"No rules have to change to open up the Senate, make it more productive and have more robust debate," explained Mr. Gold, the senior counsel at Covington & Burling law firm. "What needs to change is human behavior. It's a simple concept: self-restraint."
"There's a lot at stake here," explained Martin Gold, who counseled two former majority leaders, Howard Baker Jr. and Bill Frist. "This kind of majority power-grabbing tactic will not only affect the rights of minority-party senators but also the people they represent. Senators whose rights to amend and debate are under siege cannot serve constituents nearly as effectively as senators who are fully empowered."