Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats

Source: The Hill - View Original Article
Published: Jun 29, 2020
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8% Negative Sentiment + Policies: Socialized Healthcare = 8% Conservative
23% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Travel Ban = 23% Liberal
77% Negative Sentiment + Policies: Travel Ban = 77% Conservative
27% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Protectionist Trade = 27% Liberal

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99% "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch)"
98% "Filibuster reform also has a powerful ally in Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth"
90% "said, I've been here for 26 years [and] found it stood well for the body."
89% "But that was three years ago."
80% "Democrats are now growing increasingly confident that Biden will win and they will take back the Senate, with polling showing an erosion of Trump's numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic and widespread civil unrest following the death of George Floyd."
79% "Merkley said when he was a Senate intern in the 1970s and later worked for the Congressional Budget Office in the 1980s, power was much more evenly distributed among senators."
70% "tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down Democratic lawmakers introduce legislation banning government use of facial recognition technologies Facial recognition tools under fresh scrutiny amid police protests MORE (D-Ore.), an outspoken liberal who has long championed a revamping the procedural tactic that Democrats see as a serious obstacle to passing legislation and confirming nominees."
60% "Emiel FeinsteinSenate panel votes 21-1 to back Justice IG measure over Graham objections McConnell"
58% "Changing Senate rules by regular order requires 67 votes, which means Democrats would likely have to employ a controversial tactic often referred to as the nuclear option to change the filibuster rule by a simple majority."
50% "But some members of the Democratic Caucus need convincing."
-60% "The Hill's Coronavirus Report:"
-71% "Manchin was one of the handful of Democrats who voted in favor of proceeding."
-72% "The president's weak support among women and white, college-educated voters is particularly alarming for the GOP's chances of keeping the Senate."
-81% "He called the filibuster, which requires legislation to muster 60 votes before advancing, a stabilizer that forces the body to work in some semblance of bipartisanship."
-92% "If the Republicans think that they are going to be able to hold up the actions that need to be taken in this country by using the filibuster then they're wrong."

