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Senate Changes Rule on Filibusters, Keeps Supermajority

The U.S. Senate revised its rules to make it harder for a single member to slow progress on legislation, while continuing to let the minority party block action by insisting on a 60-vote supermajority for bills to proceed.

Senators approved the change last night on a pair of votes. Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, agreed to the plan earlier yesterday in Washington.