Senate Republicans Vow To Preserve The Filibuster

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( – The Senate GOP is committed to ensuring that the filibuster will remain in place even if they win back the majority in the upper chamber, or former President Donald Trump wins back the White House. 

Trump has previously called for the filibuster to be abandoned. Currently, any legislation that is trying to advance through the Senate needs to receive 60 votes, which has, in the past, caused both the Democrats and the Republicans to be unable to push forward their agenda. 

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) in an interview with Punchbowl News stated that Trump had called for him to remove the filibuster at least 30 times. However, as he said, he supports the filibuster because it means that legislators have to have open discussions about their differences for legislation to advance. He added that while some disliked that, the filibuster was uniquely American and is in place to ensure that both sides are heard. 

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) told Punchbowl News that he felt so strongly about the filibuster that if it were removed, he would resign. He added that they needed to muster the courage to stand up against this. 

Senate Minority Whip John Thune, who is running for the party’s leadership position in the upper chamber has pledged that the Republican party will not remove the filibuster. He added that while he wants to work with Trump they would be doing so the old-fashioned way by trying to meet the 60-vote threshold.

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