We believe it is time to reform the filibuster once again. Specifically, it should be eliminated for all appropriations bills and for all judicial nominations, though retained for other legislation. We would also abolish the filibuster for any vote on the repeal of a federal law. These changes would not revolutionize our system of government, but would help restore Congress to the role it is supposed to have in the Founders’ design. To see why, we must recur to the first principles of our Constitution.