting rid of the filibuster due its use by Republicans as an attack tool to achieve gridlock on almost every bill proposed by Dems. Job well done, Senator!

Meanwhile, it's being reported that Senator Tom Harkin is working to gain support for changing parliamentary procedures to eliminate the filibuster and is planning to introduce legislation within the next couple weeks to start the ball rolling. In addition, a number of progressive groups and labor unions are working together to design a campaign to pressure Senators to get rid of the filibuster.

Getting rid of the filibuster, which might be achieved via Udall's proposal and others, is also getting criticism from -- you guessed it -- the Heritage Foundation and other right-wing outfits. Remember when Senate Repubs were threatening to adopt the "nuclear option" when they were in control of the Senate? I guess they think what's good for the goose is NOT good for the gander. 

Let's hope Dems don't listen to them and that some much-needed changes in the Senate rules can permit the majority party to get something done for America. Enough with having a handful of throwbacks block votes on the critical legislation we need to get passed in the U.S. Senate.

January 26, 2010 at 09:43 PM in Media, Sen. Tom Udall, Weblogs | Permalink


Saw this. Very impressed with Udall on this issue as a freshman Senator. Kudos and keep at it, it is the kind of aggressive and creative leadership that Democrats need.

Posted by: Jason Call | Jan 28, 2010 10:45:21 AM