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Politics McConnell cautions Democrats on nixing the filibuster

00:51  01 july  2020
00:51  01 july  2020 Source:   politico.com

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Democrats on Tuesday against scrapping the legislative filibuster . McConnell added that he has resisted pressure from President Donald Trump to nix the legislative filibuster . “I consistently said no to the current president on that issue and he’s

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bluntly warned Democrats on Thursday against weakening the legislative filibuster , an idea that has gained momentum with some presidential candidates and not ruled out by Senate Democratic leaders who backed a similar move six years ago to make it easier to

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But Democrats changed Senate filibuster rules first. McConnell railed against the change at the time, though the 60-vote threshold still applied to high court nominees. However, when it came time to confirm Gorsuch in 2017, near-unified Democratic opposition and the GOP's own slim majority of 51

McConnell has joined the majority of senators in repeatedly defending the filibuster despite pressure from the White House and conservatives to get rid of the higher vote threshold, which can be used to block GOP priorities from passing the Senate because it requires Democratic support for most

Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. © Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“I think the important thing for our Democratic friends to remember is that you might not be in total control in the future,” the Kentucky Republican said. “Any time you start fiddling around with the rules of the Senate, I think you always need to put yourself in the other fellow’s shoes and just imagine what might happen when the winds shift.”

McConnell added that he has resisted pressure from President Donald Trump to nix the legislative filibuster.

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"I'm not crazy about getting rid of the filibuster ," Sanders said during an interview with CBS News's Sanders, appearing to pivot away from the topic of the filibuster , added that the "problem" with Talk of getting rid of the legislative filibuster if Democrats retake the Senate in 2020 kicked into high gear

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing back against the emerging push to abolish the filibuster , saying that Democrats should consider retooling their "half-baked proposals" if they're frustrated by long-standing Senate traditio.

“I consistently said no to the current president on that issue and he’s tweeted about me a number of times,” McConnell quipped.

The warning comes as Democrats are increasingly confident about taking back the Senate and the White House, amid Trump's sinking poll numbers.

Some Senate Democrats have signaled that they’re open to getting rid of the Senate’s 60-vote threshold should they take back the Senate and the White House, particularly if the Senate faces a partisan deadlock. Democrats scrapped the 60-vote threshold on most nominees in 2013, while Republicans removed the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court appointments in 2017. But removing the legislative filibuster would be a drastic change.

“With regard to the changes that have occurred on the executive calendar, really that’s a very recent phenomenon,” McConnell said. “What would be a revolution would be to change the legislative filibuster.”

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