Senator Jeff Merkley wrote: The public believes that filibustering senators have to hold the floor. Indeed, the public perceives the filibuster as an act of principled public courage and sacrifice. Let's make it so.
Require a specific number of Senators -- I suggest five for the first 24 hours, 10 for the second 24 hours, and 20 thereafter -- to be on the floor to sustain the filibuster. This would be required even during quorum calls. At any point, a member could call for a count of the senators on the floor who stand in opposition to the regular order, and if the count falls below the required level, the regular order prevails and a majority vote is held.
I really like the idea of making people who want to filibuster actually be present and making arguments for the filibuster. I know there are reasons that filibustering can be good to have as an option, but it's nonsensical to me that just one senator can waste so much time without even having to stay there or make his case.
I'm not sure how the whole deal of debating and changing the Senate's rules will go or what else would change, though, so I'm not sure what to think about what could actually happen.
What do you guys think?