Franken supports filibuster reform

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., center, speaks as Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., left, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., look on during a news conference after the Senate voted to confirm Elena Kagan as Supreme Court justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he supports efforts to change the rules of the Senate on the filibuster.

In a statement to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Franken said the current rules were skewed toward the Senate minority:

“I strongly support the reform of Senate rules to improve the functioning of the body and, in the weeks ahead, I’ll be working closely with my colleagues on proposals to make that happen. In particular, we need to reform the filibuster, an important Senate tradition that protects the minority’s right to continue debate on issues of great importance. One thing we need to do is put the burden on the minority to continue debate – not on a supermajority to end it – and that’s why I introduced legislation last year to make that a reality.”

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