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Albuquerque Journal: Big Backing for Udall Filibuster Limits

Sen. Tom Udall’s push to change Senate rules and blunt the impact of the filibuster appeared to get a big boost last week when Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to make it happen in the next Congress.

“We’re going to change the rules,” Reid was quoted as saying in the Washington Post on Wednesday. “We cannot continue in this way.”

As Udall’s office pointed out, this isn’t exactly news. Reid has been talking about the need to reform Senate rules for some time. But two years ago — at the beginning of the current Congress, when Udall first began pushing for filibuster reform — he didn’t have Reid’s full support. The majority leader, frustrated by an inability to move virtually any legislation despite holding the Senate majority, has apparently had a change of heart.