Although many people would like to link the current stalling of progress in Congress to the inability of a party to blindly support one another, there is another part to this story that very few of us have ever talked about. The filibuster. It only takes 51 votes to pass a bill through Congress, but because of current filibuster rules a minority party can block any bill if it doesn't get the approval of 60 people. When the filibuster was first implemented in the 60s, it was something that was rarely used. The current minority party has used it on 70% of proposed legislation, which is the most it has ever been used in our Nation's history. Many things can be surmised from this bit of information. We can play the blame game and say that the minority party is simply obstructing as much as they can, to prevent the current Congress from getting anything done. A decisive, partisan move in hopes to gain back majorities in government. But what about the next party that comes to power once this current Congress is done? What if the roles reverse and the next minority of power, in their need to win back seats, does the same exact thing? Something has to be done or else we face a looming problem that would prevent any progress from happening in government for a very long time. Proposals in adjusting Filibuster rules are starting to emerge, such as establishing a set numerical limit to the times it can be used throughout an entire term. That would still give the minority a chance to speak up on matters that really concern them, but forces them to use it at their own discretion without abuse. If you only had 50 uses of the filibuster over a four year term, you'd pick your battles wisely. Others suggest new rules that wouldn't completely put a stop to legislation but only delay it a few days and follow it with a new vote afterwards, with the knowledge that with every filibuster the number of votes needed to pass it will decrease by three until it is either passed or eventually voted down. This is a rule that only exists in the Senate. It's not an official law, so it's not as if this is not subject to change unless people really want to do it. Any other suggestions?