The New Mexican: Filibuster reform: We need it now

The first day of the 113th Congress took place last week. But fortunately, for the hopes of filibuster reform in the U.S. Senate, opening day will continue later this month, likely Jan. 22. It is, after all, on the opening day of a session that the Senate can revise its rules with a simple majority of 51 votes — and a rules revision to make it easier to do the people’s business is desperately needed.

New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat, has been a leader in the efforts to reform the U.S. Senate, a move that should not be seen as partisan. Should easing the logjam of holds on bills and appointments help the Democratic majority right now, a rules change could assist Republicans in the future. In politics, no majority is permanent, after all. However, Udall and others — notably U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat — are right to keep pressing for substantive reform in how the contemplative Senate does its work.