Editorial Roundup, December 13, 2012

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More newspapers made cases for Senate rules reform. Here’s what they had to say:

“Senate Republicans used the filibuster a record 112 times in 2012 and have used it 360 times since 2007. They have stopped legislation that has widespread public support. GOP senators blocked a major military spending bill, a badly needed veterans' jobs bill and the Dream Act, all of which would have passed with a majority. They stifled the Disclose Act, which would require greater transparency in campaign advertising.”

-- The Reporter, December 6, 2012

“There needs to be a change, but whenever there are such plans, the minority party complains about fairness and Senate tradition. Fine. Let’s go back to the way the filibuster had been carried out traditionally, as in the “Mr. Smith” days. If a senator thinks a bill or a nomination is so offensive that it has to be stopped, let him go to the floor and make his case, and let all other work cease until the filibuster is resolved.”

-- Las Vegas Sun, December 9, 2012

“Deep-set partisanship has soured the Senate's reputation with the filibuster feeding into this downward spiral. It's time to restrict a tactic that poorly serves its members and the nation.”

-- The San Francisco Chronicle, December 9, 2012

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already announced his opposition to filibuster reform and suggested that it would actually make partisanship worse. But it's hard to imagine a more dysfunctional circumstance.”

-- The Baltimore Sun, December 11, 2012

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