Coburn: Senate rule changes allow majority to bypass filibuster

BY WAYNE GREENE World Senior Writer
Friday, January 25, 2013

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn said changes in Senate Rules that passed Thursday will hinder his efforts to obstruct misguided policy and profligate spending in Washington.

“They handicapped a lot of the tools I’ve learned to stop bills from coming to the floor,” Coburn told an overflow Republican Club of Tulsa crowd on Friday. “So it’ll be much more difficult, for the next two years anyway, for me to stop a bunch of junk from coming to the floor that is not, number one, a priority for a nation that has $93 trillion in unfunded liabilities and debt and, number two, won’t do the hard work of oversighting what we’re doing before we do something else.”

The rule changes allow a Senate majority to bypass the filibuster on initial consideration of legislation if either a bipartisan group of senators consents or the minority is guaranteed the chance to offer amendments.

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