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Democrats seek ways to reduce filibuster threats

May 5, 2013

Senate Democrats have what they think may be a unique window of opportunity to tame the filibuster power that the Republican minority has used so effectively in recent years to foil the Democratic agenda.

Normally, it takes a two-thirds majority to change Senate rules, one reason the filibuster system that has contributed to Senate paralysis hasn't been touched since 1975. But on the first day of a new session, a simple majority is enough to change rules and on Wednesday Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., plans to take advantage of that to alter the way the Senate operates.

It's uncertain that he will succeed. Republicans are adamantly opposed to ceding their minority rights and some Zimbio

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