The Democratic senator who led the charge to "nuke" a portion of the filibuster in 2013 expressed cautious optimism at the news that Republicans were now taking their own look at tinkering with Senate procedural rules, now that they are in the majority.
In a statement to TPM, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said he was "pleased that the Senate leadership is taking seriously the need to modernize the Senate’s rules to restore the Senate's ability to debate and deliberate."
"As I said on the floor recently, with the control of the Presidency and the Senate after 2016 up in the air, now is the perfect time to talk about what rules will make the Senate work better for both the majority and the minority. I look forward to continuing that dialogue," the statement continued.
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