Mitch McConnell Was FOR Filibuster Reform Before He Was AGAINST It

Mitch McConnell

McConnell in 2005:

“By filibustering ten qualified judicial nominees in only sixteen months, our Democratic colleagues have broken this unwritten rule. This is not the first time a minority of senators has upset a Senate tradition or practice and the current Senate majority intends to do what the majority in the Senate has often done: use it’s constitutional authority under Article 1, section 5 to reform Senate procedure by a simple majority vote.”

Mitch McConnell

McConnell in 2013:

“We thought he said if you like the Senate rules, you can keep them. But instead…they just broke the Senate rules in order to exercise the power grab. Talk about a manufactured crisis: we’ve confirmed 215 judges and defeated two. We took exactly the same view Senate Democrats took during the Bush Administration: that there was no rationale for increasing the membership of the DC Circuit. Exactly the same rationale, a letter signed by Schumer and Kennedy and others, saying there was no need for additional judges. So I would sum it up as a sad day in the history of the Senate…and after today ‘advise and consent’ probably means to them 100% consent.”

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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