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How Democrats Plan to Get Stuff Done Without Eliminating the Filibuster

Posted on AllSides January 27th, 2021
From The Left
US Senate, Senate Democrats, filibuster, budget reconciliation

Democrats aren’t ready to nuke the filibuster. Not now. And possibly not ever, depending how serious you think Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema were when they announced this week that they would oppose any effort to blow up their chamber’s antiquated, obviously destructive 60-vote threshold.

Practically speaking, this means that if Democrats want to enact most of their agenda, they will have to rely on the somewhat byzantine and widely misunderstood process known as budget reconciliation, which prevents filibusters on certain kinds of legislation. Party leaders have already signaled...

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