Dozens of Democrats Reverse Stance on Filibuster, Report Reveals

Dozens of Democrats Reverse Stance on Filibuster, Report Reveals

( – With the filibuster intact, Senate Democrats need at least 10 Republicans to vote with them on most topics to reach the required 60 votes to end debate on a bill or other measure and advance it to a vote. Lately, talk of eliminating or changing the filibuster has increased as Democrats become increasingly desperate to push portions of their progressive agenda through the Senate before the August recess.

A June 18 report found that 45 Democratic senators support moving against the filibuster, with 17 calling for an end to it altogether. Of those 45 senators, 39 of them defended the filibuster or their use of it to stall legislative measures when Republicans controlled the chamber.

Several familiar names have joined the call to eliminate the filibuster who previously supported it, like Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said “everything [was] on the table” when asked about the filibuster last month. However, in 2017 he sang a different tune after Republicans eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations. Back then, he called for the creation of a “firewall” around the filibuster, claiming otherwise the Senate would fall victim to “the winds of short-term electoral change.”

With so many Democrats reversing course, it looks like the Senate tool might not stay intact. If they succeed, it could do great damage to the republic by creating a system where one party rules. That is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they created a system of checks and balances.

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