Now that they are in the minority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats want to reinstate the filibuster when it comes to presidential nominees.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., appeared Tuesday on MSNBC and was asked about Minority Leader Chuck Schumer talking about the possibility if their party retakes the Senate in November.
“Well, there are mixed feelings because of what we went through with Merrick Garland,” Durbin said. “When a vacancy on the Supreme Court was kept open for ten months plus so [Republicans] could literally, Sen. McConnell, could literally engineer Neil Gorsuch into that vacancy, giving them an advantage on the Supreme Court.”
He then expressed support for returning to the need for 60 votes to break a filibuster.
“So, I’d like to see us get back to 60, and maybe a decision in procedure that has to be delayed a few years so that no side thinking they’re gaming it to be disadvantaging to the other side, but I think we ought to get back to 60 so we’re going to get more bipartisan candidates.”
Of course, we know the current rules are courteous of Harry Reid, who changed them when he was majority leader to prevent Republicans from blocking former President Barack Obama’s nominees for top administration posts.
Reid shoved through a measure that changed the rules and allowed lower court and Cabinet nominees to be confirmed with a simple majority, rather than the typical 60-vote threshold.
The great irony here is that then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Democrats in 2013 that they’ll regret triggering the rule called the “nuclear option,” which allows a cloture vote to pass with only 51 votes.
“You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think,” McConnell said.
Five years to be exact.
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