Reid Not Ready To Completely Eliminate Filibuster


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Sunday said that he is not currently planning to entirely eliminate the filibuster from Senate rules.

“We’re not there yet,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I’m not thinking about it today.”

Reid did not express any regret over removing the ability for Senators to filibuster nominations for cabinet positions and judicial seats other than those on the Supreme Court.

“It’s a privilege, not a right,” he said of the filibuster.

Reid blamed Congressional inaction on the Tea Party.

“We cannot have a country that’s paralyzed because of a group of people, a group of people who are Tea Party-driven Republicans in Congress, not Republicans,” he said. “I’m not here to badmouth Republicans around the country. I get a lot of support from the Republicans of Nevada, and always have. But they’re mainstream Republicans.”