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Bob Franken: Time to nuke the filibuster

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It is time to exercise the “nuclear option” in the United States Senate. The term is classic Washington hyperbole. The bomb-blast bombast is used to portray a threat to do away with most filibusters, the ones that have bogged down almost every piece of consequential legislation by requiring 60 votes instead of just 51 out of 100. As it happens, there is a procedure in place where a mere majority can do away with this stalling.

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