I don’t know yet if he is going to run for President or for a third term, but I like where his head is on this:
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), a climate hawk and likely 2020 presidential candidate, on Monday came out forcefully for eliminating the filibuster.
“I do believe that the time for the filibuster has come and gone,” Inslee told HuffPost. “It was an artifact of a bygone era that is not in the U.S. Constitution and somehow it got grafted on in this culture of the Senate.”
Inslee, 68, is two years into his second term as governor of Washington, and served last year as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. On Sunday, he hinted at a presidential run in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” saying he could announce a candidacy primarily focused on addressing the harmful effects of climate change as soon as this week.
The debate over whether to eliminate the filibuster in 2020 has heated up in recent weeks as more Democratic candidates have entered the field. Even if Democrats win the White House and Senate in 2020, major progressive policy proposals such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal would likely face a GOP blockade without a change to the Senate’s longstanding 60-vote threshold on legislation.
With the exception of Elizabeth Warren (D. MA), who is open to the idea of eliminating the filibuster, the other Senators aren’t on board with getting rid of the filibuster. They can always use the budget reconciliation rules to pass the Green New Deal and Medicare For All but the reality is we’re not getting 60 seats any time soon. We can win a Senate Majority but we will need to make bold moves if we want to get anything done. Stay tuned.
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