Ma­jor­ity still backs leg­isla­tive fil­i­buster

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Seth McLaugh­lin

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.

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