New Congress, New Rules … But How Much Will Change?
They’re not going nuclear yet. Senate Republicans aren’t ready to scrap the filibuster — via the so-called “nuclear option” — but it will be under discussion, as smaller-scale rule changes greet the new Congress. The House could make tweaks to further empower rank-and-file members, and the Senate might make it harder to increase government spending. Budgeting every other year would waylay the perennial game of government-shutdown chicken, but Republicans might only go for it if they’re confident of keeping power for another cycle.