U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is disappointed that the proposed filibuster reform bill was passed in a pared down version.
He says he'll continue to fight for more reform; because the Senate is still not operating in a productive manner.
He says bills are being held up by arbitrary interruptions. "Last 2 years of the 24 Appropriation Bills, only one was considered on the of the Senate. Because the time's all eaten up with these completely arbitrary interruptions that would have been unacceptable, socially unacceptable to waste the senate's time, but are now being done as an instrument of partisan warfare."
Merkley says while the Senate passed sown a modest version of his proposal, he's hopeful that the "baby steps" will walk towards more reform. He says they really need to take on the 'silent filibuster," which is described as a threat to delay action on a bill.
He adds that he hopes that the Senate will revisit the rules revision to eliminate these speed bumps in their work.