As the majority leader, I intend to run the Senate with respect for the rules, for the minority rights that the rules protects. [...] I'll do my part as majority leader to foster respect for the rules and traditions of our great institution. I say here, Mr. President, on this floor that I love so much, that I believe in the Golden Rule. I am going to treat my Republican colleagues the way that I expect to be treated. There's no "gotcha," no "get even." I will do everything that I can to preserve the rule and the tradtions of this institution that I love.
That pledge from Reid was brought about by the hissy fit Republicans are throwing over Reid's modest and potentially inadequate proposal to: end the filibuster on the motion to start debating a bill (though the final vote on a bill can still be filibustered) and to block conferences between House and Senate on legislation; shorten the length of time to break a filibuster; and to make filibusterers actually have to stand on the floor and talk the whole time they want to block a bill.