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Sen. King calls for filibuster reform, veers from Democrats on outright abolishing the Senate practice

Randy Mancini 12 October 25, 2021
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 28, 2021. (Photo by Patrick Semansky / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on September 28, 2021. (Photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine has proposed a “talking filibuster.” As members of the Democrat Caucus have continued to voice their support with scrapping the filibuster, King says reforms are needed, but he isn’t willing to toss it out altogether.

The 60-vote rule needed to pass legislation has helped Senate Republicans block a number of Democrat-backed voting bills on multiple accounts in the chamber, along with other measures. The filibuster also posed a threat to Joe Biden’s multi-trillion dollar spending plan.

“I’m not really ready to say, ‘Let’s get rid of it altogether’ because I think there are circumstances where it makes sense. So, I’d prefer some alternative to what the present rule is,” said King. “I’d like to restore the Senate to what it was, where we actually had debates and people had to hold the floor.”

King said the filibuster isn’t in the Constitution and is preventing the Senate from performing its duties.

“And so, I think some kind of talking filibuster, perhaps a rule that instead of having to have 60 votes to pass something, you’d have to have 41 votes to stop it. So that way, the minority would at least have to show up,” King stated.

King is the third senator to draw the line at ditching the rule, along with moderate Democrats Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.). Changing the filibuster will require 50 votes in the chamber to pass, meaning Manchin and Sinema would have to hop on board, which seems unlikely.

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