Judge Strikes Down Filibuster Challenge

From McClatchy:

In a 47-page ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan acknowledged that the “filibuster rule is an important and controversial issue…as in recent years, even the mere threat of a filibuster is powerful enough to completely forestall legislative action.”

Nonetheless, as could have been predicted, Sullivan added that “this court finds itself powerless to address this issue for two independent reasons.”

This lawsuit would have really only made sense if Republicans had sued to prevent Senate Dems from changing the filibuster rules; the Dems haven’t even tried that yet. What this means is that, for now, filibuster reform lives or dies in the Senate.

Via David Dayen.


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Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at the Week. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New Republic, and the Nation. He was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2012 to 2014.