Coons: “I am committed to never voting to change the legislative filibuster.”

Washington, D.C. – Four years ago today, Chris Coons proudly led a bipartisan group of 61 Senators in sending a letter urging Senate leadership to preserve the legislative filibuster. In the years since that letter, Senator Coons – who also happens to be one of Joe Biden’s closest allies – has continued to voice his support for the filibuster, even filibustering multiple bipartisan COVID-19 rescue packages and police reform legislation. But now faced with the opportunity to ram through a Far-Left agenda, this once “top Democratic defender” of the filibuster is ready to see it go.

What changed?

Chris Coons Letter with 60 Senators Supporting the Legislative Filibuster, April 7, 2017

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer:

We are writing to urge you to support our efforts to preserve existing rules, practices, and traditions as they pertain to the right of Members to engage in extended debate on legislation before the United States Senate. Senators have expressed a variety of opinions about the appropriateness of limiting debate when we are considering judicial and executive branch nominations. Regardless of our past disagreements on the issue, we are united in our determination to preserve the ability of Members to engage in extended debate when bills are on the Senate floor.

We are mindful of the unique role the Senate plays in the legislative process, and we are steadfastly committed to ensuring that this great American institution continues to serve as the world’s greatest deliberative body. Therefore, we are asking you to join us in opposing any effort to curtail the existing rights and prerogatives of Senators to engage in full, robust, and extended debate as we consider legislation before this body in the future.

Chris Coons Senate Floor Speech, December 21, 2018

“I thank the Presiding Officer for her hard work to make sure this letter was presented to the leaders of both caucuses with 61 signatures. We frankly could have gotten more, but in the press of the work of that day, April 7, 2017, we thought it important to get on the record, in signature, individual Senators saying that we are committed to not change the rules of the Senate on the Senate filibuster rules regarding legislation. I am committed to never voting to change the legislative filibuster.” 

Huffington Post, “If Progressives Want To Nuke The Filibuster, They’re Going To Have To Convince A Bunch Of Democrats First,” February 6, 2019

“‘If last year we did not have the filibuster, the Trump administration and the GOP majority could have rammed through an incredible range of laws that those same progressive groups would find incredibly destructive to the nation. So while I understand the frustration … I think the consequences of getting rid of it are too great,’ Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said Tuesday.”

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