Senators reinterpreted rules to limit filibustering before the adoption of the first Senate cloture rule in 1917.
During this era, a majority cloture rule was a solution without a recurring problem.
A final proof of that point is the action of the Senate in 1975 to modify the Cloture Rule.
92) When the cloture rule was adopted in 1917, it did not apply to motions to change the rules.
amend the Senate cloture rule once it became apparent that a majority of
led to the establishment of the present three-fifths cloture rule in
My research indicates that out of 79 proposals considered by the Senate over the years to amend the cloture rule
, it has approved only six, (83) but each time change occurred only in accordance with the supermajority voting requirements.
Is this entrenched cloture rule
a good or a bad idea?
113) It is true that an attempt to change the cloture rule
might be filibustered,(114) but that is another matter.
Despite efforts at reform in 1969 and 1971,(291) cloture rule
changes did not take place until 1975, when the Senate finally decreased the votes needed for cloture from two-thirds(292) to three-fifths of the entire Senate membership.
In the 113th Congress, the new cloture rules
radically altered the normal confirmation process for many key nominations.
264) The cloture rules
give an incentive for bill opponents to revisit issues agreed to in the substitute.