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99% : Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch)
98% : Filibuster reform also has a powerful ally in Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth
92% : Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition
92% : A New York Times/Siena College poll published Thursday showed Trump's numbers weighing down GOP Senate candidates in Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina.
92% : Geopolitical adviser Parag Khanna criticizes US, China leadership on virus; US COVID-19 cases reach highest single-day level MORE (Maine), an independent who caucuses with Democrats.
92% : "If we didn't have the 60-vote rule today, the ACA would be gone," he said, referring to the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
90% : said, "I've been here for 26 years [and] found it stood well for the body.
89% : But that was three years ago.
87% : "The most important piece of that was the ability to do amendments and amendments were simple majority, motions to proceed were simple majority and most final passage was simple majority," he said, referring to votes on adopting amendments, beginning debates and passing bills.
86% : Coons, a top Biden ally and one of his early campaign surrogates on Capitol Hill, told Politico in an interview: "I will not stand idly by for four years and watch the Biden administration's initiatives blocked at every turn."
83% : "I've supported filibuster reform for a long time," she said.
81% : Manchin's new outlook on filibuster reform contrasts with comments he made just a year ago on the topic.
80% : Democrats are now growing increasingly confident that Biden will win and they will take back the Senate, with polling showing an erosion of Trump's numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic and widespread civil unrest following the death of George Floyd.
79% : "Medicaid would be severely compromised."
79% : Merkley said when he was a Senate intern in the 1970s and later worked for the Congressional Budget Office in the 1980s, power was much more evenly distributed among senators.
77% : "I am talking with everyone in the caucus about how to make the Senate work and restore it as a legislative body," he said.
77% : Trump wants executive order on policing; silent on pending bills Harry Reid says he's cancer free White House gets jolt from strong jobs report MORE (D-Nev.)
74% : He argues that even if the 60-vote threshold is reduced to a simple majority, the rights of the minority party could still be protected by enhancing the power to offer and adopt amendments.
73% : "If we have a Democratic majority in the Senate and a Democrat in the White House and the Republicans are trying to use the filibuster in order to block what the American people want to see us do, then it will be time to change the filibuster," she added.
73% : Trump directs aid to Maine lobster industry crushed by tariffs | Conservation bill creates strange bedfellows
71% : I just heard about it this morning," Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinGridlock mires chances of police reform deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems, GOP dig in on police reform ahead of House vote House to pass sweeping police reform legislation MORE (D-W.Va.), a prominent moderate, said Thursday of the uptick in discussion about filibuster reform should Democrats win back the majority.
71% : Another prominent Democratic moderate, Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris)
70% : tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down Democratic lawmakers introduce legislation banning government use of facial recognition technologies Facial recognition tools under fresh scrutiny amid police protests MORE (D-Ore.), an outspoken liberal who has long championed a revamping the procedural tactic that Democrats see as a serious obstacle to passing legislation and confirming nominees.
69% : He did so to confirm Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchMajority of Republicans, Democrats support Supreme Court after DACA, LGBTQ rights rulings: poll McConnell easily wins Kentucky Senate primary Liberal Supreme Court justices never wear the 'swing vote' mantle MORE.
67% : Merkley has floated various proposals with colleagues in recent days as polls show former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden's record-setting tax increases will take your money -- and your job Cable networks pooling convention coverage to reduce number of employees Biden on Trump sharing video of protester shouting 'white power': He 'has picked a side' MORE widening his lead over President TrumpDonald John TrumpIntelligence suggests Russian bounties led to deaths of several US troops in Afghanistan: report Obama called Philonise Floyd before brother's memorial service: NYT President Trump tries to cover his tracks by attacking the rule of law MORE and Democrats increasing their odds of picking up the three Senate seats needed for majority control if Biden wins.
67% : "I think that would be a huge mistake," Sen. Angus KingAngus KingGridlock mires chances of police reform deal Overnight Energy:
67% : Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne
67% : He said the Senate's rule requiring an intervening day to pass between when the majority leader files a cloture motion to cut off debate -- which requires 60 votes -- and when the chamber votes was instituted because filibusters were considered so rare, and voting to end them was a momentous event.
67% : Mitchell McConnellProgressives zero in on another House chairman in primary GOP committee chair: 'It would help' if Trump would wear a mask occasionally Pelosi: Nationwide mask mandate 'definitely long overdue' MORE (R-Ky.) triggered the nuclear option in 2017 to reduce the threshold for confirming Supreme Court nominees from 60 votes to a simple majority.
64% : His willingness to review filibuster reform is a reflection of how frustrated Democrats -- and many Republicans -- have become with legislative gridlock.
64% : Andrew CoonsClose Biden ally says he is open to ending the filibuster Senators offer bill to expand charitable giving tax break Dems request watchdog probe use of federal law enforcement in DC during Floyd protests MORE (D-Del.), has also shifted his position on filibuster reform in recent days.
60% : Emiel FeinsteinSenate panel votes 21-1 to back Justice IG measure over Graham objections McConnell
58% : Esper visits NATO after Trump announces Germany drawdown | Russian intel unit reportedly offered bounties for killing coalition troops in Afghanistan Ernst sinks vote on Trump EPA nominee MORE (R-Maine) in 2017 to organize a letter signed by 61 senators calling on Senate leaders to "preserve existing rules, practices and traditions" in an effort to slam the door on talk of eliminating the filibuster.
58% : "You basically had the legislative body operating as designed by our founders," he said.
58% : Changing Senate rules by regular order requires 67 votes, which means Democrats would likely have to employ a controversial tactic often referred to as "the nuclear option" to change the filibuster rule by a simple majority.
55% : Democrats are stepping talks about reforming or abolishing the filibuster if they win back the Senate and White House in November.
54% : Manchin said he expected to review proposals from colleagues soon, and cited Merkley as a key player.
51% : , Senate confirm Trump's 200th judicial nominee Susan Collins opposes Trump's pick for Fifth Circuit MORE (D-Calif.)
50% : WarrenSenate Democrats push federal agencies to combat coronavirus scams and robocalls On The Money: Next COVID-19 bill depends on June jobs report | Treasury sent nearly .4B in stimulus payments to dead people | Fed bans stock buybacks, caps dividend payments for big banks after stress tests Warren presses Powell on Fed's role in fighting racial wealth gap MORE (D-Mass.), who is on the shortlist for consideration as Biden's running mate.
50% : But some members of the Democratic Caucus need convincing.
49% : The remarks are a near-180 from a moderate who worked with Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats optimistic about chances of winning Senate Overnight Defense: Appeals court rules using Pentagon funding for border wall illegal |
47% : , used the same controversial tactic for votes on most presidential nominations.
45% : "If it's not broke, don't fix it," she said.
43% : "I just heard they started talking
42% : "It would be no longer the majority that would rule: the power would be transferred to the minority," Madison wrote.
40% : Coons said he would "try really hard to find a path forward that doesn't require removing what's left of the structural guardrails" but also warned a Biden administration would be "inheriting a mess" that would require "urgent and effective action."
40% : The Hill's Coronavirus Report:
39% : We're going to have to fight them.
39% : That move came four years after Democrats, under then-Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Hill's Morning Report -
34% : The renewed discussions are being spurred by Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyHillicon Valley:
32% : That would put Democrats in a position of needing at least 50 votes from their caucus if Biden wins the White House.
29% : Manchin was one of the handful of Democrats who voted in favor of proceeding.
28% : The president's weak support among women and white, college-educated voters is particularly alarming for the GOP's chances of keeping the Senate.
27% : Such a vote would likely break strictly along party lines.
25% : and I'm interested in listening to anything because the place isn't working.
23% : Merkley noted that in Federalist Paper No. 58, James Madison rejected a proposal for requiring more than a majority for a legislative quorum because it would reverse "the fundamental principle of government.
23% : The other big change in the Senate over the years, Merkley said, was that it's become "routine" to require "super majority" 60-vote thresholds to move legislation, even items that are relatively noncontroversial.
23% : Many Democrats say they're happy to hear what Merkley has to say on filibuster reform, even if it faces an uphill battle.
21% : "I would hope that they would not ever, ever consider doing away with the filibuster, which is basically the whole premise of the Senate," he told The Hill in July 2019.
19% : He called the filibuster, which requires legislation to muster 60 votes before advancing, "a stabilizer" that "forces the body to work in some semblance of bipartisanship."
17% : Merkley is discussing an array of possible reforms with his colleagues.
15% : Trump wants to open up 82 percent of Alaska reserve for drilling |
11% : Some of that frustration was on display last week after a motion to proceed to a GOP police reform bill failed after a 55-45 vote fell short of the 60 needed to advance.
8% : "If the Republicans think that they are going to be able to hold up the actions that need to be taken in this country by using the filibuster then they're wrong.

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