Democrats Change Senate Precedent, Republicans Outraged04:27
Download

Play
This article is more than 8 years old.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. (AP)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. (AP)

With a party line 51-48 vote, Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, forced a rule change limiting amendments to a bill once a filibuster is defeated.

It gets complicated, but in essence it reduces the power of the minority party to influence legislation.

It's a radical move for the Senate, which has traditionally devised procedures to protect the rights of the minority party.

As Politico reports, the move "infuriated Republicans and put an already bitterly divided chamber on edge as Senators from both sides of the aisle traded angry accusations over whether the fight would fundamentally limit the rights of the minority party."

Guest:

  • Gail Chaddock, Congressional correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

This segment aired on October 7, 2011.

Support the news

+Join the discussion
TwitterfacebookEmail

Support the news