Headline RoundupAugust 22nd, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Defends The Filibuster

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has written an op-ed published in the New York Times that defends the use of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate. Many Democratic presidential candidates and other Democrats have called for the abandoning of this requirement in order to pass bills with a simple majority. Just last week, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called for abolishing the use of the filibuster (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/opinion/harry-reid-filibuster.html) Senator McConnell and other Republicans see the filibuster as protection against socialist policies that might be enacted under Democratic control of the Senate.

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