Leader of the Senate majority Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Democratic lawmakers call for LGBTQ rights to be expanded and enshrined Manchin draws a line against revoking legislative filibuster Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down ‘boogaloo’ network after pressure | Electoral security measure extracted from the Senate bill | The FCC officially names Huawei and ZTE as MORE threats (R-Ky.) He warned Democrats Tuesday that they should not mess with the filibuster rule if they gain control of the camera in November.
He said eliminating the legislative filibuster by lowering the 60-vote threshold to pass bills to a simple majority would be a serious mistake.
“The important thing for our Democratic friends is to remember that you may not be in full control in the future, and every time you start playing by the Senate rules, I think you should always put yourself in the other partner’s shoes and imagine what it could happen when the wind changes, “McConnell told reporters when asked about an increase in discussions among Democrats about changing the filibuster rule if the former vice president Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump tweets ‘we all miss’ Ailes after hitting Fox senior campaign officer reassigned in a staff shakeup Poll: Biden, Trump faced off in a melee battle for North Carolina MORE the White House wins and they capture the Senate.
McConnell defended his decision in 2017 to remove the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees, arguing that the controversial change in rules returned the Senate to its long tradition of confirming judges by a simple majority vote.
McConnell also argued that his decision to scrap the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, a move that came after his predecessor, former Senate Majority Leader. Harry reidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell Warns Democrats Not to Change the Filibuster Rule Filibuster reform gains momentum with Democrats The Hill’s morning report: Trump wants an executive order on surveillance; silence on outstanding bills MORE (D-Nev.), Put an end to the power of the minority party to filter the executive power and most of the judicial candidates, was not really revolutionary.
He noted that filibusters of judicial and executive branch nominees were a recent phenomenon.
“Although it was possible on the executive calendar to filibulate the nominees, it just wasn’t done until Bush 43 was elected,” he said, referring to former President George W. Bush.
McConnell said the Senate minority leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer: More than 1,700 veterans ask Senate to pass state law The White House says Trump has been briefed on the Russian intelligence reward New legislation is required to secure US semiconductor leadership MORE (DN.Y.), who was elected to the Senate in 1998, was the “leader” of changing the Senate’s strategy to oppose presidential candidates during the Bush administration.
“What would be a revolution and turning the Senate into the House would be to change the legislative filibuster,” he said. “So am I firmly convinced? You can bet.
“If there are responsible Democratic senators left who are not going to be stamped out by the extreme left, they should pause and think if they really believe it is a good idea for the country to put the only institution that guarantees that the United States stayed in the middle of the road towards the same place as the Chamber, ”he said.
Asked if he would consider changing the legislative filibuster if President TrumpDonald John Trump Utah Lieutenant Governor Cox leads Huntsman in a close race for Governor Trump tweets ‘we all miss’ Ailes after hitting Fox Former NFL player Burgess Owens wins Utah Republican primaries MORE wins reelection and Republicans remain in control of the Senate, McConnell dismissed it.
“I always said no to the current president on that issue, and he tweeted about me multiple times, which I really appreciated,” McConnell said, ironically joking about Trump’s tweets about his refusal to change the rules.