To limit certain uses of the filibuster in the Senate to improve the legislative process.
SECTION 1. MOTIONS TO PROCEED.
Paragraph 1 of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate is amended by inserting at the end the following new paragraph: ``Other than a motion made during the first 2 hours of a new legislative day as described in paragraph 2 of rule VIII, consideration of a motion to proceed to the consideration of any debatable matter, including debate on any debatable motion or appeal in connection therewith, shall be limited to not more than 2 hours, to be equally divided between, and controlled by, the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader or their designees. This paragraph shall not apply to motions considered nondebatable by the Senate pursuant to rule or precedent.''.
SEC. 2. EXTENDED DEBATE.
Paragraph 2 of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate is amended by striking the second undesignated paragraph and inserting the following: ``Is it the sense of the Senate that the debate shall be brought to a close? And if that question shall be decided in the affirmative by three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn, except on a measure or motion to amend the Senate rules, in which case the necessary affirmative vote shall be two-thirds of the Senators voting, a quorum being present, then cloture has been invoked. ``If that question is on disposition of a bill or joint resolution, a resolution or concurrent resolution, a...