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Chuck Schumer: I support rule change to weaken Senate minority because Dems have majority

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke,Politics Digest

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., acknowledged his past opposition to changing the filibuster rules to weaken the Senate minoroty, but said that he has changed his mind now that he is part of the Senate majority.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace reminded Schumer of the days when he used to praise the Senate for slowing down the legislative process. “Senator, what’s the difference except for the fact that you’re now in the majority?” Wallace asked on Fox News Sunday.

“Nothing,” Schumer replied immediately. “No, nothing, that’s exactly right. And the filibuster, I am not for going to a House of Representatives where 51 votes decides everything. But the filibuster has been overused.”

Earlier in the interview, Schumer floated the prospect of a compromise that would avoid the unilateral rule changes that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had proposed.

“The basic problem is, Republicans say, we don’t allow the amendments, we say they don’t let our bills go on the floor. You can sort of deal with both issues, sort of even-handedly,” Schumer said. “If we can’t come to an agreement, whether we go to the so-called constitutional option, our caucus will have to discuss that in the coming weeks, but our hope would be, to be able to come up with a compromise and there are some interesting and productive discussions going on right now.”

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