Feinstein Comes Out For Filibuster Reform Via ‘Nuclear Option’

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said Tuesday she supports a rules change for nominees via the nuclear option after “unconscionable” GOP filibusters of three consecutive individuals to D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I do now,” she told TPM in the Capitol. “It is unconscionable for a president not to be able to have his cabinet team, his sub-cabinet team, and not be able to appoint judges.”

“I’ve been very shocked by the way very qualified nominees, particularly for the D.C. Circuit, have been filibustered,” Feinstein said.

She said she had hopes the filibuster agreement this summer would lead to a “new day” in the Senate. “The new day lasted one week,” she said. “And then we’re back to the usual politics.”

Do Democrats have the votes to change the rules?

“I have no clue,” Feinstein said.


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