The filibuster has been gradually weakened since 2013 when Harry Reid invoked the so-called nuclear option to get some of Barack Obama’s judicial nominees and cabinet appointees confirmed, it was further weakened when the Republicans invoked the nuclear option to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Mitch McConnell vowed at that time not to do away with the filibuster for legislation but I think we know that once the wheels were set in motion eventually this would happen. But now Donald Trump is calling on the Senate to do just that in order to pass healthcare and tax reform. Here is more:
President Donald Trump called on the Senate on Tuesday to do away with its legislative filibuster, a move he said would enable the body to pass two pieces of legislation in order to dodge the 60-vote threshold.
“The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately…
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