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Senate compromises to avoid changing filibuster rules




U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to members of the media during a news briefing after the weekly Democratic policy luncheon in December 2011. This week, Reid has threatened a bill to drastically alter filibuster rules, but the Senate appears to have reached a compromise.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to members of the media during a news briefing after the weekly Democratic policy luncheon in December 2011. This week, Reid has threatened a bill to drastically alter filibuster rules, but the Senate appears to have reached a compromise.
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In today's check-in on Capitol Hill, it looks like there is a deal in the Senate to avoid a showdown vote that would change the filibuster rules. 

This would shoot down a nuclear option that Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has been threatening to invoke. He and other Democrats say Republicans have used Senate rules to unfairly deny approving people President Obama has appointed to executive positions.

Shane Goldmacher covers Congress for the National Journal, and joins the show from Washington.