Following the news that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is forming a committee to examine changes to weaken the filibuster, a vital tool necessary for deliberation on policies that come before the chamber, FreedomWorks Legislative Affairs Manager Josh Withrow commented:
“Nearly two years ago, Harry Reid and Democrats gutted the filibuster for executive branch appointments, excluding Supreme Court picks, in order to push through President Obama’s nominees on a simple majority vote. FreedomWorks opposed curtailing the filibuster then, just as we do now.”
“The Senate is supposed to be the ‘world’s greatest deliberative body,’ but any weakening of the filibuster will lead us further down a slippery slope where reactionary policies are rammed through the chamber without any serious debate. Simply put, the Senate is the last check on impulsiveness and majority rule. Limiting the profound deliberation for which the chamber is known will come back to haunt Republicans should they once again become the chamber’s minority party.”
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