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Proposed changes to Senate rules would either ease the way for President Barack Obama to assemble his second-term team or permanently threaten the body’s deliberative style, the chamber’s top Democratic and Republican lawmaker said Sunday.

Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell once again strongly disagreed during separate television segments on the eve of a rare closed-door summit that could reduce the Senate’s reputation as deliberative to the point of inaction. Reid and McConnell — along with their rank-and-file members — have been trading barbs over just what the proposed changes would be, both for Obama’s current slate of nominees who are awaiting confirmation and for future senators who prize their ability to delay action.