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USA Today Op-Ed: Tom Udall: ‘Constitutional Option’ will fix Senate

Debate and deliberation are rare in the Senate these days. Unprecedented abuse of the filibuster and other procedural rules has prevented the Senate from tackling important issues facing our nation.

Since Democrats became the majority party in the Senate in 2007, we have faced the highest number of opposition filibusters ever recorded. Lyndon Johnson faced one filibuster during his six years as Senate majority leader. In the same span, current Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has faced 386: Among their targets were the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act, the DREAM Act and a veterans jobs bill.