08/28/2010 01:40 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Norman Ornstein: We Must Reform The Filibuster

AFTER months of debate, Senate Democrats this summer broke a Republican filibuster against a bill to extend unemployment benefits. But the Republicans insisted on applying a technicality in the Senate rules that allowed for 30 more hours of floor time after a successful vote to end debate. As a result, the bill -- with its desperately needed and overdue benefits for more than 2 million unemployed Americans -- was pointlessly delayed a few days more.

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