Top Democrat Reveals Plan To Remove Filibuster

( The Georgia runoff elections haven’t even been officially certified, and already, Democrats are making plans for some really big procedural changes.

On Wednesday, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said on MSNBC Live that Democrats would “study and look at” potentially eliminating the filibuster. She said, “We do need to reform the Senate so it is more efficient and effective.”

The host of the show, Hallie Jackson, asked Gillibrand:

“You had a lot of progressives talking about ending the filibuster, possibly expanding the court. Do you believe that this is something your party should be spending political capital on, focusing on, if, in fact, the Senate majority becomes yours?”

Gillibrand’s response:

“I think the first thing we’re going to do is COVID relief and economic relief. We will look at all issues, of course. Because when you’re in the majority, that’s what your responsibility is. And we do need to reform the Senate so it is more efficient and effective.

“We need to get things done. And that means starting from a place of bipartisanship, starting from a place of bringing people together. And as Joe Biden has said, he wants to heal this country and heal the soul of America, which I believe he will do.”

Jackson pressed Gillibrand on the filibuster again, asking:

“You said something there about looking at potential reforms. Does that include, in your book, maybe ending the filibuster?”

The senator responded by saying:

“It’s something we’re going to study and look at. It’s something that we have a responsibility to do. I don’t know the outcome of that review, but it’s something we will look at. We want to make sure that we can get things done and really deliver for the American people. It’s one of the most important things that we need to do over the next year.”

The Senate cloture rule, also known as the filibuster, says that at least 60 members of the Senate must agree to end debate on a proposal before it can be put up for a vote. In other words, having a simple majority in the upper chamber isn’t enough to blindly pass through one party’s agenda.

This is particularly pertinent for Democrats now. Even if they do capture both Georgia runoff seats, they’d only have a 50-50 split in the Senate. They’d technically have “control,” since the vice president breaks all tie votes. However, they would need 10 Republican Senators to join them to gain cloture.

This is why Democrats have been calling for the end of the filibuster rule, or at least the “examination” of it. The only way for liberals to pass through their ultra-progressive agenda is to do away with the rule that they’ve used so often in the past to block Republican proposals from passing through the Senate.

If the Senate does indeed do away with the filibuster rule, it would most definitely benefit liberals in the short-term. But they should be careful about it coming to bite them in the future, if and when Republicans regain control of the Senate, House and White House.