Senate Is ‘Bent Pretty Badly,’ Dole Says
The Senate might not be broken, but it’s not exactly stable, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole says.
“It’s bent pretty badly,” he said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked if the Senate was broken.
The Kansas Republican - who served 27 years in the Senate, including four years as majority leader and eight years in charge of the minority - said Congress’ current dysfunction is hard to believe.
“It seems almost unreal that we can’t get together on budget or legislation,” he said. “I mean, we weren’t perfect but at least we got the work done.”
Dole did criticize one major Republican tactic of the Obama era: heavy use of the filibuster requiring 60 votes to pass legislation.
“There’s no doubt about it,” Dole said when asked if the filibuster was being abused. “There’s some cases where you can justify it. But not many.”