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Obama Supports Senate Filibuster Overhaul

Shilpa Nagesh |
November 21, 2013 | 1:57 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Earlier Thursday morning, President Barack Obama strongly agreed with the Senate’s proposal to eliminate the current policy of presidential appointments, saying that it's "used as a reckless and relentless tool to grind all business to a halt."

“All too often we've seen a single senator or a handful of senators choose to abuse arcane procedural tactics to unilaterally block bipartisan compromises or to prevent well-qualified, patriotic Americans from filling critical positions of public service in our system of government,” he said.

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Obama cited the time when the Senate Republicans filibustered his nomination of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel for Defense secretary. He also added that during former President Geroge W. Bush's presidency, four of his five nominations were accepted, while as of today, Obama has had 21 nominees either currently being filibustered or were filibustered and withdrew.

"For the sake of future generations, we can't let it become normal," he said. “It's harmed our economy, and it's been harmful to our democracy, and it's brought us to the point where a simple majority vote no longer seems to be sufficient for anything, even routine business through what is supposed to be the world's greatest deliberative body.”

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