Michelle Budge, Deseret News
Democrats are within striking distance of winning 52 Senate seats in the midterms, which would give them enough votes to kill the filibuster and pass a raft of progressive legislation that stalled in the Senate after being passed by the U.S. House.
“Many of the things we passed in the House, some have become the law of the land and some have not, because of the filibuster in the Senate,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a campaign video with Florida Senate candidate Val Demings. “If we could just win two more seats in the Senate and we can pull back the filibuster, (we could pass) all the things — the Equality Act, respect for the rights of the LGBTQ community, women’s right to choose.”
When we vote #BlueIn22, hold the House and win 2 more Democratic Senators, we can finally break the filibuster and make equality, reproductive freedom and voting rights the law of the land! -NPhttps://t.co/Os12LMHg1d pic.twitter.com/rki7hzZNaI
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) September 22, 2022
Democratic candidates in all the closest races for Senate have said they would vote to eliminate or reform the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to move most legislation forward. Defenders of the Senate filibuster, including the late Sen. Orrin Hatch, say it promotes compromise, protects the minority and keeps the country from experiencing legislative whiplash when Congress changes hands from one party to another.
Even though Democrats have a slim voting majority in the Senate, when taking into account Vice President Kamala Harris’ vote, they have been unable to change the filibuster because of two holdouts — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
But if the Democrats can extend their majority in the Senate by another two votes — which is within the realm of possibility given current match-ups — then they have a good chance of ending the filibuster, or at least neutralizing it by requiring a “talking” filibuster — meaning senators would have to take to the Senate floor to hold up a vote on an issue.
Two Senate candidates — incumbent Sens. Mark Kelly in Arizona and Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada — have said they would reform the filibuster in certain circumstances. Kelly agreed to vote to override the filibuster in order for senators to vote on changes to federal voting laws, while Masto said she favors restoring a “talking” filibuster. Kelly was once reluctant to share his position on the filibuster, but relented when pressured.
Kelly and Masto’s campaigns did not respond to requests for clarification on their positions on the filibuster.
Several of the candidates in close races for the Senate have said they would vote to eliminate the …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News
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