It Is a Terrible Idea for Republicans to Weaken the Legislative Filibuster
James Wallner, former Senate Steering Committee Executive Director and expert on Senate procedure, has raised the alarm on the website Legislative Procedure where he writes “in 2017, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged not to abolish the legislative filibuster. He did so to persuade his fellow Republicans to back his plan to use the nuclear option to confirm Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court over Democrats’ objections. Today, McConnell once again wants his colleagues to go nuclear. However, this time his stated goal is to pass a resolution, authored by Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and James Lankford, R-Okla., that would speed up the confirmation process by changing the Standing Rules of the Senate. Yet using the nuclear option to force the Blunt-Lankford resolution through the Senate over Democrats’ objections will require McConnell to violate his two-year-old pledge not to abolish the legislative filibuster.” If successful, this gambit will set the table for a complete abolition of the filibuster in the future.