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Sen. Sinema: Eliminating the Filibuster Will Guarantee that We Lose a Critical Tool that We Need to Safeguard Our Democracy

‘[Filibuster] ensures that millions of Americans represented by the minority party have a voice in the process’
By Grabien Staff


SINEMA: “The 2013 decision by Senate Democrats to eliminate the 60-vote threshold for most judicial and presidential nominations led directly to a response in 2017 by Senate Republicans, who eliminated the threshold for Supreme Court nominees. These shortsighted actions by both parties have led to our current American judiciary and Supreme Court, which as I stand here today is considering questions regarding fundamental rights Americans have enjoyed for decades. Eliminating the 60-vote threshold on a party line with the thinnest of possible majorities to pass these bills that I support will not guarantee that we prevent demagogues from winning office. Indeed, some who undermine the principles of democracy have already been elected. Rather, eliminating the 60-vote threshold will simply guarantee that we lose a critical tool that we need to safeguard our democracy from threats in the years to come. It is clear that the two parties’ strategies are not working, not for either side, and especially not for the country."

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