Dem Senator Regrets Harry Reid's 2013 Filibuster Move

Posted: Jul 26, 2021 1:00 PM
Dem Senator Regrets Harry Reid's 2013 Filibuster Move

Source: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Virginia Democrat Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) had bad news for his party on Sunday, telling Fox News that he regrets former Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) original move to change the filibuster in 2013. 

"I wish we wouldn’t even have started this a decade ago. When the Democratic leaders actually changed the rules, I don’t think we would have the Supreme Court we did if we still had a 60-vote margin on the filibuster, but we are where we are," Warren told Martha McCallum on Fox News Sunday. "And the idea that somehow to protect the rights of the minority in the Senate, we’re going to cut out rights of minorities and young people all across the country – that’s just not right to me."

Reid’s move lowered the threshold for most presidential nominations from 60 votes to 51 votes, with the exception of Supreme Court nominations. Then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) famously warned Reid that he would "regret" the unprecedented move, perhaps even "sooner" than the Democratic leader ever thought.

In 2017, McConnell (R-KY) followed Reid’s precedent and lowered the threshold for Supreme Court nominees to 51 votes. The move helped confirm former President Trump's three Supreme Court nominees. 

Now, with the Senate split, Democrats are hoping to eliminate the legislative filibuster in order to pass President Biden's agenda without Republican consent.

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