Democrats can’t kill the filibuster. But they can gut it.

March 4, 2021 ☼ filibustersenatedemsgop

Source: The Washington Post

Link: Democrats can’t kill the filibuster. But they can gut it.

Democrats won both Georgia Senate seats in January’s runoffs, giving them control of both houses of Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade. But their ability to advance legislation — from raising the federal minimum wage to democracy reforms in the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — can be thwarted by the Senate’s 60-vote supermajority filibuster rule.

Options proposed are:

  1. Make opposing senators actually debate.
  2. Make opposing senators be present on the floor. If opposition senators leave it might be easier to hit 60%.
  3. Reduce to 55% rather than 60%.

I’m not sure I like any of these options.