Opinion: McConnell's defense of the filibuster is a farce


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is doing everything possible to save the filibuster now that Republicans have lost control of the upper chamber. This rule allows senators to keep speaking on the floor to delay or block legislation that has majority support. The only way to stop a filibuster is for a certain number of senators to vote to invoke “cloture,” which today requires a supermajority of 60 votes — a high threshold that is rarely reached.

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