Jay Inslee: Filibuster Is A "Vestige Of The Antebellum Era," And Will "Stop Us From Saving The Planet"

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Tuesday night on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes," Washington Governor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee challenged other 2020 candidates to vow to eliminate the Senate filibuster.

"We have to get rid of the filibuster. The filibuster will stop us in our tracks," inslee said about efforts to stop climate change. "It is a vestige of an Antebellum era. It is an antiquated thing that will stop us from saving the planet."





"So, that needs to go, and I’m challenging the other people aspiring to this office to agree with me that they will agree to get rid of the filibuster."

"This is absolutely necessary if we’re going to defeat this beast," he said, "And it is time to shake up DC, and one of the ways to shake it up is to end the filibuster and have majority rule like Americans deserve. Only then can we fight climate change, and that’s job number one to get this thing done."

GOV. JAY INSLEE: This is a can-do nation, we need a can-do president.

CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC: You're a governor of a state right now, and you just mentioned a bill. If I'm not mistaken, emissions have gone up in your state during tenure as governor, correct?

INSLEE: Yes, we've had about 130,000 people moving here. So, we've got more cars and we've taken big steps. We've now built a wind turbine industry to $6 billion. We're the most per capita, the biggest users of electric cars.

We are spinning carbon fiber to go on electric cars. I just got the -- cut the ribbon on the largest solar farm. We're making bio fuels that you can fly airplanes on bio fuels now. F-18s being flown on bio fuels. So, we're doing a lot.

HAYES: Let me just say something.

INSLEE: But we're going to do more.

HAYES: Yes, but doing a lot is not enough. This is the whole problem of this problem.

INSLEE: Right.

HAYES: I've been hearing doing a lot for a long time.

INSLEE: Right.

HAYES: They got to go down.

INSLEE: Yes.

HAYES: You're governor of a state that's a pretty progressive state, although you had a Republican legislature. What do you say to someone who says, look, you had a chance to bring emissions down your state, you haven't done it? How the heck are we going to do it with a Republican Senate maybe or in the more difficult to manage federal government?

INSLEE: Well, first off, the Democrats have given me now a Democratic legislature. So, for the first time, I have a working majority. And right now as we speak, we have several bills including 100 percent clean grid, a clean fuel standard that I hope will pass tonight in my House. A super pollutant bill, new building codes for net-zero buildings.

So, we are going to move the needle and I hope you'll have me on your show a couple of months. We're going to pop the champagne corks.

But the other thing we have to do, we have to get rid of the filibuster. The filibuster will stop us in our tracks. It's a vestige of the antebellum era. It is an antiquated thing that will stop us from saving the planet.

So that needs to go and I'm challenging the other people aspiring to this office to agree with me that they will agree to get rid of the filibuster. This is absolutely necessary if we're going to defeat this beast and it is time to shake up D.C. And one of the ways to shake it up is to end the filibuster and have a majority rule like Americans deserve, only then can we fight climate change, and that's job number one to get this thing done.

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