Moving on the Filibuster

In a surprise development, Chuck Schumer announced today that he would force a vote on the filibuster before Martin Luther King’s Birthday on January 17. The letter from the Democratic and Senate Majority Leader allows some wiggle room on whether the filibuster should be modified or eliminated, but the options are an illusion.

Eliminating the filibuster is now the official position of the Democratic Party.

Success in eliminating the filibuster is another issue entirely. Given that Manchin and Sinema are adamantly opposed, I don’t see where the votes are for filibuster reform.

However (and it’s a big however), coming out for such a fundamental reform is a Big F’ing Deal.

Page 1 of the letter from Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to the Senate Democratic Caucus outlining the next steps in the Senate on voting rights legislation, January 3, 2022.

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