Sen. Chris Coons: I "Regret" Changing Filibuster Rules When Democrats Were In Majority


Democratic Senator Chris Coons said in an interview on CNN on Tuesday that now that Trump is going to be president, he "regrets" the rule changes made by Senate Democrats under the Obama administration to make it more difficult to filibuster cabinet nominations. Before November 2013, Senate rules required a three-fifths vote on certain parliamentary procedures. Democrats changed the rules in order to stop what they saw as "excessive" filibustering from Senate Republicans.

SEN. CHRIS COONS: The filibuster no longer acts as an emergency break on the nomination...

I do regret that. I frankly, think many of us will regret that in this Congress, because it would have been a terrific speed bump, potential emergency break, to have in our system to slow down the confirmation of extreme nominees. We're instead going to have to depend on the American people, thorough hearings, and on persuading a few Republicans on those cases where the president-elect might nominate someone who is too extreme.

(Via Washington Free Beacon)

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