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Barney Frank: 'God Didn't Create The Filibuster'

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Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) suggested that the Senate abolish the filibuster in recent interview with Air America Radio.

"It is time to shut it down," Frank said. "God didn't create the filibuster, it's part of the Senate rules."

He continued: "We have a serious constitutional problem. There has been a de facto amendment of the U.S. Constitution in an anti-small-D democratic direction."

"It is outrageous," Frank said. "It tends to be, in many cases, the senators from those smaller states that aggregate to get up to be the 40." Less populous states, he argued, end up with a disproportionate amount of power.

Frank wasn't the only politician to speak out against the filibuster recently. Vice President Joe Biden made mention of the 60 vote requirement during a Florida fundraiser on Sunday:

"As long as I have served, ... I've never seen, as my uncle once said, the constitution stood on its head as they've done. This is the first time every single solitary decision has required 60 senators," Biden said. "No democracy has survived needing a supermajority."

Listen To The Frank Interview: