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Elizabeth #Warren calls for end to filibuster #2020Warren
April 5, 2019, 10:03 AM EDT
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Friday called for a significant change to Senate rules whenever Democrats retake control of the upper chamber: eliminating the filibuster for legislation.
"When Democrats next have power, we should be bold. We are done with two sets of rules—one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats," Warren said in a speech to the National Action Network's annual gathering in New York City.
"And that means when Democrats have the White House again, if Mitch McConnell tries to do what he did to President Obama, and puts small-minded partisanship ahead of solving the massive problems in this country, then we should get rid of the filibuster," she added.
Eliminating the filibuster would lower the threshold to pass pieces of legislation from 60 votes to a simple majority, or 51 votes.
Throughout his time in office, Trump has repeatedly urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to eliminate the filibuster for legislation. McConnell has rejected that idea, arguing that it’s the only procedural rule that is intended to force bipartisanship on legislation.