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Last week, Republicans relented and agreed to allow up or down votes on some key presidential appointees. That got Democrats to back down from their threat to change the rules so that a simple majority could approve nominees.

Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin says he still wants the filibuster threshold changed in the future.

"I hope we can get bipartisan rule changes done in the next Congress, and maybe we can plant the seeds now to start looking at some of the more fundamental problems of the abuse of individual members of the Senate, on holds, and the overuse of the filibuster," he says.

Still, Cardin says he supports the agreement worked out between party leaders this week that allowed a few nominees to be fast tracked.

"The more we can do on bipartisan goodwill, the more effective the United States Senate will be in dealing with issues, and then I think the public will feel better about what we're doing here," says Cardin.

Republicans are warning Democrats that changing the rules would permanently alter the Senate and make it function more like the House.

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