Majority still backs legislative filibuster
Sens. Christopher A. Coons of Delaware and Susan M. Collins of Maine are calling on Senate leaders to leave the legislative filibuster intact after a bitter partisan fight over the rules of the chamber that culminated this week in Republicans ending the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.
Mr. Coons, a Democrat, and Ms. Collins, a Republican, delivered the letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, urging them to preserve the 60-vote filibuster threshold for legislation.
“What I am hopeful that we will see today and over the next couple of weeks is a strong bipartisan commitment to defend the legislative filibuster — the thing that makes the Senate the Senate, and not the House,” Mr. Coons said Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
The letter was signed by 61 senators — 32 members of the Democratic caucus and 29 Republicans.
Senate Republicans changed the rules of the Senate after Democrats, including Mr. Coons, filibustered President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.