Senate approves rule preventing forced readings of amendments

The Senate has approved a resolution to change Senate rules that will prevent either party from requiring a forced reading of amendments that have been publicly available for 72 hours. Sixty votes were needed for approval, and the resolution was approved easily in an 81-15 vote.

It is the second amendment in a string of three that the Senate is considering tonight in the wake of a Senate rules agreement reached by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Part of that agreement was to end forced readings of publicly available amendments.