Dems’ filibuster conundrum: It’s not just Manchin and Sinema
While Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have been the Senators in their party most vocally opposed to eliminating the chamber’s 60-vote threshold for passing filibustered legislation, a number of other Senate Democrats have expressed their own qualified reservations more quietly. Mark Kelly, Arizona’s other Senator, says he is still not sure how he would vote on changes to the filibuster that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) might bring to the floor. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) favors returning to the “talking filibuster” of decades past, which would be harder for an intransigent minority to maintain. These are just some of the moderate Democrats who support passing the current voting rights bills that are being stalled by the filibuster but remain unsure whether they are ready to weaken the legendary stalling tactic.