Democrats are becoming increasingly open about the fact that they intend to kill the Senate filibuster if they win the elections in November.
News reports Friday revealed that former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) — who took the first step by killing the filibuster for some presidential nominees in 2013 — is supporting the effort.
Nuking the filibuster should be the “first item of business,” Reid said.
The filibuster rule requires a supermajority — 60 votes — for the Senate to close debate on any particular bill and move to a formal vote. It is a rule that prevents the Senate majority from passing whatever it wants without at least consulting with the minority party. It has been a force for moderation, and has encouraged dialogue between the parties.
While both sides have been frustrated with it — and President Donald Trump has said Republicans should get rid of it — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has retained it, knowing the GOP will not govern forever.
But Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has hinted that he would support removing the filibuster, if Republicans oppose whatever Democrats want to do. That has given a green light to radicals within the party to begin their plans — and advertise them.