More Democrat Senators Express Concern About Eliminating Filibuster

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden signaled that he may be throwing his support behind the progressive movement to dismantle the filibuster in its current form. But even Democrats know that getting rid of the legislative filibuster would be a bad idea. . . As Politico reports

Two Democratic senators, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, are hard opponents of changes to the 60-vote threshold. But that duo's firm resistance is obscuring the size of another, bigger faction in the Democratic caucus — call them softer opponents of ending the filibuster.

In interviews Wednesday, at least seven additional Democratic caucus members said that they weren’t willing to scrap the supermajority requirement for most legislation just yet. Their reluctance shows how challenging it will be to get all 50 members of the Democratic caucus on board with fundamentally altering the rules of the Senate, despite pressure from progressives both on and off the Hill. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said “there are several senators who have expressed concerns” within the caucus about a rules change.

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The pressure for that intra-caucus conversation could increase in the coming months, as more progressive legislation in the House piles up across the Capitol. The filibuster is an increasingly potent threat to the Democratic agenda as a parade of the party's high-priority bills pass Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House on a simple majority vote only to run into an obvious Senate roadblock. Pelosi has been pushing an idea to allow for an exception to the filibuster if a bill would advance civil rights, mentioning to her caucus on Wednesday morning.

Some Democrats, like Manchin, suggest that they will stay firm on their position on the filibuster (at least for now) regardless of what legislation comes before the Senate.

Even some liberal Democrats from deep blue states have concerns:

As Republican Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out in an interview with Fox News' Harris Faulkner, the Democrats' crusade to end the filibuster is hypocritical:

Many Democrats see so-called filibuster "reform" as the key to pushing through their radical agenda. However, Senate Democrats should heed the warnings of Senator McConnell and those in their own party about the deleterious effects the rule changes would have on the Senate as an institution.