The GOP filibuster threat vanished during the day. An ethics bill passed. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Senate Majority leader, called it the "most sweeping ethics and lobbing reform legislation in the history of the country."
Negotiations were going on Wednesday and Thursday. A "poison pill" GOP Senate leader wanted in the ethics bill disappeared when GOP leaders realized that they would end up being held responsible for killing the ethics package.
from Durbin's office....
[Washington, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today
applauded the passage of S.1, bipartisan ethics reform legislation to
limit the influence of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and tighten
Congressional rules. S.1 is the most sweeping ethics and lobbying
reform legislation in the history of the country.
"Democrats are taking down the 'For Sale' sign on the Capitol and
putting up a new sign: Under New Management," Durbin said.
Durbin added, "With their votes last November, the American
people made it clear that they wanted us to change the way Washington
works and that's exactly what the Senate did today."
"Today is a new day in the Senate: No more secret earmarks;
no more gifts and trips paid for by special interests; no more
'pay-to-play' schemes like the notorious K Street project; and no more
leaving government service and cashing in immediately on your contacts
and experience as a lobbyist. Public service is a privilege, not a
commodity to be traded or sold for profit," Durbin concluded.