Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is calling for the end of the legislative filibuster. In an op-ed piece in the NY Times, Reid said ending the legislative filibuster would help end the “era of obstruction and inaction” in the Senate.
Reid wrote: “The Senate is now a place where the most pressing issues facing our country are disregarded, along with the will of the American people overwhelmingly calling for action. The future of our country is sacrificed at the altar of the filibuster, something must change. That is why I am now calling on the Senate to abolish the filibuster in all its forms. And I am calling on candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president to do the same.”
When Reid was running the Senate, he changed the rules in 2013 to prevent filibusters of most executive branch nominations. Reid believes that filibusters in the Senate are stopping the legislative body from addressing issues that are important to the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, like climate change and gun control.
“If a Democratic president wants to tackle the most important issues facing our country, then he or she must have the ability to do so — and that means curtailing Republicans’ ability to stifle the will of the American people.”
Reid wrapped up his op-ed with a plea to the Senate to address the country’s problems and not “cower” behind the filibuster.