Posted: Dec 12, 2012 6:50 PM by Marnee Banks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A new poll shows 84% of Montanans think the U.S. Senate does not deal with important issues in a timely fashion.
Under current Senate rules, if a lawmaker wants to stall a bill they can simply put a hold on it preventing it from ever getting debated or voted on.
This is a much different strategy from the old days when a Senator would physically stand on the Senate floor and talk for hours delaying a vote.
It's a process designed to give the minority a voice, but in recent years it's caused many bills to stall unless they had support from 60% of the Senate.
Since the election, there has been movement to change this process by returning to the "talking filibuster."
In Public Policy Polling's new survey 76% of Montanans believe those who filibuster should have to keep debating on the floor.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is leading the charge to reform the filibuster rules, a change that could take place as early as January.