Protect the Legislative Filibuster in the Senate

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has always defended maintaining the legislative filibuster while Republicans were in both the majority and the minority. This is a bipartisan issue which even former-Senators Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have also supported. It should be noted the legislative filibuster is very different from the filibuster used on nominations which was mostly eliminated by then Senate Majority Leader Harry Ried in 2013.  (Senator McConnell ended it for Supreme Court nominees in 2017 when Democrats filibustered Justice Neil Gorsuch's nomination.)  

However, Sen. Chuck Schumer is flirting to remove this critical democratic process. McConnell is fighting to preserve the legislative filibuster which lets a senator extend debate and requires controversial bills to muster 60 votes to proceed to a final up-or-down vote.

McConnell has argued that preserving the power of the minority party is essential to preserving the character of the Senate as a forum for compromise.

“I believe the unique rules of the Senate which forces compromise between the parties is needed now more than ever,” he wrote. “Having an equally divided Senate means that we have to work together to get anything done."

“In this country, radical changes face a high bar by design,” he said, positing that while the legislative filibuster is “central to the order the Constitution sets forth.”

Even Joe Biden previously warned: "ending the filibuster is a very dangerous move".

Then-Senator Biden said: “We should make no mistake. This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab by the majority party."

In Federalist 62, James Madison argued the Senate was designed not to rubber-stamp bills passed by the House but to act as an “additional impediment” and a “complicated check” on “improper acts of legislation.” 

With the legislative filibuster in place, Democrats in the Senate can only pass legislation if they also have backing of 10 Republican senators. This will help prevent far left radical policies from being jammed through Congress.  As the 50-50 Senate negotiates its rules for this Congress, it is important that the legislative filibuster remain in place.  Thank you Senate McConnell for fighting to preserve the legislative filibuster.