Schumer won’t commit to keeping filibuster if Dems win majority
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer won’t commit to retaining the filibuster if Democrats win control of the chamber in 2020, the latest sign of trouble for the Senate’s most hallowed — and controversial — tradition.
Several Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have called for eliminating or scaling back the filibuster, and Democratic Party activists are also pushing to end to the practice, which is more than 200 years old.
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When pressed on the issue by reporters during a Thursday news conference, Schumer said his only focus is winning the majority, and if that happens, then Democrats can talk about whether to change Senate rules.
“I’ve always said in terms of the rules and these things, let’s first win the majority, then we’ll make the decisions and the caucus will come together,” Schumer said.
Only last year, Schumer talked about restoring the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees, a requirement that Republicans eliminated in April 2017 to end debate on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the high court. Yet Schumer wouldn’t repeat that stance on Thursday.
“Our focus should be on winning the majority. We’ll have a nice caucus of more than 50 Democrats, and we will decide what to do,” Schumer said. “You can think about a whole lot of things. I’ve taken no position on any of this.”