Inslee calls for ending filibuster to pass health care reform

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who is running for president, on Wednesday called for eliminating the Senate filibuster, saying Democrats won’t be able to pass health care reform or other legislation without doing so.

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“We are not going to be able to get health care done or anything else for that matter, unless we get rid of the filibuster,” Inslee said during a CNN town hall. “I was the first candidate in this race running for president to be very unequivocal about this.”


Some progressives have pushed for Democrats to eliminate the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to pass legislation, if the party takes back control of the Senate in 2020. 

Democratic presidential candidates, however, are split on the issue. Inslee and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) have voiced their support for the idea, while Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) are among those who have indicated their opposition.

Inslee added Wednesday that “all hope is sort of down the tubes” if the filibuster still exists in 2021. 

“If the filibuster is still in [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE’s hand come 2021, all hope is sort of down the tubes to be able to do real, significant reform,” Inslee said.

“So I’m telling you, if I’m given this highest honor, I will lead the charge to end this senatorial privilege, which is an ancient artifact of a bygone in time. And let’s get some health care reform and climate change legislation and reform the United States of America,” he continued. 

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