He doesn't have a vote in the Senate anymore, but he has a critical interest in how the legislative process works. Or in the case of recent years, doesn't. So President Obama is backing the filibuster reform plan from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
"The President has said many times that the American people are demanding action," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said in a statement to The Huffington Post. "They want to see progress, not partisan delay games. That hasn't changed, and the President supports Senator Reid's efforts to reform the filibuster process."
"Over the past few years important pieces of legislation like the DREAM Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the American Jobs Act weren't even allowed to be debated, and judicial nominations and key members of the administration are routinely forced to wait months for an up-or-down vote," Pfeiffer added. "The American people deserve a United States Senate that puts them first, instead of partisan delay."
Reid's proposed reforms would prevent filibustering votes to move forward to the debate and amendment part of legislating, but would preserve it for final passage of a bill. His proposal would also require filibustering senators to actually filibuster, to stand up and talk at length about their opposition