Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have come to a deal on filibuster reform. The deal is this: The filibuster will not be reformed. But the way the Senate moves to consider new legislation and most nominees will be.
What will be reformed is how the Senate moves to consider new legislation, the process by which all nominees — except Cabinet-level appointments and Supreme Court nominations — are considered, and the number of times the filibuster can be used against a conference report. You can read the full text of the compromise, which was sent out to Senate offices this morning, here (pdf).
Or in other words … Harry Reid puts pin back in Democrats’ nuclear threat.
2014 is coming … Why Reid decided to avoid taking unprecedented actions to dramatically weaken the filibuster is rooted chiefly in one main concern: Democrats, one day, will return to the minority and need the filibuster to block the GOP agenda.