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I have updated 2020 page above.
End the filibuster now
The filibuster is a rule in the United States Senate that can stop almost any bill from passing with 41 votes. This gives the Democrats the ability to stop the Trump agenda in its tracks.
For example the filibuster can be used to block any selection to the Supreme Court by Trump. They have not forgiven the Republicans for stopping President Obama’s selection of Garland for the last six months. The Democrats are itching for a fight.
Now understand the filibuster is only a rule. It can be eliminated with a simple majority vote in the Senate. So at anytime the Republicans can vote to eliminate the rule.
For years this move of ending the filibuster has been called the “nuclear option,” to be used only in the case of emergency or as a last resort.
Well it is an emergency and it is the last resort. Republicans must end the filibuster.
Donald Trump has to understand that the Democrats are going to fight with everything they have to ruin his agenda and his Supreme Court selection.
The Democrats have already used the nuclear option when in 2013, Senate Democrats barred filibusters for lower court nominees. The precedent has been set.
The argument by some is that if we eliminate the filibuster now it will hurt us when we are in the minority again. Maybe, but we might never again have the trifecta of a Republican President, Senate, and House. The last time that happened was 1928. This might be the only chance we will ever have to show the country what can be done by Republicans. The Democrats will obstruct, delay and attempt to take it all down. They will slow down the process. Stretch out the agenda and weaken Trump and the Republicans.
In order to end the filibuster he will need all but two Republicans. Corralling the Republicans will not be easy, but the preparation for the inevitable must begin now.
Richard Bowers –