Senator Jacky Rosen (D., Nev.) Said she would be willing to remove the filibuster after the release of a Washington post interview in which she pleaded for modifying, but not abandoning, the practice.
“Right now our democracy is under attack and we must do all we can to protect voting rights,” Rosen said in a statement. “If removing filibuster is what it takes to get there, then we must protect our democracy at all costs. “
Democrats are currently trying to pass an electoral law that would federalize control of various electoral procedures. With the Senate tied 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris as the deciding vote, Democrats and Progressives argued for removing the filibuster in order to pass the legislation through a simple majority.
Rosen defended filibuster in an interview with the To post published shortly before noon Wednesday. However, Rosen said she was in favor of implementing filibuster, in which senators would be forced to speak in order to prevent a bill from being passed.
Rosen was invited by the To post if his opposition to the elimination of systematic obstruction stems from his support for the right to abortion. Organizations such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL have stayed out of the filibuster debate, with some abortion advocates fearing that eliminating systematic obstruction removes a barrier to legislation that would limit abortions.
“I will never give up a woman’s right to choose; I think it’s fundamentally important, ”Rosen said. “We have to look not only when you are in the majority, but what does it do when you are in the minority? You have to be aware of this.
Rosen said Democrats should “be careful what you want” about filibuster.
Rosen is one of the few Senate Democrats to publicly oppose the complete elimination of filibuster, along with Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana.
Manchin briefly flirted with a return to filibuster in March and the idea garnered support from President Joe Biden around the same time, but the West Virginia Democrat ultimately spoke out against any changes to the proceeding after critics on both sides of the aisle pointed out that a recalcitrant minority could block Biden’s entire agenda through relentless obstruction.
Progressives have focused their anger in particular on Manchin, who has expressed his support for the filibuster.
“Joe Manchin is doing everything in his power to stop democracy and stop our work for the people,” Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D., NY) told CNN on Monday.