For the second day in a row, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday engaged in an increasingly vicious debate over filibuster reform. The two leaders spent an hour on the Senate floor sparring with each other, leading to concerns that they were blowing up the precious last remains of bipartisan comity that are necessary to reach a budget deal before the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. Reid says Republicans have abused the filibuster in Obama's first term, wielding it as a political weapon to prevent the government from doing anything to address the lackluster economy. McConnell argues that Democrats are flouting a longstanding Senate tradition in order to accrue more power to the majority.
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