Feinstein Says She Will Defend Filibuster Because Democracy Isn’t “In Jeopardy”

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said Thursday that she opposes filibuster reform because democracy is not “in jeopardy right now,” Forbes’ Andrew Solender reported.

“If democracy were in jeopardy, I would want to protect it. But I don’t see it being in jeopardy right now,” Feinstein said.

Earlier this week, Solender reported that “Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a moderate like [Sen. Joe] Manchin who has defended the filibuster in the past, said in a CNN interview Sunday he’s ‘reluctant’ to scrap the filibuster, but, if it comes down to a choice between it and a voting rights bill, he ‘will choose democracy.’”

Solender also reported:

Feinstein on nuking the filibuster for H.R. 1: “It’s an ‘if.’ Let’s wait and see what happens. Okay?”

On filibuster reforms she might support: “I’d have to take a look. Right now, nothing comes to my mind.”

Reporting from last year suggested that Feinstein’s colleagues believe she is suffering from cognitive decline and have had discussions with the 87-year-old senator about stepping aside.

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