The Slow March to Gridlock

The New York Times has a great piece on the U.S. Senate’s slide into gridlock, including how a procedure designed to speed things up called filling the tree led to even more filibusters.

“The increased use of the tactic, which had previously been rare, is part of the procedural warfare that has reached a zenith over the past two years in the Senate. Republicans threaten to filibuster and propose politically charged amendments, Democrats fill the amendment tree, and Republicans filibuster in retaliation.”

“The tactic initially meant to speed bills has instead helped slow them down. The Senate — the legislative body that was designed as the saucer to cool the House’s tempestuous teacup — has become a deep freeze, where even once-routine matters have become hopelessly stuck and a supermajority is needed to pass almost anything.”

Full News here – Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

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