Huffington Post: Tammy Baldwin Backs Filibuster Reform

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) is joining the fight to reform the filibuster, arguing that change is needed to move beyond “political obstructionism.”

“I was elected to put progress ahead of politics and to make sure that Washington works for Wisconsin,” said Baldwin in a statement to The Huffington Post. “Unfortunately, Washington has come to be defined by partisan gridlock. Recently, the threat of filibuster has been used far too often and as a result political obstructionism in the United States Senate is now worse than it has ever been. The people of Wisconsin and our state’s progressive tradition deserve better.”

Baldwin is signing on as a co-sponsor to legislation reforming the filibuster put forward by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.). The effort is also being shepherded by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Debate on the issue is expected to begin as early as Tuesday.

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