Former Speaker John A. Boehner, right, frequently complained about the Senate’s procedures. Some House Republicans are pressuring McConnell, left to change his chamber’s rules so their legislation can move easier. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
With House Republican leaders saying they want to expand opportunities for members to debate legislation on the floor, some GOP rank and file are asking Senate GOP leaders to do the same.
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., became the latest to formally request the other chamber change its procedures. He is planning to introduce a resolution calling on the Senate to limit use of the filibuster on the motion to proceed.
Under Senate rules, the body must approve the motion to proceed before it can begin debate on legislation or consider amendments, and the minority party in recent years has required procedural votes requiring 60 votes to proceed on such motions. Full story