How ending the filibuster could actually foster bipartisanship

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell finally relinquished full control of the Senate to Democrats, agreeing this week to an organizing framework for the evenly split chamber. The breakthrough occurred when moderate Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) publicly pledged not to eliminate the Senate’s filibuster rule, which requires a supermajority of 60 votes to pass most pieces of legislation. McConnell, however, failed to get filibuster preservation in the organizing agreement, meaning that their more aggressive Democratic colleagues and the party’s activist base will continue to lean on Manchin and Sinema to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” to kill the legislative filibuster.



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