Is the Legislative Filibuster in Danger?
According to Roll Call‘s David Hawkings, no. He writes:
“Even as he was setting the launch codes for neutralizing the power to filibuster potential Supreme Court justices, the only nomination still subject to supermajority scrutiny, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was vowing unilateral disarmament on the other half of the Senate’s agenda. So long as the Republicans are in charge and he’s in charge of the Republicans, he promised on Tuesday, there will be no change whatsoever to the legislative filibuster.
“‘Who would be the biggest beneficiary of that right now? It would be the majority, right?’ the Kentuckian told reporters. ‘There’s not a single senator in the majority who thinks we ought to change the legislative filibuster. Not one.’
“His categorical promise — ‘Correct,’ he replied when asked, ‘Are you committing that under your leadership you will never remove the legislative filibuster?’ — is good through the end of 2018 at a minimum, and at least two years beyond. That’s assuming the GOP makes good on its currently strong position for retaining Senate control in the midterm election. (By the start of 2020, when McConnell will turn 78 and be in his sixth year as floor leader, he will presumably have decided whether to seek a seventh term.)”