Casey says Senate filibuster needs reform

Written by on March 24, 2021

Casey says Senate filibuster needs reform

By Genesis Ortega

March 24, 2021

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

President Joe Biden recently went on record saying he endorses reforming the Senate filibuster One of Pennsylvania’s senators agrees. 

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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) says he believes the filibuster should change. 

“Two years ago, I probably wouldn’t have said that. I just have reached the point where I no longer believe the Senate is the institution that it used to be or that I used to believe it was,” Casey says. 

A filibuster happens when the minority party in the Senate uses unlimited debate to delay the passage of a bill.

Casey names three examples that worry him if the current Senate invokes a filibuster. 

“I’m in favor of changing the rules so that a filibuster can’t block voting rights, or a filibuster can’t block progress on our efforts to combat climate change, or block the passage of a minimum wage bill,” he says.

He also says amending the filibuster may help with immigration reform.

“You can just imagine how difficult it will be when it comes to immigration or voting rights or progress on combating climate change.”

It would take 51 votes to change the Senate rules, a tall order at most times but especially in the now evenly split Senate. Vice President Kamala Harris can break the tie vote. 

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