Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday issued a forceful defense of the legislative filibuster, the Senate’s 60-vote threshold that Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates have expressed a new willingness to abolish.
“The legislative filibuster is directly downstream from our founding tradition. If that tradition frustrates the whims of those on the far left, it is their half-baked proposals and not the centuries-old wisdom that need retooling,” the Kentucky Republican wrote in a New York Times op-ed.
“No Republican has any trouble imagining the laundry list of socialist policies that 51 Senate Democrats would happily inflict on Middle America in a filibuster-free Senate,” McConnell wrote. “In this country, radical changes face a high bar by design. It is telling that today’s left-wing activists would rather lower that bar than produce ideas that can meet it.”